Community leaders and organizations serving women in Eastern Missouri are invited to attend a virtual conversation with the UMKC Institute for Human Development on Thursday, June 25th. Click here to register.
Due to the rapidly changing nature regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone the STAR Summit scheduled for March 18th. Refunds will be issued and you should receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite that this is being processed. This decision was not made lightly and is out of concern for the health and wellbeing of all those involved. As an organization dedicated to helping others, we feel very strongly that it is important that we do our part in attempting to prevent the spread of this virus.
STAR Summit organizers are excited to announce Tydrell Stevens from the Urban League of Metropolitan Saint Louis will be one of the presenters for St. Louis City and County's day focused on reentry efforts in the region. Stevens plans to lead a session called "Tackling the Army of the Unskilled," which will highlight current initiatives by the Save Our Sons program to drive employment opportunities for men, especially those graduating high school and those getting ready for prison release. Stevens has taken charge of the Save Our Sons program since it launched in 2015, when the Urban League studied what resource-deprived communities desired after the shooting of Michael Brown and protests that made national news headlines. Employment was the answer across the board during that time of reflection on how to improve communities.
Stevens says the biggest takeaway from his session at STAR is to remain empathetic to those seeking help to serve them better.
"We understand that we may have individuals come in, looking for a job, and they're frustrated with some of the things they face, especially if they're criminal justice involved, and having so many doors shut on them. It's important to have empathy. If people come in and want to vent, allow them to vent. Understand that they're going through something...It's up to us to uplift them with the courage, hope, resources, and tools for them to actually be successful," Stevens says.
The 2020 STAR Summit on March 18th is sold out, and there will be no walk-in registrations accepted this year. There are plenty of learning opportunities for reentry professionals, including the Missouri Reentry Conference in Lake Ozark, MO from November 4-6, 2020. Follow STLREENTRY on Facebook for updates.
Join the Crime Victim Center for its 16th Annual Trivia Night with the theme "Through the Decades." There will be 10 rounds of trivia along with a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and a costume contest for the team best dressed for their favorite decade. The trivia night is on April 4th, 2020 at the Kirkwood Community Center. Each table of eight costs $200, and drinks are included with your ticket. Outside food and drinks are welcome. Purchase tickets by clicking here.
Proceeds will benefit the Crime Victim Center to assist victims of crime throughout St. Louis reconstruct their lives with services such as counseling, criminal justice guidance, help filing orders of protection for domestic violence victims, and providing information on victim rights and potential compensation.
2020 STAR Summit attendees will get the opportunity for an educational lunch with afternoon keynote speaker Shawntelle Fisher. Fisher is the founder and CEO of The SoulFisher Ministries, which specializes in reentry initiatives for women. The SoulFisher Ministries partner with the Missouri Department of Corrections to facilitate Adult General Academic Program of Education (A.G.A.P.E.) to help formerly incarcerated women with financial planning, career readiness, and regaining control of their lives and families. Fisher also oversees faith-based, transitional housing and living assistance for justice-involved women.
Fisher believes identifying different needs is a key to the art of reentry. "It's kind of been like a 'one size fits all', but women have starkly different needs that landed them in prison in the first place. So, they have starkly different needs that will help keep them out of prison in the long run," she emphasizes.
Shawntelle Fisher and many other reentry presenters will provide ideas on how to stay solution focused in day-to-day reentry work at the 2020 STAR Summit. This year's summit is on March 18th at the St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. Click HERE to register for only $25, which includes breakfast and lunch.