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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 $92,513 in Funding to Support ASAP Summer Programs

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Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS) has issued a $32,513 grant to Provident, Inc., and a $60,000 grant to Unleashing Potential to support ASAP summer enrichment programs at four locations that include two elementary schools and two faith-based sites.

The Missouri Department of Social Service funds will enable more than 190 low-income grade school-age students to participate in summer activities at St. Frances Cabrini Academy, Centennial Christian Church, and Fairview Elementary and Woodland/Hanrahan Elementary Schools in the Jennings School District.

The weekday programs conducted by Provident, Inc. and Unleashing Potential will focus on academic support/enrichment, social and life skills, health and recreation, character development, and parent and family involvement. Each day, a nutritious meal or snack will be provided.

During FY 2018, ARCHS has issued 52 grants exceeding $7.7 million to area education and social 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, k-12, and adult learning.

ASAP Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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On October 26, After School for All Partnership in St. Louis (ASAP) celebrated both the nation’s 18th annual Lights On Afterschool and ASAP’s 10th year anniversary!  The staying power of the after school movement is a hallmark of after school programs’ important role in the lives of children, their families, and communities.

ASAP opened its doors to youth in the 2006-07 school year as a unique collaboration of private and public funding, and currently supports 30 licensed after school program sites.  ASAP comprises the largest coordinated after school system in St. Louis, providing free, high quality programming for underserved children in grades K-5.  Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS) manages ASAP, in partnership with multiple school districts, service delivery providers, and professional development experts.  

Since 2007, an impressive array of 23 public and private funders have helped ASAP build a coordinated after school system.  As well, ASAP's network of after school providers leverage other funding that helps secure additional donated goods and services to enhance programming. By supporting at least 2,000 children per year for the past 10 years, their generous financial investment means that more than a quarter of a million youth have benefitted in neighborhoods throughout the City of St. Louis (downtown, midtown, north, and south) and the Jennings and Riverview Gardens School Districts in north St. Louis County.

In 2012 as ASAP celebrated its 5th year anniversary, FOCUS St. Louis recognized ASAP with a “What’s Right With The Region!” award for its work in increasing access to quality after school programs. 

In its backbone role, ARCHS has sustained ASAP by anchoring $2.5 million in funding through Missouri Department of Social Services and St. Louis Mental Health Board, as well as the Norman J. Stupp Foundation (Commerce Bank Trustees).  In addition, ARCHS has offered technical assistance and professional development for ASAP’s youth-serving provider staff through United 4 Children and other youth development experts. ARCHS has also implemented an evaluation protocol that demonstrates how ASAP is impacting not only the youth, but also their working parents and day school/after school educators.  All this despite school closings, multiple school districts de-accreditation, the Great Recession, and other challenges.

The origins of ASAP trace back to 2006 when the Mayor of St. Louis formed a task force to examine issues related to after school with a primary focus of building a coordinated after school system. At the time, it was estimated that there was a need for 5,600 more children to be served through after school each day to meet the national average of 22% access to five day-a-week after school programs.

“ASAP currently offers 1,715 slots that serve at least 2,000 children,” says Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS’ CEO. “So while the goal to serve all children in need has not been fully achieved, ARCHS has worked diligently to sustain ASAP’s current programs and build the case for expansion.”

Mutt-i-Grees® Pilot Evaluation

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ARCHS’ partnership with Purina® to implement Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum at After School for All Partnership (ASAP) sites is showing impact, according to a recent St. Louis-wide evaluation by Yale University School of the 21st Century.  Mutt-i-grees® is a nearly decade-long social/emotional learning program that was piloted in St. Louis in 2016-17, including at several ASAP sites and for youth mentoring. As a result of the successful St. Louis pilot, the project will be scaled up to include all 30 ASAP sites in January 2018.

More than 130 youth from three ASAP 2016 summer sites in Jennings and North City, provided by Provident, Inc. and Neighborhood Houses, were eligible for the Mutt-i-grees® pilot evaluation. Yale learned that after participating in Mutt-i-grees®, St. Louis youth said they felt:

  • Needed by someone
  • Confident they could care for someone else
  • Empathy and compassion for others
  • People and pets can help each other
  • Able to make better decisions.

St. Louis educators who participated in Yale’s pilot evaluation reported benefits and important aspects of Mutt-i-grees®:

  • 100% reported social emotional growth in youth during the program
  • 75% reported:
    • Better relationships with other youth
    • Ability of youth to see they can make a difference
    • Opportunities for service learning
    • Youth reflect on their actions
    • Increased humane knowledge in animals and people


The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum is an innovative PreK-12 social and emotional learning curriculum that highlights the unique characteristics of shelter pets to teach essential skills for academic and life success. It is an initiative of The Pet Savers Foundation, the program development arm of North Shore Animal League America, and was developed in collaboration with Yale University School of the 21st Century.

Back to School

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As most have already noticed, the kids are huddled at the corner bus stops and the classroom doors have been opened up for the new school year. Once again, ARCHS has been preparing all summer to kick off a new year of after school programming. 

This school year, After School for All Partnership for St. Louis (ASAP) will be supporting 30 sites, including 2 new sites at Buder Elementary and Hickey Elementary. 

To make these after school programs work so well, ARCHS provides funding, resources and expertise. This year, ARCHS is proudly partnering with these organizations:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
  • Gene Slay's Girls & Boys Club
  • Neighborhood Houses
  • Northside You and Senior Services
  • Provident, Inc.
  • Stray Dog Theatre

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To learn why these programs are so beneficial, listen to Javier, from Northside Youth and Senior Service Center, Inc., speak about what makes ASAP programs so unique.

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