Youth Centers Up Hours And The Wi-Fi To Take In Kids While Schools Are Closed

The biggest challenge so far for employees of the Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club is getting the Wi-Fi to reach every nook and cranny where students are spread out doing lessons on their school-issued devices.

“Our building is basically a cinder block, so getting Wi-Fi through some of those hardy 1950s walls has been an interesting adventure,” said Jeremy Kane, a development officer for the club in the Soulard neighborhood.

Boys and Girls Clubs helping parents fill gaps during time of virtual learning

ST. LOUIS ( — While school districts grapple with how and when to return to the classroom, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis are expanding their hours to fill some gaps for parents.

Clubs like Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club in Soulard have changed their hours and changed their programs to try to help parents during the pandemic.

Young Superheroes Take To The Streets of Soulard

ST. LOUIS ( — A parade of superheroes wearing capes and masks took to the streets of Soulard Wednesday for a peace parade.

News 4’s Steve Harris was on hand to talk to the young superheroes about what their mission is all about.

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‘Just sharing love’: Kids in St. Louis march to promote peace amid civil unrest, pandemic

SOULARD, Mo (KMOX) – They held signs that read “Black Lives Matter,” wore superhero capes and chanted “don’t hate, appreciate” in a “Peace Parade” held by Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club on Wednesday morning.

One of the kids in the one-mile walk, Ronald Story, says his favorite part was “sharing love.”

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Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club of St. Louis supports families amid COVID-19 outbreak

Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club of St. Louis delivered meals and dental kids to families in South City.
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Program Adjustments during COVID-19

Joan Slay

September 19, 1931 – January 24, 2020

Joan was the matriarch of her family and of the Club. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. Joan was never more proud of our work than when we expanded to serve girls a few years ago, and she was equally supportive of our expansion to a second site. Joan and Gene loved their city and shared mutual compassion, responsibility and generous hearts for the less fortunate in our region. Known as “Sweet Joan” to all that knew her, Joan embodied kindness, warmth and grace. 

Joan was born in St. Louis on September 19, 1931. She attended Roosevelt High School, where she excelled academically, graduating at 16. Joan was a talented artist and a member of Gamma Delta Phi sorority in high school. After graduation, Joan, along with her sister Jean and friends, rode the Admiral Riverboat, where Joan was approached to dance by a very handsome Gene Slay.  Four years later, in June of 1952, they married and raised seven children and became the proud grandparents of twelve. 

Joan was involved at St. Raphael the Archangel’s parish, St. Joseph’s Academy and CBC High School during her children’s school years before moving to their home in west St. Louis County. While she enjoyed watching and attending Cardinal baseball games, the Opening Day appearance by the Clydesdales was really her favorite part!  

Always smiling, Joan’s beauty radiated from the inside out. We will cherish her memory in our hearts and miss and love her forever.