The St. Louis Job Corps Center’s Youth 2 Youth Peace Walk on Sept. 21 began as a simple Center walk but ended as a partnership that spanned across the St. Louis Region and involved more than 500 people.
The Center and Harris-Stowe State University came together to hold an International Day of Peace Youth to Youth Peace Walk that started with the Harris Stowe Student Government greeting Center students as they arrived on the university campus. ACenter students gathered with university students, the City of St. Louis YouthBuild, Better Family Life, Job Corps National Director Lenita Jacobs-Simmons, Job Corps Chicago Regional Director Thony Martino and many others for a 1.8 mile journey around the Harris-Stowe campus.
Ms. Jacobs-Simmons was the keynote speaker, while the Center’s Student Ambassador James Thorton served as Master of Ceremony for the event. St. Louis Center Director Redford Salmon and several representatives from Harris-Stowe took to the podium to offer motivational words of encouragement for students to continue their strides towards improving peace in their communities.
James introduced the community organizations who turned out to support the peace walk and many stood and gave a few words of support for the students, challenging them to go farther and take the new leadership role in America. The crowd included representatives from Better Family Life, the African American Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis Agency and Training and Employment, Youth Build, Korey Johnson Foundation, Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, Brown Mackie College, Metropolitan Training Alliance, MyResApp LLC, Parents as Teachers, Prosperity Connection, STL TV, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Wyman Center. Local dignitaries included Lt. Col Ronnie Robinson, Deputy Chief of Police, Police Captain Renee Kriesmann, State Senator Jamilah Nasheed, State Representative Michael Butler, Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, Alderwoman Marlene Davis and John Scates, a representative from U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s St. Louis Field Office .
Mr. Salmon delivered his closing remarks, as he sent his students out in five waves of peace walkers on their journey. Once the walk was completed, the students headed to Forest Park to work on Community Art in the Park. They enjoyed a wonderful BBQ lunch prepared by our cafeteria, as they worked on their projects.