ARCHS developed a pilot national demonstration in the St. Louis bi-state region to inventory and prudently dispose of unwanted medications. The project was managed successfully, including substantive research and highly-regulated activities at 20 sites in four counties across two states.
39 community partners and senior service agencies were utilized. Documented demographics of 892 participants, type and amount of 296,650 medication doses returned. Documented results of educational outreach program to 3,331 seniors, 387 elementary school students, and 15 teachers.
ARCHS Won two national awards for their efforts in this pilot. Additionally, key outcomes were presented at four national conferences and replicated throughout the nation and internationally.
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.
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.
“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.