By Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer
Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS) continues its investment across the St. Louis region in Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015), focusing more than $6 million in intensive, on-the-ground strategies designed to improve educational and economic growth opportunities for more than 90,000 vulnerable children, youth, and parents. A network of 200 organizations works with ARCHS in close collaboration to leverage programming, resources, and expertise that impact the region’s complex and interrelated challenges.
For 250 years, St. Louisans have fostered a spirit of self-improvement and community betterment. Since 1997 ARCHS has promoted innovation in local education and social services programs. This year we are building on ARCHS’ existing program design, management, and evaluation efforts that improve people’s lives every day. ARCHS has a well-earned reputation among its 10 funding sources for strengthening the rungs on the ladder of opportunity.
Here are highlights from ARCHS' Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014) programs:
- 94,350 people’s lives positively impacted (adults, children, and their immediate family members)
- $5.9 million invested in the community through 10 funding partners
- $9.6 million in additional funding/resources provided in partnership with 200 program partner
- 274 program site locations that included early childhood care, parent support, before & after school activities, youth development services, comprehensive vision care, life skills building, mentoring, job training, career exploration, physical fitness, and so much more
- 14 programs managed through 141 performance-based contracts
- More than 130 distinct output and outcome measures tracked
- 16,640 technical assistance and training hours dedicated to improving program quality
- 23,447 miles traveled throughout the St. Louis region by ARCHS’ staff to provide real-time program enhancement support services and expertise
- 7,254 clock hours awarded at more than 200 professional staff training sessions
- 6,200+ training participants served; at least 95% reported ARCHS’ trainings were a good use of their time, they learned something new, and will apply what they learned
- 202 external jobs supported in the region
- 15,616 volunteer hours donated at ARCHS’ program sites
- ARCHS’ Kids Vision for Life (KVLF) Partnership was recognized with a “What's Right with the Region!” award -- the fourth ARCHS-supported program since 2005 to receive this honor
- Through its relationship with the Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT), ARCHS serves as the Annie E. Casey's Kids Count representative for the St. Louis region.
As we celebrate this season of Thanksgiving, ARCHS wishes to further acknowledge the important work of our board, staff, funders/donors, program partners, and volunteers.
ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED.
Registration for Missouri Reentry Conference will be available on-site, which will be held November 19-21, 2014 at a new location in the Ozarks - The Lodge of the Four Seasons.
The annual Conference is sponsored by ARCHS, Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Department of Social Services, and Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT).
ARCHS' mentoring program helped youth associated with Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS) learn how to program robots through computer code by the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) 4-H program on October 18, 2014. The youth practiced making their robots move forward, reverse, and turn through specific coding, and also discussed career opportunities related to the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) field.
Earlier this year, other participating youth toured to the Metropolitan, Education, & Training (MET) Center to learn about construction prep, and also St. Louis Community College to learn about computer science. To help determine what careers may fit their skills and interest, the youth took the Character Occupational Relationship Evaluation (CORE) assessment.
Funds for DYS career explorations come through the City of St. Louis' Public Safety, Proposition S, Youth at Risk Crime Prevention Fund.
On Saturday October 4, 2014 ARCHS and stl250 will host a day-long History Institute for Early Childhood and Youth Development professionals at Harris-Stowe State University (Clay Center). More than 20 hands-on workshops will be featured.
Participants will learn how to make history come alive from St. Louis’ preeminent history educators and historians. You'll also find out how area students can take part in stl250’s special Time Capsule project.
Don’t just study history – be a part of it.
The Institute will begin with a keynote address from Charlie Brennan, KMOX radio host and author of Amazing St. Louis: 250 Years of Great Tales and Curiosities.
In his new book, Brennan divulges how St. Louisans gave the world rock ‘n roll, the cocktail party, the city of Chicago, the musical “Cats,” and more! Brennan also shares some of the world’s strangest oddities and curiosities that just happened to take place in the Gateway to the West. Packed with hundreds of almost unknown facts about the people and events of St. Louis, this book is ideal for lovers of this great American city and its rich history. At the Institute, he will explain how teaching history to students of all ages promotes learning and civic pride
"We provide a safe environment for these guys to come in and not worry about beefs and whatever is going on out in the streets," Dace said. "We get a plethora of different personalities- guys with criminal records, guys fresh out of the penitentiary, and guys in college. The guys in college mentor some of these guys who are in the streets, and the guys in the streets mentor the guys in college and tell them to keep doing what they are doing. It goes both ways."
The St. Louis NITES Basketball League is a partnership between ARCHS, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry, and Fathers' Support Center. Approximately 250 men between the ages of 18-35 form 10 teams for an 11-week basketball league. Police officers coach the teams in the league.
To play in the league, participants are required to take six life skills classes coordinated by Fathers' Support Center, which teach the young men about topics ranging from health and fitness, to financial literacy, to STD prevention, to fatherhood responsibilities.
"The life skills class is the lifeblood of this program," Dace said. "These guys can play basketball almost anywhere, but the real product they leave with is what they get from life skills, because they can use and apply what they learn anywhere.