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STAR Summit 2018: Pathways to Employment for Justice Involved Individuals

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On March 14 STAR hosted its annual summit at St. Louis Community College's Florissant Valley campus. Over 230 attendees showed up to listen to discussions about the challenges facing justice involved individual’s journey to employment.

The panelists and speakers took a deep look into the issues surrounding employment and explored strategies that participants could immediately take be into the field. 

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A representative from Missouri DOC, Ken Chapman (new director of reentry efforts), spoke about upcoming efforts to prepare offenders for employment before release. Roberta Meyers from National H.I.R.E. Network, traveled from out of state to talk about connecting Civil Rights history to the current struggles of justice involved individuals.

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Along with the main speakers, two panels featured success stories from both individuals and support programs. Mission St. Louis’ Beyond Jobs program and St. Louis Community Action Agency St. Louis County (CAASTL) spoke about their initiatives/philosophies of how to properly place ex-offenders into meaningful and lasting jobs. The Q/A was vibrant for both this panel and the afternoon session featuring two ex-offenders recounting their story and struggles.

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Lastly, the City of St. Louis and SLATE (St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment) presented on the hiring practices of the city, how “Ban the Box” has opened applications to individuals with previous criminal records for city employment and how best to navigate the hiring systems utilized by the city.


Look for more STAR events as the year moves along.

Visit www.stlreentry.org for more reentry information.

St. Louis Hidden Figures Honorees

ARCHS, on behalf of The St. Louis Hidden Figures Committee, proudly nominated Vincent McKinney and Lorenzo Stanley to receive the St. Louis Hidden Figures award. This award was created to recognize individuals that go unnoticed in their efforts to better the lives of St. Louis' more vulnerable children.

Vincent McKinney has spent more than 15 years overseeing academic and cultural enrichment, along with facilitating programs that promoted entrepreneurism and health. He is best known as a 4H STEM robotics educator, where he teaches with an emphasis on engineering and technology.

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Lorenzo Stanley is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity Inc. and works as an advisor/mentor for the Sigma Beta Club, a youth group associated with the fraternity. His efforts aim to position himself as a positive male role model in the community and to connect with children on a variety of issues.

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Along with six other honorees, these two were recognized during a ceremony at Ashland Elementary School on Feb. 21.

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The St. Louis Hidden Figure Partnership is composed of ARCHS, Provident Inc., Hopewell Center, The ASAP Program at Ashland Elementary (a St. Louis Public School), and St. Louis City Children’s Division.

ARCHS Continued Partnership with St. Louis Public Schools

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ARCHS work with the St. Louis Public Schools system looks to solve several issues facing the children of St. Louis including the need for after school programing, better nutrition and vision health, to name a few. 


ARCHS compiled a 2016-2017 report that looks into the power of this partnership and how, together, ARCHS and SLPS are enacting positive change in the region.

New ARCHS' STL Educare Staff

New Staff Compilation

To start off 2018 ARCHS expanded its staff with the addition of two new employees. Adrienne Humphries (pictured on right) and Shantell Goldsby (pictured on left) joined the Educare team this winter and are already on their way to making an impact at ARCHS.

STL Educare provides strategic support and technical assistance to over a thousand in home based childcare providers in the St. Louis region. For more information check out ARCHS' STL Educare website.