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Level Up and Signing Day 2021 

Hosted by Nine PBS’s Regional Youth Employment Coalition (RYEC)

Event Description 

Students will engage in interactive sessions to learn about high-demand skilled career pathways in advanced manufacturing, construction trades, healthcare, and information technology. They will also engage in an interactive financial literacy session. We will celebrate students as they declare plans to enter each high-demand skilled career pathway.

Level Up Conference Surveys 

We want to hear from you! Please click on the link below that describes how you participated in the conference (student, parent, educator, or partnering organization/business). We look forward to your feedback and will have a drawing for some lucky participants to win Amazon gift cards after completing the survey. 

Level Up Conference Videos

Please click below to view our 2021 Level Up conference. After viewing the sessions, please click the survey that corresponds to you above. By taking the survey, you will be entered for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. We look forward to hearing your feedback!

Regional Youth Employment Coalition's 2021 Level Up Youth Conference Day 1

The first day of the conference featured speakers and resources to support youth career exploration in IT and healthcare. A student who is starting her career in healthcare also shared her experience. She was joined by the School Community Education Partner from BJC healthcare.

Conference Videos
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Regional Youth Employment Coalition's 2021 Level Up Youth Conference Day 1
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Regional Youth Employment Coalition's 2021 Level Up Youth Conference Day 1
Regional Youth Employment Coalition's 2021 Level Up Youth Conference Day 2
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Regional Youth Employment Coalition's 2021 Level Up Youth Conference Day 2
Regional Youth Employment Coalition's 2021 Level Up Youth Conference Day 3
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Regional Youth Employment Coalition's 2021 Level Up Youth Conference Day 3

Event Schedule

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

IT Careers 
9–9:45 am

Prizes and Zoom Break
9:45–10 am

Healthcare Careers 
10–10:45 am

Signing Day
10:45–11 am

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Construction Trades Careers
9–9:45 am

Prizes and Zoom Break
9:45–10 am

Advanced Manufacturing Careers
10–10:45 am

Signing Day
10:45–11 am

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Introductions and Speakers
9–9:45 am

Keynote Speakers
Michael Woods and Neal Richardson, Dreambuilders 4 Equity co-founders

Financial Literacy Session 
9:45–10:45 am

Resource Review and Closing
10:45–11 am 

Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. Who should attend? This event is open to all high school students. It would be especially helpful to juniors and seniors who are unsure of their post-secondary plans. While high school students are our primary audience, all educators, parents, guardians, and community members who are interested in learning about careers are also welcome.
  2. What is the event format? The event is fully virtual via Zoom. Students will have the opportunity to engage by participating in the chat, asking questions during the event, and entering raffles to win prizes.
  3. Who can register students? Students can register individually, or a staff member can register a group of students. This event is perfect for content teachers, career and technical education (CTE) teachers, counselors, college advisors, family and community specialists, and other school staff members who support students in career exploration. It can be shown to a group, or students can attend individually.
  4. Can a student register if they can only attend one day of the conference? The goal is to have students attend every day of the conference to get the full experience. However, if a student is unable to attend all three days, please register the student for at least two career sessions and the financial literacy session.
  5. What if students are on the A/B schedule? If students are on the A/B schedule, it might be helpful to have more than one staff member in the building to facilitate the virtual event or give students the option to register in more than one class to make sure they can attend all three days.
  6. Will sessions be recorded? The goal is to have students attend the live event to give them the full experience and an opportunity to interact with panelists. We also want to make sure the event is accessible to everyone; we will send recordings to students and teachers who register.
  7. What accommodations are available to ensure the programming is accessible to all students? Closed captioning will be turned on. Please reach out to Tanisha Joyce if additional Zoom features are needed to support students.

About the St. Louis Regional Youth Employment Coalition (RYEC)

In 2020, members of the Regional Youth Employment Coalition (RYEC) entrusted Nine PBS to become its new leader and home. This partnership deepens Nine PBS’s commitment to foster economic empowerment and strengthen the quality of life through a racial equity lens by increasing youth employability, growing diverse talent pipelines, and impacting systemic change through synergistic, passion-driven collaboratives.

Nine PBS's RYEC Member Organizations

  • Better Family Life
  • Bi-State
  • Building Union Diversity
  • City of St. Louis Department of Health
  • Clayco -Construction Career Development Initiative
  • Clark Fox Family Foundation
  • Covenant House
  • CyberUp
  • Family and Workforce Centers of America
  • Fathers and Families Support Center
  • Ferguson Youth Initiative
  • KIPP St. Louis
  • Lifewise STL
  • Little Bit Foundation
  • Nine Network
  • Normandy Schools Collaborative
  • NPower
  • Rung for Women
  • SLATE Missouri Job Center
  • Special School District Technical Schools
  • St. Louis Community College
  • St. Louis County Department of Public Health
  • St. Louis County Human Services
  • St. Louis County Workforce Development
  • St. Louis Graduates
  • St. Louis Internship Program
  • St. Louis Regional Economic Development Partnership
  • STL Artworks
  • STL Youth Jobs
  • Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • University City School District
  • United Way of Greater St. Louis (Ready by 21)


Tanisha Joyce, Engagement Manager, Nine PBS,