DOI / VISTA Team Projects

Jefferson National Parks Association

DOI / VISTA: Shanna Drouin
Supervisor: Robert J. Dietrich
Address: 1 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, Illinois 63120
County: St. Clair
Voice Telephone: 314-655-1654
Web site:
Congressional District: 1
Bureau: National Park Service (NPS)


Jefferson National Parks Association (JNPA) is a vital non-profit partner to national parks, public lands, and historic places. Its mission is to support and preserve national parks, public lands, and historic places   through educational programming, exhibits, special events and improvements to sites. They are based in St. Louis, Missouri, but current operations and programs span six states.

JNPA supports the educational activities of JNEM, as well as Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis; the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center in Yankton, SD; Camp River Dubois / Lewis & Clark State Historic Site in Hartford, IL; and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in Minnesota.

National Park Service, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial commemorates, through a designed memorial, the vision of Thomas Jefferson for building a unified continental nation and St. Louis’s role as a confluence and a gateway in the westward expansion of the United States during the 19th century.  The park promotes an awareness of key individuals and cultural groups involved in exploring, exploiting, and inhabiting the western lands from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.

The park preserves the architecturally significant Old Courthouse as the site of the Dred Scott case, which divided North and South over the extension of slavery into the western territories and led to the American Civil War.

About the Surrounding Community

The community is in need of a robust training and employment experience program. 17% of the population live below the poverty line with 9.5% unemployed and 32% of people having less than a high school education.  34% of individuals identify as African American.

Project Overview

The DOI/VISTA is helping to move individuals out of poverty by assisting with the development of programs that provide educational training, real world employment experience, and exposure through organizational volunteerism; thus making individuals a more attractive employment prospect to public and private entities. The project targets the region’s 16 to 25 year old African American demographic to engage them in occupational training through volunteerism in green space and bio-diversity development. The DOI/VISTA additionally supports outreach to community service organizations in St. Clair County and East St. Louis, IL.

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