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Music allows a child?s heart to sing.

Kids Deserve Kindness

The Salvation Army ensures kids are equipped with the tools they need to succeed, which include vital after school programs, a warm meal and love.

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Working families in the U.S. headed by racial/ethnic minorities were two times as likely to be poor or low-income (47 percent) compared with non-Hispanic whites.

For thousands of children throughout Missouri and Illinois, The Salvation Army is a second home.

Our corps community centers and KROC centers provide children from low-income families the opportunity to play music, learn sports, fellowship with friends and even the opportunity for help with their homework.

What empowerment looks like:

Character-Building Programs

Rooted in the scouting tradition, The Salvation Army's character-building programs are biblically based with caring, trained leaders. Over 151,000 children attended character building programs from 2000 to 2010 in Missouri and Southern Illinois.

Camp Mihaska

Owned and operated by The Salvation Army, Camp Mihaska provides a safe, fun and memorable experience for those seeking adventure. Nestled in the foothills of the Missouri Ozark Mountains, Camp Mihaska has been a Christian retreat and sanctuary for more than 60 years, serving thousands of youth, families, churches, organizations and individuals seeking personal growth and spiritual development. Learn more about Camp Mihaska or call your local community center to register for our next session.

Spark Academy and The Believe Project

Spark Academy is a free 8-week program that gives third and fourth grade students an opportunity to discover their gifts and talents in a safe place after school Monday through Thursday. Spark encourages each participant to discover their gift and can build a solid foundation to grow.

The Believe Project is a partnership with the St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature, is a new literacy library created to be a safe space for children to enjoy the beauty of reading and will be featured at The Salvation Army Ferguson Community Empowerment Center through the Spark Academy and Ignite programs.

Midland Youth

Midland Youth is committed to helping young people grow in their relationship with Christ. We accomplish this through holistic Christian education programs where youth are taught to discipleship and holiness. At Midland Youth we do more than just run programs, we help youth grow spiritually and mentally.

Salvation Army Echelon St. Louis

Salvation Army Echelon is the emerging professionals arm of The Salvation Army. Our community is serious about having fun while Doing the Most Good for St. Louis and those in need in our community. To learn more click here.

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Hungry kids can?t focus on learning.

Kids who suffer from chronic hunger perform at much lower rates than their non-hungry peers. Regular nutritious meals are important for academic and social success.

When you give a $50 donation to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for meals and after-school programs that help them succeed in life.Donate now.


Music gives at-risk youth a voice.

Low income and at-risk youth are often swept up in the social and economic struggles they are raised in. Music gives these kids an escape and a voice.

When you give a $50 donation to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for music programs that help support kids feel that there is more in life to aspire to and be heard.Donate now.


Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

31% of young adults without a high school diploma currently live in poverty. When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for programs that help support kids? educational needs and vital character building skills.

A donation to The Salvation Army helps provides music lessons in communities across the Midwest Donate now.


See how The Salvation Army changes lives.