Our History



AmeriCorps St. Louis (ACSTL) was established under the administration of the American Youth Foundation with two programs: 1) the Public Safety Program, which addressed community problem solving and neighborhood stabilization around targeted elementary and middle schools, and 2) Education Corps, which addressed early childhood literacy needs of elementary students.


ACSTL responded to the Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City by providing donation management.


An independent group of local, civic, and business leaders committed itself to sustaining the efforts of AmeriCorps St. Louis, formerly St. Louis Partners AmeriCorps, and legally incorporated it as a 501(c)3 organization named Partnership for Youth, Inc., d.b.a. AmeriCorps St. Louis.


Responded to September 11 terrorist attack in New York City.


Responding to Hurricane Katrina helped ACSTL realize the need for a fully dedicated, highly trained emergency response team with quick reaction capabilities. ERT initiated its first long-term disaster recovery commitment in Pass Christian, Mississippi, operating as a Volunteer Recovery Support Base for 2 years.


The emergency Winter Warming Shelter at ACSTL opened at the urgent request of the St. Louis City Department of Human Services due to a shortage of shelters within the city. It has operated every winter since then.


In response to the Joplin tornado, ACSTL leveraged around 150,000 volunteers that performed 1 million hours of service, generating $17.7 million toward state and local cost share with FEMA. ERT operated a Volunteer Recovery Center for 2 years.


ACSTL provided decisive support for the development of the Long Island Recovery Committee after Superstorm Sandy, and provided on-site assistance for 2 years.


Using best practices and lessons learned from the Missouri 2015 flood response, ACSTL helped develop and implement the FEMA VALOR model to provide critical assistance to vulnerable survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico


ACSTL celebrated 25 years of service!