AT&T* is committed to helping build a better tomorrow for youth in the St. Louis Promise Zone and similar areas. We’re doing that through a new initiative we call Believe St. LouisSM. Believe St. Louis is designed to help empower young people through education, mentoring and career preparation in collaboration with government, education, business and non-profits in the St. Louis area. The initiative will expose youth to new pathways to success with the goal of improving lives, advancing at-risk neighborhoods and reducing youth violence.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, Urban League CEO Michael McMillan and Trina Clark James from Npower joined AT&T Missouri President Craig Unruh at today’s Believe St. Louis launch at the William L. Clay Sr. Auditorium at Harris-Stowe State University.
“Missourians are at our best when we come together with a common cause focused on improving the lives of our neighbors and our communities,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Believe St. Louis, which brings together corporate partners, community organizations, faith leaders, and the public sector, serves as wonderful example of our citizens uniting to expose our youth to new pathways for success.”
“The Urban League is truly grateful to AT&T for their decades of support of our programs,” said Michael McMillan, President & CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. “Believe St. Louis is another excellent example of their commitment to giving back, making a difference and providing resources to those that are most in need in our region. Whether it is providing care packages for our Head Start Students, providing food and clothing to our Outreach Centers or supporting the creation of our Save Our Sons Workforce Development Program, AT&T and its employees are always there to lend a helping hand to St. Louis.”
“We’re excited to launch Believe St Louis and collaborate with other organizations and businesses to help improve the lives and outlook of our youth,” said Craig Unruh, President – AT&T Missouri. “Working together, we can help ensure all our area youth have opportunities to become their best.”
As part of our work to support St. Louis-area youth, we are proud to announce collaborations with, and financial contributions of more than $1 million to, more than 30 organizations, including:
- Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
- Better Family Life
- Washington University for their College Career Prep Program
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- United Way
Immediately following the press conference AT&T employees participated in a number of volunteer opportunities, including:
- Building care packages for Urban League Head Start classrooms and volunteers reading with their students;
- Volunteering at Harris-Stowe’s early childhood education center; and
- Retail job-shadowing at local AT&T and Cricket stores.