Covenant House MO’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) was started by our youth and is overseen by our youth. They are a group of youth living in the Transitional Living Program who meet once a month to discuss ways to improve the CHMO community and ways to reach out to others in the larger community. They also write and produce their own newsletter and bring in occasional speakers to help broaden our horizons. They invited Mattie Moore from Senator Claire McCaskill’s office to talk about the role of our Senators as well as the role we all play in our political system. She encouraged the youth to vote and participate in the census in order to be instruments of change in the community. Thanks for visiting Mattie!
Posted by Sue Wagener | Filed under Covenant House Youth
This is my mom and her garden rangers. She works for Covenant House Missouri. Covenant House is the largest privately-funded childcare agency in the United States providing shelter and service to homeless and runaway youth. My mom works as an employment coach with youth aged 16-21. She basically mentors and teaches these kids how to become a responsible, contributing citizen. She has a group of kids that are “garden rangers” who tend to public roadways, parks and the sort picking up trash and sprucing up the area. They get paid for their work, half of which gets put into a savings account to be awarded them at their “graduation” of the program. They then use this money to get an apartment, car and basic needs. My mom absolutely loves her job and is making her mark on the world! Whitney J. Perkins
Posted by Sue Wagener | Filed under Volunteers
GenNext, United Way’s Young Professional group, recently spent an afternoon serving at Covenant House. Some of our own Young Professionals had the chance to meet the group, tell them about living at Covenant House and talk about their goals as CHMO’s Young Professionals. Both groups are dedicated to community service, networking and personal advancement. Pictured are CHMO youth Maurice and Mikelle with the GenNext group.