Ten80 Education invites YOU for VIP Coffee, Conversation, and Opportunity!

Posted by: | Posted on: October 6, 2015




Additional grant funds released for high school students to attend the STEM EXPO hosted by Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena is on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7TH!

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Solidworks, the U.S. Army, and other Ten80 sponsors have provided funds to support ALL expenses, including bus stipends and lunch during the four-hour STEM event, as well as up to $4,200 in materials and curriculum for each school attending with 25 -100 students.

RSVP to Mary Jane Smith  |  Ten80 Education
Director of Sales  | Educational Sales-Educator mjsmith@ten80education.com

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Join Us Tonight!!!!! Showcase Your Talents!! Open Arts!!

Posted by: | Posted on: October 2, 2015



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Tomorrow! Join Us!

Posted by: | Posted on: September 23, 2015


The FYI Youth Advisory Board will join together to plan fun ideas for our next Open Arts which is next Friday at 6pm!

OPEN ARTS offers young people inviting and positive opportunities to connect with others through healthy, creative expression and recreation on a monthly basis. Young people gather to witness professional artists in action. Guests are also able to learn techniques & try their hand in it. Basically, Open Arts is an open mic night just for young people! Once every month, we give young people the mic, the stage and/or whatever platform needed. We welcome art in all forms: Painting, Singing karaoke, Singing/Rapping original music, poetry, cooking demos and more! Join us at the meeting to get in where you would like and also join us for Open Arts! 


FYI Joins The Soul of Ferguson!

Posted by: | Posted on: September 15, 2015

Sunday, September 6th, we had the joy of being in attendance at The Soul of Ferguson! The event was hosted at The Ferguson Heights Church of Christ with recording artist Brian Owens, Ferguson Youth Initiative, Ribbons of Hope, Jade Harrell, and more! We had a great time and captured some photos just for you!


THIS Weekend! Scholarship Opportunities in Ferguson and Beyond!

Posted by: | Posted on: September 14, 2015

Friday, September 18th and Saturday, September 19th, Join us for this amazing opportunity!

There’s a great chance of colleges and universities awarding individuals with scholarships immediately! 

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Express Yourself! Ferguson Youth Now Have A Voice!

Posted by: | Posted on: September 11, 2015



The Ferguson Phoenix’s first meeting is this Saturday, September 12th from 2 p to 4 p at the Ferguson Public Library, and they need YOU! Ferguson Phoenix will be discussing the paper with youth and their parents to get started.  Future meetings will be held on Saturdays and Mondays moving forward.  Please call The Ferguson Library at 314.521.4820 and sign up.  Hope to see you soon!


Buy this beautiful children’s book & Support FYI

Posted by: | Posted on: September 1, 2015


We are pleased to announce that proceeds from the sale of this children’s book benefit FYI.


The author, Camille Lo Bianco, is a senior in high school. Besides writing, she enjoys the performing arts, traveling and languages. As a member of a minority group, Camille aims to contribute to society’s understanding of different cultures, and is an avid member of community service projects.
“At a time when media so heavily influences children, it is easy for them to forget that beauty is not only found in physical appearance, but is prevalent in their actions: beauty is found on the inside. I have always felt passionately about giving back to my community, and believe that even the smallest impact has the power to make a difference. When I discovered the Ferguson Youth Initiative, I realized its goals were similar to my own- to encourage a sense of pride and self-confidence in people, and to establish an environment that supports those people and what they stand for. I wrote this book as a reminder to not “judge a book by its cover” and to embrace yourself for who you are. I hope this book not only inspires all people to love themselves, but also serves as a way to further unite our community.”
51f22auHhiLExcerpt from book: When Plum is taken to a new home, she feels sad and lonely. Plum is self concious about her dark purple colors, and the other fruit often tease her. Then Plum meets Peach, and a true friendship unfolds. Will Peach be able to show Plum how beautiful she really is? The Peach and the Plum is an endearing story about friendship and inner beauty sure to appeal to all ages.
To purchase the book and #SupportYoungPeople, visit Amazon.com.










Next Steps starts September 2015

Posted by: | Posted on: September 1, 2015
FYI Next Steps Flyer
The Ferguson Youth Initiative (FYI) and their program partner, College Summit Missouri, are proposing the Next Steps program to provide teens (ages 15 to 19) skills in career readiness, job discovery, financing their future, and entry into a postsecondary institution. Next Steps will connect teens facing employment barriers to local opportunities of employment and provide job skills and strategies. This program will also expose teens to various professions through interaction with business professionals.
The Next Steps program will include monthly workshops that focus on preparing bios, resumes, interviewing techniques and professional behavior. Next Steps will offer teens an introduction to local businesses seeking summer employment and internships. Upon teens gaining employment, mentors will provide additional instruction on maintaining employment.  Financial literacy workshops will instruct teens on maintaining budgets and investment. The program will also address different school and employment options and opportunities based on the teen’s career thoughts, offer guest speakers, and provide trips to postsecondary institutions and places of employment.

Apply Here

CALL FOR RESUMES – Executive Director Position

Posted by: | Posted on: August 18, 2015

cropped-cropped-cropped-copy-FYI-Logo-rect-med-res1.pngThe Ferguson Youth Initiative (FYI) announces the immediate opening for the position of Executive Director. This announcement describes the candidate qualifications and procedure by which interested persons may apply. All information regarding this position and procedures are contained within this document.

Interested persons may submit the following credentials and any other information which best illustrates their capabilities in response to this posting:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • Three (3) Letters of References

For a full job description, click here: FYI _ Exec Director

Please send all information, in one submittal, electronically to info@fyifergyouth.org


• 9/09/15 – Applications Due
• 9/11-14/15 – Candidate Interviews
• 9/14/15 – Selection & Board Approval


Posted by: | Posted on: August 14, 2015

What Is The Youth Advisory Board About?

