The city of St. Louis Announces Summer Youth Activities and Employment Opportunities

Today, the city of St. Louis announced its summer youth programs and youth employment opportunities to keep youth across the city engaged in safe and supportive environments all summer long.

Parents, grandparents and caregivers know firsthand how stressful it can be to find free, fun, safe and educational opportunities for their babies during the summer, said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. That’s why it’s so important that we have so many great opportunities available to children and teens in the summer months, and we want to make sure it’s easy to get information about these resources.

The City’s Recreation Division offers services including swimming lessons, dance programs, sports such as basketball, baseball, softball and soccer, and other fun activities such as chess club and movie and game nights.

For youth ages 13 and older, the City in partnership with St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission is expanding hours and programming at Tandy and Cherokee Recreation Centers on Fridays and Saturdays between June 14 and August. 24, keeping the recreation centers open from 8:00 p.m. to midnight.

The summer outdoor pool season began on May 25, and the Chambers, Fairground and Marquette pools are now open seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 15 and older looking for a summer job are invited to apply for lifeguard positions.

Even more summer employment opportunities can be found through St. Louis Agency for Training and Employment (SLATE) Summer Youth Employment Program. The program provides paid summer employment to city residents ages 1,424. Participants work in various clerical and assistant roles with government agencies, libraries, community organizations, for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Also this summer, the city’s Office of Violence Prevention will continue its monthly Kickback community events, which feature music, food, vendors and community partners addressing conflict resolution and de-escalation of violence. OVP also offers safe storage information and gun locks at Kickback events, which take place on the third Saturday of each month. The next two events will be June 15 and July 20 from 2-6 pm at Barrett Brothers Park and 4731 Virginia Ave., respectively.

The city also wants to highlight the wonderful opportunities for youth ages 0 to 17 to keep their bodies and minds fit this summer through the reading and exploration programs offered by St. Louis and St. Louis Public Library. Louis County Public Library. Go on an adventure with a variety of activities focused on STEM, art, outdoors, St. Louis, and reading, and get a free book after signing up!

To learn more about summer youth activities and employment in St. Louis, visit or @stlyouthcorner Linktree.

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