Mayor Krewson Appoints Dr. Alice Prince to Head SLATE

By on August 11, 2017

by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson has appointed Dr. Alice Prince as director of the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE).

Prince has worked with SLATE as the agency’s Young Adult Workforce Division Director since 2008. She will be sworn in on Sept. 5.

Prince’s appointment was one of four administration appointments announced Thursday by the Mayor.

As a division manager for SLATE, Prince was involved in Workforce High School, which gives young people seeking to complete their high school diploma 24-hour-a-day access to educational services. She recently started an “Employment Pop Up Shop” program, where city workers go into neighborhoods with high crime rates and connect young people with employment opportunities.

She was also SLATE’s liaison to the  St. Louis Workforce Development Board’s YouthBuild Committee, which oversaw the YouthBuild program and the Youth Council, which develops strategies to address workforce issues facing the City’s Youth population.

In June Dr. Prince was recognized by the Urban League as an honoree at its Salute to Women in Leadership.

In an April 2017 interview on the STL Live program on the limited access station STL TV, Dr. Prince said that the youth programs under her division were making an impact among the area’s at-risk youth because, “we have a dedicated team that goes over and above to meet the demands of young people where they are… We create programs that empower, educate, and employ.”

Asked how she assesses programming needs, Dr. Prince said, “the difference is that we have street credibility.’

“I don’t find them, they find me. When they have challenges, when they have issues, when they want to get employed, when they have somebody that’s incarcerated, they reach out and say, ‘Hey I need this person to get into your Prison to Prosperity Program,’ ‘Hey, I’ve got tickets and warrants, can I get into your civil liberties program?’.”

Dr. Prince is a native of St. Louis. She holds a B.S. from St. Louis University where she received her Bachelor of Science; an MA from Webster University in St. Louis, in Communication Management; and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. Her doctoral work centered around the impact of teacher bullying on student success.

She and her husband husband Carlton have three children: daughter Taylor and twin boys Jalen and Kalen

SLATE is a city agency that helps workers improve skills and find jobs. With a fiscal 2018 budget of $4.2 million, it administers the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), a federal program designed to aid in the employment and training of unemployed and underemployed adults, dislocated workers and youth.



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