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Register for May 3rd STAR Professional Development Series: Substance Abuse



Registration is now open for the St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) Professional Development Series on Substance Abuse. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 at the Missouri Department of Mental Health Psychiatric Center (Dome Conference Center) on 5400 Arsenal Street.

Topics include today's environment regarding substance abuse, recognizing use and abuse, traditional treatment options, alternative treatment options, support networks, support networks, relapse prevention and treatment resources.

For questions, please call 314-289-5625 (NOT to register). Parking is available in front, behind, and east of the Dome.

Saint Louis University to Host Interfaith Symposium on Prison Ministry

The Saint Louis University Prison Program will host a Interfaith Symposium on Prison Ministry from 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 in the Anheuser Busch Auditorium John and Lucy Cook Hall (3674 Lindell Blvd, Room 050).

Representatives from different faith traditions will discuss their experiences of ministering to incarcerated persons. Dr. Kenneth Parker, founder of the SLU Prison Program and associate professor of theology) will moderate the event. Ministers from the Jewish, Catholic, Buddhist, and Islamic traditions will also discuss their work.

Refreshments will be provided and parking is available at the Laclede Garage. The symposium is part of the President's Interfaith Campus Challenge.

The SLU Prison Program is a Jesuit inspired initiative that provides education to prison staff and people incarcerated in Missouri, promotes service, and conducts research on crime and incarceration.

For information, contact Julie O'Heir (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 314-977-3206), coordinator for the SLU Prison Program.

STAR Honored With "What's Right With The Region!" Award From FOCUS St. Louis

The St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) is pleased to announce that it will be honored on May 3 with What's Right With The Region (WRWR) awards from FOCUS St. Louis. The 15th annual regional celebration recognizes success stories from the Greater St. Louis area.

STAR is led by Missouri Department of Corrections, ARCHS, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, and more than 30 other organizations who are working in a highly collaborative manner to improve public safety, reduce recidivism, and create positive opportunities for area ex-offenders.


STAR and Probation and Parole Sponsoring St. Louis Resource Fair on March 20

STAR and the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole are sponsoring the 2012 St. Louis Area Resource Fair on Tuesday, March 20.

Come and join the organizations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sigel Elementary Community Education Building (2039 Russell Blvd.) to meet and network with social service, health, education, substance abuse, mental health, and employment professionals across the St. Louis City and County area.

Take advantage of this opportunity to advertise your agency's services and learn of area agencies that can work with your organization.

Please contact Cynthia Collier via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 314-301-4999 ext. 249 to reserve your table. To participate, RSVP by February 21.

AGSF Announces Scholarships for Children of Incarcerated Parents

Ava's Grace Scholarship Foundation (AGSF) is announcing open scholarships for children of incarcerated parents in the State of Missouri. Beginning in 2012, AGSF hopes to award ten $5,000 scholarships on an annual basis.

Currently, there are no scholarship programs or other incentives for higher education specifically for children impacted by incarceration - in Missouri or across the nation. AGSF scholarships can be used at four-year colleges and universities as well as two-year programs, trade, and technical schools. The scholarships are renewable every year the student stays in school and performs satisfactorily in their program as defined by their institution.

Applications will be available starting January 2012. Visit for more information.

AGSF is an innovative not-for-profit entity whose mission is to one day break the cycle of incarceration through the gift of education.

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