GSGBC Dutchtown neighborhood plan

Work Begins at Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club in Dutchtown

Work has begun on the Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club (GSGBC) Dutchtown Satellite in the former St. Hedwig’s School on Pulaski Street. The expansion of neighborhood organizations, faith groups, and local businesses to serve as safe places for youth was a priority during development of the Gravois Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan. This project represents a step toward achieving that vision.

Neighborhood Plan

The Gravois Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods development plan covers the Benton Park West, Northeast Dutchtown, and Gravois Park neighborhoods. During the planning process, community members and leaders committed to improving the quality of life for young people living in the planning area. The plan includes strategies to break the cycle of poverty for youth through a “long-term, collaborative commitment from all sectors, including schools, government agencies, employers, and nonprofits.” The GSGBC will be a great addition to the neighborhood and standing symbol of that pledge.

The Gene Slay Girls and Boys Club

The mission of the GSGBC is to empower girls and boys in the St. Louis metropolitan area, especially those who are most in need, to realize their physical, intellectual, and emotional potential. The organization began serving St. Louis in 1929, taking on its current name in 2016. The GSGBC provides programs that meet the needs of at-risk youth through academics, leadership building, health, athletics, and the arts. You can donate to support their important work in south St. Louis.

Rise is serving as the development consultant for the project and provided support during the development of the neighborhood plan. Rise’s division for community planning offers a comprehensive approach to community development based on engagement with local residents and community leaders.

This important project has been made possible through the support of many community partners, volunteers, funders, and the City of St. Louis.

Learn More

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Rise YP 2020 Trivia Night – Virtual Pajama Party!

Join the Rise Young Professionals for our annual Trivia Night, which will be virtual for the first time in history! Get your popcorn ready and break out your onesie because it’s a PAJAMA PARTY! The event occurs on September 12, 2020, from 6:30 to 9 PM. Team up to support revitalization and affordable housing in the St. Louis metropolitan area! Teams consist of 4 to 8 people and each team will have their own breakout room in Zoom to privately confer on answers to trivia questions. Zoom links and instructions will be provided prior to the event. All participants are encouraged to wear pajamas, drink cocktails, nosh on snacks, and bring your A-game! Winning prize to be announced. Click the icon below to purchase tickets.

Interested in sponsorship? For more details click HERE.

Rise’s Statement of Support for Racial Justice

Rise Community Development joins with its colleagues in the community development field across the St. Louis region and the rest of the country in decrying the systemic racism in our society and the ongoing tragedy of racialized police violence. The violent deaths of Black Americans in encounters with police have proved to be the most recent impetus for public protests regarding racial inequalities in this country, drawing attention to the need for urgent and significant changes to law enforcement. However, the broader movement at hand recognizes that police violence comprises only a portion of the injustices that have harmed Black communities for over 400 years in this country and that all of them must end to achieve racial equity.

We acknowledge the truth that racism pervades not just law enforcement, but exists systematically throughout our society, including urban planning and housing policy, and has served to privilege White Americans. Through the intentionally racist and segregationist policies of redlining, exclusionary zoning, and discriminatory lending, many Black Americans have been denied opportunities to build family wealth. Combined, these practices have curtailed access to higher education, full participation in the economy, and overall financial health and stability for their families.

Our mission is to partner with communities to build stronger, more equitable St. Louis area neighborhoods. Now more than ever, we at Rise recognize that the work we do exists within a deeply unjust society and that we must recognize our power, privilege, and ensuing responsibility to dismantle systems of racial oppression.

We acknowledge that our work in housing and community development is imperfect and cannot serve as a panacea for the racial injustices at hand in our communities. However, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting equitable neighborhoods and racial justice both in our work with partners and internally within our organization by committing to becoming an anti-racist organization. We support strategic interventions that interrupt patterns of systemic oppression and seek full accountability to the communities of color with whom we work.

In solidarity,

Rise Board, Staff, and Volunteers