Hodiamont Tracks Cleanup

The Hodiamont Tracks cleanup event was a success. Almost 300 people came out. Congressman Clay, the Mayor, 4 different Aldermen, and a multitude of neighborhood associations and youth groups came as teams. Keeping it clean with SLACO!

Judith Arnold, Sundy Whiteside, Con. Clay, Ald. Navarro, and Mayor Krewson
SLACO Board President Sundy Whiteside with Ald. Todd and volunteers
Volunteer sign in
Great turn out everyone!

Touring the Divided City

How Neighborhoods United for Change transforms St. Louis into a journey toward equity.

As we drove by properties and land slated for development, St. Louis residents, black and white from north and south, expressed frustration the type of development that centered property and profit over people. Kim Jayne told me: “The way development was done is that people were moved out and then new people were brought in [with] higher income. A lot of people here could have really benefited from that economic development.” In these elicitations, the tour crystalized resident responses to recent development projects, including frustration at how city officials have often ceded to private developers without considering resident needs.

Very nice essay from 2016 on #NU4Change.

Neighborhood Leadership Academy

More than 300 community leaders from throughout the St. Louis region have participated in the Neighborhood Leadership Academy, learning the skills and building the networks to create whole communities. The Academy provides hands-on leadership training that emphasizes community building principles, organizational leadership and management practices, and personal leadership skills.

  • 11 sessions, September 9-November 18, 2019
  • Academy sessions are held on select Mondays

Each year the NLA brings together a diverse group of current or potential neighborhood leaders who are actively involved in their neighborhoods and represent communities from throughout the St. Louis region. Academy participants may be municipal elected officials, neighborhood association members, community-based organization staff, or resident volunteers.

The NLA provides hands-on neighborhood leadership training that emphasizes community building strategies and principles, project planning, and organizational & personal leadership practices. Class dates: September 9 through November 18, 2019. Scholarship deadline: August 9. Early registration deadline ($390): August 23.

Register online here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egcfe8yed0f73aa

Piano Recital

Young Piano Group Performance!

SLACO is active in programs big and small, throughout St. Louis.  One of the smaller (and cuter!) programs is our Young Piano Group.  This year's artists just had a performance on May 22nd.  Take a look!

Community Change Grant from America Walks



Contact: Kevin B. McKinney, Executive Director

St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO)






ST. LOUIS, April 30, 2019—The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) is honored to receive one of 20 Community Change Micro Grants awarded by America Walks for use in 2019. The grant program supports local efforts to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active for all community members. Since its beginning in 2015, this grant program has provided funds for a variety of projects demonstrating the creativity and passion of walking champions across the U.S.

SLACO was selected from over 600 applications for projects that demonstrate the passion, creativity, and commitment of local walking champions. With support from partners, including the Juliet Ashby Hillman Foundation, Lyft, the Missouri Health Foundation, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), and WalkBoston, 20 projects will be supported in 2019. Awardees will work with America Walks and other members of the Every Body Walk! Collaborates will successfully complete their projects and share their lessons with other community change agents. While the projects and programs work to improve walkability, the results of each grant will have a positive change on many areas of that community.

“Through our work, we know that when local community change agents work to get their neighborhood on the walking path, great things happen,” said Executive Director Kate Kraft. “Each of these grantees has a vision of how improving conditions for walking can lead to healthier communities. Our hope is that the work of these grantees will inspire action across the US to create communities where all can be active, healthy, and engaged.”

SLACO will be promoting a campaign promoting the benefits of walking. The strategy will focus specifically on the health benefits of walking to residents that do not incorporate walking or regular exercise into their daily lives. The successful implementation of this project will bring long-term health benefits and provide additional opportunities for community residents to come together in becoming change agents in a manner that they have never considered.

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About America Walks: America Walks is a 20-year-old national non-profit organization dedicated to empowering communities and advocates to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active for all. The organization provides its diverse network of over 30,000 advocates and hundreds of local, state, and national organizations, with the tools, resources, and experts needed to build capacity, gain experiences, and successfully promote walking and walkability. Learn more at www.americawalks.org

About St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO): SLACO is a 40-year-old organization that serves as an umbrella and coalition for the neighborhood associations in the St. Louis metropolitan area.  The 30 grassroots neighborhood groups that are SLACO members learn from and network with one another, and may take direct action where appropriate and necessary to create a desirable urban environment. SLACO’s mission is to improve the quality of life for residents and stakeholders of neighborhoods in the St. Louis region through community-based initiatives, citizen empowerment, and neighborhood organizing. SLACO is located at 5888 Plymouth Avenue, 63112. The phone number is 314-361-9406. The website is www.slaco-mo.org.