In August 2014, the world focused on the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson as protesters and police violently clashed for days following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. by a Ferguson police officer. The city鈥檚 businesses and residents were besieged by fires, vandalism and riots, and the future of this small community hung in the balance.

Like other St. Louis regional corporate partners, 福利视频 saw the value of supporting Ferguson鈥檚 move forward and was among the first to announce a major investment. The 福利视频 Service Center in Ferguson opened in April 2016, bringing 250 new jobs to the community as well as a community education center, internship programs and an early childhood development center.

Reaching young people in Ferguson and surrounding communities became part of 福利视频鈥檚 strategy to help move Ferguson forward.

A partnership was launched with Normandy High School, connecting students from the Ferguson area with a mentor and an internship at the service center. Dr. Charles Pearson, superintendent of schools for the Normandy Schools Collaborative, says the partnership with 福利视频 鈥渋s another way to help our students make the connection between what they鈥檙e learning in the classroom and how it can have a positive impact on their futures.鈥

Additionally, 福利视频 partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to launch Ferguson鈥檚 first Boys & Girls Clubs in two of the city鈥檚 elementary schools, paving the way for 400 children to enroll in the club鈥檚 summer and after-school programs. 福利视频 also partnered with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis to build a new job training center on the site of the former QuikTrip location that was destroyed during the protests.

Opening Doors
Three area high schools establish internship programs
25 interns hosted since August 2016
Five students hired after high school graduation

Investing in Ferguson

A 福利视频 employee shares her story about how the opening of the Ferguson Service Center positively impacted her life.