City Hall: The city of St. Louis introduces Summer Fun STL, and it is an initiative for the youths

Mayor Tishaura Jones took to Twitter to discuss an initiative that will give the youth a sense of purpose this summer.

is creating better opportunities for our youth this summer with jobs, camps, and educational programs!

St. Louis Youth Development Collaborative

A Mayor Jones initiative, the Youth Development Collaborative offers youth programming sites for the summer.

Mission and Vision

The Youth Development Collaborative’s vision is a city where all programming outside of the school day enhances learning and responds to the physical, social, and emotional needs of all children and their families by offering activities that help youth grow, learn, and develop.

Mayor Tishaura Jones/Twitter

Summer Programming

The Mayor’s Office of the City of St. Louis and the Department of Health are committed to evidence-informed programs that provide fun, safe and nurturing experiences for youth and disrupt the cycle of violence. Summer enrichment programs play a key role in cognitive, academic, social, and physical development.  The benefits of high-quality afterschool enrichment activities carry forward into adulthood and are associated with fewer problem behaviors and less crime as well as higher educational attainment in adulthood.

Programming Details

Programming will take place during the month of June between 2 pm and 6 pm (serving snack) and the month of July between 8 am and 6 pm (serving breakfast, lunch, and snack).

  1. Open for ages 5-17
  2. Academic enrichment
  3. Character development
  4. Fun activities by local programs
  5. Open to all youth in STL City (not limited to SLPS students)

Partner Programs

Good Journey Summer Leadership Academy 
Ages 9-16
June 5 – July 21, Monday – Friday 
9am to 5:30pm
1020 N. Taylor St, St. Louis, MO 63113
Contact: 314-229-9079, []

Throwing and Growing Free Summer Camp for Girls
Ages 8-18
June 6 – July 27, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
7:30am – 3:30pm – Breakfast, Lunch, And Snack
Throwing and Growing Facility, 5107 Robin Ave, St. Louis, MO 63120
Contact: (314) 650-1008, []

Thomas Dunn Center Learning Camps 
Full list of programming and date’s can be found on the organization’s website [].
3113 Gasconade St, St. Louis, MO 63118
Contact: (314) 353-3050,

Circus Harmony Summer Camps 
Five sessions running from June 5th – August 11th 
The City Museum, 750 N 16th St, St. Louis, MO 63103

St. Louis City Recreation Division Summer Programs

The City offers many different programs at its 7 recreation centers, including boxing, arts and crafts, media production, dance, fitness, computer skills, summer camps, swimming and more.

Read more about recreation division programs

Summer Youth Employment Program

SLATE’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP-STL) provides the City residents ages 14–24 with paid employment during the summer. Eligible participants will work in various clerical and assistant roles with government agencies, libraries, community organizations, for-profits, and nonprofits.

Read more about SLATE’s Summer Youth Employment Program

Office of Violence Prevention Events 

The St. Louis Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), a division of the St. Louis Department of Public Safety, hosts monthly community events to distribute secure storage information and gun locks in St. Louis parks. Join the #OVPKickback for music, food, vendors, and community partners who address conflict resolution and violence de-escalation. Events are hosted on the third Saturday of every month. 

Saturday, June 17 –  Mount Pleasant Park
Saturday, August 19 – Location TBD
Saturday, September 16 – Location TBD
Saturday, October 21 – Location TBD

City Swimming Pools

The City of St. Louis has three outdoor and four indoor swimming pools at its recreation centers. View pool locations and schedules.

Free Summer Food Program

Good nutrition doesn’t have to end when school closes for the summer.

School’s Out Cafe is the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsored by the City of St. Louis that runs from June 5 to August 11, 2023 and serves children 18 and under who need meals during the summer.

Read more about the Free Summer Food Program


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