Apr 18 2017

St. Louis ReCAST to Kick Off Regional Efforts on Saturday, April 22, 2017

St. Louis ReCAST – a grant-funded effort to promote community well-being – is holding its public kick-off meeting on Saturday, April 22, at 11:00 a.m. at the O’Fallon Rec Center at 4343 W. Florissant Drive (63115).

The St. Louis ReCAST project is being funded by a 5-year, $4.7 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that was awarded to the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health last year. St. Louis County’s Office of Community Empowerment helped secure the grant. Partners in the effort include the St. Louis City Department of Health, the Saint Louis Mental Health Board, and over 70 other local agencies, not-for-profits, and municipalities

“The ReCAST grant is great example of regional cooperation that is helping us find solutions to longstanding problems in our communities,” County Executive Steve Stenger said.

The project will focus on the St. Louis Promise Zone – a federally-designated area in North St. Louis City and County that encompasses 11 wards in North St. Louis City and 28 municipalities in North St. Louis County. Priorities for ReCAST include:

 violence prevention;
 youth engagement;
 peer support;
 mental health; and,
 trauma-informed care.

Each year, St. Louis ReCAST will allocate $650,000 to community microprojects in the Promise Zone that address ReCAST priorities. All the funds will be awarded through a community-based, participatory budgeting process that will include residents from the targeted communities. The meeting on April 22, 2017, is to begin the process of selecting the community delegates that will make the funding decisions for the first year of the effort.

Anyone who lives in the Promise Zone is eligible to be a community delegate, provided they are at least 11 years old (parental permission will be required for those under 18). Those selected to be community delegates will be eligible for childcare and transit passes as needed.

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