St. Louis Association of Community Organizations
Save the date for the 23rd Annual SLACO Regional Neighborhoods Conference, which will be held 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019 at St. Louis Community College - Forest Park. Tickets will be $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Student tickets will be $20 with a valid student ID.
Dr. Mark Abbott
Free and Open to the Public
Registration required at towngown.eventbrite.com
ST. LOUIS -- SLACO is hosting its second annual Town/Gown Summit on from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, November 14 at Saint Louis University’s Il Monastero Conference Center. At the summit, participants will learn what community/university partnerships look like elsewhere and hear about what is working in St. Louis.
In the final session, community organizations will have an opportunity to brainstorm with professors and students from area universities to devise effective strategies to address their organizational and community problems in roundtable discussions.
Organizations are invited to apply to host a roundtable discussion on their challenge. Click the "Application Details" button for information on how to submit a roundtable discussion challenge. Applications are due Friday, October 26, 2018.
The day's sessions are as follows:
Session 1: Keynote Address:Dan Pitera, Detroit Collaborative Design Center
Session 2: What’s Working in St. Louis Community/University Partnerships
a. Panel Discussion Saint Louis University Legal Clinic SLACO Vacancy Partnership
b. Health Equity Works (Washington University) Grace Hill Partnership
Session 3: Thinking Outside the Box: Roundtable discussions on what might be possible in
St. Louis community/university partnerships.
Our University Partners
Harris-Stowe State University: Center for Neighborhood Affairs and the Institute for Social Justice
Saint Louis University: Center for Service and Community Engagement
University of Missouri-St. Louis: Office of Community Outreach and Engagement and the Community Innovation and Action Center
Washington University in St Louis: Sam Fox School of Design and the Visual Arts,
Office of Socially Engaged Practice
SLACO 40th Ruby Anniversary Celebration
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewsome (second from right) presented SLACO Executive Director Kevin McKinney (far left) with a Proclamation at the St. Louis Women's Club declaring September 20 as SLACO Day. Also present are Chief Resilience Officer Patrick Brown (second from left) and Collector of Revenue Greg F.X. Daly (far right).
See more photos from the event here. All photos and story presented by B. Webster of Blacktie Photos.
ST. LOUIS – There is a division often seen between north and south St. Louis that shows up in demographics, economics, race and wealth. Now, one St. Louis group is working to bridge that divide.
The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) program is now underway and they have a mission to bring communities together, to strengthen the neighborhoods. To read more, click here.
The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) awarded SLACO a $4,000 Program Support grant for the 2018-2019 grant cycle (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). This award is in recognition and support of SLACO's commitment to the cultural development of the St. Louis region.
With support from the Regional Arts Commission, SLACO will be able to continue to provide a neighborhood, after-school program in which elementary children receive music lessons.
"We are very appreciative of the Regional Arts Commission's support," said Kevin McKinney, executive director of SLACO.
"Your work in the arts provides a significant contribution to the vibrancy of our region. We wish you continued success in the coming year," said RAC Chairman Michael Scully and Executive Director Felicia W. Shaw in an award letter addressed to SLACO.
Founded in 1985, the Regional Arts Commission is the largest annual funder of the arts dedicated to the cultivation, promotion and fostering of cultural programming in the St. Louis region. In addition to financial support, RAC serves as a cultural catalyst in the arts community, providing technical, promotional and other support for arts organizations of all shapes and sizes.
SLACO's Featured on
St. Louis Public Radio
October 14, 2018
Support SLACO Directly Here
As you do your pre-holiday shopping, support SLACO by participating in Giving Tuesday on November 27, 2018.
GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.
Your contribution will support community-based programs like The Finest Fifteen, Neighborhoods United for Change, our after school program and our annual Regional Neighborhood conference. And you don't have to wait until November 27. Click here or on the donate button at the top right of this homepage and know that your donation helps improve our community, one neighborhood at a time.
The North Central Special Business District
Did you know that a vacant building could become a neighborhood farm? Chicago pioneered this innovative space.
Check it out!
Neighborhood Profit Sharing with Real Estate Investment Trusts
SLACO's Neighborhoods United for Change Program Featured on NewsChannel 5
March 17, 2018
"Reimagining Community/University Partnerships for
Community Development in St. Louis"
Can Real Estate Investment Trusts change the way residents view their neighborhoods? Learn how this redevelopment tool can positively change the course of St. Louis neighborhoods.
With Support from the Regional Arts Commission
Support SLACO on Giving Tuesday November 27
Looking to chip away at the thousands of abandoned properties throughout the city, the St. Louis Development Corporation agreed Thursday help fund a new attorney at the region’s premier nonprofit legal clinic. To read more, click here.
SLACO's 40th Ruby AnniversaryCelebration
Thanks to all our Sponsors!!!
SLACO Receives $4,000 Grant from the Regional Arts Commission to Support After-School Program
It takes less than 20 minutes to drive between the Lewis Place and Holly Hills neighborhoods in St. Louis. Yet that relatively short trip from north to south – or vice versa – is one that many people in the Gateway region are unlikely to take. To read more, click here.
Come Celebrate Proposition NS Day with SLACO at 6:30 p.m., Monday, October 22 at SLACO's office, 5888 Plymouth Ave.
Prop NS was a SLACO initiative on the April 2017 ballot. It asked city residents to increase property taxes to pay for a new project to restore vacant houses owned by the Land Reutilization Authority (LRA). The ballot won at the polls with 60 percent of the vote, but was then ruled as not having passed by the Board of Election Commissions, which said the proposition needed 67 percent of the vote to pass. The City of St. Louis filed a lawsuit against the Commission and in September 2017, a judge ruled that the proposition did in fact pass. Click here to read a full story about Proposition NS from St. Louis Public Radio.
SLACO's Neighborhoods United for Change Program Featured on
St. Louis Public Radio
March 15, 2018
St. Louis Commits $100,000 to Legal Services for Vacancy Initiative
Feb. 16, 2018 from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Turning Vacant Buildings into Urban Farming Spaces
More Sustainable Neighborhoods Academy Activities
Here is the “Guide for Successful Neighborhood Associations.” You may read the guide, download and read later or print.
This guide will assist you in starting a neighborhood association. It is by no means a complete set of rules to be followed. It is merely a starting point with helpful hints and proven methods to effectively organize your group.
What is the North Corridor Collaborative?
A collective group of service providers, city officials and residents along the North Corridor, dedicated to providing a supportive network of services and facilitating measurable change in an effort to create a stronger North City.
Its vision is to build a structure for stakeholders to support effective vehicles for investment and neighborhood support and greater collaboration in North St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis nonprofit group is developing a program to bring neighbors from north and south St. Louis together. To read more, click here.
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