The lingering effects of the Great Recession continue to be felt by Missouri's children and families according to the 2016 Missouri KIDS COUNT® (MKC) Databook, released April 5 by the Family and Community Trust (FACT).
The 2016 MKC Databook shows that more than one in five children in Missouri, 21.3% or nearly 289,000, live in poverty, representing a 1.4% increase in child poverty from 2010 to 2014.
However, other indicators helpful in predicting poverty are nudging downward. For example, births to mothers without a high school diploma, a reliable predictor of persistent poverty, has improved in Missouri, with the percent of children born to such moms decreasing from approximately 17% to slightly less than 14%.
The databook provides an annual, state, and county-level analysis of child well-being measuring indicators of economic security, child protection and safety, education, and health.
"The well-being of Missouri's children and families frames the core of our work," said Bill Dent, FACT Executive Director. "The ability of our Community Partnerships and other child focused organizations to have relevant, reliable data is critical for them to be successful in their efforts.
All of this helps communities better prioritize issues and develop practical initiatives to ensure that children are healthy, secure, and prepared to flourish as they mature."
To examine trends over time, MKC compared 2014 data to the 2010 baseline data, which revealed that seven outcome measures improved in Missouri during this time period including: births to teens, teen unintentional injury/homicides/suicides, annual high school dropouts, births to mothers without a high school diploma, infant mortality, child deaths, and low birthweight infants. Outcomes that worsened between 2010 and 2014 include: children under 18 in poverty, child abuse/neglect and family assessments, and children entering/re-entering state custody.
ARCHS salutes the life and legacy of ARCHS' Board Treasurer John R. Shivers III, who passed away on April 2, 2016.
"It is with great sadness that the ARCHS' board and staff sends its condolences to John's family and friends," said Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer. "John was part of ARCHS' family and we mourn the loss of a dear friend and valued member of the St. Louis community."
Shivers first met Kimbrough during their time as classmates in FOCUS' Leadership St. Louis Program in 2007. The relationship would grow and lead to Shivers joining the ARCHS' board, and him becoming the Board Treasurer.
He most recently was Vice President of Midwest BankCentre. He had more than 25 years of experience in the local banking arena. During his career, he focused on bank management, retail and business development, consumer/small business lending, and community/government relations.
Shivers was proud of the network of resources and strong financial viewpoint he brought to "the much needed" work being done by ARCHS throughout the region. "ARCHS' Board of Directors is one of the most productive boards I have been on. Everyone has something to contribute and it's a very active board," he said.
The number of board positions that Shivers occupied was a strong indication of his commitment to the region. He served on boards for Gateway Classic Sports Foundation, Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, Grace Hill Neighborhood Economic Development, and others.
He also gave back to the community by giving presentations on financial issues, including workshops sponsored by the St. Louis American for area high school students.
Kimbrough said ARCHS was fortunate to have someone with Shivers' stature in regional banking serve on the board.
"John greatly expanded the already strong financial expertise of ARCHS," Kimbrough said. "Mr. Shivers' financial presence was not only a great asset, but his knowledge of the not-for-profit landscape has been very valuable. His insight and support will be fondly remembered and greatly missed."
Arrangements for John Shivers:
April 7, 2016
Union Memorial United Methodist Church, 1141 Belt Ave, St. Louis, MO 63112
9-11 am: Visitation
11 am: Funeral with burial to follow at Valhalla Cemetery
Remarks by Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer
Gateway Center for Giving's People in Philanthropy Luncheon
March 8, 2016, St. Louis Community College-Forest Park
ARCHS is pleased and privileged to collaborate with Gateway Center for Giving and St. Louis Community College in hosting this networking luncheon. We welcome you all. We are thrilled that you are here.
So why are we meeting in the Anheuser Busch Dining Room? Because ARCHS wants you to enjoy delicious and healthy food in a relaxed setting that you might not be familiar with, thanks to the success of ARCHS' Culinary Institute.
ARCHS has a 13 year history of funding life skills-building, job training, and career placement opportunities for ex-offenders, and one of our best programs happens right here, in the Hospitality Studies Building. At this time, I would like three of the 48 graduates of ARCHS' Culinary Institute to stand and be recognized for their success. They took time out from their food industry careers at local restaurants to be with you today.
