St. Louis Graduates advocates for state and federal policies that make post-secondary education accessible and affordable for students, especially those who face financial hardship. 

From 2018:

Testimony submitted to Missouri House Appropriations-Education Subcommittee outlines policies St. Louis Graduates supports.

Thanks to support from Deaconess Foundation, St. Louis Graduates this fall visited in district with leaders in the Missouri General Assembly who are focused on budget, appropriations and education policy. 


In December, St. Louis Graduates hosted its first Legislative Breakfast for members of the St. Louis regional delegation to share with them data on Missouri's degree completion status compared to the need for two-thirds of all workers to have a post-secondary credential or degree. Education policy interns from The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis shared how policies are falling short in supporting student academic preparation and access to financial resources to enable them to complete a degree, and how increasingly student debt is disproportionately carried by African American students.



Trusting young people to lead: The Active Advocacy Coalition

St. Louis Graduates' advocacy efforts support the work of the Active Advocacy Coalition, which engages Missouri college students in advocating for higher education policies that make college more accessible and more affordable. 

The Active Advocacy Coalition was recently recognized as a recipient of Focus St. Louis' What's Right with the Region Award!

Active Advocacy is 3! Read about its formation in a newly published case study.