STLCC Partners with Better Family Life for St. Louis Metropolitan Amnesty Project
St. Louis Community College is teaming with Better Family Life Inc. to offer St. Louisans with misdemeanor warrants an opportunity to move past these issues through the 2012 St. Louis Metropolitan Amnesty Project.
The Amnesty Project was established in 2002 as a one-day event to help citizens clear their records of outstanding traffic-related warrants. The program since has expanded to include all misdemeanor warrants. This year, it will be conducted over three days, and allow individuals to resolve outstanding warrants with 33-plus city and county municipalities.
St. Louis Community College will host events 7 a.m.-7 p.m. as follows:
- Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Student Center at the Meramec campus, 11333 Big Bend Road.
- Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the gymnasium at the Florissant Valley campus, 3400 Pershall Road.
- Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Student Center Cafeteria at the Forest Park campus, 5600 Oakland Ave.
The Amnesty Project provides participants the chance to resolve situations that may be preventing them from getting or keeping a job or moving ahead in their lives and thus build more productive futures for themselves and their families. Participants will be assessed a $10 processing fee to cover all warrant vouchers. Representatives from St. Louis Community College also will be on hand to discuss educational opportunities available to participants.
The Amnesty Project is part of Better Family Life’s annual Family Week, slated Aug.1-12.
“We believe that the family is the single-most important unit that makes up society, and we are dedicated to finding internal solutions to the ills, to the obstacles and conditions that plague our neighborhoods,” said James Clark, Better Family Life’s vice president of community outreach. “We are dedicated to changing families through empowering individuals.”
Last year, more than 14,000 citizens participated in the event at the college’s Forest Park and Meramec campuses, and more than 1,500 individuals completed prospective STLCC student cards.
"We hope the program grows beyond the 14,000 this year, and that we get a number of citizens back into the workforce and into higher education,” said Myrtle E.B. Dorsey, Ph.D., STLCC chancellor. “This event will help people improve their lives and make them better citizens, who then give back to our economy, which is the ultimate goal. We therefore have a much more viable and vital city, county and state.”
In addition, Mid America Transplant Services is contributing a $5,000 scholarship to St. Louis Community College. Details about eligibility and application procedures will be announced during Family Week events.
For more information, visit www.betterfamilylife.org or call 314-746-0760.
Established in 1962, St. Louis Community College is the largest community college district in Missouri and one of the largest in the United States. STLCC has four campuses – Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood – and annually serves nearly 80,000 students through credit courses, continuing education and workforce development programs. For more information about STLCC, visit www.stlcc.edu.