FYI: There's Still an Initiative for Ferguson

Today marks the two year memorial of the St. Louis native, Michael Brown. Since his death in 2014, the city of St. Louis and even the nation have taken strikes of change. From marches of support across the states, protests, more involvement in politics, even support from musicians and other celebrities.

Outside of the hashtags and social media posts, the Ferguson Youth Initiative (FYI), has been making an effort to ensure the tragedy of Michael Brown does not happen again.

The Ferguson Youth Initiative, gives teens 16 and older an alternative option of joining the program as community service to wipe fines and misdemeanors off of their record. Since the program began,  there has been over 100 teens to successfully complete the program and stay out of trouble.

Photo By: Winnie Caldwell

Photo By: Winnie Caldwell

If Michael Brown was still living, this program could have been beneficial to him.

This year FYI, received a huge update to their location in the heart of Old Town Ferguson. For months, teens worked on modifying an old firehouse to fit the new image of the Ferguson Youth Initiative.

#repost from @thevision314 Thank you everyone for your help with remodeling the FYI Backbay/Lounge ! #ferguson #fyi

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In addition to the new venue, FYI has provided scholarships for two of their members who are soon to be college students. The scholarships are in honor of the late Gail Babcock, Former Program Director of FYI.

In Photo from Left to Right: Parris Nathan (Attending SEMO), Dwayne James (President of FYI) and Jessica Baranowsky (Attending Lindenwood University)

In Photo from Left to Right: Parris Nathan (Attending SEMO), Dwayne James (President of FYI) and Jessica Baranowsky (Attending Lindenwood University)

Babcock, made a statement to reports before her death stating, “A lot of the youth realized that could have been them. I’m not here to second guess the judgement, but there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. The youth have said, ‘We need to change our attitude, and the police need to change their attitude with us.’ The only way to change is going to come is by knowing each other.”

Are you interested in participating in some of FYI's free and affordable events? Visit their page here! Tell 'em On the Money magazine sent you!