Beginning in 2003, ARCHS has operated nine specific programs that have served 1,400 ex-offenders and 4,000 prisoner reentry professionals through partnerships among public and private funders, with the impact of increasing earnings and public safety, and decreasing recidivism. I'd like share with you some highlights of our 13 years of successful funding.
In 2003, ARCHS partnered with the U.S. Department of Labor to fund a program that assisted more than 300 women being released from federal prison to achieve and maintain employment in a range of careers that are not typical or traditional for women, for example, construction, cabinetmaking, computer maintenance, and culinary jobs. Why non-traditional careers for women? Because jobs in these careers pay more, in part because traditionally they employ more men than women.
In 2007, ARCHS partnered with the U.S. Department of Labor to fund a program assisting more than 600 ex-offenders coming out of prisons from the bi-state in life skills building and job training, including culinary training. ARCHS' program resulted in ex-offenders placed in jobs with annual earnings of $5.6 million (vs. the comparable $5.2 million estimated cost to incarcerate the same number of people). 95% of these 600 ex-offenders remained out of prison, compared with the average rate of 35%.
In 2009, ARCHS was the only organization in Missouri to partner with the U.S. Department of Justice in the first round of the "Second Chance Act". ARCHS funded an innovative pre/post release mentoring and post release jobs training program involving 250 offenders from the three Missouri prisons located nearest to the St. Louis region. After job training, including culinary training, the average length of employment was six to nine months, compared with the three-month employment period that constitutes success according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 95% of these 250 ex-offenders did not return to prison.
Building on these previous 10 years of ex-offender employment success, in 2013 ARCHS launched its Culinary Institute for Women. The program serves female ex-offenders, leading to food safety national certification and job placement, and toward a non-traditional, higher paying career path. Of our 62 students enrolled since 2013, 48students or 77% graduated. 56% of our graduates earned the food safety national certification, on par with the national average. 67% of our graduates were placed in jobs, compared with about a 50% national employment rate for ex-offenders. And 95% of our graduates have not returned to prison, compared with only 35% nationally.
ARCHS is exploring opportunities to expand its Culinary Institute to other disenfranchised individuals, in addition to ex-offenders, for example to military veteran populations and welfare-to-work populations. ARCHS' Reentry Culinary Institute impacts the lives of those seeking another chance, yet facing barriers in advocating for themselves to identify resources that will offer them a hand up, not a hand out. This culinary training program places individuals seeking resources in contact with the community college system, faith-based and community-based organizations, and public agencies — all working in coordination to strengthen the delivery of education and social services currently offered in the St. Louis region.
ARCHS is seeking a results-oriented part time (24 hours per week) Community Liaison for the St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) partnership. Duties will include: Building community awareness, Education, Serving as STAR spokesperson, Expanding STAR's network, Communication with STAR network and stakeholders, Steering committee projects, Execution of STAR events, Implementation of identified goals, Capacity building, Identify education opportunities, and Research funding sources.
This position will require strong skills in reporting, communication oral and written, collection and evaluation of data related to reentry programs, group facilitation, training, and collaboration with professional colleagues.
The successful candidate will possess a two or four year college degree with coursework in social or behavioral sciences, criminal justice, public or business administration, education or related areas.
Minimum of four years of professional employment experience in business, education or non-profit sectors with one year in a supervisory, administrative, consulting or training capacity is required. Competence in Microsoft software including: Word, Excel (Power Point and Access a plus).
Email letter of application, resume, and salary history to:
ARCHS hosted the Gateway Center for Giving's People In Philanthropy Lunch on March 8, 2016 at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, highlighting ARCHS' culinary training program that has graduated more than 48 ex-offenders.
ARCHS was joined by leading area funders, as well as the new Chancellor of St. Louis Community College. ARCHS is a long term member and program supporter of Gateway Center for Giving. Pictured above left to right: Michael Downey (Chef/Instructor, St. Louis Community College-Forest Park), Les Johnson (Vice President, ARCHS), Ama (ARCHS' culinary program graduate), and Dr. Jeff Pittman (Chancellor, St. Louis Community College).