Letter from the Executive Director  
As I write this, a number of your Voices program staff are in Seattle for the 2017 National CASA conference. There is no better backdrop for our conference week than Seattle, the city where it all began in 1977. The experience has been incredible. We've had guest speakers to include J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, Michaela Periera, host of HLN's new two-hour daily news program, and one of five adopted girls in her family's household, Giovan Bazan, a former foster youth who was abused, neglected and abandoned, and Judge David Soukup (retired) who began the national CASA effort in his court in 1977. Forty years after Judge Soukup began the CASA movement millions of children have had their stories told, their voices heard. This year's theme has been "Building Brighter Futures for America's Children", and you have been a very important part of building this future for the children in foster care in the greater St. Louis area. A child who has experienced abuse and/or neglect has the support of a caring, consistent adult with the training and tenacity to get results. This person is you, the Court Appointed Special Advocate. On behalf of the 1,500 conference attendees, national and state staff, our 900+ local organizations, the St. Louis Voices For Children staff and me, please accept our heartfelt thanks for all that you do for the children.
 
Steve Moergen
Executive Director  
 
Continuing Education
Opportunities to Earn Your Annual CE Credits
 
Volunteer CE Libraries
 
Author J.D. Vance addressed the National CASA Conference this year talking about his book Hillbilly Elegy, a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis-that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.  Hillbilly Elegy is one of the books most recently added to our CE library.  There are libraries in both offices, click here to see the list of books available.  Before stopping by to pick up your book, call the office to make sure that it is available.
 
National Court Appointed Special Advocates (NCASA)
 
You can also find information about topics ranging from Educational Advocacy to Cultural Competence/Diversity on NCASA website.  Click here to see the range of resources available to you as a CASA volunteer.
 
Contact Cheryl Latham, Director of Volunteer Programs at cdlatham@voices-stl.org or 314-615-4543 if you have questions.
Advocacy Resources 
Books, Websites and Relevant Info for Your CASA Work

It's Your Birthday, Inc.
Providing children with fun birthday memories 
 
Create a fun and memorable birthday experience for children that reside in homeless and domestic violence shelters and residential facilities.  Birthday celebration options include:

Birthday Party:
  • cake, ice cream, juice, treat bags, decorations, birthday card, games and entertainment

Birthday-in-a-class:

  • cupcakes for the birthday child and their classmates

Birthday-in-a-box:

  • decorations and gift card to purchase cake and ice cream

All birthday children receive a Happy Birthday Build-a-Bear or a gift card from Target, Walmart, Dollar General or Dollar Tree.


 

Rolanda Finch

info@itsyourbirthdayinc.org

www.itsyourbirthdayinc.org

 PO Box 2222

Florissant, MO  63033

314.623.8301


 

 
STL Youth Jobs Summer 2017
Application Available

STL Youth Jobs provides meaningful paid employment, job readiness training and financial literacy training.  STL Youth Jobs is a cross-sector collaboration made up of a diverse group of civic, corporate and community stakeholders.  STL Youth Jobs strives to bridge the divide between the challenges facing our region's youth and the growing demands of our local workforce.
 
Details:
  • Accepting youth 16-24
  • St. Louis City and County residents
  • Must show birth certificate or Social Security Card and a picture ID and a piece of mail to verify address
  • Family income documentation
  • Accepted applicants are required to have a bank account or will be provided with assistance to open an account during the intake process.

Apply online at www.stlyouthjobs.org/apply.

For questions contact Jerica Robinson at jrobinson@mersgoodwill.org or 314-982-8883.

 


CASA Speaker's Bureau Engagements

Voices for Children has a newly-formed Speakers Bureau of CASAs who are ready to share Voices' mission with the community!

If you know of opportunities for speaking engagements with your company, place of worship, or organizations to which you belong, Voices' Manager of Volunteer Engagement, Kelly Edwards, is eager to hear from you! Please contact Kelly at 314.615.4594 or  kledwards@voices-stl.org
Program Dashboard
Statistics as of February 28, 2017

208

Voices CASA volunteers
289

kids served by Voices CASA volunteers and staff
353

kids served by Voices staff
642

total kids served by Voices


Coming Events

Thursday, April 27
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

Join us for this outstanding evening featuring keynote speaker Ashley Rhodes-Courter; survivor, mom, child welfare activist, and author of Three Little Words.

Presentation of the 2017 Community Superhero Award to Sue Engelhardt, along with a cocktail reception, raffle items, dinner, program, and more!

Register online at www.voices-stl.org/gala