FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2019
Contact: Suzanne Sierra Leah Freeman
Senior Program Manager Director of Public Relations
St. Louis Mosaic Project LaunchCode
LaunchCode Becomes a Mosaic Ambassador Company at the Gold Level
St. Louis Mosaic Project is pleased to announce that LaunchCode is joining the Mosaic Ambassador Company cohort at the Gold Level. Mosaic Ambassador Companies engage in action items that promote diversity and inclusion in the work place. Moreover, Mosaic Ambassador Companies at the Gold Level agree to sponsor at least one employee toward an H1-B visa or similar visa sponsorship. LaunchCode is a non-profit organization that provides accessible education, training, and paid apprenticeship job placement to jobseekers in technology industry. LaunchCode was founded by a St. Louis entrepreneur and the Co-founder of Square, Jim McKelvey, to address the tech talent workface shortage in the St. Louis region.
LaunchCode values diversity in many different ways. Including celebrating multicultural events and holidays such as Hispanic Heritage Month and Diwali; hiring international students for internship positions; and providing diversity and inclusion training for their employees.
As a Mosaic Ambassador Company, LaunchCode is committing to post select jobs on St. Louis Mosaic Project’s website to broaden the pool of talent and to encourage foreign born employees’ family members to join Mosaic’s programs to be connected to the community. LaunchCode is also planning to participate in Mosaic’s Professional Shadowing Program to allow one foreign born job seeker to shadow in their field for 20 hours over a month period.
About St. Louis Mosaic Project
The St. Louis Mosaic Project was launched in 2012 in response to an economic impact report, outlining St. Louis to be lagging in immigrant growth as well as highlighting the economic benefits of increasing its foreign-born population. The Mosaic Project is a regional initiative that is professionally managed by St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, World Trade Center St. Louis and a 32-member committee. Its goals are to transform St. Louis into the fastest growing major area for immigration by 2025, to add 25,000 more foreign born to the region from 2016-2025 and to promote regional prosperity through immigration and innovation. Learn more at www.stlmosaicproject.org
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