Who We Are
FOCUS St. Louis® is the region’s premier civic leadership organization. FOCUS prepares a diverse base of leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving St. Louis region through our experience-based leadership training, civic issue education and public engagement initiatives.
We Educate Leaders
Our programs educate aspiring and established community and business leaders about the systems that challenge and support our region so they can become engaged and participate in its growth and success.
Our continuum of six civic leadership programs are designed to meet participants where they are, from high school students to senior executives.
We Connect Leaders
We build participants’ networks and their capacity to become engaged in their own communities and workplaces. Our impact goes far beyond each individual, reaching wherever our participants go on to make change, impacting the whole St. Louis region.
We Facilitate the Important Conversations
As a neutral convener and facilitator, FOCUS brings together community members to deliberate on critical regional issues in a trusted, nonpartisan space. On our own and in partnership with numerous organizations, FOCUS hosts a variety of policy forums, community discussions and educational events throughout the year.
More than 10,000 people each year connect with FOCUS through our leadership programs, civic engagement initiatives and active alumni network. Get involved by becoming a FOCUS member, applying for one of our leadership programs, or participating in our events and opportunities throughout the year. Together, we are making St. Louis a better place to live, work and play.