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National Service Scholar: Patrick McCulloch

Patrick McCulloch '10, '11 • MSW '13

STL Youth Jobs Program Coordinator, MERS/Missouri Goodwill


Undergraduate Institution: Michigan State University

Undergraduate Major: Communications

MSW Concentration: Children, Youth and Families


The desire to even the playing field in urban education was what drove Patrick to the Brown School. In 2010 and 2011, he served two years with City Year Detroit and then City Year Cleveland.  His service is where he saw the barriers facing students beyond the classroom.

As a student at the Brown School, Patrick’s practicum experiences left a lasting impact on his professional development. Patrick worked at the Community Education Center in Bevo Long Middle School, an urban school with a high immigrant population. He also gained significant macro urban education experience at Brittany Woods Middle School, where he developed programming for youth and monitored its impact on educational outcomes.


Patrick now serves at the coordinator for the STL Youth Jobs program for MERS/Missouri Goodwill. The program connects youth in low-income neighborhoods throughout St. Louis with job training and work opportunities.

“This is an important approach to reducing poverty and transforming youth outcomes, by providing opportunities to youth in areas with high youth unemployment,” he said. “My passion is to build strong programs on a large scale.”




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