Celebrate with Us!
Centene Charitable Foundation presents Youth In Need’s 31st annual Celebration of Youth dinner and auction on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa. Join us as we honor Tracy Mathis, Attorney at Lewis Rice and Youth In Need Board member, advocate and friend. There’s still time to sponsor the event, donate an auction item or purchase a program advertisement.
Help us celebrate!
Learn more about Celebration of Youth online.
“In your own space, in your own way, work to make a difference.” —Frankie Muse Freeman
In January, when we celebrated the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we also remembered another influential civil rights leader, Frankie Muse Freeman. A beloved local icon, Mrs. Freeman passed away last month at the age of 101. Our community and our nation owe so much to these extraordinary leaders, and so many others who have been champions for equality and social justice. Among many other things, they taught us the wisdom in having multiple perspectives, and that we can all lead from wherever we are.
Youth In Need remains firmly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion as core organizational values, and we continue to push forward with initiatives to root out unconscious bias and increase cultural responsiveness. I’m excited to share something new we’re doing this year, to broaden the perspectives represented on the Executive Management Team (EMT). To include viewpoints from more people of color, we are implementing an idea suggested by one of our staff, which is to invite a group of managers to join our meetings on a weekly basis. In addition, we will be more intentional this year about rotating our meetings to different program locations, and we invite staff to participate when we’re at their sites. While we continue to work toward more diverse representation in leadership through succession planning and talent sourcing, we value the time and talent of our wonderful group of managers and look forward with gratitude for their participation.
“There is only one way to look at things, until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes.” —Pablo Picasso
SOP Moves to New Location
The Street Outreach Program has a new home! The program’s new location in Maplewood, at 2015 S. Big Bend, will offer additional opportunities for collaboration between Street Outreach and the Supported Apartments. Efforts to blend all runaway and homeless youth services geographically will help meet the needs of homeless youth more effectively. The new location is in St. Louis County, which is the program’s largest service area but still close to the city as well. The location will serve as the primary spot for outreach staff, including workspace, laundry space and room for group activities.
Youth In Need Selected as Diaper Bank Recipient
At the end of last year, St. Louis Area Diaper Bank selected Youth In Need’s Head Start and Early Head Start Home-Based program as one of its distribution partners. Children in the home-based program will receive 50 diapers per child per month, up to 250 diapers. Thrilled to be offering this wonderful support service, staff have begun distributing diapers to their families, who can sometimes struggle to provide this necessary but expensive baby and toddler care item.
HSE Policy Council Adds Community Members
One of the great tenants of the Head Start program is its emphasis on parent and community involvement. Both parents and community members are offered opportunities to participate various aspects of the program. Policy Council is one way that both are able together. In fact, one of the Head Start program’s expectations is that community representatives serve on the Policy Council. Head Start East welcomes Karen Nolte, CEO of Family Forward, and Pastor Andre Logan from Thessalonian Missionary Baptist Church, who also runs an after-school program called the Good News Club, and Kathrine McHaynes, a semi-retired early childhood educator and staff trainer.
Sand Box Magazine Features Youth In Need
Sand Box magazine, a publication of the Region VII Head Start Association, featured an article about Youth In Need’s Head Start East child care partnership program in its Winter 2017-2018 issue. You can read the full article on page 20 here.