Prosperity Connection (formerly known as the St. Louis Community CU Foundation) was established in 2009 by the Board of Directors of St. Louis Community Credit Union. The Board recognized that many individuals in our community lacked sufficient access to vital financial resources and opportunities.
In the summer of 2012, Prosperity Connection opened the Excel Center as a dedicated ‘destination point’ to provide free financial education and life skills classes. Since that time, three additional Excel Centers have opened in the St. Louis region. Located in economically stressed communities, Excel Centers provide services to clients of numerous non-profit partners and the community at large. Seminars and one-on-one coaching sessions take place both day and evening, as well as on the weekend to meet the needs of busy families.
We take a hands-on approach to learning, engaging our program participants and empowering them to improve their quality of life. Our primary areas of outreach include:
- Consumer financial and life skills education
- Health and wellness
- Continuing education
- Professional development
- Business services
Through our course offerings, we take a holistic approach to education and empowerment so that families and individuals are equipped with the tools they need to thrive.
In addition to providing free financial education, every year the organization awards non-traditional, adult students ages 23 and older with $2,500 scholarships to help them pay for college and associated expenses. Since 2011, twenty scholarships have been awarded to deserving students.