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July 19, 2015 @ 1:00-4:00pm presented by Ferguson Sunday Parkways & The Ferguson Youth Initiative

Come out and play!

SUNDAY PARKWAYS are FREE events for you, your family and friends to play in car-free streets. You are invited to take to the streets to walk, bike, run, and play! Streets will be closed in different Ferguson neighborhoods for each event.

Each of these FREE events will offer free Read on »


FYI’s newest program is called PYC (Positive Youth Corps). It’s a Drum & Bugle Corps, and is a summer program that is geared towards teenagers! The corps has a full Drum Line, a brass Horn Line, a Color Guard (flag team) and a Dance Team. PYC focuses on music, life-skills, teamwork and physical fitness. PYC’s goal is to perform during local parades and festivals. Read on »


Kim Jones has been coaching basketball teams through Upward Sports for the past 5 years.  This is a great program helps children learn to play basketball, but more importantly helps them grow mentally, physically and socially.  There are two basketball clinics on July 11th and 25th.  This will be open for children Kindergarten through 6th grade (both girls and boys).  Kim Jones and Michael Wyatt at Ferguson Heights Church of Christ who will be hosting the two clinics.  The parents can call Ferguson Heights to find out more about the Upward Sports basketball program and register. 

For more information on Upward basketball, go to www.upward.org


Hope to see you there!!


   Powered by AmeriCorps, the Citi Foundation, and Points of Light!

Are you looking for better opportunities? Do you need something to do this summer? Well we have great news for you! Each student who participates in ServiceWorks will receive 50 community service hours.

Register today! Check out the details below!


We are excited to announce that the STL Youth Jobs: Ferguson Forward initiative will continue on with a new cohort of youth this summer. The application for youth is available now at: http://mersgoodwill.org/stl-youth-jobs-ferguson/. If you know youth that live in 63135 or 63136, please let them know about this opportunity. There are more details in the flyer below!



If you are a current employer that is interested in continuing on with us as an employer this summer, please fill out the employer intake form below and submit it ASAP.

2015 Employer Intake Form

Also, if you know of other businesses in North County that could use extra help this summer or would like the opportunity to mentor youth, please share the employer flyer with them.

Thank You for making experiences like this in North County a success!!


The Ferguson Fourth of July Committee is offering a Youth Achievement Award to students who meet criteria. Students must live in the city limits of Ferguson and must be completing grades 9-12.

Criteria includes:
  • Academic achievement
  • School activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Personal achievement




Drop off your one page poem at the Ferguson Library Auditorium

35 N. Florissant Rd., Ferguson, MO 63135

Saturday, May 16, 2015 between the hours of



  • (1) page TYPED poem on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper
  • 500 words maximum
  • Topic or theme must be about FERGUSON
  • Type your first & last name on the poem
  • Contestants do not have to live in Ferguson to participate
  • Must be between the ages of 13-18 years old to participate. One winner from each age group (Group #1)13-15yrs (Group #2) 16-18yrs

Poem can be about your view of Ferguson before August 2014, after August 2014, the present state of Ferguson, your view of the future of Ferguson, or any other perspective you may have.

Your thoughts, unique perspective and interpretations are encouraged and important. Poems can represent any point of view. Winners will be determined by I.C.E.


Award presentation will be held on Saturday, May, 23, 2015 at 12:30pm in the Ferguson Library Auditorium. (Winners will be notified prior to May 23rd)


Contest sponsored by the Institute for Community Economics


emailsig15 (2)Be part of Give STL Day and make a difference in St. Louis!

According to givestlday.org,

“Give STL Day is a 24-hour giving event with local impact. Donate to the nonprofits working on the causes YOU care about. More than 790 nonprofit organizations have signed up to participate and will be raising much needed dollars with your help!

Give STL Day also kicks off the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation’s 100th birthday, and we are joining hundreds of community foundations across the country for the biggest gives day in history.

There will also be prizes and incentives awarded throughout the day to help make your donation dollars go even further!”

We can’t be prosperous without our supporters. April 25, 2015 was a successful event for FYI, our 1st annual banquet and we THANK YOU!


