St. Louis residents Mack Caldwell and Nico Reed, who are participants in ARCHS' Basketball/Life Skills program, have recently found employment with two of the organization's partners. Caldwell serves as a Youth Facilitator with Fathers' Support Center and Reed is a Youth Support Worker in the ASAP after school program at Langston Middle School.
"I take a lot of what I learn at basketball and apply it to my job," Caldwell said. "I see the camaraderie the guys have while playing basketball and things we learn in the life skills classes and analyze what I can so I can teach the kids I work with some things."
"I love working with the kids," Reed said. "It's a big responsibility because they look up to you and you have to set an example. I try and take the positives out of Adult Basketball and teach the kids I work with some things they can relate too."
The 6th annual Missouri Reentry Conference will be held November 16-18 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage. The conference will feature speakers and workshops related to job and skills training, housing issues, community and family re-engagement, and faith-based support for Missouri's ex-offender population. Last year's conference had more than 320 attendees. The conference is co-sponsored by ARCHS, the Missouri Departments of Corrections and Social Services, and the Family and Community Trust (FACT).
The purpose of the Missouri Reentry Conference is to provide 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 staff, and ex-offenders face.
Online registration coming in September. Check back for updates.
ARCHS is proud to be featured in the July-August 2011 Edition of St. Louis Commerce Magazine. The article highlights ARCHS as a leading area not-for-profit organization, and the measures it takes to insure accountability to its funders.
ARCHS is a strategic funding management organization that is responsible for federal, state and private funding with an annual economic impact valued at $66.2 million. (FY 10 data).
ARCHS' network of 400 funding and service delivery partners positively impacts the lives of thousands of the St. Louis area's most vulnerable residents everyday with a focus on lifelong learning (Pre-K, K-12 and Adult Education).
ARCHS is a not-for-profit intermediary organization that serves as the official "Community Partnership" for Greater St. Louis on behalf of Missouri - one of 20 similar organizations across the state.
The entire article can be read on the St. Louis Commerce Magazine's website, or by click HERE.
ARCHS is sending another employee to the distinguished FOCUS Leadership St. Louis program. Vice-President of Grant Management Services Kristy Kight attended the FOCUS welcome reception and orientation on June 16, and networked with area leaders who will join her for the 2011-2012 class.
This is the 5th ARCHS' executive to attend FOCUS, including Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough, Executive Vice-President Steve Brawley, and Vice-President of Grant Management Service Les Johnson.
FOCUS St. Louis sparks positive community change by developing leadership, influencing policy, and promoting community connections.
On Saturday, June 18 ARCHS will be hosting its first Science & Outdoor Learning Institute for early learning professionals. The Institute will be held at the Harris-Stowe State University from 8 a.m to 3:15 p.m. Registration is limited, so register early.
“ARCHS is committed to bringing the highest-quality learning experiences to the St. Louis region. Each year, we partner with local, state, and national leaders in the field of education. This Spring, ARCHS welcomes national speaker Lisa Murphy, the ooey gooey lady, with her exciting hands-on, minds-on approach to early learning experiences,” said ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough.
Lisa Murphy (ooey gooey lady) has been involved with early childhood education for more than 20 years. Her unique method of teaching blends laughter with learning as she links hands-on activities to educational standards. In her presentation she reinforces the importance of play in the lives of children and demonstrates her insightful play-based educational techniques.
This day of learning and fun will be focused on the important topic of integrating science and outdoor learning in the classroom. You have the choice of attending the full-day session (option 1) with the special guest presentation by the ooey gooey lady, or the full-array of concurrent sessions (option 2) that are promised to be both insightful and fun. ARCHS has been hosting Early Childhood Institutes since the fall of 2009.
The concurrent sessions last from 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and focus on science and outdoor learning. Each of the sessions is broken down into interactive workshops during which the participants will learn and interact with the workshop trainers.
One of the workshops, “Let Creativity Start with Science and Art”, invites participants to explore how the concepts of art and science can be explored through each other. During this discussion many resource activities that can be incorporated into daily learning activity will be shared.
The “Can I Play? Why Play Games? Take Away Game Ideas” workshop will provide developmentally appropriate games for infants through preschool, discuss the preparation needed for games to be modified to meet the needs of the various age groups, and explain the benefits that children receive from playing games.
Kimbrough said ARCHS’ Science and Outdoor Learning 2011 Institute is an extremely beneficial opportunity to learn how to better interact and stimulate learning among the children you care for. So register early, as there is limited seating for the ooey gooey lady’s session (option 1), and take a step towards improving the quality of early childhood education that you provide.
Please fully complete the registration, choosing between options 1 or 2. Registration is limited. Cost includes lunch.