Strategic Network E-Newsletter 
March 2017


Regional Summit 2017 Read about this year's Regional Summit on February 9th.

Network Member Spotlight Read about Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, our featured organization of the month

Upcoming Events Check out local events coming up in February, as well as later this spring

Evidence for the Field Keep updated with evidence-based research and best practices.

Professional Development and Funding Opportunities Read more information about upcoming funding opportunities.

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

The Regional Summit on the State of Opportunity for Black Boys & Young Men was Thursday, February 9th. Thank you to all network members who came out to Washington University for the event! We would also like to thank our sponsors, the Deaconess Foundation of St. Louis and the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, and our partnering organizations, United Way and St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), for making the summit a success.

Our summit included welcoming remarks by Dr. Sean Joe and Mary McKay, a panel of young Black men who speaking about their lived experiences, a presentation by Joshua New on data-driven solutions, presentations by keynote speakers and keynote panelists, capacity building workgroup breakout sessions, and a closing keynote presentation by James Clark. Keynote panelists included: Riisa Easley, lead consultant at St. Louis Mental Health Board; Michelle Witthaus, program manager for For the Sake of All; Michael Whittier, RE-LINK Program Manager at Integrated Health Network; David Dwight, Catalyst at Forward Through Ferguson; Erika Gonzalez, Manager of the Urban Education Initiative at Washington University; and Katie Kauffman, Project Director of Ready for 21. 

Read more about the summit here, as featured on the Brown School of Social Work Center for Social Development website.
Dr. Sean Joe, Professor of Social Work at Washington University and P.I. of the Race and Opportunity Lab, delivering a presentation entitled Arrested State of Black Male Development in the Saint Louis: An Opportunity for Regional Action.
From left to right: Marcus Gregory, Darius Rucker, Sterling Brown, and Demetri Brandon speaking as part of the Black Boys and Young Men Speak Out panel.
Leon Hite, Jennings School District, speaking as part of the Collective Impact Strategies and Focus on Black Males panel.
Riisa Easley, Lead Consultant, St. Louis Mental Health Board, speaking as part of the Collective Impact Strategies and Focus on Black Males panel.
James Clark, Vice-President of Community Outreach at Better Family Life, delivering the closing keynote.


Big Brothers, Big Sisters is a nationwide mentoring-based organization that partners Bigs (big brothers and big sisters) and Littles (little brothers and little sisters). The organization serves a wide variety of children and families facing various levels of adversity. Importantly, the mentoring model of Big Brothers, Big Sisters focuses not only on the Big-Little relationship, but also on the Little's relationship with their parent(s), teacher(s), and other BBBSEM staff. With offices in St. Louis, St. Charles, and Cape Girardeau, BBBSEM offers its services all across Eastern Missouri, including St. Louis City and St. Louis County. The agency serves over 1,300 Littles and partners with three school districts (St. Louis Public Schools, Cape Girardeau Public Schools and Normandy Public School). To  learn more about Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, visit their website, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages.


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. 


2017 Academy on Violence and Abuse Regional Summit
St. Louis Regional Health Commission
March 10th - 11th
Saint Louis University, Busch Student Center
20 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130
This summit serves as an opportunity to create dialogue, raise awareness, and promote change in the way trauma and toxic stress are addressed by the St. Louis healthcare community. The keynote speakers will be Dr. Vince Felitti, lead investigator for the seminal Adverse Childhood Experiences study, and Dr. Robert Block, past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a national speaker on the topic of toxic stress and the impact of health across generations. Register for the event here

Alive and Well STL
March 13th, 3-5 PM
Harris-Stowe State University, AT&T Library and Technology Resource Center
3011 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103
This presentation will explore: the prevalence and impact of trauma on children’s brain development; the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES), which first introduced to us the long-term impact that trauma can have on social, emotional, and health outcomes; what we must do to help children and families recover from trauma; and what is behind many of the behaviors we see and how we can shift our perspective to serve children and families through the lens of trauma. This event is free and open to the public. Register for the event here.
Addressing Opioid Overdose: Perspectives from the Field
April 28th, 8 AM to  PM
Clayton Plaza Hotel, Clayton, MO 63105
The program will be geared to a diverse audience of medical and mental health care practitioners, emergency responders, researchers, policy-makers, educators, and the general public.The conference will highlight successful and innovative approaches to preventing opioid overdose fatalities through overdose education and naloxone distribution efforts. Leaders in the field will cover current research on predictors of opioid overdose, prevention and intervention best practices, perspectives on emerging legislation, transitions of care for individuals at risk of experiencing an overdose event, racial disparities in the opioid crisis and other topics directly related to opioid overdose prevention and reversal.This event is free and open to the public. Register for the event here. Scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis.
2017 Peer Leadership Summit
May 31st, 10 AM to 8:15 PM
Tan-Tar-A Resort, Lake Ozark, MO 
Topics include trauma informed care, motivational interviewing mandated reporting, self-care, and harm reduction. Register here


