ARCHS' K-12 Programs
Funders: State of Missouri Department of Social Services, St. Louis Mental Health Board, Stupp Foundation, Woods Foundation, City of St. Louis, Essilor Vision Foundation, HealthCare USA, and Crown Vision Center.
The question of where you went to high school puzzles those not from St. Louis. ARCHS belives that if the question has to be asked, then the answer should be: "I went to a good school." That's why ARCHS' supports federal, state and local funders in their efforts to enhance local learning at the elementary school level.
ARCHS' Supported K-12 Programs:
-After School (ASAP)
-Foster and Adoptive Care
-Vision Care-Youth Development and Mentoring
Did you know that Kids Vision for Life - St. Louis (KVFL) has gone high tech? KVFL now uses The Spot Vision Screener, a handheld portable device that quickly and easily detects vision issues. This state-of-the-art equipment helps KVFL accurately screen students -- even squirmy preschoolers who don’t yet know the alphabet.
KVFL purchased two Spots through funding from The Saigh Foundation and a family foundation that wishes to remain anonymous. Additional recent funding from Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Healthy Vision Association means that KVFL is on pace this school year to screen more than 37,000 students from low-income families and provide more than 5,000 free custom-fit eyeglasses in 14 local school districts.
KVFL’s school-based impact has expanded by a factor of more than 50 (more than 5,000%) since its inaugural year in 2009, when KVFL served one urban core school district with vision screenings for 700 students and provided 80 eyeglasses. This spectacular growth, including the purchase of KVFL’s own mobile clinic van, is made possible by a “visionary” partnership with ARCHS, Crown Vision Center, Essilor Vision Foundation, University of Missouri - St. Louis College of Optometry, and a blend of funder organizations, individual donors, and volunteers. As always, KVFL remains committed to providing its comprehensive vision services at no cost to the students or their families.
K-12 Article Count: 2
Juvenille Justice Mentoring Article Count: 1
ARCHS' Juvenile Justice Mentoring Program
Funder: Missouri Department of Social Services
Goal: Provide adult mentors to juvenile offenders associated with the Missouri Division of Youth Services.
Program Partner: Fathers' Support Center
Most Recent Impact/Results: Parents with children in the program indicated an overall positive perception of the mentoring activities. On a scale of 1-4, parental scores averaged 3.65. Through the program, 18 youth received GEDs, and 11 enrolled in secondary education.
Availability: Not open to the general public.