ACTIVATE CHANGEMAKERS

Power-Building Academy

The Power-Building Academy is an entry point for community members who want to lead change. Over seven months, a place-based class of up to 35 residents partner with WEPOWER to learn, collaborate, and take action.

Residents—AKA Power-Builders—work to achieve policy change that strengthens outcomes for kids in their community.

Power-Builders learn how to lead policy change by…

A Catalyst for Change

September 20, 2021

WEPOWER Recruits Second Cohort of Black and Latinx Women Preparing For Public Leadership

September 1, 2021

Supporting the Soles of St. Louis

August 21, 2021

WEPOWER Launches $1.5 Million Fund to Invest in Black and Latinx Entrepreneurs in North St. Louis

August 4, 2021

The Worlds We Invest In: Building Economy and Community in St. Louis and Honduras

July 13, 2021

Support Black Owned Businesses Today and Every Day

June 18, 2021

2021 Elevate/Elevar Cohort

March 29, 2021

A Whole Different Vibration

March 15, 2021

Justice Is My Favorite Word

February 26, 2021

Help Select Our Next Cohort of Black and Latinx Founders

February 22, 2021

Our Dreams Hold Hands

January 29, 2021

2020 Reflections | The Audacity to Confront Audacious Injustice

January 1, 2021

Reflecting on 2020: One Good Thing

December 28, 2020

WEPOWER & Kiva Join Forces to Address Racial Disparities In Access to Capital, Offer Zero Interest Loans to STL Small Business Owners

December 10, 2020

What’s Next SLPS Calls to Action on Permanent School Closures

December 7, 2020

Go Ask Alice

November 17, 2020

Choose the Change that Transforms St. Louis this November and Beyond

October 22, 2020

My World Has Changed Its Face

October 21, 2020

‘Let’s Rise Together!’ Why I Stand with Rise 189’s Call for Education Justice

October 20, 2020

The Most Important Vote You Cast This November Might Not Be for President, but for Our Children. (Brought to You by the Letter ‘R’)

September 29, 2020

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Better Budgets, Better Schools Campaign Update

 

Since September 2018, we’ve been on the ground pushing for change, building a powerful movement, and achieving tangible wins towards our demands. You’ve been a part of this effort to drive change.

Together, we have achieved tangible wins. The progress that has been achieved to date wouldn’t be possible without you, your support, your belief, and your action.

To support Saint Louis Public Schools with formally adopting these demands, we have published this policy toolkit that includes research, case studies on other school systems, and a draft resolution.

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'What’s Next SLPS?' Campaign

 

St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) faces a crisis: plummeting enrollment has caused the district to lose roughly 90,000 students since the 1970s. 😱 SLPS has responded to this crisis by closing and consolidating schools.

Power Builders have joined this work, and they, a coalition of North STL parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, educators, and concerned citizens, believe school closures are an opportunity to reimagine what’s next for SLPS.

“ELEVATE ESTL”

CAMPAIGN FOR A COMMUNITY BENEFITS AGREEMENT & BETTER JOBS

This campaign is being launched by all-Black group of East St. Louisans. Elevate ESTL, a community organizing campaign requests that:

  1. East St. Louis City Council passes a Community Benefits Agreement ordinance.
  2. The City and newly formed Community Committee develop and monitor a first source hiring program.
  3. The City of East St. Louis launches a workforce development fund.
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“I’m always looking for ways to improve the education system that my daughter has to grow up in, that I grew up in. I know this is a start. ”

ALEXIS BATES, POWER-BUILDER

FOR INQUIRIES, CONTACT CARA PUGH