Urban Poverty in St. Louis City

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Urban Poverty in St. Louis City
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My infographic focuses on poverty in St. Louis City, my current home. I play a part in eliminating poverty in St. Louis through my work at the Wyman Center. Wyman has served over 600,000 St. Louis area youth since 1898 and is invested in the future success of teens in this city. 'Urban Poverty in St. Louis City' explores the realities St. Louisans living in poverty experience daily, and discusses some of the ways organizations and individuals in our community can positively change the odds for our city and its youth. By presenting the percentages of individuals currently in poverty and creating a call to action based on the data, I hope to encourage citizens to find opportunities to volunteer and invest in their own communities.
I currently serve as the Public Affairs VISTA at Wyman, a teen development nonprofit in St. Louis. AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. As a VISTA, I support Wyman in providing teens from disadvantaged communities with the opportunities they need to survive and thrive. Specifically, I write articles and create promotional materials to inform constituents about Wyman's impact, both locally and nationwide. Prior to fighting poverty in St. Louis, I worked at a KIPP charter school tracking students' educational outcomes and creating tutoring materials that would address their specific academic struggles. Throughout college I volunteered and worked in educational settings in low income communities. These experiences affirmed that investing in the community through service is one of the most valuable ways people can fight poverty and build social capital. 'Urban Poverty in St. Louis City' illustrates poverty from a city-wide perspective, and explores how proactive individuals, organizations, and community leaders can have a meaningful and lasting impact on changing the current system of poverty in St. Louis City.