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[SOLD OUT] Young Leaders for Civic Change: Eliminating Gun Violence (St. Louis, MO)

  • Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being 1000 North Vandeventer Street St. Louis, MO 63113 United States (map)

Due to an increased interest in this program, we are sold out. If you’re interested in joining the waitlist for the program, email Antionette Carroll at

Join us in the movement for Eliminating Gun Violence in St. Louis, MO.

Since the start of the 2019 Summer, more than a dozen young people have died gun-related deaths in the St. Louis region. Gun violence in St. Louis isn’t only a problem, but an epidemic. Creative Reaction Lab, St. Louis Promise Zone, and St. Louis County’s ReCAST are inviting Black and Latinx high school youth to co-create interventions to eliminate gun violence in the St. Louis region (across the St. Louis City and County divide). These youth leaders (in addition to invitations to their educators to participate) will receive funding, community, and support to design more peaceful and equitable St. Louis neighborhoods using a civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and creative problem solving lens.

Space is limited so only youth able to participate in Friday, Saturday and Sunday programming should register.

Program Timeline:

Friday, September 20 | 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Dinner Provided. Evening programming will focus on understanding the role of self identity and power in designing ideal neighborhoods.

Saturday, September 21 | 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Continental Breakfast and Lunch Provided. Day programming will focus on understanding the impact of gun violence on the region, brainstorming ideas to address the issue, and developing basic pilots/prototypes.

Sunday, September 22 | 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lunch Provided. Participating youth will think about their future civic roles in the St. Louis community and present final pilots/prototypes to St. Louis community.

Program Benefits:

Student participants will be provided the following opportunities:

  • Funding for your idea. Student teams (developed in the program) will receive funding from St. Louis County ReCast to bring the first version of their idea to life.

  • Your work will be showcased regionally and nationally.

  • Growing network and mentorship. In addition to connecting with young leaders across the St. Louis city, meet local and national leaders working in design, business, community organizing, government, entrepreneurship, and more.

  • Post-program love. Once you graduate from Creative Reaction Lab, the love doesn’t end. Students will receive invitations to local, regional, and national opportunities. Need a letter a recommendation? Just ask. Or, just want to talk? We’re open to that as well. You’re family.

  • Participation Stipend Youth participants will receive a $150 participation stipend for their participation in the entire weekend of programming.