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’ 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
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.