Our Team

Maxine Clark
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Maxine Clark is one of the true innovators in the retail industry. During her career, her ability to spot emerging retail and merchandising trends and her insight into the desires of the American consumer have generated growth for retail leaders, including department store, discount and specialty stores. In 1997, she founded Build-A-Bear Workshop®, a teddy-bear themed retail-entertainment experience. Today there are more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide. Cumulative sales have exceeded $5 billion and over 140 million stuffed animals have been sold world-wide. In June 2013, Maxine stepped down from her Chief Executive Bear role to apply her entrepreneurial skills to her passion for improving K-12 public education and encouraging and investing in women and minority entrepreneurs such as Goldie Blox, myEDmatch.com, Wondermento and St. Frank. Her newest addition to our education community is Blueprint4SummerSTL, an easy to use FREE app that assists ALL families in navigating best-fit summer programs for their children. Maxine is also a Managing Partner of Prosper Women’s Capital, a St. Louis based fund created to invest in women owned businesses in the St. Louis area and a member of the Board of Advisers of Lewis & Clark Ventures, a St. Louis based private equity firm.

In 2008, Maxine Clark was named one of The 25 Most Influential People in Retailing by Chain Store Age; in 2006, she was inducted into the Junior Achievement National Business Hall of Fame. Maxine was named one of the Wonder Women of Toys by Playthings magazine and Women in Toys, and was also one of the National Finalists in Retail for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2004. In 2005, the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies made Build-A-Bear Workshop Portfolio Company of the Year; it was named one of the International Council of Shopping Centers “Hottest Retailers of 2004” and the Retail Innovator of the Year for 2001 by The National Retail Federation. In 2014 Build-A-Bear Workshop was named to the FORTUNE Best Companies to Work For® list for the sixth year in a row.

In addition to her seat on the Build-A-Bear Workshop Board, Maxine is a member of the Board of Directors of Footlocker, Inc. and Gymboree. Maxine serves on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of Washington University in St. Louis as well as the Board of Directors of Beyond Housing and Parents As Teachers. Maxine serves on the national Board of Trustees of Teach For America and the local St. Louis regional board, the National Board of Donorschoose.org and the KETC Channel 9 – PBS Board of Directors where she is Board Chair. She and her husband Bob Fox are founding donors of KIPP Inspire Academy and Maxine is the former chair of the charter school advisory Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Committee of 200.

Maxine is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Saint Louis University. In 2006, she published her first book “The Bear Necessities of Business: Building a Company with Heart”.

As a child, Maxine’s favorite summer activity was art because it allowed her to take her creative talents to a new level. When she was old enough, she became a counselor at an art camp and loved every minute of it. She is working hard to make sure that children in St. Louis experience learning gains in summer rather than learning loss, have the opportunity to take their creative talents to new levels as well, and above all, have fun!

Allie Cicotte
AllieDeSmet

Allie Cicotte serves as the Programs Manager for the Clark-Fox Family Foundation and Project Manager for Blueprint4SummerSTL. She graduated from Truman State University in 2011 with bachelor’s degrees in German and Spanish. Allie then joined Teach for America where she taught Kindergarten-8th grade Spanish, and then transitioned to teaching Kindergarten. While teaching, she loved working with students directly, integrating innovative approaches alongside traditional classroom curriculum, and learning new things about the educational landscape both nationally and in St. Louis.

During this time, she also got involved with a local non-profit organization where she serves on the Board called The Disruption Department. The Disruption Department is developing a pipeline for high-tech talent in St. Louis by offering the opportunity for every student in St. Louis to become a Maker. To be a Maker is to be a problem solver, a critical thinker, a techie, and one who appreciates the process of creating a prototype, testing, and implementing feedback into your design is just as important as the final product.

She saw a bigger opportunity to support families, schools, and students through work with The Clark-Fox Family Foundation. In her role as Programs Manager she seeks to create products and programs designed to create better experiences for all constituents, higher engagement, and successful children in the community.

