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New Initiative In St. Louis Aimed At Helping Youth Facing Municipal Fines

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New Initiative In St. Louis Aimed At Helping Youth Facing Municipal Fines

St. Louis, MO  (KTRS)  There’s a new initiative in the city of St. Louis aimed at helping young people facing municipal fines. Mayor Francis Slay held a news conference Tuesday on the early success of a pilot program called the Civil Liberties Jobs Program. It gives unemployed young people with municipal fines the opportunity to have […]

New Initiative In St. Louis Aimed At Helping Youth Facing Municipal Fines

St. Louis, MO  (KTRS)  There’s a new initiative in the city of St. Louis aimed at helping young people facing municipal fines.

Mayor Francis Slay held a news conference Tuesday on the early success of a pilot program called the Civil Liberties Jobs Program. It gives unemployed young people with municipal fines the opportunity to have their court fines reduced in exchange for getting on-the-job training and seeking long-term employment.

The Civil Liberties Jobs Program is a partnership between the City’s Municipal Court and St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE).

Slay says this is “a hand up not a hand out.” He adds “it’s transforming civil fines from a punishment that can derail a young person’s life to a process that can get them back on track.”

 

Vashon is among the young people who participated in this pilot program. “It helped me get a job and financially empower myself. I just appreciate everything and I encourage any young people to try to sign up and get enrolled.”

The program is for unemployed young adults between the ages of 16 and 24, facing a non-violent municipal fine.

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