St. Louis Association of Community Organizations

SLACO Helps Neighborhood Associations Be Effective

St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) is a 36-year-old organization that serves as an umbrellaand coalition for the neighborhood associations in the St. Louis metropolitan area.  The grassroots neighborhood groups that join SLACO learn from and network with each other, and may take direct action where appropriate and necessary to create a desirable urban environment.


Our mission is to improve the quality of life for residents and stakeholders of neighborhoods in the St. Louis region through community-based initiatives, citizen empowerment, and neighborhood organizing.

SLACO also undertakes place-based work in specific parts of the region, when the organization can make a difference in addressing a particular need.  In that role SLACO currently provides programming in the West End neighborhood, at the Etzel Community Center, where our offices also are located. 

2015 Regional Neighborhood Conference Will Be November 14 at Harris-Stowe

We expect the 2015 conference to be even bigger and better than the 2014 conference, when registrations grew by 76 percent compared to 2013.  Details of the 2015 conference are announced on this site as they develop.

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YOU (Young Organizers University) started January 26.  SLACO is looking for people ages 14-18 living in the City or inner suburbs who would like to learn about their communities, how government works, and how to organize around an issue they care about.  Complete the form on the page linked above to start the process of being considered.  Our next session will begin on Monday, May 4.

250 Ways to Improve Your Neighborhood: The complete submittals of the finalists are posted.  All other entries will rotate on the page throughout the year. The winning entry, 250 Exchanges of Peace, is now being planned and will be implemented by our three Summer Associate VISTAs by August 1.  Look for an announcement soon.  

West End Neighborhood: Signing Up for Free After-School Program.   We believe we will be starting a summer program June 8-July 31 from 3:30-6 p.m.