As a native St. Louisan, Allie participated in a variety of summer programs throughout her childhood. Some of her favorites included taking summer classes at the local community college, swimming camp, and drama and theatre camps. She is excited for other St. Louis children to experience the wide variety of summer programs that St. Louis has to offer, to discover a passion, and stay engaged during the summer months!

Zasmine Johnson
ZasmineJohnson

Zasmine Johnson, a native of St. Louis, serves as Assistant Programs Manager working with the Blueprint4SummerSTL program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she also obtained a master’s degree in Public Health. She worked as a peer advisor within residential life providing guidance to freshman managing the transition from high school to college. She interned as a summer job coach for Paraquad helping high school students with disabilities gain independence through workplace training for job skill development. Zasmine previously conducted state-wide teen pregnancy prevention trainings and developed LGBTQ-focused inclusivity and cultural competency trainings as an adolescent health educator for the State of Missouri. She also was a lead child development teacher and volunteer soccer coach for the YMCA.

Our Mission

It’s more than what happens in the classroom that adds up to a child receiving a great education. Fun and diverse summertime opportunities ensure that kids will develop their own creative pursuits, expand their education, and spend their summers constructively. Blueprint4SummerSTL was designed to be an easy-to-use mobile app that connects ALL St. Louis-area kids to summer learning opportunities. Blueprint4SummerSTL was built with the generous support and partnership of community leaders and organizations who want to help St. Louis-area kids succeed. That’s the plan. Blueprint4SummerSTL – where to plan 4 fun!

Our Investors

Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation     Emerson Charitable Trust & Emerson Employee Contributions     Express Scripts     Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield     Jess Yawitz     John McDonnell     Joyce Wood Charitable Fund     Regional Business Council     Ron and Pam Rubin     St. Louis Children’s Hospital     St. Louis Regional Chamber     The Clark-Fox Family Foundation     The Deaconess Foundation     The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital     The McDowell Family Foundation     Ward & Carol Klein     William H. Danforth     William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee

Our Partners

CEAM – Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri     Connectria Hosting     Hereford Printing     Technology Partners     United Way of Greater St. Louis     Vector Communications

In the News

  • St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis app helps parents looking for summer activities for kids

    St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis app helps parents looking for summer activities for kids

    A St. Louis-based mobile app and website aims to help parents find summer activities for their kids, all in one place. Blueprint4SummerSTL aggregates a list of wide-ranging activities for parents to choose from based on a child’s specific needs, including the cost, distance, interests, age, before and after care, as well as scholarship availability. Allie Cicotte... Read more »Read More »
  • Fox 2: Blueprint 4 Summer STL helps parents find enriching activities for kids

    Fox 2: Blueprint 4 Summer STL helps parents find enriching activities for kids

    ST. LOUIS – Parents and guardians care about their children’s education and finding affordable, fun options to keep them both entertained and engaged throughout the summer. Blueprint 4 Summer STL offers a free online database to plan out an enriching summer of fun. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is offering a free camps guide insert in its Sunday edition. Allie Cicotte, senior... Read more »Read More »
  • KMOV: Blueprint4SummerSTL: Summer Help!

    KMOV: Blueprint4SummerSTL: Summer Help!

    See the video at: http://www.kmov.com/clip/14168533/blueprint4summerstl-summer-helpRead More »
  • And Hattie Makes Three: Planning Your Summer With Blueprint4SummerSTL

    And Hattie Makes Three: Planning Your Summer With Blueprint4SummerSTL

    I’m a planner. I love my big beautiful day planner where I write all of our activities out for the week, the month and beyond. Since I became a stay at home mom, I like to write things down so I don’t forget them, but also I get to see fun things on my calendar... Read more »Read More »
  • FOX 2 9AM BLUEPRINT 4 SUMMER

