From the St. Louis Business Journal:
St. Louis for Kids said Monday it received $318,000 from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Sam’s Club, the nonprofit’s largest corporate donation in its eight-year history.
St. Louis for Kids helps the region’s youth-serving organizations improve their programs and build capacity.
Part of the Wal-Mart donation will be used to publish the free, 2008-2009 "Happenings 4 Youth" resource directory, which lists more than 400 youth programs outside school hours in the region.
The rest of the donation will support St. Louis for Kids’ Compassion Capital program, which provides training, leadership development and business planning for faith-based and community-based youth programs.
In the St. Louis region, about 35,000 children are left unsupervised each day after school, according to St. Louis for Kids. Nationwide, about 19 percent of all juvenile violent crimes occur after the school day ends between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., FBI statistics show. Students who attend after-school programs have better school attendance and better grades, the nonprofit says. They are also less likely to be involved with drugs and gangs.