Our History


AmeriCorps St. Louis, formerly St. Louis Partners AmeriCorps, began as a pilot for National Service in the summer of 1994.  Since that initial success, it is the only AmeriCorps program in Missouri - and one of only a handful of programs in the nation - that has received federal funding out of the top tier of ‘exemplary and demonstrable programs’ since the inception of AmeriCorps. 

In 2000, an independent group of local, civic, and business leaders committed itself to sustaining the efforts of AmeriCorps St. Louis (ACSTL). This leadership group legally incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization named Partnership for Youth, Inc., d.b.a. AmeriCorps St. Louis.

ACSTL has a proven history of providing highly successful programs, partnerships, and training for over 1,500 Members who hail from all across our country. Since 1994, Members have collectively logged over 3 million hours of service.  Proven financial, human resource, and administrative systems are in place to support effective management into the future while our staff has a strong record of managing financial awards since the beginning of the program. Partnership for Youth, Inc. has received satisfactory outside single agency audits and has a strong record of program compliance validated by monitoring visits. In fact, staff has repeatedly responded to the Missouri Community Service Commission to train leaders to effectively manage new AmeriCorps programs.

The strength of our partnerships, governance and funding base, combined with consistent Corporation for National and Community Service federal funding, has enabled our program to dramatically increase the number of communities assisted with emergency preparedness and response needs.