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. Read the rest of this entry »