ST. LOUIS – State Rep. Steven Roberts has made youth empowerment a top priority during his legislative service in an effort to bring about positive change in St. Louis. Roberts was a special guest speaker for the graduation ceremonies at Pamoja Preparatory Academy and Yeatman-Liddell Preparatory Middle School earlier this summer, where parents and teachers shared the struggle many students have in obtaining the basic school supplies they need.
One of the efforts Roberts has made outside of the legislative arena is to organize a Back to School Fair at Yeatman-Liddell Preparatory School that will be held on August 12th to benefit elementary and middle school students in the 77th district. The goal of the program is to provide the necessary school supplies and to connect young people with community partners who can provide encouragement and mentorship. “It was important to me to have students meet the men and women in uniform who protect and serve their communities, I am honored to have the St. Louis Firefighter’s as well as St. Louis City and County Police Officers Associations participation and help in sponsoring the event.”
“Providing youth with opportunities and the tools they need, is critical to their success. That is why I am partnering with the Little Bit Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on being a dedicated provider to fulfill students’ essential needs – be it physical, emotional or behavioral,” said Roberts, D-St. Louis. “Our goal is to help transform young people into self-confident, motivated, ready-to-learn students. We’re fortunate the corporate environment here in St. Louis is dedicated to giving back to the community.”
Roberts was able to pull together a diverse assortment of organizations who have recognized the importance of providing children with the materials they need to learn. Additional sponsors of the school event include: The Onder Law Firm, The Simon Law Firm, Missouri Trial Lawyers Care, Penman & Winton Consulting, Ameren Missouri, Monsanto, St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council, and UAW Region 5.
As a legislator, Roberts co-sponsored the adult high school bill, which the governor signed into law on July 5th. He also sponsored legislation to restart the Youth Challenge Academy, and he plans to file similar legislation for the 2018 legislative session.
“While working as a prosecutor, I realized that a lack of education is a continuing problem in the city of St. Louis. As a state representative, I am committed to ensuring opportunities are available to Missouri’s youth. Supporting legislation that promotes education and employment are my focus as the ranking minority member of workforce development,” said Roberts.
He added, “I am excited about engaging with students during the back to school event. I had the opportunity to meet with the Farragut Academy students, who were the winners of the St. Louis Public School’s first annual Love of Learning Design Competition when they came to visit the capital. We have community partners who focus on youth-oriented programming attending the fair. We will have representatives from Southeast Missouri State University, HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum, Missouri Faith Voices, Imagery Caterpillars, The Love Project, North Newstead Association, Ferguson 1000, Connections to Success, Telamon Industries, and the Urban League.”
Supplies are limited, and parents who intend to bring their children to the fair are encouraged to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 751-1400 with the student’s name, grade and school.
The fair will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Yeatman-Liddell Middle School located at 4265 Athlone Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63115.
For more information, contact Rep. Steven Roberts at 573-751-1400.