    FOX 2 9AM BLUEPRINT 4 SUMMER

    See the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-No6-HqJIYRead More »
  • iHeartRadio: iHeart Jade w/ Finding and Laying Out A Blueprint4Summer

    iHeartRadio: iHeart Jade w/ Finding and Laying Out A Blueprint4Summer

    Jade Harrell with Allie Cicotte, Project Manager for Blueprint4SummerSTL Blueprint4SummerSTL was designed to be an easy-to-use mobile app that connects ALL St. Louis-area kids to summer learning opportunities. Blueprint4SummerSTL was built with the generous support and partnership of community leaders and organizations who want to help St. Louis-area kids succeed. Learn more https://blueprint4summer.com See more... Read more »Read More »
  • Ladue News: Persons of Interest – Maxine Clark

    Ladue News: Persons of Interest – Maxine Clark

    View the article at: https://issuu.com/ladue-news/docs/0519_17/1?e=5822131/48969876Read More »
  • Ladue News: Get to Know Build-A-Bear Founder Maxine Clark

    Ladue News: Get to Know Build-A-Bear Founder Maxine Clark

    When I went to interview Build-A-Bear Founder Maxine Clark, she opened her arms to give me a hug instead of a handshake. “I’m a teddy bear person – I give hugs” she said with a smile. Clark made a fortune and earned universal acclaim as an entrepreneur in the teddy bear business, and at a... Read more »Read More »
  • KSDK: Finding the Perfect Camp for your Kids

    KSDK: Finding the Perfect Camp for your Kids

    Tucked off a side street in Ferguson, Missouri is an educational opportunity that is out of this world. “Mission control this is MTV,”  a 5th grade student says into her headset. The Challenger Learning Center has allowed kids to sort step into the boots of astronauts since 2003. “My job is to make sure everyone... Read more »Read More »
  • iHeartRadio: MICHELLE ESSWEIN – Blueprint4Summer College Prep Plus Funding for Startups

    iHeartRadio: MICHELLE ESSWEIN – Blueprint4Summer College Prep Plus Funding for Startups

    Blueprint4Summer College Prep gets high school students prepared for college. Plus are you a startup looking for funding, resources and connections? See more at: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/139-Michelle-Esswein-Show-27401540/episode/michelle-esswein-blueprint4summer-college-prep-28165079/Read More »
  • KLOU: Blueprint4Summer College Prep & Funds for Startups

    KLOU: Blueprint4Summer College Prep & Funds for Startups

    See more at: https://klou.iheart.com/featured/michelle-esswein/content/2017-04-10-blueprint4summer-college-prep-funds-for-startups/Read More »
  • Ladue News: Learn about Blueprint4SummerSTL’s App for College Prep

    Ladue News: Learn about Blueprint4SummerSTL’s App for College Prep

    The St. Louis-based app Blueprint4SummerSTL has proven so popular it recently birthed a subsidiary piece of smartphone tech. The easy-to-use, free “parent” app rolled out in 2015 as part of the Clark-Fox Family Foundation’s efforts to make a difference in the economic development of the St. Louis region through programming and investment in K-12 public... Read more »Read More »
  • Fox 2: ‘Blueprint 4 Summer’ helps parents peg the perfect summer camp

    Fox 2: ‘Blueprint 4 Summer’ helps parents peg the perfect summer camp

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Summertime is around the corner and some still haven’t thought about where their kids will go while school is out–but Blueprint 4 Summer is just a click away to help find the perfect summer camp. Allie Cicotte is the Programs Manager for Blueprint 4 Summer, which has partnered with the St.... Read more »Read More »
  • Fox 2: Interactive Event for St. Louis Families – Hosted by Blueprint4Summer

    Fox 2: Interactive Event for St. Louis Families – Hosted by Blueprint4Summer

    The most comprehensive summer camp guide for STL parents – Blueprint4Summer – is hosting a free event Saturday, March 4, at the Microsoft Store in the Saint Louis Galleria to give parents the opportunity to learn more about the app and summer camp programs, as well as win prizes to stores within the Galleria shopping... Read more »Read More »
  • Y98: Blueprint4Summer Hosts Interactive Event for St. Louis Families at Microsoft Store in the Galleria

    Y98: Blueprint4Summer Hosts Interactive Event for St. Louis Families at Microsoft Store in the Galleria

