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ARCHS' FY 2017 Review

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Dear Greater St. Louis community partners,

During this season of Thanksgiving, I am deeply grateful for your shared interest in and support of our community.  ARCHS’ growing network of strategic activities that invested $21.6 million in serving our most vulnerable residents is reflected in our FY 2017 Review (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017).  As you read the Review, I invite you to both celebrate ARCHS’ recent accomplishments and contemplate the ongoing challenges in our community.


You may not be aware that ARCHS’ unique partnership model was implemented with 200 additional community partners and impacted a total of 150,000 adults, children, and their immediate family members.  On average this past year, ARCHS’ 34 education and social programs provided services at more than 380 locations and invested $144 per program participant.

In order to increase Missouri’s investment and commitment to our community, ARCHS served more than 10,732 training participants. 92% of those surveyed said ARCHS’ trainings were a good use of their time, they learned something new, and will apply what they learned.  Due to federal child care requirements, ARCHS offered 21,754 training hours to approximately 10,000 professionals to meet these requirements for child care programs receiving Missouri state subsidies.  


I am humbled at the combined achievements – Board of Directors, staff, funders, and grantee partners – to impact our community’s needs.  May you and yours have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Gratefully,
Wsig
Wendell E. Kimbrough,

Chief Executive Officer

Wehner Elected ARCHS' Board Chair

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Sherrie Wehner, executive strategist of Wehner Marketing Group, has been elected chair of the board of Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS). Wehner succeeds Charles “Matt” Matthews, CEO of Acuity Eyecare, who will remain on the board as immediate past chair. Wehner joined ARCHS’ board in 2015.

With more than 25 years of for-profit and not-for-profit experience, Wehner has held leadership positions with The UPS Store, Ralston Purina, Katy Industries, Maritz, and Education Plus. She has a BA from Truman State University and an MA from Saint Louis University.  She and her husband Bruce are the 2017 co-chairs of the Arthritis Foundation’s® annual Silver Ball in St. Louis.

Mutt-i-Grees® Pilot Evaluation

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ARCHS’ partnership with Purina® to implement Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum at After School for All Partnership (ASAP) sites is showing impact, according to a recent St. Louis-wide evaluation by Yale University School of the 21st Century.  Mutt-i-grees® is a nearly decade-long social/emotional learning program that was piloted in St. Louis in 2016-17, including at several ASAP sites and for youth mentoring. As a result of the successful St. Louis pilot, the project will be scaled up to include all 30 ASAP sites in January 2018.

More than 130 youth from three ASAP 2016 summer sites in Jennings and North City, provided by Provident, Inc. and Neighborhood Houses, were eligible for the Mutt-i-grees® pilot evaluation. Yale learned that after participating in Mutt-i-grees®, St. Louis youth said they felt:

  • Needed by someone
  • Confident they could care for someone else
  • Empathy and compassion for others
  • People and pets can help each other
  • Able to make better decisions.
St. Louis educators who participated in Yale’s pilot evaluation reported benefits and important aspects of Mutt-i-grees®:
  • 100% reported social emotional growth in youth during the program
  • 75% reported:
    • Better relationships with other youth
    • Ability of youth to see they can make a difference
    • Opportunities for service learning
    • Youth reflect on their actions
    • Increased humane knowledge in animals and people

The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum is an innovative PreK-12 social and emotional learning curriculum that highlights the unique characteristics of shelter pets to teach essential skills for academic and life success. It is an initiative of The Pet Savers Foundation, the program development arm of North Shore Animal League America, and was developed in collaboration with Yale University School of the 21st Century.

ASAP Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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On October 26, After School for All Partnership in St. Louis (ASAP) celebrated both the nation’s 18th annual Lights On Afterschool and ASAP’s 10th year anniversary!  The staying power of the after school movement is a hallmark of after school programs’ important role in the lives of children, their families, and communities.

ASAP opened its doors to youth in the 2006-07 school year as a unique collaboration of private and public funding, and currently supports 30 licensed after school program sites.  ASAP comprises the largest coordinated after school system in St. Louis, providing free, high quality programming for underserved children in grades K-5.  Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS) manages ASAP, in partnership with multiple school districts, service delivery providers, and professional development experts. 

Since 2007, an impressive array of 23 public and private funders have helped ASAP build a coordinated after school system.  As well, ASAP's network of after school providers leverage other funding that helps secure additional donated goods and services to enhance programming. By supporting at least 2,000 children per year for the past 10 years, their generous financial investment means that more than a quarter of a million youth have benefitted in neighborhoods throughout the City of St. Louis (downtown, midtown, north, and south) and the Jennings and Riverview Gardens School Districts in north St. Louis County.

In 2012 as ASAP celebrated its 5th year anniversary, FOCUS St. Louis recognized ASAP with a “What’s Right With The Region!” award for its work in increasing access to quality after school programs.

In its backbone role, ARCHS has sustained ASAP by anchoring $2.5 million in funding through Missouri Department of Social Services and St. Louis Mental Health Board, as well as the Norman J. Stupp Foundation (Commerce Bank Trustees).  In addition, ARCHS has offered technical assistance and professional development for ASAP’s youth-serving provider staff through United 4 Children and other youth development experts. ARCHS has also implemented an evaluation protocol that demonstrates how ASAP is impacting not only the youth, but also their working parents and day school/after school educators.  All this despite school closings, multiple school districts de-accreditation, the Great Recession, and other challenges.

The origins of ASAP trace back to 2006 when the Mayor of St. Louis formed a task force to examine issues related to after school with a primary focus of building a coordinated after school system. At the time, it was estimated that there was a need for 5,600 more children to be served through after school each day to meet the national average of 22% access to five day-a-week after school programs.

“ASAP currently offers 1,715 slots that serve at least 2,000 children,” says Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS’ CEO. “So while the goal to serve all children in need has not been fully achieved, ARCHS has worked diligently to sustain ASAP’s current programs and build the case for expansion.”

ARCHS Featured in New Social Solutions Case Study

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In addition to being included in their webinar series, Social Solutions compiled a case study that highlighted ARCHS’ innovative use of their Apricot™ software.


Throughout the study, Social Solutions points to ARCHS' ability to integrate nearly all aspects of its grant management operations into the Apricot™ software platform.

ARCHS' staff uses the web-based system to enter notes and data while conducting site visits at more than 380 community locations ranging from early childhood centers to after school programs. ARCHS is currently tracking more than 3,000 data elements in Apricot™.

The Case Study was published in September 2017.