The USDA has again awarded grant funding to Missouri to implement Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) for the summer of 2012. This summer, the funding will provide benefits for approximately 5,300 children in the Saint Louis Public Schools through ARCHS.
The Saint Louis Public School families selected for SEBTC benefits are in the process of being notified and will receive $60 per month per child in June and July, and a pro-rated amount in May and August based upon the school district’s schedule. With 5,300 children expected to receive benefits this summer, St. Louis area stores and farmer’s markets will redeem over $800,000 in SEBTC benefits. The benefits expire when school resumes in August because children will have free and reduced price meals available during school hours.
All households in the demonstration areas with children from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade who receive free and reduced price meals at school were qualified to be considered for SEBTC. Because this was a demonstration project, some families were randomly selected this spring to receive the benefit and others, who were not selected, will participate in surveys. USDA requires the project to be evaluated each year by a national research firm, resulting in a report to Congress
ARCHS' partnership with the Missouri Division of Youth Services honored teenagers, their mentors, and parents at a celebration luncheon on May 5 at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University. "Youth Striving Towards Success: A Celebration of Progress and Success” recognized youth (mentees) and adult (mentors) for voluntarily participating in the program in partnership with Fathers’ Support Center. More than 80 youth were matched with mentors this past year.
The ARCHS’ partnership provides adult mentors to juvenile offenders associated with the Missouri Division of Youth Services.
More than 350 early childhood professionals packed Harris-Stowe State University on April 21 to attend ARCHS’ second annual Early Childhood Science and Outdoor Learning Institute. The sold out event provided up to six-clock hours of hands-on-training featuring presentations from such noted organizations as Gateway Greening, Nature Explore, Missouri Botanical Garden, and St. Louis Science Center.
The Institute kicked off ARCHS’ and Harris Stowe’s sponsorship of several “Week of the Young Child” events taking place across the region April 23-27, 2012. ARCHS’ 180 supported child care programs are celebrating the annual event with activities that highlight the importance of early childhood education.
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ARCHS was highlighted at a presentation April 10 hosted by the Gateway Center for Giving. The Center released their new "Measuring the Work of Intermediaries in the St. Louis Region" report.
Information about ARCHS begins on page seven of the report, and describes what information ARCHS tracks and presents to communicate its value and return on investment to funders.
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ARCHS is pleased to announce that the After School for All Partnership for St. Louis (ASAP) and St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) will be honored on May 3 with What's Right With The Region (WRWR) awards from FOCUS St. Louis. The 15th annual regional celebration recognizes success stories from the Greater St. Louis area.
ASAP is receiving the award for its work in increasing access to, and the quality of, after school programs for more than 4,000 students each year. ARCHS, St. Louis for Kids, Saint Louis Public Schools, after school program providers, and a unique blend of public and private funders have strategically worked together since ASAP was created in 2007.
STAR is led by Missouri Department of Corrections, ARCHS, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, and more than 30 other organizations who are working in a highly collaborative manner to improve public safety, reduce recidivism, and create positive opportunities for area ex-offenders.
In 2005, ARCHS was honored with a WRWR award for its work related to improving the quality of area early childhood programs.
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