The 2013 Missouri Reentry Conference will held November 20-22 at Tan-Tar-A Resort at Osage Beach. The Conference has issued a "Call for Presentations." Proposals are due by Thursday, August 15, and presenters will be notified in late August. Follow directions on link.
The Conference provides high-quality education and networking opportunities for corrections professionals and community-based partners who contribute to the prisoner reentry process. The multiple tracks format offers a self-directed, facilitated learning environment with education sessions, interactive forums, and exhibits. Education sessions are carefully designed to transcend all industry sectors, focusing on current and emerging issues, best practices, and the many challenges that the community, corrections staffs, and ex-offenders face.
The annual Conference is sponsored by Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS), Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Department of Social Services, and Family and Community Trust (FACT).
Registration will be available early September at www.stlarchs.org.
ARCHS' Culinary Arts Program graduated 12 female ex-offenders on July 23, after they completed an eight-week class at St. Louis Community College - Forest Park.
Participants in the program are currently under state or federal supervision with probation and parole officers in St. Louis City or County. They received academic culinary training leading to "ServSafe" certification. They will also receive job training from St. Louis Community College and job placement, wrap around social services support, and life skills preparation from Employment Connection.
ARCHS' program will allow female participants access to traditionally male career paths such as chef, head cook, line cook, institutional cook, and more in the culinary field. According to a National Institute of Corrections Report, the number of incarcerated women has skyrocketed, at rates exceeding men.
"This unique partnership is a crucial component to decreasing recidivism dates for these participants," said Les Johnson, ARCHS' Vice President of Family and Community Programs. "They will have access to training by a nationally accredited and recognized culinary arts school, which will assist them with a second chance."
ARCHS partners with Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, Employment Connection, and St. Louis Community College to provide this program to female ex-offenders.
ARCHS has received a $25,000 grant from the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect in the St. Louis area.
Through the CTF grant, ARCHS will use a combination of evidence-based models to continue to enhance its Home Visitation program by serving families who are at a higher risk of child abuse and neglect. ARCHS' program has been highly successful for more than 10 years and provides monthly in-home visits to more than 50 families per year.
In an effort to help at risk families discover how stress affects their daily lives, ARCHS' program addresses topics such as low cost and healthy meal options, health and safety around creating a safe home environment, literacy and vocabulary building activities parents can teach their children, how to make best use of existing resources available within their communities, and how to take advantage of free and low-cost activities to do with their children.
This is the second consecutive year ARCHS has received a CTF grant. CTF, Missouri’s non-profit foundation for child abuse and neglect prevention, strengthens families and prevents child abuse through grant distribution, education, and awareness.
Kids Vision for Life is making a big impact in the St. Louis area while putting a clear focus on the importance of the eyesight of local students. An impact that helps students work around one of the most common disorders in America.
Over the past four school years, Kids Vision for Life-St. Louis has:
Kids Vision for Life provides free eye screenings to students in K-8 at identified St. Louis area (Title 1) schools. Free eye examinations are provided to students who fail the screening, and students who fail the examinations are given a free pair of eyeglasses. Vision disorders are the most prevalent handicapping condition in U.S. children, particularly with special needs children.
Resources to support Kids Vision for Life are provided by ARCHS, Essilor Vision Foundation, Crown Vision Center, and University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry (mobile van).
Kids Vision for Life is not open to the general public. Interested school districts should contact ARCHS about program expansion.
For the third consecutive year, ARCHS was selected to make presentations at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development. On June 10, 2013 ARCHS’ Amber Donnelly, Urlene Jackson Branch, Rochelle Andre, Barb Elwood, and Andrea Walton offered two presentations. First, ARCHS presented “Using Pinterest to put the Interest Back into Your Activities” that discussed ways to use the on-line tool to create thematic early childhood lesson plans and research developmentally appropriate activities.
Second, ARCHS presented a research poster that documented “Teacher Training In The Early Childhood Environment: A Qualitative Study of ARCHS’ Implementation of the “Emotional Beginnings” Curriculum. ARCHS analyzed three years of data from its Emotional Beginnings (EB) model. EB provides an introspective study for teachers of infants and toddlers that layers weekly on-site observation, modeling, and feedback with monthly focused training. EB facilitates a teacher’s examination of their classroom behavior, how they form relationships with the children in their care, and their role as a leader in setting up a positive classroom environment to support the mental health of both the children and adults in the classroom.
ARCHS continuously offers a variety of professional development programs that improve the quality of early childhood, youth development, and adult learning programs.
- ARCHS' OASIS Partnership Brings CATCH Healthy Habits to After School
- SHORT VIDEO: ARCHS' 3rd Annual Early Childhood Science and Outdoor Learning Institute
- ARCHS' Summer Food Program to Serve 4,600 Children
- ARCHS and Monsanto Partner to Put STEM Education on the Forefront for ASAP After School Students