St. Louis Association of Community Organizations

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YOU (Young Organizers University): The fall session has started, but SLACO is still 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.  Email to start the process of being considered. 

West End Neighborhood: Signing Up for Free After-School Program.   This free program for ages 6-12 will be held every weekday from 3:30-6 p.m.   The program will begin November 30, with open registration where parents and children can come together to see the program and sign up during program hours.  As soon as all state-required paperwork is complete, the parent will no longer need to accompany the child and can participate in the program.  This open registration period continues through December 18, with the program resuming January 4.  Please call us at 314-361-9406 to learn the latest information.  Neighborhood Houses will staff this program, which is available on a first come, first served basis, so apply early if you live within the area bounded by Page on the north, Skinker on the west, Delmar on the south, and Union on the east.

SLACO Helps Neighborhood Associations Be Effective

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 28 grassroots neighborhood groups that are SLACO members 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.