Some positive news out of Ferguson: Wells Fargo recently announced that it will give the Urban League a $250,000 grant to support the nonprofit organization’s Save Our Sons workforce training program for African Americans and other men ages 21 and over residing in Ferguson and surrounding North St. Louis County communities.
“We are very grateful to Wells Fargo for joining the Urban League in partnership to help young African American men and others find viable jobs in the St. Louis area,” said Michael P. McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc.
The Save Our Sons initiative is a workforce and job training program that will benefit up to 500 men in St. Louis County over the next two years. Training sessions will include a range of skills, from public speaking and team-building to health care.
“Wells Fargo is committed to the communities in which our customers and team members live and work,” said Mary T. Mack, President of Wells Fargo Advisors. “By providing resources and support to the Urban League and the ‘Save our Sons’ program, we can help the North County community begin to create long-term economic growth and quality of life for the families who live there.”
Well Fargo also launched the #MyUntold platform, a way for African Americans to share their holiday gift giving stories or stories about family activities during the holiday season. According to the bank’s website, they’ve recorded more than 100 stories that show the full tapestry of the African American experience. Individuals can share their story using #MyUntold on social media.