The Soul Fisher Ministries and UMSL are teaming up to host the AGAPE Reentry Program Successful Second Chances Employer Panel. This free event will take place on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley.
As we continue to focus on the almost 7 million people impacted by the criminal justice system, opportunities like this give reentry professionals the chance to look for ways local communities can embrace this population. Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed will give a keynote on the benefits of livable wages and share the win-win behind hiring justice-involved individuals. Participants will also get the chance to hear from justice-involved individuals who have defied the odds of success in spite of having felony convictions and from employers who gave them a chance.
More than 400 reentry professionals came together to master "Managing the Balance." The 2019 Missouri Reentry Conference's keynote speakers and breakout session presenters helped professionals realize what it takes to take care of themselves, especially after handling traumatic situations with justice-involved individuals. The 14th annual reentry conference was co-hosted by ARCHS, Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Social Services, and Family & Community Trust.
The reentry conference featured several new activities for professionals this year. A huge accomplishment for hosts was turning the conference 100% paperless. Participants used a customized smartphone app to interact with presenters, take surveys, network, and share photos of the conference through their eyes. There were also new hands-on demonstrations surrounding workforce development to show how justice-involved individuals are being trained for manufacturing jobs using virtual reality goggles and the sensory experience to understand inmates with mental health disorders.
You can view ARCHS' entire album of 2019 Reentry Conference Photos here.
Next year's conference is set for November 4-6, 2020 at The Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO. If you are interested in participating on a deeper level, keep an eye out for the call for sponsors, exhibitors, and presenters this spring.
The 2018 Missouri Reentry Conference, held on Nov. 14 - 16 was a resounding success. The conference sold out prior to the opening day with 450 registered attendees.
Anne Precythe, Director of Missouri Department of Corrections and Rob Dixon, Director of Missouri Economic Development, kicked off the conference by sharing insights into the challenges of securing employment for justice involved individuals and the importance that has in creating safer communities.
The conference was structured around the central theme of “Networks Building Success.” Fruitful partnerships were highlighted through videos that examined various MODOC partnerships in several correctional centers and Missouri communities. Additionally, to foster more of these relationships MODOC hosted regional breakout sessions that encouraged communication between regional organizations that serve justice-involved individuals, with a special emphasis on employers.
New to the conference this year was a specialized meeting app. Participants downloaded the app at registration and used it to curate their conference experience over the three days. The progression towards modernizing the conference led to an easier facilitation of sessions and inspired networking and sharing of information and resources.
ARCHS serves as the managing organizer of the conference and co-hosts the annual event with The Family and Community Trust, Missouri Department of Corrections, and Missouri Department of Social Services
The following stats highlight the success of this year’s conference: