City of Champions

The Greater East St. Louis Community Fund established a strategic goal to ensure quality summer programming for the children of East St. Louis and Brooklyn, so it formed the Greater East St. Louis Youth Coordinating Council. One of its goals is to coordinate quality programming for the children of East St. Louis and Brooklyn.  For the summer of 2013, the Council launched the East St. Louis Youth Project.  Agencies worked together and sponsored joint training for summer workers.  Training covered the areas of first aid, child protection, conflict resolution and songs and chants.  The Council further strengthened its tentacles by launching the East St. Louis Youth Project. The Greater East St. Louis Community Fund provided a grant to the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center for project administration.  Agencies then recruited children to participate in a various  sports and recreational programs, held in various school locations:  Mason Clark, Lincoln Middle, Katie Wright and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center.  There was even open gym time available for basketball for young adults.  The program served youth 5 – 22 years of age. 

The goal of the program was to provide a safe haven with caring adults supervising quality programming.  The program operated after summer school and it touched the lives of over 1,200 children.  Participating agencies were:  East St. Louis School District 189, YMCA of Southwestern Illinois, Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center, Mt. Sinai Family Life Center, Hoyleton and the Griffin Center.  The Greater East St. Louis Community Fund thanks Mr. Clarence Goldthree for his unselfish leadership and service to the children of East St. Louis and Brooklyn.


 



There are many ways you can help improve the communities of East St. Louis and Brooklyn by utilizing various tools of giving.  Charitable tools are great giving options that you can use to impact those passions you care about the most. The Greater East St. Louis Community Fund partners with other nonprofits in East St. Louis and Brooklyn. Our priority is to 501 (C )(3) organizations that serve children and youth to help them transition from childhood to adulthood and up and out of poverty. We also work to help 501 (c )(3) organizations to ensure best practices are impacting the delivery of services to meet the needs of our residents. Since 1992, the Greater East St. Louis Community Fund has assisted students in various fields of study through our commitment to educational advancement. Our focus is to promote post-secondary achievement and to enhance the quality of life for residents of East St. Louis and Brooklyn.