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State Site Visits & Audits

In January 2023 the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) conducted a site visit of ARCHS' funded Bridging Families to Communities and Beyond's Youth Build program. DSS staff heard first-hand testimonials from program participants. They expressed their appreciation for the experience and knowledge gained through the life skills and job training program. DSS frequently asks ARCHS to provide site visit opportunities to get real-time feedback into programs being strategically supported by ARCHS funded partners. Additionally, DSS and other funders conduct program and finanical audits of ARCHS' funded programs. Recently ARCHS successfully completed audits of programs provided by Better Family Life and the Neighborhood Healing Network. ARCHS is directly responsible to the state to ensure ARCHS and its funded partners are adhering to complex federal and state guidelines. Through ARCHS' strategic grant management system, it can assure the state it has the data and reports to track program objectives and outcomes.

ARCHS Spring/Summer 2023 Enrichment Program Application

ARCHS is seeking funding proposals from service organizations that deliver enrichment programming to youth in grades K-12. Enrichment programming will be delivered in partnership with ARCHS existing funded partners to supplement their afterschool and summer programs. Proposals submitted for standalone community-based programs will not be considered at this time.

ARCHS is seeking proposals for the spring semester of the 2022-2023 school year to support afterschool programs (February-May 2022) and to support youth development summer programs (May 1st- June 30, 2022). Enrichment programs generally tend to focus on one or more of the following areas and can be offered in a single session or multiple sessions over a span of several weeks:

-Mental Health
-Education (Health, Literacy, Career, STEM, etc.)
-Creative Arts/Expression
-Social Emotional Skill Building
-Physical Health and Wellness

Applications for both spring and summer will be due by January 6, 2023 at 5 p.m. Late submissions will not be considered.

Application closed.

Check back for upcoming proposals.

ARCHS Summer 2023 Youth Program Application

ARCHS is seeking funding proposals from service organizations that deliver summer programs and camps for school age youth (5-16 years old). For those interested in applying for summer funds for FY 2023, please note that the funding period is from May 1 - June 30, 2023. This means that any services billed after June 30th, 2023 will not be eligible for reimbursement.

Before submitting your proposal please note the following criteria:
-ARCHS’ funding is intended to serve students in under resourced families (i.e. those
living at or below federal poverty levels, families that would be eligible for free and
reduced lunch programs)
-Students that are supported by ARCHS funds must receive services at no cost (for
ARCHS’ funded programs)
-Programs will be required to serve a minimum of 20 students to be eligible for funding
-Programs must be licensed or obtain license exemption status for the summer prior to
the start of the program

Applications will be due by February, 23, 2023 at 5 p.m. Late submissions will not be considered.

Applications closed.

ARCHS Awards $1 Million to Increase & Enhance Support Services for Crime Victims & Victimized Communiites

During FY 2023 ARCHS has awarded $1 million to a network of community partners to increase and enhance support services for crime victims and victimized communities.

Through the Neighborhood Healing Network (NHN), ARCHS leads a multi-faceted collaboration between trusted area organizations known for their support of under resourced families and neighborhoods dealing with violence and trauma/post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).

Each funded partner offers unique expertise and has close relationships with neighborhood residents, businesses, and faith-based organizations. The partners work closely together and use common objective/outcome, training, referral, reporting, communication, and evaluation processes. ARCHS’ funded NHN partners include:

  • -Alive & Well Communities (Trauma/PTSD trainings)
  • -Better Family Life (Crime victim resource hub)
  • -Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (Crime victim resource hub)
  • -Crime Victim Center (Crime victim support services)
  • -Fathers & Families Support Center (Crime victim resource hub)
  • -Mission: St. Louis (Crime victim resource hub)
  • -Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis (Crime victim resource hub)
ARCHS launched NHN in August of 2020 with funding provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services (Victims of Crime Act/VOCA). In 2022, ARCHS’ NHN was recognized by FOCUS St. Louis with a What’s Right With the Region award as an emerging initiative.

NHN has dramatically grown the availability of specialized support for crime victims (not specific to any one type of crime) from one city-based location to six, placing services directly in the neighborhoods experiencing violence and trauma/PTSD and providing multi-faceted trauma-informed care and services.

Over the past year, NHN has achieved the following results:
  • -727 victims of crime served and provided more than 606 acted upon referrals to area crime victim support/social service agencies.
  • -96 individual counseling sessions with 290 hours of counseling provided to NHN clients.
  • -98% of clients reported a positive experience accessing NHN services and 75% recommended NHN services to others.
  • -34 trauma education and support workshops conducted for initiative agency staff and community residents.

ARCHS Awards $3.9 Million for After School & Youth Development Services

ARCHS has issued $3.9 million to support and enhance after school and youth development services across the region. ARCHS provided FY 2023 grants to the following organizations:

  • -Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
  • -Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
  • -Employment Connection
  • -Fathers & Families Support Center
  • -Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club    
  • -Grind + Growth
  • -Hopewell Center
  • -Mark Twain Community Resource Center
  • -Midtown Community Center
  • -Northside Youth and Senior Service Center
  • -Riverview West Florissant Development Corp.
  • -Stray Dog Theatre/Arts in Mind
  • -United 4 Children
  • -Youth & Family Center

ARCHS secured its funding from the Missouri Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education and Social Services. ARCHS’ funded partners will provide additional leveraged/in-kind support to further advance the ARCHS’ funded programs. Services available through ARCHS’ funding include after school programs, behavioral health support, career exploration, college scholarship applications, HiSet preparation, job skills, mentoring, tutoring, and additional wrap around support services.