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Steele Honored at Salute to Young Leaders Event

April 23, 2013

Genesis SteelGenesis Steele, interim director of the African-American Male Initiative at St. Louis Community College, recently was one of 20 individuals recognized at the St. Louis American Foundation's third annual Salute to Young Leaders Networking Awards Reception.

The African-American professionals, age 40 or under, were recognized for going above and beyond in both their professional performance and community involvement.

This class of Young Leaders includes individuals who are leading by example in professional arenas that range from education, banking, engineering, politics and not-for-profit organizations.

Steele is a student affairs professional who has worked in the secondary and postsecondary education for approximately 15 years. She also had been employed by education-based non-profit organizations in Seattle, Washington, and St. Louis.

In spring 2009, Steele was invited to be part of a dynamic initiative which seeks to increase the persistence rates and academic achievement levels of African-American males at St. Louis Community. She has served as a campus coordinator for this program, and now as interim manager coordinates the day-to day-operations.

Steele serves as an adviser to students in the National Society of Black Engineers, and as an adjunct faculty member for the Smart Start department.

Steele also volunteers in the greater St. Louis community.  She was the 2012 Community Service Committee Chair and is currently the vice president for leadership development for the Urban League Young Professionals. She has served as co-director of the Faith Church Photography department, speaks to youth around the area, and volunteers at the St. Louis Food Bank as well as other area organizations.