STEMSTL is proud to be the new backbone organization for the Regional Youth Employment Coalition (RYEC). Established in 2018, RYEC is a region-wide collaborative focused on increasing youth employability and growing diverse talent pipelines. This collaborative effort includes over two dozen member organizations who represent non-profits, school districts, businesses, job training programs, and government agencies in the workforce development ecosystem. 

Mission: To foster economic empowerment through a racial-equity lens by increasing youth employability, growing diverse talent pipelines, and impacting systemic change as a synergistic, passion-driven collaborative.

Geography: St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area

Age Range: 16-24 years old

Level Up Youth Conference 2023

Happening April 18, 2023: the Level Up Youth Conference is back in person! From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. RYEC will be at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park to present dynamic content to help 16-24-year-olds as they enter the world of work. There will be breakout sessions on employability skills, career exploration, financial literacy, mock interviews, and mock networking. The end of the day will feature a resources fair where youth can connect directly with employers and training programs. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. There is no fee for youth to attend Level Up.


We are asking schools and youth-serving organizations to complete group registration for Level Up. Please follow the links below to complete registration.

Can’t use Google Survey? Download the registration spreadsheet below and send it back to us!

For Community Organizations and Business Partners

We want you to participate in Level Up! Do you want to lead a breakout session workshop? Do you have team members who would love participating in mock interviews or networking? Does your organization provide wrap-around services (transportation, healthcare, childcare, mental-health services) that support youth entering the workforce? Is your company hiring? Do you want to show your support for a diverse talent pool for St. Louis by becoming a sponsor? Fantastic! Follow the links below for more information on all these opportunities.