Strategic Network E-Newsletter 
December 2016


It was great to see so many new faces at the recent HomeGrown STL Networking Breakfast focusing on effective strategies for engaging black boys and young men. We are excited to continue growing our strategic network of organizations and individuals in St. Louis city and county who are passionate and dedicated to serving black boys and young men. 

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


Upcoming Events HomeGrown STL's February Summit is coming up. Please join us!

Professional Development Grant The Brown School will be hosting several professional development events in the spring that are open to our network members. See recent email for additional details on how to apply to attend these workshops for free. Applications are due by January 6, 2017.

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


HomeGrown STL Inaugural Summit
Thursday February 9, 2017 | 8:00am-3:30pm
Clark-Fox Forum, Hillman Hall at the Brown School
Link to RSVP for the summit will be sent out to the network members in the coming weeks.


The Center For Youth on the Rise, based in Spanish Lake, addresses a gap in opportunities for positive youth development in the greater St. Louis region. The organization serves youth 12-19, offering a variety of services and activities, including life skills workshops, educational support, counseling services, legal assistance,employment preparation, and youth specialist case management. To  learn more about Youth on the Rise, check out 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. 


Three St. Louis-area districts will end suspensions for Pre-K through 3rd grade students. Out-of-school suspensions have widely been considered to be considered ineffective, and a recent study has shown that Missouri has the biggest racial disparity when it comes to suspensions. Read more here.

"In the Black community, there’s a stigma about mental health issues. We almost treat them like a myth. We tell each other that it’s something white people experience.... We make ourselves believe that we are a resilient race of people who are immune to mental and emotional distress because our ancestors have experienced much worse." Read the rest of this article on mental health here.


Depression in African American Men: A Review of What We Know and Where We Need to Go From Here Authors: Earlise Ward and Maigenete Mengesha

Purpose: To identify prevalence of depression, risk factors, treatment-seeking behaviors, and treatment-seeking barriers in African American men

Methods: 19 empirical studies, written over a 25-year span, were reviewed.

Results: Prevalence of depression among African American men ranged from 5% to 10%. Furthermore, African American men faced a number of risk factors and demonstrated low use of mental health services.

Conclusions: Currently, an insufficient amount of research studies focus on the relationship between black men and mental health. More work needs to be done to address mental health disparities between white and African American men.

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HomeGrownSTL Strategic Networking
Principle Investigator, Sean Joe, PhD

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