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Strategic Network E-Newsletter 
 October 2016

MESSAGE TO THE NETWORK

HomeGrown STL is excited to launch our new website for the Race and Opportunity Lab! We have been working on several projects this fall to build regional capacity to better serve black boys and young men in St. Louis city and county. Our graduate research assistants are compiling research and data on topics such as capacity building, masculinity and sexuality, religion and suicide, community violence and the media, and more!

We are in the process of finalizing the HomeGrown STL 2016 Census Report and will disseminate findings to the strategic network members soon! This data aims to inform community members, agencies, service providers, and others who are interested in current programming and resources available to young black males. 

IN THIS NEWSLETTER

Upcoming Events HomeGrown STL and the Brown School will be hosting several events this fall for network members. Please join us!

Network Member Spotlight Learn about the Foster Care Coalition of Greater St. Louis and their 30 Days to Family Program.

Communications HomeGrown STL is working to provide you with pertinent and useful information. Please follow us on social media and check out our new website.

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

"Impact of Trauma on the Brain" Presentation at the August 25th Networking Breakfast focusing on trauma-informed practices

Presenters at our last event included Sean Marz, from Alive and Well, and Rush Robinson, Founder of St. Louis College of Health Careers. Thank you again for sharing more about your programs with our network members!
Register here for the HomeGrown STL Networking Breakfast
UPCOMING EVENTS:

HomeGrown Networking Breakfast: Effective Engagement Strategies
Friday October 28, 2016 | 8:00am-10:00am
Goldfarb 132, Goldfarb Hall at the Brown School
Early Registration Friday October 7, 2016
Register here for this free event

Young, Gifted, and @Risk Consortium
November 11, 2016 | 7:30am-5:15pm
Clark-Fox Forum, Hillman Hall at the Brown School
Register here for this free event

HomeGrown STL State of Opportunity Summit 
Thursday February 9, 2017 | 8:00am-3:30pm
Clark-Fox Forum, Hillman Hall at the Brown School
Early Registration: Thursday January 19, 2017

NETWORK MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
Foster Care Coalition of Greater St. Louis




To learn more about the 30 Days to Family program offered by the Foster Care Coalition, we spoke to Patrick Pisani, a 30 Days to Family Specialist. The program is short-term intervention that seeks to help in the search and engagement of a child’s relatives and kin within 30 days of the child entering the foster care system.

Research suggests that youth who live with relatives while in foster care tend to have improved outcomes, compared to other youth in foster care. Specialists begin the search by looking for parents, grandparents, and siblings of the child, but the hope is to identify and explore at least 80 additional relatives.

The program has had great success and has been replicated by child welfare workers in Kansas City, MO; Springfield, MO; and Riverside County, CA. In 2015, 79% of children entering the foster care system were placed with relative/kin at the conclusion of services. During the first half of 2016, this figure increased to 84%. Visit their website. 

MEDIA AND THE NEWS

HomeGrown STL and Dr. Sean Joe were recently featured in The St. Louis American. Read the article here.

Alexis Johnson, executive director and co-founder of the Perception Institute, an organization working to reduce implicit bias and discrimination, discusses how the VP and presidential candidates address the issue of bias in the police force. Listen to the audio clip here.

EVIDENCE FOR THE FIELD

"It's simply because we're black men": Black men's experiences and responses to the killing of black men. (2016). Derrick R. Brooms & Armor R. Perry

Purpose: The study explored the following research questions: How do Black men express their understandings of race and race relations in the United States? How do they make sense of and respond to the stereotyping and profiling of Black men and boys? What do the recent deaths of Black men tell us about U.S. society? 

Sample/Methods: Qualitative interview data from 25 Black men, ranging in age from 20- to 73-years-old, was analyzed.

Results: Three themes emerged that focused on the men’s perceptions and experiences with stereotyping and profiling, the men’s strategies for avoiding stereotyping, and the men’s analyses on recent killings of Black men. Mens' stories featured profiling and discriminatory practices carried out by individuals; their descriptions were characterized by a sense of powerlessness. The men also posited that these incidents, although carried out by individuals, are reinforced by systems of oppression that privilege some at the expense of others. In addition to identifying ongoing and long-held negative perceptions of Black men as an issue that ultimately lends itself to resentment, mistreatment, and devaluing their lives, participants talked about the strategies they employed in an attempt to avoid being profiled or stereotyped. In doing so, the men discussed their efforts to dress conservatively and behave in such a way as to not project a threatening or menacing image with their tone of voice or physical stature. In response to the recent high-profile killings of Black men, the participants expressed “hurt,” “sadness,” “frustration,” “disbelief,” and “no surprise”.Their disbelief was communicated more so in their frustration of realizing that “this could be any Black man.”

Implications: An implication of this study is that to effectively serve Black men, practitioners need to be trained in delivering culturally competent, empathetic care.  In doing so, practitioners can empower Black men by helping them manage the effects of racism in the forms of either acute, overt events such as being discriminated against and profiled or subtle, but cumulative effects of microaggressions or invisibility. The study also has implications for policy makers; our elected officials and public administrators have an obligation to develop, implement, and enforce policies that promote social justice and serve to create cultures of inclusion. Examples of such initiatives include supporting the use of body cameras for law enforcement officers and ensuring minority representation on important decision-making bodies such as school boards, chambers of commerce, and juries.

FOLLOW HOMEGROWN STL ON SOCIAL MEDIA!

HomeGrown STL is continuously striving and working towards ways to best support you and your organizations to build regional capacity to better serve black boys and young men in St. Louis city and county. 

In order to provide you with the latest information on a consistent basis, we've created social media pages to keep you up to date with news, evidence-based practices, funding opportunities, happenings of the HomeGrown STL initiative, and more! Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

We would also be happy to feature any stories from your agency on our Facebook or Twitter pages! Please email our Communications Coordinator, Jill Conway (jilljconway@wustl.edu), to find out more about getting involved! 

--Your HomeGrown STL Team 

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