Community Improvement, Capacity Building

MISSION ST LOUIS

Saint Louis, MO

Mission

Mission: St. Louis empowers people to transform their lives, families and neighborhoods. We do this by creating long-lasting, impactful change (rather than short-term solutions) through three core programs: Beyond School, Beyond Jobs, and Beyond Charity.

Ruling Year

2008

Executive Director

Josh Wilson

Main Address

3108 N Grand Blvd

Saint Louis, MO 63107 USA

Keywords

Empowerment; Job Training; Youth Development; Home Repair; Relational; Education; Seniors

EIN

20-8983607

 Number

6836642313

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The state of well-being of all in St. Louis is not equal. Poverty affects close to 1 in 3 African Americans, particularly with high concentrations in North City. Poverty, unemployment, low education levels, incarceration, mental health, and traumatic stress are all social-determinants of well-being and health in the community we serve. Youth born into under-resourced communities face an achievement gap that becomes apparent in middle school and widens in high school. Low-income students fail to graduate at 5x the rate of middle-income families and 6x that of higher-income youth. Poor health and high rates of death are strongly linked to employment. In St. Louis, almost a third of African American men are unemployed and mortality rates are increasing. Blacks are the majority of the incarcerated population in St. Louis City (74%) and County (54%). This high rate of incarceration has a disproportionate impact on disadvantaged and vulnerable children, families and communities.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Beyond School

Beyond Jobs

Beyond Charity

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of participants who gain employment

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Males,

Minorities,

Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people

Related program

Beyond Jobs

Number of organizational partners

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

The Mission: St. Louis VISTA Program is a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA Program and also serves as an umbrella agency with the Corporation for National and Community Service .

Number of participants reporting no relapse 6 months post-program

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Males,

Minorities,

Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people

Related program

Beyond Jobs

Context notes

*Based on recidivism information available upon the most time passed for program graduates.

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens,

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Context notes

Volunteers are vital to Mission: St. Louis programming! Volunteers can serve in a multitude of ways working with our youth, men in JLT, older adults, or at our annual events (i.e.Affordable Christmas)

Number of program graduates

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Males,

Minorities,

Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people

Related program

Beyond Jobs

Number of parents/guardians engaged in student activities

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Parents,

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Beyond School

Context notes

Parents are engaged through weekly check-ins and quarterly Family Nights.

Number of students enrolled in Beyond School

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

Beyond School

Context notes

Each student is provided with individualized academic plans implemented by trained, committed Academic Mentors and Success Coaches on a daily basis.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Mission: St. Louis works to break the cycle of poverty through relationship, empowerment, and opportunity. We focus our efforts on education and employment. Given our new location, our intent is to develop the building into a center to support and equip people in North City to improve their long-term health and economic mobility by providing an integrated array of services with collaborative partners in one location.

Our strategies are based upon our values: 1) Empower people by never doing for them that which they can do for themselves. We work to give individuals the tools they need to succeed. 2) Build relationships with the people we serve listening and knowing that learning goes both ways. 3) Preserve the dignity of those we serve by focusing on people not programs, creating trust that crosses racial boundaries, and by empowering people to be self-sufficient. 4) Create opportunity through our core programs: a) Beyond School creates opportunity for youth to succeed in high school and beyond, b) Beyond Jobs creates opportunities for people to provide for themselves and their families, and c) Beyond Charity creates opportunity by being responsive to community needs.

Mission: St. Louis partners and collaborates with many other organizations and businesses to make what we do possible. In Beyond School, we partner with other organizations to provide enrichment activities for the students we serve. Various local businesses make internship experiences possible for the men of Job & Leadership Training program. Local employers can get connected to high quality workers through Hire St. Louis. Revive Thrift Shop partners with Anew Nature, an up-cycling furniture shop and tool literacy workshop that trains and employs our graduates. In addition, we partner with various service groups who serve alongside our residents, creating safe and healthy living environments. Through our partnership with St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, we provide care coordination and case management to older adults throughout the city. Our VISTA Umbrella project connects local nonprofits to AmeriCorps*VISTA projects, building the capacity of their organizations as well as a greater collective impact on the St. Louis region. We host a wide range for volunteers from faith to secular backgrounds.

Every program is tracked and evaluated through our Efforts To Outcomes software. More specifically:

Within Beyond Jobs, our Job & Leadership Training program uses the following to track outcomes: Modified Self-Sufficiency Matrix to evaluate student progress in various aspects of their lives, SMART goals, intern evaluations, student evaluations, attendance/participation logs, and completion of assignments.

Beyond School utilizes the following to track success: NWEA, Developmental Reading Assessments, STAR Literacy Assessments, Social Competency Scale, R.O.C.K.S., Positive Incentive Program, Think Slip behavioral logs, perception surveys, report card data, and attendance logs.

Our Beyond Charity programs utilize a variety of methods to indicate success such as checklists, follow-up surveys, project logs, volunteer logs, and collaborator development as measurement tools.

Established in 2006, we built relationships with residents in our targeted community, Forest Park Southeast. Learning their needs and walking alongside them, we created culturally-relevant programs that empower people, young and old, to be agents of change in their families and neighborhoods. Over time, the neighborhood gentrified and a majority of those we served relocated to other neighborhoods. Amidst the changing environment, our programs were adapted to serve people living outside of the neighborhood and the agency's footprint increased through partnerships with charter schools and the acquisition of two senior-focused nonprofits. In 2016, we moved into a former YMCA building in one of the most distressed areas in our region, North City, where racial, economic, and health disparities are evident. We believe that all people should have equal access to opportunity and that long-lasting change is possible when we deeply value people, utilize their expertise and work with them to access opportunity.

In 2017, our programs accomplished the following:

Beyond School: We served 125 unique students in two charter schools. In reading, for every month students were in the program, an average of 2 months growth was achieved. Students made positive behavior choices more often as evidenced by their daily average of Think Slip behavioral infractions. Students are better able to manage personal feelings, understand each other's feelings and needs, and interact positively with others the longer they are engaged with the program, as measured by a Social Competency Scale.

Beyond Jobs: 3 months after graduation, employment increased from 14% to 73% for JLT graduates. 98% of JLT graduates have not recidivated since graduation. 86% students agree or strongly agree that JLT helped them better understand their identity and purpose in life

Beyond Charity: We connected over 500 older adults to benefits and resources through Care Coordination and Benefit Assistance services. Over 160 volunteers provided a more enjoyable Christmas to 1,108 youth through an Affordable Christmas store. We mobilized 746 volunteers who completed 4,857.5 hours of service enabling our empowerment programs to serve by, with, and for our residents.

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Financials

MISSION ST LOUIS

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes