BREAKING NEWS: ARCHS AWARDED SECOND CHANCE ACT GRANT FROM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
ARCHS has been awarded $265,944 in funding by the U.S. Department of Justice to create a pre and post prison release mentoring program to serve non-violent offenders set to released from Missouri prisons. The money is part of the Second Chance Act Mentoring Grant Program. ARCHS was the only grant recipient in Missouri for this particular mentoring funding.
The grant will fund a two-year ARCHS’ Reentry Mentoring Partnershipthat isexpectedto serve 280 offenders, age 18-35, who are scheduled for probation and/or parole from the Women’s Eastern Reception Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia, Missouri and the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Pacific, Missouri. It is anticipated that half of the offenders will then voluntarily enroll in the post-release phase of the mentoring partnership.
ARCHS plans to partner with the Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC), Missouri Board of Probation & Parole, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri (Amachi), GUIDES Family Life Center, Helping Others Maintain Stability (HOMS), Humanitri, and the Institute for Peace and Justice to execute the grant.
The ARCHS’ partnership will provide prisoners with pre-release mentoring activities that include family reunification support services. Post release services include mentoring, job and soft skills training and access to mental health and substance abuse services, housing and other community support activities.
In addition to the grant award, ARCHS and its partners will provide an additional $106,442 of in-kind funds to support the grant’s activities. The partnership is designed to enhance existing pre-release services provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections.
ARCHS partners with the Missouri Department of Corrections on several reentry initiatives, including hosting the annual Missouri Reentry Conferenceand supporting the efforts of the Missouri Eastern Region Reentry Group Effort (MERRGE).
“This is the second federal grant ARCHS has been awarded to address the needs of Greater St. Louis’ ex-offender population,” said Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS’ CEO. “In 2007, ARCHS was awarded a $1.9 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to support ex-offender job training activities. ARCHS exceeded the grant’s goal of serving 488 ex-offenders by reaching more than 640 and placing more than 350 in jobs annually valued at more than $5.6 million. We are proud of the trust that federal funders have placed in ARCHS’ strategic management system.”
MENTAL HEALTH BOARD STRENGTHENS ASAP PARTNERSHIP: ARCHS TO SERVE AS FISCAL AGENT FOR $800,000 IN FUNDS
The After School for All Partnership (ASAP) has announced an expanded relationship with the St. Louis Mental Health Board (MHB). Through the partnership, ARCHS will manage MHB's $800,000 network of 10 after school sites. Previously, MHB directly operated its own after school programs.
The St. Louis Mental Health Board began investing in quality after school programs in 2006 through a 3-year partnership with St. Louis Public Schools.
"With the formation of ASAP in 2007 and the completion of MHB's 3-year partnership with St. Louis Public Schools this year, the time was right for us to move the financial management of our public school after school investment formally under the ASAP umbrella, with ARCHS as the investment manager," said Don Cuvo, MHB's Executive Director." As the largest provider of free after school services in the state of Missouri, ARCHS provides a uniform structured management process for all ASAP programs."
ARCHS serves as ASAP's fiscal/contract agent and St. Louis for Kids provides professional development and technical support services for ASAP's providers.
ASAP'S YEAR TWO REPORT
ST. LOUIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS EXPAND ASAP ROLE
In addition to the St. Louis Mental Health Board's expanded partnership with ASAP, the St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) is also dramatically increasing its commitment to ASAP with the addition of new and expanded resources. This new school year, SLPS is providing staff liaisons to work with the various after school providers in its schools and providing transportation services for students.
"After school programs provide an extended day learning platform for our students and thus they are an important ingredient in the District’s comprehensive approach to providing academic support towards student success," said Dr. Kelvin Adams, SLPS Superintendent. "We are particularly pleased to join as a full member of ASAP to assure that all of our programs are of high quality and meet the District standards of student safety and academic success."
"To that end, each of the programs will emphasis academic achievement by engaging students in academics prior to them becoming involved in other activities. Regardless of the service provider with whom we partner, it is expected that the end result of their efforts will be student achievement," said Dr. Adams.
ARCHS' 3.5 TON PRE-K BOOK GIVEAWAY AND
OCTOBER 17 EARLY CHILDHOOD INSTITUTE
ABOVE: Representatives from more than 80 child care centers supported by ARCHS proudly show off the 3.5 tons of early childhood books and educational materials given to them in September.
The special professional development event is an example of the many support services the child care center's funded by ARCHS receive. The book event featured a special "teach and take" session that helped the center staffs understand fun and innovative ways to use the materials back in their classrooms.
"It was exciting to be able to participate in this book giveaway. Imagine 3.5 tons of books distributed to children in high needs areas through quality child care centers," said Dr. Charles J. Pearson, Executive Director of the Friendly Temple Child Development Center and an ARCHS' Board Member.
"This is an effective partnership - ARCHS is committed to increasing accessibility to quality childcare for infants to three-year olds and ARCHS' centers are committed to serving children in the same populations. A lot of children and their families will benefit from this event. Not only do we get the books, but quality professional development took place to support the best use of the materials," Dr. Pearson said.
ABOVE: It's meal time for toddlers at the Good Shepherd Child Center - an ARCHS' support child care center located on Page Ave. On October 17, ARCHS will host an innovative Early Childhood Institute at Harris-Stowe State University to provided in-depth professional development training for area early childhood educators, like those at Good Shepherd.
DAUGHTER OF "AMERICAN GANGSTER" AND FOUNDER OF AMACHI TO KEYNOTE MISSOURI REENTRY CONFERENCE
The Fourth Annual Missouri Reentry Conference is set for Nov. 18-20, 2009 at the Lake of the Ozarks. An impressive array of speakers is planned to showcase Missouri's innovative best practices for helping ex-offenders return to their families and the community.
Here's a sneak peek of the 2009 Missouri Reentry Conference:
Francine Lucas-Sinclair is the daughter of Frank Lucas, who the movie American Gangster was based on. She is the founder of the non-profit organization Yellow Brick Roads and will speak about her life growing up as a child of incarcerated parernts.
Rev. Dr. W. WilsonGoode, Sr. is director and organizer of the nationally acclaimed Amachi Program, a national faith-based mentoring model for children of incarcerated parents. He will speak on the impact Amachi has had on families across the nation and Missouri.
ARCHS is proud to partner with the Missouri Department of Corrections and the Family and Community Trust (FACT) to host the annual conference.
Congrats to Lexington Elementary School (an ASAP after school location operated by the YWCA) for being named a Monsanto School of Excellence duirng the St. Louis American's Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala in September.
Kudos to Provident (an ASAP after school provider) for receiving a $10,000 grant from Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to support gang prevention programming.
In September, the University City Children's Center (an ARCHS' Pre-K Partner and LRM Client) was featured by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Wyman (an ASAP after school provider) was the featured cover story of the August edition of C3 Magazine.
In September, Bissinger's Chocolate (an ARCHS' Adult Education Partner) was a cover story for the Ladue News.
ARCHS IN ACTION
ABOVE: In September, ARCHS donated several thousand dollars worth of computer equipment to Computer Village. The donation will help Computer Village with its various training programs that help adults learn important life and job skills through computer technology. ARCHS partners with Computer Village on a wide array of adult education patnerships.