    The most comprehensive summer camp guide for STL parents – Blueprint4Summer – is hosting a free event Saturday, March 4, at the Microsoft Store in the Saint Louis Galleria to give parents the opportunity to learn more about the app and summer camp programs, as well as win prizes to stores within the Galleria shopping... Read more »Read More »
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blueprint4Summer Hosts Interactive Event for St. Louis Families at Microsoft Store in the Galleria

    St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blueprint4Summer Hosts Interactive Event for St. Louis Families at Microsoft Store in the Galleria

    The most comprehensive summer camp guide for STL parents – Blueprint4Summer – is hosting a free event Saturday, March 4, at the Microsoft Store in the Saint Louis Galleria to give parents the opportunity to learn more about the app and summer camp programs, as well as win prizes to stores within the Galleria shopping... Read more »Read More »
  • HEC-TV Scope: St. Louis Organizations Partner for the Summer

    HEC-TV Scope: St. Louis Organizations Partner for the Summer

    View the clip at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyIa4x91y5sRead More »
  • STL Motherhood: What’s your blueprint for summer?

    STL Motherhood: What’s your blueprint for summer?

    Do you know what your kids are doing this summer? If you’re like me, you just sorted out how the kids are spending spring break. Summer seems so far away! But summer isn’t THAT far away! Did you know that families start planning summer camps NOW and that some of the best camps fill up... Read more »Read More »
  • KMOX: Blueprint4Summer Helps Parents Find the Perfect Summer Camp

    KMOX: Blueprint4Summer Helps Parents Find the Perfect Summer Camp

    ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – What are your kids doing this summer? Maxine Clark of the Clark-Fox Family Foundation and founder of Build-A-Bear says blueprint4summer.com not only helps parents find great opportunities, but it helps the camps as well. “We’ve tried to help camps look where there are so many people that are inquiring and give... Read more »Read More »
  • St. Louis Business Journal: Maxine Clark turns to college prep programs with new web app

    St. Louis Business Journal: Maxine Clark turns to college prep programs with new web app

    Build-A-Bear Workshop founder Maxine Clark is broadening her website devoted to connecting local children to summer activities with the addition of a college prep database that features programs from universities around the country. See more at: https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2017/02/10/maxine-clark-turns-to-college-prep-programs-with.htmlRead More »
  • St. Louis Magazine: Build-A-Bear founder creates tool that connects kids to summer camps

    St. Louis Magazine: Build-A-Bear founder creates tool that connects kids to summer camps

    Summer might be months away, but preparations for camp are in full swing. For parents who are just beginning to think about summer activities, Blueprint4SummerSTL makes searching for camps a one-stop shop. Maxine Clark, chief executive officer of the Clark-Fox Family Foundation and founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop, created Blueprint4SummerSTL in 2014. Clark knew the educational... Read more »Read More »
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch: If you’ve got a St. Louis summer camp for kids, we need to know

    St. Louis Post Dispatch: If you’ve got a St. Louis summer camp for kids, we need to know

    Do you run a summer camp for kids? We would love to hear from you. We are working with Blueprint4SummerSTL to compile St. Louis’ most complete guide to summer camps, and we need your help. First, create a free account online at blueprint4summer.com. After you have created your account, send an email to allie@blueprint4summer.com with... Read more »Read More »
  • Fox 2: Use the Blueprint4Summer apps to help plan summer activities

    Fox 2: Use the Blueprint4Summer apps to help plan summer activities

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Even though it is only January, Maxine Clark and Allie Cicotte are prepping St. Louis for the upcoming summer season. Today, they introduced new apps called “Blueprint4Summer,” which helps plan activities for kids ranging from pre-school through high school. One of the recently launched apps, “Blueprint4Summer College Prep,” helps attract... Read more »Read More »
  • KMOX: New App Gives Parents Ideas for Summer Camps

    KMOX: New App Gives Parents Ideas for Summer Camps

    ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Build-A-Bear founder Maxine Clark developed a mobile app designed to give parents in St. Louis an easy look at summer activities for their children.  Blueprint4SummerSTL connects all St. Louis-area kids to summer learning opportunities. Parents and children get free access to information on thousands of summer programs and camps that are... Read more »Read More »
  • HEC-TV “Behind the Minds:” Connecting Kids to Summer Camps

    HEC-TV “Behind the Minds:” Connecting Kids to Summer Camps

    A local entrepreneur created an app that is connecting St. Louis kids to the perfect summer camp. St. Louis area schools are full of innovative students and programs. We highlight a few in this program including a teen who started a non-profit organization and is now joining an elite group in college, a student-created website... Read more »Read More »
  • KSDK: It’s not too late to find the perfect camp for your kids this summer

    KSDK: It’s not too late to find the perfect camp for your kids this summer

    Blueprint4Summer STL has more than 6,000 opportunities for kids between the ages of 3 to 18. You can search the website for camps near your home or a specific category or if the camp offers scholarships or after care. Just go to www.blueprint4summer.com. That’s also where you’ll find 60 camps on SLU’s campus which is... Read more »Read More »
  • St. Louis Summer Guide 2016

    St. Louis Summer Guide 2016

    From fairs and festivals, to kids summer camps and volunteer opportunities, this 2016 St. Louis Summer Guide has a little something for everyone! See more at: https://issuu.com/hectv/docs/summer_guide_2016Read More »
  • KETC “Stay Tuned” Episode 410: Summer Melt

    KETC “Stay Tuned” Episode 410: Summer Melt

    View the clip at: http://www.pbs.org/video/stay-tuned-summer-melt/Read More »
  • KLOU: April 10th Show

    KLOU: April 10th Show

    BluePrint4SummerSTL with Founder – Maxine Clark BluePrint4SummerSTL is a free, web-based, mobile-enabled database that helps St. Louis families access consolidated, detailed and searchable information about thousands of summer program options. www.blueprint4summer.com Biggest Loser Corporate Wellness with CEO – Dale Friesen The Biggest Loser Corporate Challenge is your company’s answer to engage employees in fun, healthy... Read more »Read More »
  • KPLR 11: Finding the right program for your children this summer

    KPLR 11: Finding the right program for your children this summer

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-  Blueprint4SummerSTL want to help find an enriching summer experience for all kids. To promote the app, Programs Manager Allie Cicotte stopped by the KPLR 11 studio this afternoon. Cicotte was joined by Vicki Kahn of St. Louis Arts Works. The Blueprint4SummerSTL app is a comprehensive and easily accessible summer program database for children in... Read more »Read More »
  • Fox 2: Finding the right camp for your children this summer

    Fox 2: Finding the right camp for your children this summer

    ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI)- The Humane Society of Missouri (HSM) has teamed up with the app Blueprint4SummerSTL to provide an enriching summer experience for all kids. To promote the app, Programs Manager Allie Cicotte stopped by the Fox 2 studio this morning. Cicotte was joined by Angela Smith of the HSM and China, a Black... Read more »Read More »
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch: 2016 Summer Camps

    St. Louis Post Dispatch: 2016 Summer Camps

    Access the 2016 Post-Dispatch Summer Camps Guide here! See more at: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/summer-camps/article_329b3a25-4845-53fb-809e-a0e14c052e2d.htmlRead More »
  • Alton Telegraph: Summer activities database for kids — free mobile app offers comprehensive, easy access programs

    Alton Telegraph: Summer activities database for kids — free mobile app offers comprehensive, easy access programs

    ST. LOUIS — “What should my kids do this summer?” is the question on all parents’ minds this time of year for those with school-aged children. Luckily, not knowing what’s available or finding out about a camp once it’s full are no longer worries for local parents thanks to the free web and mobile app... Read more »Read More »
  • St. Louis American: Blueprint for summer: Camp listings for all interests and price ranges

    St. Louis American: Blueprint for summer: Camp listings for all interests and price ranges

    This listing was provided in partnership with Blueprint4SummerSTL. Blueprint4SummerSTL is a free web app that helps parents find summer opportunities in the St. Louis area for children ages 3-18. You can search their extensive database of over 3,000 listings by price, age, location, category, etc. at http://blueprint4summer.com. This is a small sample of camps offered... Read more »Read More »
  • Edge of the Weekend: App offers summer fun suggestions

