By: Shanise Johnson, St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP)
In 1992, St. Louis attorney Thomas C. Hullverson was moved by the desperation he saw in the1992 Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King trial. In response, he helped create the St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP) as an avenue of hope and direction for youth.
In summer 2011, the St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP) will celebrate 20 years of opening newworlds of opportunity for high school students in financial need who often see very limitedoptions for their futures. Since 1992, over 98% of 3,100 SLIP interns have graduated high schooland pursued their postsecondary goals, most often college or university education.
A national model for community-based internships, SLIP has been replicated in 38 citiesnationwide. In 2001, SLIP received the national Partnering for Workforce Excellence award cosponsoredby the Wall Street Journal and the EMA Foundation. In May 2010, SLIP received a“What’s Right with the Region” award from Focus St. Louis.
SLIP internships are much more than just summer jobs. Our year-round program provides eightweekpaid summer work experiences in professional settings. Before the internships, studentsparticipate in an intensive guided application process and rigorous work readiness training. Afterthe internships, students participate in year-round career and college planning activities.
The Thomas C. Hullverson Foundation has been a consistent SLIP supporter throughout the past20 years and has provided the leadership to create a solid program with consistent 98% successfor young people who often face tremendous challenges. Mr. Hullverson’s foresight and visionhave truly changed the lives of hundreds young people who might otherwise have settled formuch less than their potential.
For more information about the St. Louis Internship Program please contact Shanise Johnson at 314-371-7547 or [email protected].