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August 2010 Newsletter VOLUME 1, ISSUE 7

Partnering for Positive Youth Development in the Nonpublic Schools For the past three years, the Mental Health Board, the Lutheran Foundation, and the Incarnate Word Foundation have partnered to support programming in St. Louis City’s Catholic and Lutheran Schools through the Catholic Education Office. The programs funded are ones that are essential to positive youth development but would not be possible without outside support.

students to 951 students over three years. More and more students want to participate in these programs which in turn provide them with extra opportunities for personal and academic growth.

Two new programs that were funded for the 2009-2010 year include a Parent Education Project and Youth Service and Impact Mini Grants. Parents of students in Kindergarten, third grade, and sixth grade were required to atThe Catholic Education Office’s tend presentations about issues report shows that the support of that their children are facing durthe funding partners is going a ing these years and how parents long way due to the good work of can best communicate with their the schools. The Bullying Prevenchildren during these years. Due tion Project and the After-School to the positive response from pargrant program have seen great successes since 2007. Nearly 3,000 ents, particularly from those with children in Kindergarten and sixth students participated in bullying grade, the program will be continuprevention programs designed to ing next year. The Youth Service meet the unique needs of their and Impact Mini Grants gave stuschools this year, and the schools dents an opportunity to create prosaw a 63% reduction of undesirjects that their leadership skills as able student behavior. This percentage has increased significantly well as helped their communities. since 2007’s report of a 50% reduc- Sixteen elementary schools suction in undesirable student behav- cessfully executed this grant, and there are many great projects that ior. After-school programs have also been enhanced and expanded came from it! to give students quality extracurricular experiences. There has The Incarnate Word Foundation is very impressed by the good work of been a clear improvement in this the schools and is excited to see programming since the schools what the next school year will began receiving funding. Attenbring. dance has increased in from 673

The programs funded are ones that are essential to positive youth development but would not be possible without outside support.

Up Coming Meetings : Strategic Planning Committee Meeting: August 31, 2010. 3:30PM IWF Board Room Grant Review Committee Meeting: September 9, 2010. 11:30AM IWF Board Room Advocacy Committee Meeting: September 10, 2010. 8:30 AM IWF Board Room IWF Board of Directors Meeting: September 17, 2010. 2PM IWF Board Room

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Meet the Staff


North St. Louis Children’s Initiative


2010 Grant Process Underway


IWF Partners with Network




Meet Our Staff Margaret Smetana Page 2

assisting with the Foundation’s many other efforts. Before coming to work at IWF, Margaret served for one year as the Executive Director of the St. Louis Mennonite Peace Center, a small nonprofit working to build peaceful communities in St. Louis. Margaret’s interest in social justice and community development work was fostered during her service in the Jesuit Margaret Smetana began Volunteer Corps and then working at the Incarnate Word further developed during her graduate education at Foundation as a Program Washington University in St. Associate this summer. Her Louis’ Brown School of Social work at IWF will focus on developing the North St. Louis Work, where she focused her Children’s Initiative and the MSW in Social and Economic Micro-lending project as well as Development.

2010 Grant Process is Underway The Incarnate Word Foundation’s first grant deadline arrived in July, and IWF has begun the process of reviewing applicants for the 2010 grant cycle. This year IWF will be looking at grant proposals in five categories: Education, Youth, Seniors, East St. Louis, and North St. Louis. Letters of intent for agencies working in the Education, Youth, and Seniors sectors were submitted for the July 15th deadline, and agencies selected from this group are now submitting full

proposals. The Focus and Implementation Committee will meet in September to review these proposals and will notify agencies of awarded funds by September 30th. Agencies serving in North St. Louis and East St. Louis will submit letters of intent for the final September 15th deadline and will be notified of awards by December 20th. The Foundation looks forward to supporting the important work of new and returning grantees this year!

North St. Louis Children’s Initiative The St. Louis Children’s Initiative is continuing to organize and attract new individuals and agencies. As this occurs, the coalition is formalizing a few of its first endeavors. The last meeting started the dialogue about plugging service providers into the Promise Neighborhood plan. Grace Hill presented on the proposed plan for creating an educational pipeline for children in the 63106 and 63107 zip codes, and asked for service providers interested in working on this initiative to fill out a survey that will help organize the effort. While the Promise Neighborhoods project is coalescing, the coalition is also assessing its structure and beginning work on new initiatives. These next steps are reflected in subcommittees that are meeting this month. The committees include a structural committee, a community engagement committee, a funding research committee, and a Marketplace of Ideas work group. Each of these groups

IWF Partners with NETWORK

addresses a major focus of the coalition’s, such as listening to the community’s voice, trying to acquire more funding for the work being done in North St. Louis, and devising a strategy for how the coalition will operate. The Marketplace of Ideas work group has come together with the Foundation to work out the details of the new community funding program. The RFP for this funding opportunity will be released in September. The next meeting of the St. Louis Children’s Initiative will be September 8th at Vision for Children at Risk. Presentations and discussions will be had around the structure of the coalition, the marketplace of ideas, and next steps from the community engagement committee. All of these activities are helping the coalition transition into an organized entity with clear avenues for affecting change for children and families in North St. Louis.

We are sad to say goodbye to Lee Hawes and Alana Sherman

Incarnate Word Foundation partnered with NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby located in Washington, DC, to evaluate the impact of the recession on TANF (temporary assistance to needy families). The foundations role was to administer 150 surveys in the St. Louis Metro area to current or previous TANF recipients

receiving services from agencies that are current or former grantees. Nationally, 70 agencies participated representing 20 states. To read the complete results and recommendations please go to:

Lee will be attending Monmouth College starting this fall. He has been a student intern with the foundation since last year. Alana will be returning to Lindenwood University in St. Charles. She worked at the foundation this summer as a Des Lee Fellow.

Incarnate Word Foundation August 2010 Newsletter  

This newsletter contains updates on the activities of the Foundation.

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