Strategic Network E-Newsletter 
January 2017


We hope you all are having a great start to your New Year! This newsletter includes information about upcoming events, as well as news and research articles concerning the target population of HomeGrown, Black boys and men ages 12-29. We also chose to highlight Youth in Need, an organization based in St. Charles, in this month's newsletter.


Network Member Spotlight Youth in Need offers several programs, including counseling, a program for homeless youth, and an emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 10-19.

Upcoming Events Save the date for two upcoming events in February.

News and Research Keep updated with news and evidence-based research and best practices.

To find out how to get more involved with HomeGrown, you can visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter


Youth in Need is an organization based in St. Charles, MO, that offers services at over 100 different locations in Eastern Missouri across six different counties, including St. Louis City County and St. Louis County.  A few of the programs offered include counseling, the Transitional Living Program, the Street Outreach Program, and an emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 10-19. To  learn more about Youth on the Rise, take a look at their informational summary, as well as their brochure.

HomeGrown STL wants to spotlight you and the impactful work that your organization is doing in St. Louis city and county! If you are interested in promoting what you're doing in the community, send us with a brief explanation of your organization or program, a recent success story, and any pictures that you would like included to share your success. Email with the subject line "Network Member Spotlight" by January 10th to ensure that you're included in next month's newsletter. 


Regional Summit On the State of Opportunity
for Black Boys & Young Men

February 9th 8 AM to 4:30 PM

Hillman Hall Clark-Fox Forum at Washington University in St. Louis
See the flyer below to learn more information about the event 

Critical Issues Symposium: Images of the African-American Male
February 17th 9 AM to 12 PM
J.C. Penney Auditorium at the University of Missouri-St. Louis
Halbert Sullivan, Fathers Support Center CEO, will be one of the event's participants. The event is free, but registration is required. 


A new Missouri law makes fights occurring at school or on school buses a felony. This means these fights can result in up to four years of prison, fines, or probation. This phenomenon is not new, however; The Arizona State Law Journal found that over the last three decades, there has been a marked shift in public schools to using law enforcement instead of school administrators and teachers for students violating school rules. Read more here.

"While the 'acting white' theory used to be pretty popular to bring up in debates about black academic achievement there’s a catch: It’s not true... As recently as 2009, researchers have revisited the theory and confirmed the findings of pro-school attitudes among black students... Fryer's research found that the very highest-achieving black kids were the least popular — but this likely had much less to do with beliefs about acting white and more to do with the fact that the very smartest kids of any race tend to suffer social stigma." Read the full article.


An authentic discourse: Recentering race and racism as factors that contribute to police violence against unarmed Black or African American men (2016) Authors: Bernadette R. Hadden, Willie Tolliver, Fabienne Snowden, and Robyn Brown-Manning

Purpose: To explore the relationship between race, racism, and attitudes toward police violence against adult males

Methods: Participants were 1,974 adult males and females. Most participants were white, and the average age of participants was 48 years. The 2
012 General Social Survey (GSS) was administered to participants either in-person or over the phone. Sex, education, income, and age variables were controlled for when analyzing data.

Results: (1) Race is a key predictor of police violence against adult males (2) Attitudes supportive of police violence are associated with negative cultural images of Blacks or African Americans. (3) Participants who approved of police violence against males attributed disparities in employment, income, and housing between white people and Blacks/ African-American people to a lack of motivation and ability to learn, rather than to racial discrimination and lack of education incurred through poverty.

Conclusions: Social work practitioners, researchers, and educators should further explore the association between racism and police violence, while working to enact racial social justice

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Principle Investigator, Sean Joe, PhD

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