ST. LOUIS — 5 On Your Side wants to empower motivated, passionate people by helping them take action and make a positive impact on our community. We’re doing this with what we’re calling Project 5.

Earlier in 2019, community groups submitted proposals asking for support for specific needs in their community. A panel of community leaders met to narrow the list down to five ideas, which are focused on making a difference in our community. Those five chosen ideas will be funded through grants to turn them into tangible projects. The first two rounds of projects will be funded through the TEGNA Foundation.

The projects

Tranquility Park brings Peace to the Streets
Southeast Ferguson Community Association and the Southeast Ferguson Youth Fellows are partnering with HOSCO Farms, Urban Strategies, and Lipton Properties to bring "Peace to the Streets" to the properties of Canfield Green. Inspired by the Metro Market mobile produce bus, residents know when you bring resources to southeast Ferguson and Canfield Green you bring hope to an entire community. The southeast Ferguson community's goal is to develop and sustain safe spaces for children and families to gather. This includes new playground equipment, landscaping, and a home for public health healing.

School pool renovation
In conjunction with the St. Louis County PAL and Jennings School District, Project 5 will fund renovations to a facility with limited resources. This facility provides a safe location for children to learn and grow by interacting with police officers on an individual level. The officers are certified life guards and even provide swimming lessons for children who wouldn’t otherwise have access to the service.

Makeover of children’s learning spaces
Project 5 will create an educational and play space for first grade classrooms in a building recently purchased by Lift For Life Academy. This building is a former church and will become the elementary school for children who live in the City of St. Louis. The school will serve 238 K-5th grade students when it’s fully operational.

Neighborhood beautification project
Wesley House is one of the metropolitan area’s longest-standing social service agencies, and their after-school program provides children between the ages of 5 and 13 a safe place to learn social skills and academic help. But the building in which this program takes place needs of a lot of work. Project 5 will fund a new playground, mural painting, fence repair, and other general facility upgrades.

The barbershop expansion
The Village provides the next generation of young men from at-risk communities with the tools needed to achieve success in the areas of academics, spirituality, and career by connecting them with empowered and enlightened male mentors. In their third year of partnership, The Village and Clay Academy of Exploration and Civics, provides positive support such as the “Cutting Class” Barbershop to reward student achievement. Barbers provide free haircuts every week to students who demonstrate academic leadership. Recipients are expected to enrich their learning by reading while being serviced. Project 5 will sponsor a renovation of the barbershop. The remodel will include new chairs, wash bowls, products and more. This expansion will allow the services to expand to all students.

How you can help

As these projects get underway we’ll be looking for community members willing to volunteer their time and talents to helping make these projects reality. As funding begins for the remaining three projects, we’ll partner with the St. Louis Community Foundation to give you an opportunity to help fund these projects. We’ll update this space as opportunities become available.

How to submit your own project

Check back here in late 2019 for information about how to submit your own community project for consideration for 2020’s round of Project 5 funding.