GSGBC Dutchtown neighborhood plan

Work Begins at Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club in Dutchtown

Work has begun on the Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club (GSGBC) Dutchtown Satellite in the former St. Hedwig’s School on Pulaski Street. The expansion of neighborhood organizations, faith groups, and local businesses to serve as safe places for youth was a priority during development of the Gravois Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan. This project represents a step toward achieving that vision.

Neighborhood Plan

The Gravois Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods development plan covers the Benton Park West, Northeast Dutchtown, and Gravois Park neighborhoods. During the planning process, community members and leaders committed to improving the quality of life for young people living in the planning area. The plan includes strategies to break the cycle of poverty for youth through a “long-term, collaborative commitment from all sectors, including schools, government agencies, employers, and nonprofits.” The GSGBC will be a great addition to the neighborhood and standing symbol of that pledge.

The Gene Slay Girls and Boys Club

The mission of the GSGBC is to empower girls and boys in the St. Louis metropolitan area, especially those who are most in need, to realize their physical, intellectual, and emotional potential. The organization began serving St. Louis in 1929, taking on its current name in 2016. The GSGBC provides programs that meet the needs of at-risk youth through academics, leadership building, health, athletics, and the arts. You can donate to support their important work in south St. Louis.

Rise is serving as the development consultant for the project and provided support during the development of the neighborhood plan. Rise’s division for community planning offers a comprehensive approach to community development based on engagement with local residents and community leaders.

This important project has been made possible through the support of many community partners, volunteers, funders, and the City of St. Louis.

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Brian H. Hurd Joins Board for St. Louis VentureWorks, Inc.

Brian H. Hurd, Technical Assistance Program Manager at Rise, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of St. Louis VentureWorks, Inc.  The board advances the economic interests of St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis by managing and operating business incubators focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.  The incubators are located within properties owned by the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.  St. Louis VentureWorks will also oversee a newly developed loan program for small businesses funded by the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and a consortium of banks.  St. Louis VentureWorks will also manage an Invest STL grant fund targeted to neighborhoods that stand to be hit hardest by the pandemic and efforts to slow its spread, focusing on economic, social, and service delivery setbacks exacerbated by COVID-19.