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Young people help seniors and veterans clear out snowy driveways

ST. LOUIS — A group of young people spread out throughout north and midtown areas in St. Louis to help people clear out their driveways after a...

How MLK boulevards throughout the country are inspiring change

A new documentary released last week aims to parse why so many streets named for the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. have become symbols...

Wellston celebrates Juneteenth


WELLSTON, MO – It was a beautiful day for a special celebration in Wellston Saturday as people from all over the community came together for the second...

Groups work to rebuild north St. Louis neighborhood

ST. LOUIS — Young people in north St. Louis were busy Sunday revitalizing homes in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood. “Look at this grass right? This the kind of...

Black Wall Street Festival foreshadows 
growth in North St. Louis

Tons of Black businesses lined up along the Historic Wellston Loop in North St. Louis on Saturday. They showed up for the annual Black Wall Street 314...

“BlackWallStreet314” a reminder of Black economic power

Festival focus on rebuilding communities Farrakhan Shegog, 29, resident and CEO of Young Voices with Action, believes that East St. Louis, St. Louis and Tulsa, Okla., have...

Community Initiatives

Empowering Communities Through Our Initiatives

Easton Resident Business Centre

The future home of Young Voices with Action is in the design phase. The newly constructed Easton Resident-Business Centre will consist of four retail spaces for minority owned businesses and sixteen residential apartments.

Lotus Ave Home Rehabilitation

YVWA has adopted the 5300 block of Lotus Ave to restore derelict homes into occupied ones. We aim to increase homeownership by increasing wealth and creating a safer and more beautified neighborhood.

Rachel R. Grady Home Repair Program (Wellston Only)

YVWA has received funding to offer minor home repair services to seniors, disabled persons and veterans in the City of Wellston. This effort is part of the Anti Displacement Fund launched by community partners that focuses on aging in place.

Etzel Heights Improvement Initiative

YVWA is working to secure vacant parcels in the Etzel Heights neighborhood forne home construction. Grounds have been used for dumping and has excessive overgrowth causing safety concerts. We aim to develop affordable housing and maintain the beauty of the existing neighborhood.

Young, Black & Gifted Ambassador Program

Help students demonstrate their impact of African culture, increase your
academic performance and train you for career/work. We aim to increase confidence in self through tutoring and mentorship

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