The city created a Youth Advisory Board to facilitate the involvement of young people in government processes in order to receive a youth perspective on issues which affect the city as a whole. Through the board, the city additionally seeks to empower youth to participate in improving their quality of life in the community. The Ferguson Youth Advisory Board (FYAB) will provide insight and feedback on issues relating to youth within city ordinances, long range planning and city-sponsored activities.

 Interested in Applying?

How to Get Started:

  • Members shall have resided within the limits of the City of Ferguson for a period of one (1) year prior to the appointment and must remain a resident throughout his or her term.

  • Every youth must have successfully completed the seventh (7th) grade and shall have neither graduated from high school nor reach his or her nineteenth (19th) birthday.

Expectations and Responsibilities

As a board member, you represent Ferguson as well as the City of Ferguson; therefore there are expectations and responsibilities that come with serving as a board member. Failure to follow any of these may lead to your dismissal on the board.

Meetings and Events – We have one meeting a month, with youth activities/events planned throughout the year. It is expected that you attend and show up on time to every meeting and event. If for some reason you cannot attend, you must contact one of the adult representatives in advance. Three absences can lead to dismissal from board.

Volunteering – Volunteering is essential for the success of this organization, and as a board member you are our first line of our volunteers. Volunteering at events will be part of your duty as a board member. Additionally helping in promotion of the organization and events will be expected of board members periodically.

Communication – Communication is very important to make this board and organization run seamlessly. As a board member you are expected to play an integral role in communication and help increase our range by sharing FYI activities with your friends and encouraging them to participate. If you have trouble with receiving communication or have a suggestion in other methods, contact an adult representative.






FYI Non-Profit Advisory Board Meeting Postponed!!!!!!!!

Posted by: | Posted on: August 10, 2015

Due to the State of Emergency,

it is not likely for our FYI Non-Profit Advisory Board Meeting to be held at City Hall tonight.

Check the FYI Calendar for the rescheduled meeting date.

-Ferguson Youth Initiative

Open Arts Was A Success Thanks to YOU!

Posted by: | Posted on: August 8, 2015
Thank you for joining us at Open Arts!

Thank you for joining us last night at Open Arts! There was an amazing turn out! Thank you to all the artists that graced the stage! Nadia, Dejah, NTegrity, Kwizz, Armani, Adam and everyone else you were amazing! We hope that you enjoyed yourself and that you will come again and bring your friends who will bring their friends! The talent was remarkable.

- Ferguson Youth Initiative

Join Us this Friday – Open Arts

Posted by: | Posted on: August 4, 2015

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Meeting This Saturday at 1pm! JOIN US!

Posted by: | Posted on: July 27, 2015



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Sunday Funday was a success thanks to YOU!


Parkway Sundays and the Ferguson Youth Initiative thanks everyone for joining us for such a spectacular festival! Everything was awesome from the music, popcorn, dancing, disc golf, face-painting, rock climbing, the firetrucks, the police cars and much more!


Rocking out here at Sunday Funday!! Are you here?? #bands #music #rock #amazing #funners #sundayfunday #ferguson #fyi

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There were so many resources and overall fun offered. We hope everyone had a blast just as we did here at FYI. Thank you once again and we can’t wait to see you at the next Sunday Funday! Stay tuned for details!

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates!

Dance battle here at Sunday Funday! Who do you think won?? ???????? #sundayfunday #stlouis #stl #funners #dancebattle #ferguson

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Trolley Service is available for Sunday Funday.

Posted by: | Posted on: July 16, 2015
Join Us This Sunday!!!!

The first pick up will be at 12:30 pm in the front of the Ferguson Sports Complex. It will drop off the riders at the Ferguson Community Center. For these riders, the bus will then take them back to the Forestwood location at 3:30 pm

The second pick up will be at 1 pm and at 830 S. Florissant Rd (the former design print shop) and will also drop them off at the Community Center. Then at 4:00 pm these riders will be taken back to the 830 S. Florissant Rd location.

Youth will need a parent or guardian with them to ride on the trolley. Thanks & see you on Sunday.

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Sunday Parkways VIDEO and Rally! Tune In Now!

Posted by: | Posted on: June 23, 2015


Posted by: | Posted on: June 16, 2015
Join Us This Sunday!!!!

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 More …


Posted by: | Posted on: June 11, 2015

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 More …

Attention Parents and Youth! There’s A Basketball Clinic Right Here In Ferguson! Sign Up Now!

Posted by: | Posted on: June 3, 2015

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!!

ServiceWorks Summer Workshops Starting Soon! Register Today!

Posted by: | Posted on: May 23, 2015

   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!


StL Youth Jobs: Ferguson Forward Summer Program!!!

Posted by: | Posted on: May 20, 2015

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!!


YOUNG PEOPLE! Apply for the Youth Achievement Award!!!

Posted by: | Posted on: May 15, 2015

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



Posted by: | Posted on: May 10, 2015


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



Posted by: | Posted on: May 5, 2015

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 Hiring Local High School Students & Recent Graduates!!

Posted by: | Posted on: April 30, 2015
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:


FYI’s 1st Annual Banquet SOLD OUT! |Thank You For Supporting Young People!

Posted by: | Posted on: April 22, 2015
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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!


Recruits Wanted!!! Dancers! Horn Line! Flag Line! Drum Line! Join Now!

Posted by: | Posted on: April 14, 2015

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!


City of Ferguson Fair Housing Month Poster and Journalism Contest

Posted by: | Posted on: April 6, 2015

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.”