As part of this year's Child Advocacy Day, Missouri KIDS COUNT® released the annual county rankings of child well-being. The county rankings this year are based on six indicators – poverty, food insecurity, preventable hospitalizations, child asthma ER visits, births to teens, and graduation rates. Several hundred child advocates attended the release event on April 6, 2017 in Jefferson City. Pictured above: Child care advocates representing Missouri's 20 community partnerships under the direction of the Family and Community Trust (FACT).
Trends and notable findings for 2017 include:
•Poverty generally is declining, but poverty density is increasing. More children are living in high poverty areas in Missouri, more children are homeless, and more children are uninsured.
•Births to teens, graduation rates and teen unintentional injuries are improving.
•Hospitalizations for children ages 1-19 have increased for both mental/behavioral and substance abuse diagnoses.
•Race Disparities – teen birth rates for Black/African American teens was 1.5 times that of Whites; child asthma ER rates for Black/African American children is more than 8 times that for Whites; the preventable hospitalizations and low birth weight rates for Blacks/African Americans are more than twice as high as for Whites.
FACT is a nonprofit organization serving as the Annie E. Casey sponsored KIDS COUNT® organization in Missouri. ARCHS serves as FACT’s KIDS COUNT® representative in the St. Louis region.
Download Missouri's 2017 indicator update
In March 2017, ARCHS was prominently featured in a six page case study by Social Solutions. The profile highlights ARCHS' innovative use of Social Solutions’ Apricot Software™ to enhance ARCHS' outcomes management strategy for the 35 organizations and programs that ARCHS funds and supports.
ARCHS’ staff uses Apricot Software™ on a daily basis to keep track of more than 3,000 program dashboard data points at 380 community locations.
Download Social Solutions' case study of ARCHS
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’ collaboration with Purina ONE®, 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 for Veterans includes: Must be over the age of 18; must have a high school diploma or GED; must have proof of veteran and honorable discharge status; 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 April through June 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: