ARCHS' Summer Food Partnership Serves 5,300 Children
$804,521 Economic Impact
ARCHS' Partnership with the USDA and State of Missouri has provided 5,300 St. Louis children in the Saint Louis Public School District (SLPS) access to healthy meals this summer, while making an $804,521 impact on the local economy in Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) benefits.
SLPS families selected for SEBTC benefits received $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. The benefits expired when school resumed in August because eligible children will then have free and reduced price meals available during school hours.
Families participating in the ARCHS' summer program used 93 percent of the funding available to them.
New School Year Brings Attention to Impact of
Back to school time is in full swing, and making sure students have appropriate after school care is critical to a student's success. In order to get a full picture of student outcomes this past school year, ARCHS surveyed students, their parents, their day school teachers, and after school providers.
ARCHS surveyed students in December (1,617) and in April (1,589) to evaluate the impact of after school programs. The survey results showed that:
More than 80% of the youth reported improvements in the areas of academic support and enrichment (81.12%), health and recreation (85.33%), social and life skills (81.79%), and character development (81.92%). In addition, the survey showed re-administration reliability, meaning that the test results were consistent each time they were given.
ARCHS also surveyed parents in December (702) and in April (660) to measure parental perceptions of the after school program and of their children's participation.
94.4% of parents believed that the after school program produced better school day learning and behavior.
95.4% of the parents believed that the after school program offered an opportunity to discuss their child’s behavior.
At the end of the school year, ARCHS surveyed the day school teachers (269) and the after school provider staff (129) to get a picture of how the after school program affected the school day performance and behaviors of the student.
95.6% of the after school staff reported an increase in school day learning and behavior.
83.5% of the day school teachers reported better classroom behavior.
90.3% of the day school teachers reported an increase in educational outcomes for the after school students.
Back to School with ARCHS
That time of the year where children are headed back to school is upon us. ARCHS is committed to supporting students and families in the St. Louis region as they hit the books for another school year.
Check out ARCHS' programs that have an impact on St. Louis area students.
The 2012 Missouri Reentry Conference will be held November 14-16 at Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Conference's theme will be "Faces of Reentry."
The annual 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.
Register below for the STAR Panel Discussion: Collaboration From the Funder's Perspective, which is a part of the Professional Development Series. The panel discussion will be from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, September 24, 2012 at the Missouri Department of Mental Health Dome Conference Center (5400 Arsenal Street, 63139).
Participating organizations and institutions include Fathers' Support Center, Missouri Foundation for Health, Missouri Department of Corrections, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, and Saint Louis University.
Register for ARCHS' "Maximizing Nonprofit Results During Tough Times" Presentation at the St. Louis Public Library
Registration is currently open for ARCHS' "Maximizing Nonprofit Results During Tough Times: State Budget Realities" presentation on Wednesday, September 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch (225 N. Euclid). ARCHS will be on hand to discuss Missouri's current budget outlook and shows how its "strategic leveraging" model can help the state's limited resources go further - serving more people and providing documented outcomes.
Pre-registration is recommended. To register or for more information, or call (314) 539-0357. This is a FREE session co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Library's Grants & Foundation Center and ARCHS.
Preclarus Mastery Academy Marks First Year with LRM Financial Services
Preclarus Mastery Academy has begun its second school year in St. Louis, which also marks its second year in receiving financial services from ARCHS' Leveraged Resources Management (LRM).
"The first year (with LRM) went very well. We were able to capitalize on LRM's experience with other charter schools and not-for-profits," said Elaine Flipping, Director of Operations and Finance at Preclarus. "We were very successful in meeting reporting demands from the school board and the various regulatory agencies."
For its second school year, Preclarus is up to almost 150 students. For enrollment or general information, visit the Preclarus website.
"Preclarus wanted a well-established financial service partner. LRM has the fund accounting experience, the technology, and the staff," Flipping said. "We avoid hiring, training, and long lead time required to reach the expertise and level of performance that LRM has already attained."