The 2018 Missouri Reentry Conference, held on Nov. 14 - 16 was a resounding success. The conference sold out prior to the opening day with 450 registered attendees.
Anne Precythe, Director of Missouri Department of Corrections and Rob Dixon, Director of Missouri Economic Development, kicked off the conference by sharing insights into the challenges of securing employment for justice involved individuals and the importance that has in creating safer communities.
The conference was structured around the central theme of “Networks Building Success.” Fruitful partnerships were highlighted through videos that examined various MODOC partnerships in several correctional centers and Missouri communities. Additionally, to foster more of these relationships MODOC hosted regional breakout sessions that encouraged communication between regional organizations that serve justice-involved individuals, with a special emphasis on employers.
New to the conference this year was a specialized meeting app. Participants downloaded the app at registration and used it to curate their conference experience over the three days. The progression towards modernizing the conference led to an easier facilitation of sessions and inspired networking and sharing of information and resources.
ARCHS serves as the managing organizer of the conference and co-hosts the annual event with The Family and Community Trust, Missouri Department of Corrections, and Missouri Department of Social Services
The following stats highlight the success of this year’s conference:
· 5,400 Individual Training Hours
· 450 Attendees
· 60 Presenters
· 35 Sessions
· 95% Found Networking Opportunities
· 97% Would Recommend the Event
· 95% Felt the App Improved the Event
· 95% Felt the Content was Good