All posts by Kathy Bratkowski

Kathy Bratkowski is an award-winning writer and multimedia producer. Her television work has been recognized with eleven regional Emmy® awards and multiple Telly awards. Her documentaries and programs have screened at film festivals (St. Louis International Film Festival and New York Television Festival). She writes and produces videos and web content for dozens of national corporations. In a previous life, she was a television news producer and worked in the corporate world. She is a published feature and short story writer and has an M.A. in Marketing and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She teaches Multimedia Storytelling (aka Convergence Media Production) at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

Community College Programs Impact Lives of City and County Youth

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 7, 2017 (STL.News) Area high school students are getting a jump start on college, thanks to two programs at St. Louis Community College. In the Normandy School District, two students who attended St. Louis Community College through the Gateway to College program were selected as valedictorians of their graduating class.  Kalien Boykin … Continue reading Community College Programs Impact Lives of City and County Youth

Asthma Patients Breathe Easier with New Treatment

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 4, 2017 (STL.News) Asthma Patients – St. Louis is known for many things—baseball, the Gateway Arch and toasted ravioli, to name a few. Unfortunately, it’s also known as an allergy and asthma hot spot, making pollen-laden spring and summer miserable, even dangerous.  And this year’s mild winter means a longer season for … Continue reading Asthma Patients Breathe Easier with New Treatment

Major Contribution by Citi Foundation Funds Jobs for At-Risk City Youth

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 1, 2017 (STL.News) Citi Foundation Funds Jobs – More youth in the city of St. Louis will have summer jobs this year, thanks to a major philanthropic donation.

STL Youth Jobs has received $297,000 as part of its Summer Jobs Connect program, designed to provide jobs to youth ages 16-24. Now in its fifth year, STL Youth Jobs has provided nearly 2,000 youth with paid work experience and career and mentoring services. The program is designed to reduce crime, increase academic success and build career skills.

The donation will provide 160 jobs to young people in St. Louis city and will shore up agencies such as SLATE (St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment) that support youth employment.

Newly-elected St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson announced the gift at a news conference this week. “This investment from the Citi Foundation and the CFE Fund to provide employment for more than 160 teens and young adults living in neighborhoods with high poverty, crime, and low educational attainment is significant,” said Krewson. “This investment will not only allow our city’s young people to earn a paycheck but will also empower them to manage and keep their hard earned money.”

The program aims to increase financial literacy as well. Participants are given access to a free checking and savings account and receive financial education.

Funding one youth employee job costs an estimated $2,500. In total, the Citi Foundation has invested $866,400 in St. Louis as part of its thirteen-city Summer Jobs Connect initiative. There’s often a waiting list for positions.

For more information on STL Youth Jobs,
visit www.stlyouthjobs.org [www.stlyouthjobs.org], follow on Twitter @stlyouthjobs or visit Facebook www.facebook.com/stlyouthjobs

You can see Mayor Krewson’s news conference about the donation here:

Job Losses in St. Louis Area Remain Higher Than the National Average

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 1, 2017 (STL.News) Despite a strong tech and health sector, the St. Louis area posted an increase in unemployment in April, with the rate rising to 4.1 percent.  That number is based on seasonally adjusted labor statistics released today by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Although Metro St. Louis has … Continue reading Job Losses in St. Louis Area Remain Higher Than the National Average

Landlords sue Seattle over law capping rental move-in fees

SEATTLE/May 31, 2017 (AP) (StlRealEstate.News) — A landlord group is suing the city of Seattle over a new law that caps move-in fees for rental units. The Rental Housing Association of Washington filed suit in King County Superior Court Tuesday, alleging the law violates a state ban on rent control. KOMO-TV reports that the law requires landlords … Continue reading Landlords sue Seattle over law capping rental move-in fees

Ways homebuyers can leap the down payment hurdle

LOS ANGELES/May 31, 2017 (AP) (StlRealEstate.News) — Saving up for a down payment is the biggest hurdle for many would-be homebuyers, particularly those looking to make the leap from renting to owning. More than two-thirds of renters consider setting aside money for a down payment the No. 1 obstacle to buying a home, according to a recent … Continue reading Ways homebuyers can leap the down payment hurdle

US pending home sales fell again in April

WASHINGTON/May 31, 2017 (AP) (StlRealEstate.News) — Americans retreated from signing contracts to buy homes in April for the second straight month, a possible sign that a declining number of homes on the market are stifling sales during the traditional spring buying season. The National Association of Realtors says that its pending home sales index fell 1.3 … Continue reading US pending home sales fell again in April

Developer pleads no contest in Los Angeles mega mansion case

LOS ANGELES/May 31, 2017 (AP) (StlRealEstate.News) — A developer of luxury homes has pleaded no contest in Los Angeles to misdemeanor charges stemming from construction of a huge Bel Air mansion that the city says has extensive features that were never approved. The pleas were entered Tuesday on behalf of Mohamed Hadid to three charges involving erecting … Continue reading Developer pleads no contest in Los Angeles mega mansion case