News & Updates

Cool Scholars in New Orleans

On Wednesday, August 17, Cool Scholars Extended Literacy Program concluded with a dinner for children and their families. In attendance were 30 children and families as Alexander McConduit read his children’s books Snowballs for All and Thorn in my Horn. Prior to reading Snowballs for All, participants were served and enjoyed snowballs while  Alexander read….

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Urban Strategies Choice Conference in St. Louis October 2016

  Join us October 18-20, 2016 for a Choice Means Choice Conference for all Choice Neighborhood sites and partners. Session will include information and discussion on effective strategies for job training, case management, economic development and community engagement. Network and learn from other Choice sites and national leaders in community development. Click here to learn more…

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Flance Early Learning Center featured in St. Louis American

This week, the Flance Early Learning center was featured in the St. Louis American.  Flance has served children on the Near North Side for two years now. Since opening, Flance has created strong community partners, trained childcare providers and continued to put the development of children at the forefront. The article highlights Flance’s ambitious mission, model and plans…

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E-Camp in New Orleans

Our Excellence, Encouragement, and Education (E-Camp) began on Tuesday, July 12th and concluded last week on Friday, August 5th. There were 17 total participants and 14 participants who successfully completed the camp.The participants were immersed in the “Be the Dream” curriculum which focuses on goal setting, social awareness, and positive social interactions. Discussions included “What…

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Summer Enrichment Programs at Beinville Basin

This summer at Bienville Basin, we are providing families with two summer enrichment programs that will cater to youth of all ages and their families. The Excellence, Encouragement, Education (E-Camp) Program began its third year on Tuesday July 12, while our Cool Scholars Extended Leaning Program transitions from Summer 2015’s pilot program to full capacity…

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Minnesota Timberwolf Kris Dunn gives back

Minnesota Timberwolf, Kris Dunn and joined forces with Urban Strategies’ Green Garden Bakery Program to make veggie desserts. The program helps youth learn about gardening, the environment and business. Dunn, the number 5 draft pick, had been drafted by the Timberwolves for less than 48 hours when he jumped into serving the Minneapolis community! Read…

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