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On August 9 – 11, Saint Louis Public Schools and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis will host the area’s largest Back-to-School Giveaway & Urban Expo at America’s Center downtown.

The Urban Expo begins on Friday, August 9 with a Career Fair and Hiring Event from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m, courtesy of Urban League Save Our Sons, the Regional Business Council and STL Works with over 60 employers in attendance.

During Urban Expo weekend at America’s Center, more than 10,000 backpacks filled with school supplies and 50,000 pairs of shoes will be distributed to students and their families. In addition, the Urban League will present a free concert series featuring Dirty Muggs and El DeBarge on Saturday, August 10; Yolanda Adams and Dorinda Clark-Cole on Sunday, August 11 and give participants the opportunity to win a 2019 Ford Fiesta Sedan SE courtesy of Schicker Ford of St. Louis. The Urban League will also partner with Better Family Life on Sunday, August 11 to present the City / County Amnesty Program in the 120 Complex of America’s Center.

The Bayer Health Fair will also take place on Urban Expo weekend featuring: vision, hearing, cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings; dental and physical exams; flu and immunization shots being provided by BJC Healthcare, Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Aetna, Schnucks, St. Louis City Department of Health and Affinia Healthcare. In addition to critical health screenings, the Bayer Heath Fair will educate attendees about how to prevent many chronic diseases through proper nutrition, physical activity and overall caring for the health of the whole person.

“We are excited to host the Urban Expo & Back to School Community Festival in partnership with the St. Louis Public Schools. This year, we have something for everyone including free shoes for the entire family, the Bayer Health Fair, Gospel concerts, Rumble in St. Louis USA Amateur Boxing sponsored by UPS and so much more,” said Michael P. McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of the Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc.

The Urban Expo is sponsored by Bayer, Wells Fargo, Emerson, Regions Bank, St. Louis Community Credit Union, Edward Jones, Missouri Foundation for Health, Walmart, Commerce Bank, UPS, Schnucks, Kellogg’s, Geico, Heartland Coca-Cola, USBank, iHeartRadio, MoDOT, St. Louis American, Andy’s Seasoning, United Healthcare, Siteman Cancer Center, AT&T, Bank of America, Express Scripts, KMOV, Radio One, 5 On Your Side, Boeing, BJC Healthcare, Affinia Healthcare, Aetna, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Busey Bank, UMB Bank, Hart of the City and St. Louis City Department of Health.   

For more information or to purchase an exhibit booth, call (314) 615-3611 or email

The mission of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is to empower African Americans and others throughout the region to secure economic self-reliance, social equality and civil rights.  Providing basic needs to stabilize disadvantaged families in order to benefit our communities is a community empowerment initiative of the Urban League. 


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