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ARCHS FY 2018 Annual Report

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Dear Greater St. Louis,

In the late 1980s, a St. Louis program at a local elementary school became a catalyst for enhanced state-level collaboration with local communities. The goal of this new initiative was to improve the lives of Missouri’s most vulnerable families.

Twenty years later, ARCHS continues to refine this concept through our very unique role as the official Community Partnership for the Greater St. Louis region on behalf of the state of Missouri.

During FY 2018, we continued our unique role as a local emissary for the state, providing funding, resources, and expertise to enhance and augment the work of vital education and human service initiatives serving more than 180,000 St. Louisans.

Our funded and strategically supported initiatives focus on decreasing cycles of multi-generational poverty and lessening the disadvantages and disparities that so many of our children face.

In this year’s annual report, you will see how the funds we provide are further enhanced by hundreds of in-kind partnerships that bring the best of St. Louis together. Area business, civic, cultural, educational, faith-based, and human service organizations contribute additional time, talent, and treasure to make an even greater impact valued at more than $20.2 million.

ARCHS and our fellow 19 Missouri community partnerships are outstanding examples of how federal, state, and local partnerships lead to multifold returns on investment.

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, I want to especially salute the caring and talented board members, staff, and community partners who share a common passion and commitment to serving their fellow St. Louisans. 

I offer a very sincere thank you to the entire St. Louis community for twenty years of collaboration and partnerships. 

Best regards,

Wendell E. Kimbrough
Chief Executive Officer

ARCHS Awards $139,507 Grant to Health Literacy Media

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Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS) has issued a $139,507 grant to Health Literacy Media (HLM). The grant is funded by the Missouri Department of Social Services.

HLM will use the funds to help the Missouri Family Support Division (FSD) ensure that their information is clear, understandable, and tailored to Missouri families that may be eligible for FSD services such as Medicaid and Food Stamp benefits.

HLM will conduct plain language reviews and create print and digital materials, including forms, letters, and videos. HLM will also train FSD staff on best practices for creating clear materials.

In addition to funding, ARCHS annually provides 16,000 hours of strategic evaluation, technical assistance, and professional development support to enhance the quality and delivery of programs that focus on early childhood and parenting, school age, and family support initiatives.

HLM is a St. Louis-based nonprofit communications firm that specializes in clear health communications. Founded in 2009, HLM partners with health care providers, advocates, and organizations that want people to feel better, systems to work and flow better, and materials to make more sense. By integrating evidence-based health literacy principles, HLM develops customized communications and education that help its partner organizations best serve people with diverse levels of health literacy. When health information and services are more accessible, more people can make good health decisions every day. Find them at

Missouri Missing Opportunities to Give Young Adult Parents and Their Kids a Boost

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New Casey Foundation report illuminates needs and barriers facing Missouri’s young parents and their children

With limited access to opportunities to advance their education and find family-sustaining jobs, Missouri’s 67,000 young adult parents face hurdles to support their children and fulfill their own potential, according to Opening Doors for Young Parents, the latest KIDS COUNT® policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® grantee in Missouri, the Family and Community Trust, joined the call for action so these young parents can contribute to the state’s communities and economy while raising their children in safe and healthy households.

The fifty-state report issued September 25 reveals that, at 13 percent, Missouri is above the national average (10 percent) of youth ages 18 to 24 who are also young parents. The report highlights the following statewide trends and areas of concern:

● 67,000 children in Missouri have young parents ages 18 to 24.

● 67 percent of children of young parents in Missouri live in low-income families.

● Only 11 percent of young parents ages 18 to 24 have completed an associate degree or higher.

● 26 percent of Missouri’s young parents are people of color, facing challenges exacerbated by discrimination and systemic inequities, with their children standing to suffer the most.

ARCHS Awards $2.3 Million for After School Programming

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This fall, ARCHS has issued $2.3 million to offer after school programming for 2,000 students at 30 locations in the Jennings, Riverview Gardens, and Saint Louis Public School districts.

ARCHS issued grants to the following organizations:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
  • EnTeam (Social Emotional Education)
  • Gene Slay’s Boys and Girls Club
  • Northside Youth and Senior Service Center
  • Operation Food Search (Nutrition Education)
  • Provident, Inc.
  • Stray Dog Theatre/Arts in Mind 
  • Unleashing Potential
  • United 4 Children (Professional Development Training)

ARCHS manages the After School for All Partnership (ASAP), in coordination with public and private funders, multiple school districts, and youth development organizations.  ASAP is the largest coordinated after school system in St. Louis, providing free, high quality programming for underserved children in grades K-5.

ARCHS secures funding from the Missouri Department of Social Services, St. Louis Mental Health Board (MHB), and the Norman J. Stupp Foundation to support ASAP. ASAP’s programs focus on academic support/enrichment, social/life skills, health/recreation, character development, and parent/family involvement.

During the last school year, ASAP served more than 2,000 students at 31 locations, provided 66,000 learning activities, and served 370,000 hot meals.

ARCHS Awards $45,698 to Create Summer Learning Programs

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Over the 2018 summer break ARCHS created an educational bridge for students by funding learning activities across the St. Louis area. The goal was to provide specialized enrichment programs to counteract the educational regression seen in children due to limited academic stimulation during the summer months.

According to a 2016 Rand Corporation study, during summers, “children may forget many of the lessons they learned from the prior school year -- particularly low-income children who may have access to few enrichment activities. But new research finds that voluntary high-quality summer programs can help boost achievement in both reading and math...”

To address this, ARCHS issued $45,698 in funds to area arts and education organizations to support learning enrichment activities in June and July.

ARCHS’ awarded grants to:
• Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
• Kitchen Conservatory
• Magic House
• Maryville University (in kind services)
• Operation Food Search (Cooking Matters)
• STL Artworks
• St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program
• St. Louis Science Center
• UM Extension 

The Missouri Department of Social Service funds enabled more than 200 youth to participate in a variety of summer learning activities at Fathers’ Support Center, St. Frances Cabrini Academy, Centennial Christian Church, and Fairview Elementary and Woodland/Hanrahan Elementary Schools in the Jennings School District.

Through these new grants, children in these programs were able to participate in a variety of special programs, such as Operation Food Search’s “Cooking Matters” classes. There, kids learned how to read recipes and prepare and cook healthy meals.

Surveys taken before and after these courses showed the students came away with enhanced cooking skills and more confidence in the kitchen. This can be seen in the increase of children’s willingness to try new food, such as fruits and whole grains, and the general increase in their ability to make a healthy meal for themselves.

Youth also learned STEM-related lessons via the St. Louis Science classes exploring various topics such as basic physics through the interaction of everyday objects. They were guided through movement based experiments that touched on ideas of gravity, friction and momentum.

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Fathers’ Support Center’s Youth Mentoring Program utilized these grants by creating opportunities for career exploration. Over the course of the summer, participants were introduced to several career fields, including nursing via visit to Maryville University where youth learned how to administer medicine using a hypodermic needle and attending to the medical needs of automated manikins. They also got their hands dirty at the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program by building their own toolbox from scratch utilizing measures techniques and operating power tools.

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During FY 2018, ARCHS issued 53 grants exceeding $8 million to area education and human service service organizations to enhance the lives of thousands of area families living in poverty and facing disparities and disadvantages.

In addition to funding, ARCHS annually provides 16,000 hours of strategic evaluation, technical assistance, and professional development support to enhance the quality and delivery of programs that focus on early childhood and parenting, school age, and family support initiatives.