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Maritz Gives to 14 Non-Profit Organizations

September 07, 2015

Improving academic achievement throughout the St. Louis region remains an ongoing goal for St. Louis’ schools, colleges, non-profit organizations, citizens and corporations who support education in the region.

The Maritz Corporate Giving Council awarded 14 education-based, non-profit organizations financial grants this quarter. In addition to financial support, our non-profit partners can benefit from the time and expertise of Maritz employees.

Read on to learn how each organization will apply its grant toward educational endeavors and the impact each program will have on the community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

Provides services to youth attending St. Louis Public Schools ensuring they achieve ABC success in school, graduate high school, and are on track to achieve E3 success – enroll in post-secondary education, enlist in the military, become gainfully employed upon high school graduation.

Impact: 660 at-risk youth/parent/volunteer mentors/school partner in the Greater St. Louis Area.

Wyman Center

Wyman continues to evolve and expand in its role as a regional and national leader in teen development practice and theory as well as direct program delivery. Wyman will utilize the Maritz grant to help implement its programs and adult trainings in St. Louis and around the United States.

Impact: Wyman’s Teen Leadership Program (TLP) serves 330 teens in the Greater St. Louis Area, and through a network of replication partners across the U.S., Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® (TOP) serves 35,000 middle and high school age teens.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

Project Anti-Violence Education (PAVE) – an innovative program addressing the prevalent problem of bullying and youth violence. The program is designed to: (1) educate, empower and assist youth in understanding and dealing with aggression and violence; (2) teach healthy relationship skills; and (3) foster strong and confident leaders. The program is facilitated by Girl Scout staff members, and offered free-of-charge to youth in K-12 schools.

Impact: 20,000 in the St. Louis Region.

Webster University

Student Literacy Corps (SLC) and Math Tutoring Programs – provide Webster University students with valuable service learning tutoring experiences within the St. Louis community. SLC tutors work with new and struggling readers, including children, teens, and adults, with the aim of improving their literacy skills to help them reach their full academic and life potential. New this year is the addition of the Math Tutoring Program for elementary students struggling in mathematics.

Impact: 1,200 students and 85 SLC tutors in the Greater St. Louis Area.

Junior Achievement

Work Readiness, Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy Program – programming to support financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness education to students in kindergarten-high school. JA helps kids learn about important economic fundamentals, fosters student desire to stay in school and develop their abilities and skills, and mentor relationships with caring adults throughout the community.

Impact: 1,148 students in the St. Louis Area.

COCA (Center of Creative Arts)

Interchange Program – a COCA-led, arts education collaborative of more than 30 area arts and cultural organizations and national trainers working with local teaching artists and classroom teachers serving predominantly low-income schools in the St. Louis area. The program is designed to improve student engagement and achievement in the classroom through arts-integration residencies and strategies that help students develop the “four C skills” needed to essential to our economy, the vibrancy of our communities and the success of the next generation: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication Skills.

Impact: 1,125 students in the Greater St. Louis Area.


High School Program – funding will maintain and expand the program to address the need for an educated workforce by providing mentoring, academic tutoring, career exploration and hands-on enrichment. The program consists of: field trips, clubs (robotics/super mileage challenge), college preparation classes, college visits, dual enrollment, resume preparation, Summer Academy at Ranken, Summer Leadership Academy; UF Clubs - Robotics and Super Mileage Challenge, chess club, speech debate, drum line; Real World Business Partnership (new) – business partners will provide exposure to real world jobs for UF kids during the school year.

Impact: 200 students in the Greater St. Louis Area.

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Studio Schools Teacher Preparation Program - this model aims to produce educators for the 21st century economy, fluent in interdisciplinary, collaborative, and critical thinking skills that today’s K-12 students require to succeed. The program consists of 5 major components: 1) Two-Semester Practicum; 2) Community Internship; 3) Focus on second language learners and students with special needs; 4) Mentoring and professional development; 5) Teacher Inquiry Project – (exploration of teaching and learning improvements).

Impact: 300 UMSL students and 6,850 K-12 students (with 35 schools in 14 school districts, plus 1 charter school and 1 independent school) in the St. Louis Region.

LaunchCode Foundation

LaunchCode Mentor Center, a new community center in North St. Louis that will provide technology exposure, education, and mentorship to people of all ages and backgrounds, with a particular focus on women, minorities, and youth ages 16 to 24. The project will address the technology skills gap among these populations and will also work to increase diversity in the IT community. Additionally, the Mentor Center will be designed to reduce or remove economic barriers to opportunity, and as a result, most of the center’s programs will be free.

Impact: 1,600 youth in the St. Louis Region.

St. Louis Children’s Choirs

Music Made Together Program – a custom-designed, interactive program to help music educators and students with high-quality choral music experiences and enhanced choral skills through in-school learning, individual classroom observations, and hands-on experiences. In partnership with the Des Lee Fine Arts Educational Collaborative, SLCC will offer this program to four under-resourced school districts: St. Louis Public Schools, Normandy Schools, Jennings School, and University City Schools.

Impact: 24,080 students in the Greater St. Louis Area.

Sherwood Forest

Quest and Outdoor Education Programming – provides low-income and disadvantaged youth quality year-round programs (grades 1-12) anchored in residential camp experience designed to promote individual growth and positive relationships as well as address summer learning loss. These programs reinforce classroom learning by allowing students to explore STEM topics, creative arts, and leadership in an alternative setting.

Impact: 1,310 youth in the St. Louis Region.

St. Louis Public Library

Literacy and After-school Education Programs offered free of charge at 13 branch locations throughout the City of St. Louis. These programs include: Homework Helpers, Read It Forward, Reading Pays, Summer Reading Club, Play Date Theater, and HiSET. Library staff works in collaboration with the St. Louis Public Schools as well as many private and parochial schools to build program awareness.

Impact: 30,000 students in the St. Louis Region plus internal access through online databases and downloadable materials to patrons around the world.

St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association, Inc.

Early Childhood Outreach Program - provides early intervention for at-risk children with educational programs that facilitate cognitive, social/emotional, language, and skill growth. The program provides early intervention for children experiencing learning and/or behavioral issues. St. Louis LDA partners with early childhood centers located within pockets of low income and marginalized populations to provide professional development, support to parents, and one-on-one interaction with children.

Impact: 1,907 youth; 43 area centers; 241 classrooms, 366 teachers/center directors in the Greater St. Louis Area.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation

Literacy and STEM programming designed to increase literacy and math skills, increase self-confidence, improve social skills, and get parents more engaged in their child’s education. This program provides learning opportunities to help youth become more competitive for college and career opportunities through year-round programming including after school and summer camp programs. In partnership with the Greater East St. Louis Youth Agency Coordinating Council, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation is committed to expanding the number of children served and to include more literacy and STEM programming.

Impact: 2,200 youth in the Greater East St. Louis Area.