Snapshot of the Organization
Cultural Leadership exists to create a more just and equitable community by educating middle school and high school students to recognize and resolve issues of privilege and injustice through the lens of the African American and Jewish experience. Our students develop leadership skills, build relationships, facilitate dialogues and create change in their circles of influence.
Cultural Leadership students participate in an intensive year of over 420 hours of programming, including cultural activities, dialogue sessions, travel/study, public speaking, leadership training, and facilitated discussions on diversity and creating social change. Through these activities, students gain an increased awareness of their own and each other’s history, religion, and culture, and learn valuable skills for facilitating discussions, solving problems, and making change. Cultural Leadership is training the next generation of civil rights advocates and activists, or as we fondly call, “troublemakers of the best kind!”
Committed to inclusive communities where diversity is respected and embraced, and equity is the norm, DAP offers publications, events, and on-going programs to promote diversity in communities, organizations, and companies, and to increase individual’s cultural proficiency and to diversify social and professional networks.
Give Respect, Get Respect is a free five session anti-bias program that takes place throughout a typical academic calendar year. The program connects middle and high school students, school administrators, and associates from local businesses in an effort to address diversity and encourage respect and acceptance among peers/co-workers. Each session is designed with a specific focus for developing deeper understanding and dialogue around race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and ability.
The EnTeam mission is to foster and measure cooperation through challenging activities designed to teach everyone to learn to win together. The goal of EnTeam Organization is to increase productivity and peace by giving people – especially children – a balanced experience in winning both ways: win-win and win-lose.
FOCUS St. Louis offers a continuum of eight civic leadership programs to engage leaders from high school students to senior executives. We provide established and aspiring leaders with unparalleled access to key people and resources necessary for inspiring and producing positive regional change. Participants learn about the assets and challenges of the St. Louis region.
Youth Leadership St. Louis (YLSL) empowers the region’s youth to become future community leaders. Founded in 1989, YLSL is designed for high school juniors, helping them develop leadership skills, promoting teamwork among diverse groups, and providing a deeper understanding of the St. Louis region.
The NAACP insures the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority groups and citizens; achieves equality of rights and eliminates race prejudice among the citizens of the United States; removes all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic processes; seeks to enact and enforce federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights; informs the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and seeks its elimination; educates persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action in furtherance of these principles.
GAME CHANGER #6: PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH EMPOWERMENT
The St. Louis City NAACP believes that future leaders must be developed today and such development is on-going in the Youth & College Division. The St. Louis City NAACP continues to coordinate mentoring programs to serve as a support bridge from Youth and College to Branch participation and to provide networking and social opportunities for young adults. Like generations before them, young people continue to be a driving force for change in our country.
The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of Greater St. Louis works to create inclusive, representative communities through leadership and education. We partner with individuals, organizations, networks, and corporations to help them make institutional change in their corner of the community. We empower leaders for diversity and inclusion, for equity and justice, so that all people will have access to our nation’s opportunities and be included in its promise. The two programs below cater to youth.
Anytown Youth Leadership Institute is an eight-day, full immersion, residential program for high school youth interested in making their school and community environments more socially just. Participants have the opportunity to explore topics of discrimination through experiential exercises and group dialogue, while making close friends from across the state and St. Louis region. Students leave Anytown as young people dedicated to creating a society based on inclusion, trust, and mutual respect.
Aligning and Leveraging Leadership in Youth (ALLY) is a school year based program that engages the graduates of Anytown in continuing their education around issues of privilege and oppression as well as fostering an environment where youth can build and facilitate their own workshops.
Our family learning program introduces St. Louisans to compelling works of children’s literature that feature diverse characters, provides supportive resources and materials to help start and strengthen family conversations about race and racism, and fosters community building around these topics. You have the opportunity to join us in creating a new story for our children and our city.
Most St. Louisans have been touched by the events now known as “Ferguson,” and are aware of the big challenges facing our city. Many of us want to be part of the solution, and we want to do something tangible, impactful and effective. It’s hard as individuals to know where to start, especially as parents whose lives are already compressed and tumultuous.
We Stories envision a St. Louis region where all families, regardless of race, have the opportunity to thrive. We uses the power of children’s literature to create conversation, change and hope in St. Louis, and a stronger, more equitable and inclusive future for all.
Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) St. Louis is a multi-racial, inter-generational & youth-focused organizing group committed to undoing institutional racism in the St. Louis community.