Strategic Network E-Newsletter 
 September 2016


With the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year, HomeGrown STL continues to grow! We now welcome seven new Graduate Research Assistants to our team. 

Our HomeGrown STL Census 2016 Program Nomination Form is now available and we need your help identifying potential programs! The purpose of this project is to identify programs and organizations that may serve a majority of black boys and young men in St. Louis city and county.


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

HomeGrown STL Census 2016 Program Nomination Form is collecting information on programs serving black boys and young men. We encourage network members to nominate programs serving black boys and young men in St. Louis city and county.

Funding Opportunities HomeGrown STL has identified several funding opportunities from YouthToday for our networking members. 

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

Top: Sean Marz at the Trauma Informed Networking Breakfast. Left: Dr. Sean Joe speaking with a strategic network member. Right: Rush Robinson discussing his work.


HomeGrown STL Networking Breakfast: Effective Engagement Practices 
Friday October 28, 2016 | 8:00am-10:00am
Goldfarb Hall Room 132, Brown Hall at the Brown School
Early Registration Friday October 7, 2016

Young, Gifted, and At-Risk Consortium
November 11, 2016 | 7:30am-5:15pm
Clark-Fox Forum, Hillman Hall at the Brown School

 Strengthening Regional Capacity to Better Serve: Examining the State of Opportunities for Black boys and young men in the St. Louis region 
Thursday February 9, 2017 | 8:00am-3:30pm
Clark-Fox Forum, Hillman Hall at the Brown School
Early Registration: Thursday January 19, 2017
Watch Coach Darren Sunkett's interview with Sports Illustrated
Learn more about how Halbert Sullivan changes lives and fixes problems.
Register here for the HomeGrown STL Networking Breakfast


HomeGrown STL is collecting information on programs serving black boys and young men in St. Louis city and county promoting adolescent development and we need your help! The purpose of this project is to conduct a census of programs designed to work directly and primarily with black boys and young men (ages 12 and 29) in any ways. 

If you are familiar with such a program including your own or have heard of a program, no matter how small, please take a moment to nominate that program by completing this brief form. We hope to follow up with each referral to get additional information on programs and services for young black males. All nominations of programs are welcome and nominations are unlimited! 

Please click on this link to nominate programs: 2016 Nomination Form


Extended Learning Garden Grant Program
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016
"The Extended Learning Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to a non-profit children’s programming organization, working with children ages K–12, to support an edible educational garden." 
Funder: The Whole Kids Foundation
Eligibility: "Non-profit or charity organizations that work with children in any grades, K-12. This could include but is not limited to: Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs/YWCAs, after-school programs, botanical gardens, educational farms, children’s museums, children’s hospitals. All must be within the United States or Canada."
Amount: $2,000
Contact: Link.
K-12 School Garden Grant Program
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016
"Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support an edible educational garden on the grounds of a K-12 school." 
Funder: The Whole Kids Foundation
Eligibility: Public schools, public charter schools, private schools with 501(c)(3) non-profit status (US) or charity non-profit status (Canada), private charter schools 501(c)(3) non-profit status (US) or charity non-profit status (Canada), 501(c)(3) or charity non-profit organizations supporting a garden at a public or a non-profit private school, school districts supporting a garden at a public or a non-profit private school, all must be within the United States or Canada.
Amount: $2,000
Contact: Link.
Grades 7-12 Math Education Classroom Research Grant Program
Deadline: Nov. 4, 2016
"The purpose of this grant is to support and encourage classroom-based research in precollege mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators. For 2017-18 grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded to mathematics educators or classroom teachers currently teaching mathematics at the grades 7-12 level. The research must be a collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more grades 7-12 classroom teachers (individuals who spend half or more of their work time teaching in the classroom). The proposal may include, but is not restricted to, research on the following topics:
  • Curriculum development and implementation
  • Involvement of at-risk or minority students
  • Students' thinking about a particular mathematics concept or set of concepts
  • Connection of mathematics to other disciplines
  • Focused learning and teaching of mathematics with embedded use of technology (any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant)
  • Innovative assessment or evaluation strategies."
Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Eligibility: "The applicant must be a current (on or before October 14, 2016) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM , if a 9-12 teacher, or one who teaches at a college or university. 7th or 8th grade teacher applicant may be a current (on or before October 14, 2016) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school having a current (on or before October 14, 2016) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership."
Amount: Up to $6,000
Contact: Link.
Community-Focused Healthcare Access Grant Program
Deadline: Nov. 3, 2016
"The Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model addresses a gap in the current delivery system by funding interventions that connect community-dwelling beneficiaries with community services. The AHC model will test three community-focused interventions of varying intensity and their ability to impact total health care costs and inpatient and outpatient health care utilization. This model will engage community-dwelling Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries of all ages (children and adults). CMS will award, through a competitive process, renewable one-year cooperative agreements to successful applicants (award recipients)."
Funder: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Eligibility: "CMS invites community-based organizations, individual and group healthcare practices, hospitals and health systems, institutions of higher education (IHE), local government entities, tribal organizations and for-profit and not-for-profit local and national entities with the capacity to develop and maintain relationships with clinical delivery sites and community service providers to apply."
Amount: $100,000 - $1,170,000
Contact: Link.

Click here to see all the available grants on the YouthToday website. 


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 October 10th to ensure that you're included in next month's newsletter. 


Over half of public school students in the United States are now eligible for free or reduced lunch at school. Identification of low-income students is often measured by lunch program eligibility. Learn more about how this data could be better used. 

The U.S. Census Bureau recently published the 2015 findings on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States press release

Click here to view a free video presentation titled "Community Saves Lives and Community Can Happen Anywhere - Suicide Prevention and Social Media #SPSM" which was live streamed from the Missouri Institute of Mental Health Suicide Prevention Conference.

The decline in organized labor is now seen as one reason for rising inequality in the United States. Strong unions and collective bargaining techniques help to increase wages across the board for workers. 


Risk factors for recurrent violent injury among black men
Journal of Surgical Research
Joseph B. Richardson, PhDChristopher St. Vil, PhD, MSWTanya Sharpe, PhD, MSWMichael Wagner, PhDCarnell Cooper, MD, FACS

Background: There is an overrepresentation of black men among victims of repeat violent injury. The authors of this journal predicted that risk factors significant for black males victims would include: disrespect; being under the influence; being in a fight and using a weapon in the past year; and previous incarceration when comparing trauma recidivists vs. nonrecidivists. 

Methods: The study used a sample of urban low-income black men in Baltimore being treated in a level one trauma unit for violent injury prevention. A risk factor for violent injury questionnaire that assessed: exposure to chronic violence, criminal justice involvement, substance abuse, and disrespect (code of the street) was completed by participants. 

Results: Findings show that 58% of participants were characterized as trauma recidivists (defined as hospitalization two or more times for violent injury). Black male patients who engage in the risk factors discussed above were more likely to have repeat hospitalizations. 

Conclusions: Urban black male victims are likely to experience trauma recidivism, which is a major public health issue. Violence intervention programs should be conducted in the hospital to reducing trauma recidivism in black males.

Click here to view the full journal article. 

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