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Social Solutions "What Funders Want" Webinar

ARCHS' CEO Wendell Kimbrough participated in Social Solutions' Webinar “What Funders Want” on September 13, 2017. Phoning in from ARCHS’ offices, Kimbrough spoke about ARCHS' use of the Apricot™ software platform in managing ARCHS’ 34 funded initiatives.

As over 300 hundred national listeners tuned in, Kimbrough described how the increasing demands for added data collection have made it imperative for funders to improve their output and outcome measurement systems.

Listen to Kimbrough’s presentation and his response to listener questions. (Webinar begins at 20 minutes and 30 seconds)

Back to School

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As most have already noticed, the kids are huddled at the corner bus stops and the classroom doors have been opened up for the new school year. Once again, ARCHS has been preparing all summer to kick off a new year of after school programming. 

This school year, After School for All Partnership for St. Louis (ASAP) will be supporting 30 sites, including 2 new sites at Buder Elementary and Hickey Elementary. 

To make these after school programs work so well, ARCHS provides funding, resources and expertise. This year, ARCHS is proudly partnering with these organizations:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
  • Gene Slay's Girls & Boys Club
  • Neighborhood Houses
  • Northside Youth and Senior Services
  • Provident, Inc.
  • Stray Dog Theatre
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To learn why these programs are so beneficial, listen to Javier, from Northside Youth and Senior Service Center, Inc., speak about what makes ASAP programs so unique.

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New CFO Sheryl Mitchell


ARCHS began its new fiscal year this July with a new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the helm. Sheryl Mitchell replaced Terry Blake who retired over the summer. Her 13 years of experience at ARCHS has made this transition seamless.

Sheryl holds a B.A in Business Administration from Webster University and brings more than 15 years of accounting experience to her new position. ARCHS looks forward to her guidance in the future.

Terry Blake Retires After 16 Years

ARCHS will miss the leadership of Terry Blake as he embarks onto a new journey in retirement. As CFO of ARCHS for the last decade and a half, Terry was a crucial component in ARCHS' success.

During his tenure at ARCHS he insured its fiscal soundness and tirelessly led the organization through local and federal audits. Along with his work at ARCHS, Terry was the President of LRM Financial Services.

2017 Summer Programs

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ARCHS’ effort to support after school programs extends well beyond the school year and even outside of the after school site. This summer ARCHS supported two major programs, one at St. Frances Cabrini facilitated by Provident Inc., and a second at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ facilitated by Neighborhood Houses. These programs provide a large variety of educational activities for youth, ranging from disguised academic lessons to week long camping trips.

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This summer at St. Frances Cabrini, one of their youth’s main activities was maintaining a local garden. On an early June morning, they had two primary tasks; water the garden and pick lettuce and basil. After unlocking their tool shed, the kids lugged around repurposed detergent jugs, filled to the brim with water, stopping at ever plant bed to water the plants. 

After the garden was sufficiently wetted, and a few of the kids having been accidently drenched from leftover water, they set out to collect some fresh produce. As the kids huddled around the raised garden bed, their instructor advised them on which plants were ready to pick.

They spent the next fifteen minutes uncovering heads of lettuce and carefully picking basil leaves off the stem and proudly showed off their hard work. The fresh produce they harvested that morning was cleaned and sent home in hopes of incorporating into the family meals.

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Later in the summer ARCHS had the opportunity to visit St. Paul’s summer program, facilitated by Neighborhood Houses. That afternoon the kids were in the middle of a weeklong project repairing donated computers. Earlier in the week the youth stripped down each computer into its individual components, cleaned them and then pieced them back together replacing any damaged part. In this particular class session, the students were huddled around their newly refurbished machines patiently staring at blues screens while Windows 10 installed. At the end of the week their hard work would pay off as they each brought home the PC they cleaned and built ready to help them with future school work.

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These students also had the opportunity to partake in a week long summer camp at Camp MoVaL in Union, MO. On the day ARCHS visited, the kids were battling the hot weather with some morning boating. While most patiently waited in the shade for their turn, groups in paddleboats or individual kayakers took turns paddling across the lake, being careful not to tip into the lake.

After their boating excursions they participated in an exercise on social biases and how to recognize stereotypes in their everyday lives. During the activity kids were challenged to confront both their own biases and those of their community. From there the kids ventured back into the heat to play a friendly game of capture the flag before lunch. As they divided into teams the coordinators rallied the kids by starting camp chants that everyone loudly echoed.

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Green Center

ARCHS also connected Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club with The Green Center in an effort to better connect kids with nature. The first day they toured the Green Center in University City discovering a variety of outdoor spaces including a wetland, woods, and prairie. The second day they visited Babler State Park and enjoyed hiking trails and observing wildlife.

ARCHS is proud to have supported all of these programs this summer. Each provides youth with unique opportunities to enrich their summer while exploring new ideas and activities in preparation for the upcoming school year.