#WEOUTSIDE For Our Babies, Our Communities, Our Futures

WEPOWER Weekend, Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28,  is a free three-day event for families, changemakers, entrepreneurs, and friends to celebrate, build community, and activate our power.


WEPOWER Weekend kicks off with the #WEOUTSIDE Garden Party at Magic Chef Mansion from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.on Friday, August 26. The event is a celebration of excellence, joy, and community power featuring live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres by The Culture Food Group, two drink tickets, and remarks from WEPOWER CEO Charli Cooksey, WEPOWER community members, and #WEOUTSIDE Co-Chairs Khalia Collier, Vice President of Community Relations at St. Louis CITY SC, Owner of St. Louis Surge,  and Dave Peacock, Chief Operating Officer, Continental Grain; Former President, Anheuser-Busch and President & Chief Operating Officer, Schnuck Markets. Attendance for this event is limited, so those interested in attending should RSVP quickly.

#WEOUTSIDE Community Day takes place Saturday, August 27, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Hyde Park where the whole family will enjoy music, activities, and entertainment curated by Frizzy by Nature. Hosted by Hey Young World, guests can take in the vibe with live performances from Dre’Co, DJ AgileOne, Saint Boogie Brass Band and Spirit of Angela West African Dance and Drum. Kids will be pleased to find face painting, an animal petting zoo, balloon twisters, and more.  Local entrepreneurs will sell their wares at the Elevate/Elevar Marketplace and tasty food truck treats and drinks will be available for purchase. 

#WEOUTSIDE Self-Care Sunday rounds out the series on August 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. again in Hyde Park. Guests are encouraged to leave the stressors of the year behind and come relax, relate and release with the WEPOWER Community during guided meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga with the STL Collective. A complimentary brunch will be served to guests. This event is free, and yogis of all ages are welcome, from beginners to advanced. Come hungry and work up an appetite!


Throughout the campaign, WEPOWER aims to raise $200,000 to support changemakers, entrepreneurs, and Black and Latinx women interested in exploring running for public office. Justine Petersen, St. Louis Community Foundation, Arch Grants, Cortex, and Commerce Bank are among the first to sponsor. Click through our sponsorship packet to learn how to join this epic team.

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At the most basic level, WEPOWER’s work is about building relationships, then activating them towards a future where we are cared for and have the resources we all need to be well. This mission is powered by community support. WEPOWER encourages attendees to consider a gift or learn about our coalitions, or apply to be a changemaker.


After over two years of physically being inside, trying to make sense of all the injustice happening in our world with television screens, cellphones, and laptops in our homes as our portals to outside, while also navigating the COVID-19 pandemic across St. Louis, East St. Louis, and beyond, WEPOWER will boldly return to being outside, figuratively and literally, and we are inviting you and neighbors across both sides of the river to join us! This summer and beyond, we are outside building power and wealth for our babies, our communities, our futures.

What does it mean to be outside?
For us to be outside means to engage in oral, written, and digital storytelling efforts that amplify the voices of everyday Black and Latinx changemakers and entrepreneurs working together to build a better St. Louis. Outside means to advance the development of a new generation of community leaders and strong early childhood and economic justice coalitions that support our region’s youngest and the neighborhoods their families call home. Outside means to grow the number of thriving St. Louis-based Black and Latinx businesses and the collective economic power of marginalized St. Louisans.

Outside means to embrace the critical role wellness and healing – from yoga to meditation – plays in our collective liberation and forward progress. Lastly, and importantly, outside means to build beloved community together through unforgettable in-person experiences filled with food, fun, music, art, joy, and authentic opportunities to connect with new and old friends committed to racial justice.