    Edge of the Weekend: App offers summer fun suggestions

    View the article at: https://issuu.com/edwpub/docs/030316_edgeRead More »
  • St. Charles County Community News: Building a Better Summer

    St. Charles County Community News: Building a Better Summer

    View the article at: http://issuu.com/mycnews/docs/ocn-03-02-2016?e=2959064/33826272Read More »
  • St. Louis County Community News: Building a Better Summer

    St. Louis County Community News: Building a Better Summer

    View the article at: http://issuu.com/mycnews/docs/cn-03-02-2016/1?e=2959064/33826288Read More »
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch: Find the perfect summer camp

    St. Louis Post Dispatch: Find the perfect summer camp

    Are you looking to sign your son or daughter up for a summer camp? We’ve teamed up with Blueprint4Summer STL to offer you a database of thousands of camps. You can search by interest, location, age and more. Go to blueprint4summer.com to begin planning your summer. View the article at: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/relationships-and-special-occasions/parenting/find-the-perfect-summer-camp/article_314c71cf-0383-59a1-8e73-7c522d34f552.htmlRead More »
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch: Camps that help kids heal

    St. Louis Post Dispatch: Camps that help kids heal

    Jake Hoffner was 10 years old the first time he went to Camp Encourage in Kansas City more than 200 miles away from his home in Chesterfield. His mother, Tracey Gibson, was scared he would hate it. Jake had never had a play date before. He had never been part of a team. He had... Read more »Read More »
  • Fox 2: Blueprint 4 Summer STL

    Fox 2: Blueprint 4 Summer STL

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-  Summer is just around the corner!  Parents, are you ready?  Summer camps for kids are plentiful around St. Louis, and our guests Maxine Clark and Allie Cicotte share tips for finding the perfect one. Also, a web app that provides easy access to summer camps and local events in and around the... Read more »Read More »
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch: Submit your summer camps

    St. Louis Post Dispatch: Submit your summer camps

    Do you run a summer camp for kids? We would love to hear from you. We are working with Blueprint4SummerSTL to compile St. Louis’ most complete guide to summer camps, and we need your help. First, create a free account online at blueprint4summer.com. After you have created your account, send an email to allie@blueprint4summer.com with... Read more »Read More »
  • St. Louis Business Journal: Build-A-Bear founder Maxine Clark launches new app: TechFlash 7 things

    St. Louis Business Journal: Build-A-Bear founder Maxine Clark launches new app: TechFlash 7 things

    An online app, founded by Maxine Clark along with Build-A-Bear Workshop, is connecting St. Louis area children to summer activities has become a popular way for parents to find local camps. The Blueprint4Summer tool launched in February and was developed by Technology Partners in St. Louis. Facebook is launching a bare-bones, low-resolution version of its... Read more »Read More »
  • KPLR 11: Choosing a summer camp via your smartphone

    KPLR 11: Choosing a summer camp via your smartphone

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Finding a summer camp for your child can be difficult. Allie DeSmet, programs manager for smartphone app Blueprint4SummerSTL, joins News 11 to share how the app can help parents find the right camp for their kids. Parents can access Blueprint4SummerSTL for free on their smartphones, tablets or computers online at Blueprint4Summer.com.... Read more »Read More »
  • Fox 2: Blueprint4SummerSTL program offerings

    Fox 2: Blueprint4SummerSTL program offerings

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Are the kids looking for something to do this summer? Blueprint4SummerSTL Programs Manager Allie DeSmet talks about the free web app for St. Louis parents to find summer programs in the area for their kids. One of those programs is magic camp Abra-Kid-Abra. Camp founder Jeff Lefton is joined by young... Read more »Read More »
  • Ladue News: New App Connects St. Louis Kids to Summer Camps

    Ladue News: New App Connects St. Louis Kids to Summer Camps

    Local schoolchildren get about three months of summer vacation, but St. Louis’ Maxine Clark believes learning should not stop just because school lets out for the summer. To help St. Louis parents plan for their kids’ summer weeks, Clark recently founded an app and website called Blueprint4SummerSTL. The app and website launched in February, and... Read more »Read More »
  • St. Louis Public Radio: Looking for summer activities for kids? A new website could help

