Mission: St. Louis SkillUP Summer Associate VISTA


The goal of Mission: St. Louis is to eradicate poverty by empowering low-income individuals to be leaders in their lives, families and neighborhoods. We focus our efforts within the city of St. Louis, where there is a 28.8% poverty rate. The SkillUP VISTA member will build the capacity of Mission: St. Louis by improving the program’s performance measurement process for SkillUP participants in St. Louis, MO. As a result of the VISTA member’s service, impoverished Food Stamp (SNAP) recipients will increase their income/resources and have access to opportunities that will increase their chance of being economically self-sufficient and contributing to their success in life (breaking free of poverty).

Mission: St. Louis is a community development nonprofit that empowers people to transform their lives, families and neighborhoods. We are unique in our approach, fighting poverty using a community-based model that values relationship and opportunity. We hold closely to the belief that we can all learn from each other, regardless of status, race, or social position. Through taking time to build relationships that move beyond the traditional helper-helpee dynamic, we seek to restore dignity to people who live in now-struggling communities.