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Introducing 2020 STAR Summit Keynote Speaker Debbie Allen

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The 2020 STAR Summit will feature Debbie Allen as the breakfast keynote speaker. Allen is the Executive Advisor to Mayor Lyda Krewson, and also serves as the Interim Executive Director of the City of St. Louis Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, which was established last year. She will be explaining the goals of the council and how it can bring regional reentry professionals and initiatives together.

"We must recognize that we have an underperforming criminal justice system in the City of St. Louis, and my presentation is going to speak to the work that I and so many other folks here in the city have been working toward on finding those solutions and bringing everyone together," Allen says, "I want everyone to recognize that you're not alone and that we should not be working alone."     

Allen and many other reentry presenters at the 2020 STAR Summit will provide ideas on how to stay solution focused in day-to-day reentry work. The 2020 STAR Summit is on March 18th at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. 
Click HERE to register for only $25. 

Introducing 2020 STAR Summit Speaker Dr. Kendra Holmes

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STAR Summit organizers are thrilled to announce Dr. Kendra Holmes from Affinia Healthcare as one of the presenters for St. Louis City and County's day focused on reentry efforts in the region. Dr. Holmes will discuss Addiction and Mental Health Diversion Programs available.

"Mental health is a large contributing factor to substance abuse," Dr. Holmes emphasizes. Her morning breakout sessions will focus on recognizing underlying symptoms for justice-involved individuals, effective treatment options, and different diversion programs that serve as reliable resources to tackle mental health and substance abuse barriers.

Dr. Holmes and many other reentry presenters at the 2020 STAR Summit will provide ideas on how to stay solution focused in day-to-day reentry work. The 2020 STAR Summit is on March 18th at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. Click HERE to register for only $25. 

Register for the Successful Second Chances Employer Panel

The Soul Fisher Ministries and UMSL are teaming up to host the AGAPE Reentry Program Successful Second Chances Employer Panel. This free event will take place on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley. 

As we continue to focus on the almost 7 million people impacted by the criminal justice system, opportunities like this give reentry professionals the chance to look for ways local communities can embrace this population. Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed will give a keynote on the benefits of livable wages and share the win-win behind hiring justice-involved individuals. Participants will also get the chance to hear from justice-involved individuals who have defied the odds of success in spite of having felony convictions and from employers who gave them a chance.

Click here to register for the event. 

2019 Missouri Reentry Conference: Managing the Balance


More than 400 reentry professionals came together to master "Managing the Balance." The 2019 Missouri Reentry Conference's keynote speakers and breakout session presenters helped professionals realize what it takes to take care of themselves, especially after handling traumatic situations with justice-involved individuals. The 14th annual reentry conference was co-hosted by ARCHS, Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Social Services, and Family & Community Trust. 

The reentry conference featured several new activities for professionals this year. A huge accomplishment for hosts was turning the conference 100% paperless. Participants used a customized smartphone app to interact with presenters, take surveys, network, and share photos of the conference through their eyes. There were also new hands-on demonstrations surrounding workforce development to show how justice-involved individuals are being trained for manufacturing jobs using virtual reality goggles and the sensory experience to understand inmates with mental health disorders. 

You can view ARCHS' entire album of 2019 Reentry Conference Photos here.

Next year's conference is set for November 4-6, 2020 at The Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO. If you are interested in participating on a deeper level, keep an eye out for the call for sponsors, exhibitors, and presenters this spring.