The St. Louis Basketball League slam dunked 168 hours of life skills sessions, and left 100 percent of participants with a now positive perception of police officers, according to survey results. For 2014, more than 750 young men between the ages of 18-35 formed teams for several 11-week basketball leagues. Police officers coach 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 St. Louis Basketball League is a partnership between ARCHS, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry, and Fathers' Support Center.
Independent auditors have given ARCHS an unqualified or “clean” audit for the 13th consecutive (2002-2014) fiscal year.
ARCHS’ FY2014 (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014) financial audit was reviewed and approved by ARCHS’ Board of Directors at the December 11, 2014 meeting.
Issuance of an “unqualified opinion” means an auditor, upon review of an organization’s financial statements and accompanying notes, concluded that the financial statements and accompanying notes are presented fairly, conform to generally accepted accounting principles, and fairly represent the true financial picture of the organization.
"These audits provide transparency and assurance to ARCHS' funders that the organization is responsibly and properly managing the resources assigned to us,” said ARCHS’ Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough. “Our accounting controls ensure we are able to design, manage, and evaluate more than 15 education and social service programs that positively impact the lives of more than 90,000 of St. Louis' most vulnerable residents.
For the fifth consecutive year, ARCHS has also successfully completed a federal A-133 audit for its work with federal funding. An A-133 audit is required for any organization that expends more than $500,000 or more in a year in funding from the federal government.
During FY2014, ARCHS had a $15.5 million impact on the region. Within that number, $5.9 million were grants and other revenues, and $9.6 million were funds/resources secured by ARCHS' education and social service program partners.
ARCHS' mentoring program taught youth associated with the Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS) the etiquette of appropriate business dining manners on December 6, 2014. The youth learned about acceptable table conversation, utensil use, proper napkin use, glassware and tableware, and several ways to make a good impression when in a formal dining situation. Participants then put what they learned to use during a full meal complete with salad, a main entree, and dessert.
Earlier this year, other participating youth learned about culinary at Dierbergs, robotics with the University of Missouri -St. Louis, 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.
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.
ARCHS distributed 70 "Creative Expressions" giveaways in the month of November to its Educare providers. Included were musical instruments, books, crayons, paper, and other items that can assist young children with learning how to express themselves in their own unique ways.
In order to receive a giveaway, Educare providers must have recently attended an ARCHS' support group meeting or received a site visit.
Last year, ARCHS provided technical assistance and professional development services that promoted quality and safety to more than 90 area state registered child care homes.