"Keep that in mind…You’re Gonna go to College’’: Family Influence on the College Going Processes of Black and Latino High School Boys (2016). Author: Roderick L. Carey

Purpose: To explore family factors associated with adolescents' going to college. Specifically, the study sought to provide evidence for the ways that families of color, who are denied access to significant financial capital, employ their knowledge base to inspire college going dispositions in their children and subsequently build familial wealth.

Methods: Participants were two 11th grade boys of color (one Black and one Latino) attending an urban charter school in the U.S. One boy identified as Black, and the other identified as Latino. The study was qualitative: Participants were asked to describe the various ways their family supported their college going efforts.

Results: (1) Participants came from from families with varying experiences with college-going. Neither of the teens had parents who earned a college degree. However, both participants reported that they have older siblings who recently navigated the college application process. (2) Both participants reported that their family members highly valued a college education (3) Participants' family members emphasized the importance of college and the value of college for economic betterment to participants from an early age.

Conclusions: (1) Carey concluded that both participants had college going familial capital. He conceptualized this as the rich knowledge, information, inspiration and resources students of color gain from their families (nuclear, extended, and fictive kin), transferred through lessons, values, practices, and beliefs, that serve as rationale, motivation, and support for securing postsecondary educational attainment. (2) With exposure to the knowledge, cultural intuitions, and wisdom from family, students can harness college going familial capital and employ it in gaining  access to upward social and economic mobility through postsecondary and higher education.(3) As educators and social service providers support the collegiate aspirations of Black and Latino boys, they should consider and employ students’ already existing college going familial capital.


Education and Education Policy Research Grants 
Deadline: March 7, 2017
Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. Read more information here. 
Preparing High School Youth for
Postsecondary Education Program Grants
Deadline: March 22, 2017
Funded by the Department of Education. Read more information here
Eligibility: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, community-based organizations, independent school districts, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, private institutions of higher education, city or township governments, special district governments, state governments, others.
Grants for Non-Profits Using Tech to Address Social Problems
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Funded by Fast Forward. Read more information here.
Eligibility: "All organizations must be nonprofits leveraging technology to address problems in arts/culture, education, environment, food/agriculture, health/healthcare, human rights, poverty alleviation/economic development, or public service/civic engagement."


St. Louis Youth Jobs - Summer 2017 Program
St. Louis Youth Jobs is now accepting youth ages 15-24 for its Summer 2017 program! Benefits include: As assessment to determine job placement options, job readiness training, access to a free checking and savings account, access to financial literacy training, a summer job with a local organization ($8.50/hr for up to 160 hr), and ongoing support from a job coach throughout the program. See flyer below for more details. City residents who are eligible can apply here:
YouthBuild STL - Summer Job Program
This program is intended for disadvantaged City of St. Louis youth ages 16-24 who have a high school diploma, GED, or HSE. The primary target populations for YouthBuild are adjudicated youth, youth aging out of foster care, out-of-school youth, and other at-risk populations ages 16-24. The program focuses on leadership development, financial literacy, and academic enhancement, technical skills training in construction, community service and support from staff and students committed to each other's success. Send referrals to Dr. Alice M Prince by email (, fax (314-589-8058), or mail (SLATE address: 1520 Market St, Saint Louis, MO 63103). Program questions should be directed to Rochelle Hall, Program Coordinator (314-622-3233).
St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) -
Summer Job League
This program is open to youth ages 16-24. Administered by SLATE, the Summer Job League is a workforce placement program that helps emerging workers earn workplace skill certificates and connect with area businesses. Youth gain real-world work experience while earning a paycheck, and supporting businesses access high-quality candidates at no cost! To apply, visit For questions about Summer Jobs, contact DeOnda Poke, at (youth), or Rebecca Ritter, at (businesses hiring youth).
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