St. Louis Association of Community Organizations

SLACO provides a perfect convener for this unique set of events due to its direct access to its 36 member neighborhood associations. SLACO specializes in providing venues for neighborhoods to learn from and network with each other 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. Our member neighborhoods represent 33 percent of the city’s population.

To become involved in this project, please call the SLACO office at 314-361-9406, or contact Kevin McKinney at

SLACO would like to thank our team that worked on this concept during the summer of 2015: Stephanie French, Quinn Kazanecki and Amy LaChapell.

This program is financed in part through an allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City of St. Louis Community Development Administration.

St. Louis knows all too well the impact of unaddressed racial tensions.  This project aims to bridge the gap in understanding between people, between communities, and between races.  In partnership with the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency (CREA), the Neighborhood Stabilization Team, the Mayor's Office, and Community Builders Network, this SLACO program will set the stage for ongoing relationships between "north side" and "south side" neighborhoods.

We will pair neighborhoods and support those neighborhoods in planning a kickoff event that will include a bus tour of each neighborhood, a shared lunch, and guided conversation about racial experiences and "why things are the way they are."  Skilled facilitators will assure a high-quality conversation.

Neighborhoods United for Change, A New SLACO Program