Portions of South St. Louis, especially Dutchtown and Gravois Park, are challenged by an abundance of youth and a lack of comprehensive youth development programs to empower them with the skills and attitudes needed to graduate from high school and achieve long-term success. Youth in these neighborhoods are especially vulnerable to violence and academic failure.
Parents, social service agencies, elected officials, and kids have voiced the need for comprehensive youth services in this part of the City.
Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club is the right agency to address this need. GSGBC has a 90-year, proven record of successfully helping kids achieve their full potential. We have committed to expand to a second site to meet the needs of the unserved youth of Dutchtown. To achieve this, we will renovate a hundred-year-old school building located at 3216 Pulaski Ave. This will provide a safe and welcoming space for 280 children and youth annually through After-School and Summer Programs.
We believe that our programs are capable of playing a crucial role in the stabilization of Dutchtown through comprehensive youth development to help kids escape the cycle of poverty.