YouthBridge to Host St. Louis Social Enterprise Tour

Social Enterprise in St. Louis: Energizing the Region’s Entrepreneurial Spirit to Improve the Community

YouthBridge Community Foundation will host a St. Louis Social Enterprise Tour titled, Social Enterprise in St. Louis: Energizing the Region’s Entrepreneurial Spirit to Improve the Community, which will take place during the 2015 National Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Conference October 14-16 in St. Louis, MO. The tour is being sponsored by FEI Behavioral Health and will start at the conference hotel (Marriot St. Louis Grand, 800 Washington Ave. St. Louis, MO 63101) and will feature three winners of the YouthBridge Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition (SEIC), which assists nonprofits in building sustainability through a partnership with Washington University’s Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. The goal of the SEIC is to help energize the St. Louis region’s entrepreneurial spirit with education and an exciting business plan competition, in which winning nonprofits are awarded seed money to put their plans into action.

Participants will acquire information on the experience and ‘growing pains’ associated with a non-profit social enterprise; become familiar with some of the challenges associated with integrating a business plan with a program; understand how fun and unique programs can have positive impacts on youth development; see the capacity building opportunities available with local and international partnering; and discover innovative ideas on how social entrepreneurship can benefit the non-profit’s clients, the community and the non-profit entity.

The first stop on the tour will be at 3:00 p.m. at REFRESH (1750 S Brentwood Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63144), a fashion forward resale boutique where all proceeds benefit children in foster care who are served by the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition. Next, tourists will arrive at Angel Baked Cookies (2425 Fall Ave., St. Louis, MO 63113) at 4:15 p.m., which is a program of North Grand Neighborhood Services, a local non-profit organization committed to the just development of our community. Lastly, the group will arrive at Circus Harmony at 5:25 p.m. ­(located in the City Museum; 750 North 16th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103), a non-profit social circus organization that uses circus arts to motivate social change.

Tour Guides include: Jessica Hentoff, Artistic/Executive Director, Circus Harmony; Michael E. Howard, Chief Executive Officer, YouthBridge Community Foundation; Gary M. Meier, Executive Director, Angel Baked Cookies; and Melanie Scheetz, Executive Director, Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition.

To learn more about the 2015 National Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Conference or to register to attend, visit http://alliance1.org/nc15.

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