Center-Based Initiatives

Community driven endeavors that align people, build power, strengthen alliances, and committed to utilizing Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being to advance child well-being in St. Louis.

Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools

CDF Freedom Schools® is a culturally competent, summer literacy and leadership program built around five components: high-quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational leadership development, and nutritional, physical, and mental health. A CDF Freedom School operates at the Center in June and July. 

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Close the Workhouse

The Close the Workhouse campaign aims to attack mass incarceration, without legitimizing or justifying the continued caging of people as punishment. The campaign calls for the closure of the Medium Security Institute, better known in St. Louis as the Workhouse, an end to wealth based pretrial detention, and the reinvestment of the money used to cage poor people and Black people into rebuilding the most impacted neighborhoods in this region.

The Close the Workhouse campaign's organizing meeting and town halls are hosted at Deaconess Center.

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Coalition Against Police Crimes & Repression (CAPCR)

The Coalition Against Police Crimes & Repression (CAPCR) is an organization that has been working on the impact of police violence in St. Louis since 1983. With the long-term goal of police abolition, CAPCR focuses on community-centered solutions that move resources from policing and into the community-building needed for us to repair ourselves. CAPCR successfully pushed for the Cure Violence Initiative in 2019 as a public health alternative to policing and are currently overseeing its implementation.

CAPCR holds its community gatherings and monthly organizing meetings at the Deaconess Center, where the group grows it's divest/invest initiatives, work to Re-Imagine Public Safety, push for transformative policing reforms and react to ongoing police violence.

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First Step to Equity Transitional Collaborative

The First Step to Equity Transitional Collaborative is a led by local organizations that formed to advance the Forward Through Ferguson's Call to Action "to Support Early Childhood Education" for families birth to five. The Collaborative works to establish an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Fund, directing public revenue to increase access to high quality ECE seats and experiences among the highest need families, and begin to attract private funding to support; design and launch a regional entity that coordinates and implements community-designed recommendations to achieve ECE systems change and equitably allocate resources. Through its community listening and capacity building the Collaborative aims to increase the number of ECE advocates across the region who organize and advocates for shared policy changes and outcomes.

First Step to Equity Transitional Collaborative host its First Five Steering Committee meetings at Deaconess Center.

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PACT-STL

PACT-STL supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of primary prevention strategies to improve the safety, stability, and well-being of families through a continuum of community-based services and supports. PACT-STL is a program initiative of Vision for Children at Risk and focuses its efforts in St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis.

PACT-STL's community and parent cafes, and executive committee meetings are hosted at Deaconess Center.

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Project LAUNCH

Project LAUNCH aims to promote the wellness of young children, from birth to 8, by addressing the social, emotional, cognitive, physical and behavioral aspects of their development. Project LAUNCH-STL provides local communities the opportunity to disseminate effective and innovative early childhood mental health practices and services, ultimately leading to better outcomes for youth children and their families.

Project LAUNCH community cafes, training sessions and Local Council meetings are held at Deaconess Center.

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St. Louis Child Abuse and Neglect Network

The St. Louis Child Abuse & Neglect Network (STLCANN) was established in June 2017 as a result of the merger of the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership and the St. Louis Area Council on Child Abuse & Neglect. Both organizations share a commitment to quality treatment for children and families who are affected by abuse and neglect and to strengthening families to prevent abuse and neglect. The two organizations have partnered on projects and events in recent years. We’re growing stronger together!

St. Louis Child Abuse and Neglect Network’s board meetings, self-evaluation committee meetings and training sessions happen at Deaconess Center.

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St. Louis Organizing Table

The St. Louis Organizing Table, a network of power-building community-based organizations, holds standing meetings at Deaconess Center.

 

St. Louis Regional Youth Employment Coalition (RYEC)

The St. Louis Regional Youth Employment Coalition (RYEC) is a collaborative of over two dozen workforce development connected organizations. The coalition is working towards ensuring greater racial equity in the region’s workforce. Key priorities for the coalition include expanding access and increasing the quality of regional summer youth employment programs, reducing barriers young people face in completing training and employment opportunities and creating a coordinated system of credentialing and apprenticeship programs that are aligned with regional employer needs.

The St. Louis Regional Youth Employment Coalition holds its monthly coalition meetings and partner training sessions at Deaconess Center.

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System of Care

System of Care St. Louis Region (SOC) connects children, young adults and their families to complete care for those with, or at risk for, serious emotional disorders.

The St. Louis System of Care council, executive committee and family leadership cabinet meet at Deaconess Center.

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