Partner Highlights

Children’s Advocates for Change
Children’s Advocates for Change

Children’s Advocates for Change promotes the needs of Illinois children through public forums, social media, and advocacy work with elected officials. Through data collection and analysis, they consider the whole picture of the whole child including health, education, economic security, family, community – and beyond. With a focus on healing…
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MOVE
MOVE

The Missouri Organizing and Voter Engagement Collaborative (MOVE) exists to empower ordinary people to reclaim democracy in the state of Missouri. MOVE’s role is behind-the-scenes, supporting grassroots movement organizations in developing and executing strategic integrated voter engagement (IVE) plans. As part of MOVE's strategy, they are broadening the number of…
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Join Hands ESL
Join Hands ESL

Join Hands ESL has a mission to build personal relationships and walk in solidarity with children and families of the greater East St. Louis, Illinois area as they strive to achieve their full potential and overcome barriers of poverty and racial injustice. Services include youth programming, education advocacy, mentoring programs,…
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St. Louis Story Stitchers
St. Louis Story Stitchers

The mission of St. Louis Story Stitchers is to document St. Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. Story Stitchers provides artistic mentorship for Black youth, ages 16-24, with the skills and platforms to amplify their voices as advocates and organizers, connect youth…
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Dutchtown South Community Corporation
Dutchtown South Community Corporation

Dutchtown South Community Corporation (DSCC)’s mission is to advance neighborhood vitality through community empowerment, housing stabilization and real estate development. Their work addresses disparities faced by marginalized communities in the Dutchtown, Marine Villa, Mount Pleasant, Gravois Park, and Benton Park West neighborhoods of the City of St. Louis. The majority…
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Beyond Housing
Beyond Housing

Beyond Housing is a nationally recognized, comprehensive community development organization dedicated to transforming the St. Louis region’s under-resourced communities to create a stronger, more equitable, and prosperous St. Louis for all. Their work brings civic leaders, targeted nonprofits, corporate partners, and residents together to create meaningful and lasting change. Deaconess…
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Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition
Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition (FAAC) strives to create permanency in foster children’s lives by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive families in the metropolitan St. Louis region. Only 13% of local, non-relative foster parents are African American/Black. In comparison, twice the number of African American children are placed…
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St. Louis Art Place Initiative
St. Louis Art Place Initiative

St. Louis Art Place Initiative’s mission is to build wealth and equity for low-to-moderate-income artists through homeownership. The Initiative was formed in 2017 around a community mandate and effort to design and implement a plan for affordable for-sale housing to artists in Gravois Park. The neighborhood is exceptionally artist-dense and…
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Leading Liberation Retreat Series
Leading Liberation Retreat Series

As an institution grounded in the pursuit of healing, Deaconess Foundation seeks to invest in holistic opportunities for enhanced health and well-being for leaders of color. In recognition of the deep and intensive work of movement building for organizers, advocates, and Black leaders across the bi-state region, we are offering…
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The T
The T

The T is a nonprofit organization that promotes holistic healing from trauma related to bullet injuries and overdose in St. Louis. They transform healthcare delivery through education and anti-racist, relationship-based care. The T was founded in 2019, by Dr. LJ Punch, a trauma surgeon and community advocate who is committed…
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LeadMO
LeadMO

LeadMo is a nonprofit organization that helps to develop a diverse and inclusive pipeline of talented leaders who are devoted to building a Missouri that is centered on equitable progress. It connects future change makers with opportunities that allow them to grow and carve out their own niche in Missouri's…
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Action St. Louis and United Congregations of Metro East
Action St. Louis and United Congregations of Metro East

The greater St. Louis region experienced historic flooding in late July, with the most devastating impact located in predominantly Black communities. Action St. Louis has led an effort (in partnership with Arch City Defenders, Faith for Justice, and Black Men Build) to launch a rapid response infrastructure including wellness check-ins, direct assistance,…
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Rustic Roots Sanctuary
Rustic Roots Sanctuary

Rustic Roots Sanctuary is a sustainable farm and retreat space located in the Spanish Lake community of North St. Louis County. It is intended as a holistic healing space for residents, of whom majority are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Rustic Roots Sanctuary is also home to GROW…
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Freedom Community Center
Freedom Community Center

The Freedom Community Center (FCC) is a Black-led organization in North St. Louis that was founded to dismantle systems of oppression that inflict harm and trauma on Black communities in St. Louis City, particularly the police and the criminal punishment system. They ground themselves in the knowledge that Black survivors…
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Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis
Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis

The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) gathers community leaders of various backgrounds to build engaged and equitable neighborhoods. They envision a St. Louis region where all people live in safe, economically strong, and vibrant neighborhoods and all community-based organizations are sustainable, supported, and valued. CBN began on…
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Alive & Well Communities
Alive & Well Communities

Alive and Well Communities was formed in 2017 by the joining of two separate initiatives focused on activating communities in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois to heal and address trauma experienced by residents. The organization is dedicated to shifting cultures and systems and helping people develop pathways to healing, well-being and…
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Kids Win Missouri
Kids Win Missouri

Kids Win Missouri began in 2013 as a small group of children’s advocacy stakeholders seeking to ensure children have a voice in Missouri’s legislative arena. Then called the Missouri Children’s Leadership Council, the organization has since become Kids Win Missouri. Their mission is to further child well-being by advancing the…
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Annie Malone Children & Family Services
Annie Malone Children & Family Services

Annie Malone Children & Family Services was founded in 1888 as the St. Louis Colored Orphan’s Home. Helping St. Louis families for more than a century, the agency today has grown into a multi-service center in the community, addressing social and education needs of children and families in crisis and…
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ArchCity Defenders
ArchCity Defenders

ArchCity Defenders (ACD) is a holistic legal advocacy organization that combats the criminalization of poverty and state violence, especially in communities of color. ACD’s foundation of civil and criminal legal representation, social services, impact litigation, policy and media advocacy, and community collaboration achieves and inspires justice and equitable outcomes for…
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Fathers & Families Support Center
Fathers & Families Support Center

Fathers & Families Support Center (FFSC) is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families by encouraging committed and responsible parents. Since 1997, FFSC has worked to break the cycle of poverty, child neglect and abuse, and welfare dependence by educating and preparing fathers to become responsible parents with…
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