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altHelp Santa Fill His Sleigh Through ARCHS' LRM Partners

The holiday season is fast upon us as some await the first snowfall, kids wait for the first day of winter break, and others are already anticipating Spring. Whichever you are looking forward to, some of ARCHSLRM partners are ready to help get you into that holiday spirit.

"Autumn Bliss, Freshly Minted, Bountiful, and Gingerbread," are just a glimmer of the serene fragrances that Crime Victim Advocacy Center’s (CVAC) Consolare candles have to offer this holiday season. 

Consolare candles are all natural, soy-based candles, yet maintain a breathtakingly smooth scent for a healthier home for you and your family. Made from paraffin and soy, these candles are allergy, asthma, and environmentally friendly.

altMissouri Reentry Conference Draws More Than 400 Professionals

The 2011 Missouri Reentry Conference was held November 16-18 at Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks. The 6th annual conference featured special tracks on: gender specific issues, program evaluations/logic models, transitional jobs, housing, mental health, substance abuse, community/family re-engagement programs, and faith-based support for Missouri's ex-offender population.

The conference was sponsored by ARCHS, Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Department of Social Services, and Family and Community Trust (FACT). More than 400 statewide professionals attended this year's Reentry Conference, for one of the largest crowds seen yet at the annual event.

altER Planning Guide and Video

An emergency planning guide for child-serving organizations was released October 25 at an ARCHS' co-sponsored "Policy Forum." Other sponsors included the Promising Practices Network, RAND Corporation, Family and Community Trust (FACT), Missouri Center for Education Safety, Missouri Department of Public Safety, and Missouri School Boards' Association.
altASAP Drumline Helps Keep Hanrahan Students in Step

James A.R. Nelson, a 12-year-old 5th grader at Hanrahan Elementary, has aspired to play the snare ever since he first heard the sounds of drums in his church choir.

“When I was little I liked the sound of the church drums,” he said. “I have wanted to play ever since.”

Since 2008, the ASAP after school program at Hanrahan Elementary School (operated by Provident, Inc.) has given the opportunity for their students to be involved in an afterschool drumline program. The drummers range from nine to 13 years old, all from the Jennings School District. Together since this past January, the drummers “really look forward to drumline practice and have really worked hard this year,” said Nicholas McDowell, Drum Instructor and Site Director at Hanrahan Elementary.

altARCHS Presents Early Childhood Curriculum at National Conference

ARCHS was honored to bring bright minds together in the bright and sunny weather of Orlando, Florida during its presentation at the 2011 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Conference in early November. ARCHS' Vice President of Grant Management Services Amber Stevenson Donnelly and ARCHS' Directors of Grant Management Services Urlene Jackson Branch and Rochelle Andre presented ARCHS' "Emotional Beginnings" curriculum and best practices to more than 100 early childhood educators from across the nation.
altARCHS' 3rd Annual Early Childhood Institute

More than 400 area childhood professionals packed Harris-Stowe State University October 22 for ARCHS' 3rd Annual Early Childhood Institute. The Institute featured dozens of workshops on a variety of educational topics.


altARCHS' "Collective Impacts"

ARCHS and the St. Louis Public Library's Grants & Foundation Center co-sponsored a panel discussion on "Collective Impact," which is the hottest buzz word in the not-for-profit world. ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough, Executive Vice President Steve Brawley, and Vice Presidents of Grant Management Services Kristy Kight and Les Johnson discussed Collective Impact initiatives taking place across the region.

altARCHS' CEO Recognized as Co-Chair for 100 Black Men "Gala"

ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough was recognized as an Honorary Co-Chair for 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis'  "Black Tie Masquerade Gala 2011" on October 29. Two of ARCHS' partners - Fathers' Support Center and KIPP Inspire Academy - were also given special recognition for their commitment to education.

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