Did you know that Kids Vision for Life - St. Louis (KVFL) has gone high tech? KVFL now uses The Spot Vision Screener, a handheld portable device that quickly and easily detects vision issues. This state-of-the-art equipment helps KVFL accurately screen students -- even squirmy preschoolers who don’t yet know the alphabet.
KVFL purchased two Spots through funding from The Saigh Foundation and a family foundation that wishes to remain anonymous. Additional recent funding from Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Healthy Vision Association means that KVFL is on pace this school year to screen more than 37,000 students from low-income families and provide more than 5,000 free custom-fit eyeglasses in 14 local school districts.
KVFL’s school-based impact has expanded by a factor of more than 50 (more than 5,000%) since its inaugural year in 2009, when KVFL served one urban core school district with vision screenings for 700 students and provided 80 eyeglasses. This spectacular growth, including the purchase of KVFL’s own mobile clinic van, is made possible by a “visionary” partnership with ARCHS, Crown Vision Center, Essilor Vision Foundation, University of Missouri - St. Louis College of Optometry, and a blend of funder organizations, individual donors, and volunteers. As always, KVFL remains committed to providing its comprehensive vision services at no cost to the students or their families.
In February 2017, youth participating in an ARCHS' funded and supported mentoring program spent the day learning about careers in the pet grooming industry. The youth spent the day at Paw Purfect Grooming Salon observing all aspects of the business.
Thanks to ARCHS’ partnership with Purina®, the youth are continuing to learn how to be more calm, confident, and caring with both pets and people through a range of innovative Mutt-i-grees® activities.
The youth mentoring program has been using Mutt-i-grees®, but with a special focus on interactive career exploration. The mentors are using Mutt-i-grees® curriculum during their monthly meetings with the more than 80 teenagers the program annually serves.
The mentoirng program has hosted similar career exploration events at BJC HealthCare, Dierbergs Markets, Ranken Technical College, and other leading area companies. The mentoring program is a partnership of ARCHS, Missouri Department of Youth Services, and Fathers' Support Center.
Enrollment criteria for ARCHS’ Culinary Institute includes: Must be over the age of 18; must have a high school diploma or GED; must have time commitment to attend training for eight weeks (Mondays - Fridays, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm) at St. Louis Community College - Forest Park; and must pass placement test given through the College (minimum 8th grade reading level). Candidates will be interviewed for final selection.
The program will be held the fall of 2017. Week one includes applications and placement tests. Week two includes interviews, screenings, selections, notifications, enrollment, hepatitis A vaccination, and uniform fittings.
The next six weeks includes intensive vocational training in the food service industry (textbooks, uniforms, equipment, and bus passes provided); also includes ServSafe®certifications prep, a mid-course luncheon showcase, and graduation ceremony.
Participants will also receive group mentoring, work readiness classes, job placement, and other support services.
For a scholarship application and additional information:
- Call: Tamara Williams (314-333-5677) or Michael McCoy (314-333-5685)
- In person: Employment Connection, 2838 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103
The Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT) as part of its No Kid Hungry initiative, is hosting two Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Sponsor Conferences this year. One will be in Kansas City and one in St. Louis. Sponsors will receive their mandatory USDA sponsor training by attending the two day event.
Kansas City Conference, March 20 – 21, 2017, Marriott Country Club Plaza. Special room rate is available! Rooms are limited! Call 816.531.3000 to reserve your room and mention you are attending the No Kid Hungry Conference.
St. Louis Conference, March 30 – 31, 2017, Marriott West. Special room rate is available! Rooms are limited! Call 314.878.2747 to reserve your room and mention you are attending the No Kid Hungry Conference.
The No Kid Hungry initiative promotes increased participation in summer meal programs. You will have the opportunity to interact with organizations throughout the state as well as learn best practices from across the country! Topics covered will include:
There are several events and activities taking place during the month.
Area education and youth development programs can offer classroom activities or arrange field trip to area historical attractions.
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