    St. Louis Public Radio: Looking for summer activities for kids? A new website could help

    What are kids doing when school’s out for the summer? A new app will make finding summer camps, classes and activities easier for parents. “Blueprint4Summer is actually a technology tool that has been created to help aggregate all of the information about summer programs that exist in St. Louis, Missouri,” app funder and Build-A-Bear Workshop... Read more »Read More »
  • Introducing Blueprint4SummerSTL

    Introducing Blueprint4SummerSTL

  • United Way of Greater St. Louis: Blueprint4SummerSTL: Your Go-to Summer Camp Resource

    United Way of Greater St. Louis: Blueprint4SummerSTL: Your Go-to Summer Camp Resource

    Temperatures are slowly on the rise, making it the ideal time to start thinking about summer. Make this summer a valuable and memorable one with a camp experience that fosters your child’s growth and development, contributes to their independence and confidence, and helps them connect with other youth their age. Here to take some of... Read more »Read More »
  • Quiz: Which St. Louis summer program is right for your child?

    Quiz: Which St. Louis summer program is right for your child?

  • KPLR 11: App helps find best summer activities for kids.

    KPLR 11: App helps find best summer activities for kids.

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR)- Busy parents have a service to help find their children fun activities for the summer. Knowing what to look for and where to start can be time consuming. Fortunately, there’s an app for that. Maxine Clark and Allie DeSmet created and manage Blueprint4SummerSTL. It’s a free online resource that provides parents... Read more »Read More »
  • Fox 2: App helps parents find best summer activities for kids.

    Fox 2: App helps parents find best summer activities for kids.

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Busy parents have something else to their already crowded plates: finding summer activities for their children. Knowing what to look for and where to start can be time consuming. Fortunately, there’s an app for that. Maxine Clark and Allie DeSmet created and manage Blueprint4SummerSTL, a free online resource providing parents access... Read more »Read More »
  • KMOV: Blueprint4SummerSTL

    KMOV: Blueprint4SummerSTL

    We get some tips on finding great local summer camps for kids. See more at: http://www.kmov.com/great-day-st-louis/Blueprint4SummerSTL–294697681.html#ixzz3UftoUFaoRead More »
  • PBS – Stay Tuned : Summer Learning

    PBS – Stay Tuned : Summer Learning

    The weather outside is frightful, but summer is right around the corner and many parents are already planning activities for children during summer break. This week we are taking a look at summer learning and Maxine Clark joins us to show an innovative way to find the best summer programs in St. Louis so Stay... Read more »Read More »
  • St. Louis Jewish Light: A beary nice app.

    St. Louis Jewish Light: A beary nice app.

    Build-A-Bear founder Maxine Clark has spearheaded and helped fund a new endeavor for St. Louis parents. It’s a free app called Blueprint4SummerSTL, which provides mobile access to summer camps and events in the St. Louis area so parents can more easily plan summer activities for their kids. Blueprint4SummerSTL currently has more than 1,000 summer sessions... Read more »Read More »
  • St. Louis American : Blueprint4SummerSTL links students with fun and learning during school off season.

    St. Louis American : Blueprint4SummerSTL links students with fun and learning during school off season.

    Summer vacation is something most students dream about, but when it comes to mapping it out it can be more of a nightmare for moms. “Over the years I’ve spent countless hours online and playing phone tag trying to find a solution for my son,” says Naretha Hopson, a busy mom. It’s a story Maxine... Read more »Read More »
  • Show Me St. Louis : Blueprint4SummerSTL helps parents plan summer.

    Show Me St. Louis : Blueprint4SummerSTL helps parents plan summer.

    We are looking to provide programming options in St. Louis for the summer that enhances the 360 degree child,” said. Maxine Clark. “We want them to discover their passion and to do something that makes them smile every day.” Clark is applying the acumen and savvy that aided her in growing Build-A-Bear Workshop into a... Read more »Read More »

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