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ARCHS at 20: Gang Resistance Education and Training

GREAT grant ARCHS

Funder: U.S. Department of Justice

Award Amount: $89,000 (FY2009-FY2012)

Topic: Provide life skills and mentoring program to underserved students

ARCHS collaborated with area police agencies and school districts to meet all milestones and performance measures in implementing a national gang prevention program for elementary and middle school students from the urban core of St. Louis.

Uniformed police officers, trained by GREAT in the national curriculum, taught the weekly lessons during the school day for students and their classroom teachers, and taught the families component during the summer for select students and their parents.

More than 4,300 at-risk students were served.

The vast majority of surveyed students and parents agreed that GREAT graduates increased their positive attitudes about anti-gang, law enforcement, conflict management, and decision making.

Additional survey results showed that 100% of police officers agreed that they themselves learned new information about gang prevention in the professional development trainings and would apply what they learned in their law enforcement work.

Graphic: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 2, 2007.

ARCHS at 20: St. Louis Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative

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Funder: Danforth Foundation

Award Amount: $1.7 million (FY2002-FY2005)

Topic: Create community action plans for targeted St. Louis City neighborhoods

The Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative was a partnership of residents, community groups, financial institutions, local foundations, and state and local government to revitalize nine St. Louis City neighborhood clusters.  As part of the Danforth Foundation’s legacy program St. Louis 2004, the Initiative was designed to “combine physical development and infrastructure improvements with human service support and community-based economic development”.  Through ARCHS' leadership, each of the targeted neighborhood clusters developed a strategic plan.SNI PD story 2
 
“Despite the lofty goals of the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative, uneven development has characterized revitalization efforts in the target 
neighborhoods”, according to Dr. Scott Cummings of Saint Louis University in the critically acclaimed book distributed by the Missouri Historical Society Press, St. Louis Metromorphosis: Past Trends and Future Directions (2004).

St. Louis 2004 was a movement to make St. Louis a leading region in the 21st century, using the year 2004 as a deadline. Its mission was transform the St. Louis region into a great place in which people want to live and even to move. More than 1,200 volunteers input more than 100 ideas to achieve that goal.

Using the community's input as a guide, St. Louis 2004 developed action plans: facing racism and discrimination, combating youth gang violence, safe places for kids, downtown revitalization, access to health, cleaner air, zero tolerance for hate crimes, 21st century technologies and high-paying jobs, sustainable neighborhoods, minority- and women-owned business growth, and regional park and trail systems.

Graphic: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 17, 1998.

New ARCHS' Team Member

Fridah

On April 2, Mary “Fridah” K. Mubichi, PhD., joined ARCHS as
an Evaluation & Research Specialist.

In her new role, Dr. Mubichi will foster the use of
data/evaluation within ARCHS to better tell ARCHS’ story of
positively impacting the lives of thousands of St. Louis area
families who are living in poverty and facing disparities and
disadvantages.

Most recently, Dr. Mubichi served as a Research Assistant at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri.

St. Louis Data from 2018 MO KIDS COUNT Databook

Missouri’s Family and Community Trust (FACT) has released the 2018 Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book, on April 3, 2018, intended to identify the needs of children and families throughout the state. 

Below you will find a link to the 3 counties ARCHS primarily serves in the St. Louis area; St. Louis County, St. Louis City and St. Charles County. The composite rankings of these counties have stayed close to their previous 2014 rankings except for St. Louis County, which ranked lower at 43 instead of 2014's ranking of 34.

Click here to access the specific county data

A few points to highlight for trends seen across these counties:KIDSCOUNT ST.LOUISCITY2017

Improvements were seen across all 3 counties between 2012 and 2016 when looking at the decrease in children under the age of 18 in poverty, preventable hospitalization for children under the age of 18, births to teens ages 15-19 and food insecurity for children (St. Louis County stayed roughly the same with a minimal increase to food insecurity). 

The most significant downward trends during that time period were substantiated child abuse/neglect cases and low birthweight infants (excluding St. Charles County which saw a slight decrease in low birthweight).

ARCHS is the St. Louis region's state designated FACT community partnership. As St. Louis' KIDS COUNT® partner, ARCHS strategically enhances 18 education and social service programs provided at more than 380 locations that annually improve the lives of more than 150,000 of the St. Louis region's most vulnerable children and their family members.

Along with disseminating the KIDS COUNT® information ARCHS actively utilizes this data when developing and evaluating the programs it funds and whether the outcomes from these programs are making meaningful impact in areas that matter to the region.