Beyond Housing is excited to announce that Ameren has made a $20,000 donation to support programs for youths in the 24:1 Community.
Each year these programs support hundreds of students within the 24:1 Community in North St. Louis County. In addition to helping further the academic achievements in the Normandy Schools Collaborative, the programs play a vital role in the development of children by creating positive experiences and fostering social and leadership skills outside of the classroom.
The supported programs include:
- The After School Program is a state-licensed program that extends classroom learning through academic enrichment and activities to enhance social-emotional development. Academic support is provided through homework help and small-group tutoring from licensed teachers, while socio-emotional development is supported through a number of arts activities, field trips, and sports.
- Freedom School is a summer program based on the successful Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School model. Through a variety of field trips, social activities, and a National Day of Social Action, Freedom School promotes youth empowerment, leadership, and creativity. Freedom School also helps to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps through a strong literacy foundation in line with Common Core Standards.
- Redbird Rookies, Beyond Housing’s summer baseball league, provides opportunities for 250 low-income youth to participate in sports. In partnership with Cardinals Care, children receive free uniforms, gloves, bats, balls, and other equipment. The program helps children stay active, develop teamwork skills, and engage in positive activities outside of school.
Thanks to the generosity of Ameren, these programs will help us continue to create successful, thriving children and support our mission of making entire communities better places to live.