St. Louis Association of Community Organizations
St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) is a 36-year-old organization that serves as an umbrella
and 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.
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: Congratulations to winner Doug Bram, for his 250 Exchanges of Peace idea. The complete submittals of the finalists are posted. All other entries will rotate on the page throughout the year. If you missed the contest, we are leaving the entry form on the page so you can continue to add ideas to inform civic conversation in the
St. Louis region.
West End Neighborhood: Signing Up for Free After-School Program.
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