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 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 will be announced on this site as they develop.Please contact us if you have ideas for what you would like to learn there.

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SLACO is recruiting for two VISTA Neighborhood Organizers to serve from August, 2015-August, 2016.  Complete your application online at, where a complete position description also is available.  Call us if you need assistance.  Deadline is June 20.

YOU (Young Organizers University): Next Session Now Organizing.   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.  Those who have graduated from the program are planning an exciting youth summit for a half day during the summer. 

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 Summer Club and After-School Program.   This free program for ages 6-12 will be held every weekday from 3:30-6 p.m.   The summer program will begin June 15, 2015.  Please call us at 314-361-9406 or come by the office to receive the application form.  This program is first come, first served, 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.

St. Louis Association of Community Organizations