GiveStlDay is another opportunity to support young people; BEYOND FERGUSON! Make your mark on the region!  Give to one or more nonprofits on www.givestlday.org #givestlday @stlouisgives

EarthDance Organic Farm School, located in Ferguson, is accepting applications from local high school students and recent graduates for Junior Farm Crew (JFC) this summer!  EarthDance will hire 10 young adults for jobs at the farm.  Work shifts will take place M-F, 8am-12pm beginning on June 8th, and ending August 11th.  Summer Junior Farm Crew members may have the option to continue working during the fall as well.
JFC will consist of:
  • Basic farm work, such as weeding and harvesting vegetablescarrots
  • Landscaping
  • Public speaking, when leading tours for farm visitors
  • Attending special events as an EarthDance representative
  • Preparing healthy food
  • Participating in workshops about the food system
  • Personal development, teamwork, and leadership
The Junior Farm Crew is a part of EarthDance’s YEAH! (Youth Exploring Agriculture and Health) Program.  YEAH! provides young people with the opportunity to connect to nature, healthy food, and personal growth through learning and employment on an organic farm.  The Junior Farm Crew will be led by Tiffany Brewer, a graduate of EarthDance’s Farm & Garden Apprenticeship Program and long-time coach and tutor.
Members of the Junior Farm Crew will earn $8/hr.
Other details:
Who should apply? (applicants should meet all criteria)
  • Young people with a strong interest in working outside, gaining job experience, and learning about farming
  • Ages 16-22
  • Ferguson-Florissant residents
  • Applicants able to commit to working daily, M-F, throughout the program
How do I apply?
Applications are available on EarthDance’s website at http://www.earthdancefarms.org/contact/join-our-team/ 
Make sure to complete parts 1, 2, and 3!
Please drop off part 3 of your application no later than Friday, May 8th at
EarthDance’s office
233 S. Dade Avenue, Ferguson, MO
Between the hours of 8am and 4pm, Monday – Friday.
Important Dates:
  • May 5th Introduction to EarthDance/ Working Interview on the farm
  • May 8th all applications due
  • June 8th first day of work for Summer Junior Farm Crew
  • Aug 11th final day of work for Summer Junior Farm Crew

Contact Info Below For Any Questions!

Rachel Levi
Program Director, EarthDance
Office 314.521.1006

Want to help? Donate to help offer more youth jobs and programs at EarthDance in 2015!

EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.
Watch their latest video, Rooted in Ferguson, here:


Ballroom Dancing

Thank you so much to all of the supporters of Ferguson Youth Initiative. There are great things in store for the young people in Ferguson and we knew we couldn’t make great strides without the help of our supporters. Stay tuned for pictures from our 1st Annual Banquet and also for an official list of sponsors.

Thank you once again!



Join PYC – Positive Youth Corps! Perform in parades and festivals. To sign up, email pycdrumcorp@gmail.com!

The first camp is at the Dellwood Recreation Center! Saturday, April 25, 2015 1pm- 5pm!



The City of Ferguson, the Ferguson Human Rights Commission, and the Missouri Commission on Human Rights are sponsoring a Fair Housing Month Poster and Journalism Contest promoting fair housing and educating families. Submissions are due April 17, 2015.

According to FergusonCity.com, “This contest is open to all youth in grades K-12. To enter, students must write an essay or design a poster around the theme “Fair Housing Is Your Right. USE IT.” Students must incorporate this theme in their essays or posters. The essay or poster should depict what it means for Ferguson residents to have the right to non-discriminatory housing- housing that is accessible and open to everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, or familial status.

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries in EACH group as follows:

1st Place – $100
2nd Place – $50
3rd Place – $25

Poster Contest Age Groups:
Group 1: Kindergarten – Third Grade
Group 2: Fourth – Sixth Grade
Group 3: Seventh – Twelfth Grade

Journalism Contest Age Group:
Group 4: Seventh – Twelfth Grade

The deadline for submitting the essay and poster is April 17, 2015. All entries must be delivered and in the possession of the:
City of Ferguson
110 Church Street
Ferguson, MO 63135
by close of business this date. Contest winners will be announced and honored on April 26, 2015 at the:
Ferguson Community Center
1050 Smith Avenue
Ferguson, MO 63135
3 – 5 p.m.

Download the full contest rules at the link below.”


image001NFTE is hosting FREE entrepreneurship camps this summer for students, 14 – 18 yrs old.

Where: St. Louis University’s John Cook School of Business
Time: 8:00am until 4:30pm
Grade level: High School students
Length of Camp: 2 weeks Monday- Friday

Camp activities include:

  • Classroom lessons: NFTE’s curriculum covers a range of topics such as return on investment, supply and demand, opportunity recognition, and marketing.
  • Field Trips: Students visit local wholesale districts or discount stores, participate in selling events, and meet local entrepreneurs.
  • Guest speakers: Entrepreneurs and business professionals bring the outside world into the classroom, presenting on various topics to complement lessons being taught throughout the course.
  • Business plan competition: Students present their business plans to a panel of judges, and compete for seed capital.

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship links young people to “real life” by teaching them the fundamentals of starting a business and planning for success.

NFTE provides a high-quality, meaningful entrepreneurship education experience for high school students in St. Louis. The program provides young people with the tools to see and grasp opportunity all around them and to build a future brighter than they had ever before imagined.

Every NFTE student gets a “mini-MBA”. Through key program elements, NFTE opens young peoples’ eyes to a world of opportunity and teaches them to find their path to success.