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A Conversation Between Longtime Eastside Residents, Marie and Sam

A Conversation Between Longtime Eastside Residents, Marie and Sam

Our children are our future champions. Strip away the bad roads, the politics, the economics, and they are what East St. Louis is made of. We’ve got to make sure they’re acknowledged and recognized and taught that they are geniuses—that they can be proud of the place they’re from.

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Why I care about East St. Louis public schools | The St. Louis American

Why I care about East St. Louis public schools | The St. Louis American

Students show up to school with the trauma of systematic racism on their shoulders and are just expected to grow in an environment that doesn’t value them as human beings.

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ESTL Cohort Launch First Ed-Advocacy Campaign

ESTL Cohort Launch First Ed-Advocacy Campaign

Today, after several months of community organizing training, community engagement, policy research, and data analysis, a number of concerned parents, students, educators, and community members have come together in hopes of elevating the district to new levels.

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WEPOWER Finalist for 2019 Camelback Ventures

WEPOWER Finalist for 2019 Camelback Ventures

We’re proud to be a finalist for the 2019 Camelback Ventures! We’re honored to be in company with wonderful thought leaders and creators.

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BOA President Debate: Questions from the People

BOA President Debate: Questions from the People

The BOA President is the second most powerful position in the city and helps to determine when and how the city’s dollars are spent. For that reason, it is important to convene a space for candidates to respond to real questions from their potential constituents.

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Have we Given up on Early Childhood Education?

Have we Given up on Early Childhood Education?

I’ve spoken to folks across St. Louis city and county—families, educators, school and business leaders—who are worried that we are leaving a huge number of kids behind.

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WE Dare to Demand a Better St. Louis

WE Dare to Demand a Better St. Louis

This April 2018, 16 Black women from across North St. Louis City, of all ages and backgrounds convened to embark upon a journey of self-exploration and community change. None of them exactly​ knew what they were getting themselves into…

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Apply to the Tomorrow Builders Fellowship

Apply to the Tomorrow Builders Fellowship

Right now, our early childhood education system is poorly designed. Want to do something about it? Check out this FAQ to see if applying to our new fellowship is for you!

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Take it from this SLPS Parent: We need to talk about school funding | The Riverfront Times

Take it from this SLPS Parent: We need to talk about school funding | The Riverfront Times

Before starting at Gateway Middle seventh grade I was forced into motherhood. I had to figure out how to balance school and still have a child. One day I was Smart Alexis, and then all of a sudden I was Alexis with the Baby

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Vision 2018

Vision 2018

We co-hosted and sponsored this year’s Vision conference that brought together hundreds of St. Louis entrepreneurs interested in launching and scaling new ventures. We loved connecting with the participants at our booth!