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    Thank you to all the attendees and presenters from this year's inaugural AlignSTL! We heard great feedback from the event and look forward to continuing the great work that was started at the conference!

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    It’s time for a united approach that helps our young people grow, develop and succeed.

     AlignSTL began with the realization that schools, businesses and service organizations are working hard to support kids in our region, but are often unaware of what opportunities exist or unsure of how to develop strategic partnerships. As a result, ideas never get off the ground, partnerships are short-lived and we’re still struggling to serve the needs of our students.

     It’s time to get educators and community organizations together because we know that together there isn’t a problem we can’t solve! You will leave this conference with new strategies and partnerships to tackle the issues at hand.

     This is only the beginning of creating a dialogue and engaged network that will create a community that is committed to improving the overall health and readiness of our region’s children. We’re going to leave with a plan of action and create a framework that will enable continued conversations and collaboration after the conference ends.

     This conference is for you if…

    • You are a champion for children
    • You want to be part of creating a better St. Louis
    • You want to learn about innovative partnerships in our region that can be replicated or adapted to your setting
    • You work in a school and want to create new partnerships with outside organizations/agencies
    • You work in a service agency and want to find innovative ways to partner with schools

     The first day of the conference will focus on gaining new insight into the region’s “state of the child”.  Learn what’s working across our region including how organizations have created strategic partnerships and used innovative approaches to address a young person’s ability to meet life’s responsibilities. 

    The following day we’re going to put our key takeaways from day 1 to work! Collaborate with others to design innovative frameworks to improve the overall health and well-being of the children in our region.  Leave with a plan of action and an engaged network to create a stronger system of support for our area’s children. 

    Be inspired by our keynote speakers! We’ll kick-off the conference hearing why this work is so important. Michael McGill, Jr. will share how his life was transformed because of the support networks that were made available to him during his youth. After hearing his story, you’ll be ready to ensure that this work continues to stay in the forefront of everything we do!

    Michael McGill Michael McGill, Jr. is an accomplished empowerment speaker, best-selling author, award-winning teen and family intervention counselor, and TV personality who has been featured on both local and national networks. With a strong background in urban education, conflict resolution and a graduate background in family development (psychology), Michael has a robust passion for empowering teens and families to overcome obstacles and live healthy lives.

    We’ll end the conference on a high note with the inspiring words of Amy Hunter. She will help us think creatively and encourage us to keep conversations and collaboration going long after the conference concludes. St. Louis and our students deserve it!

    Amy Hunter Amy Hunter is the Manager of Diversity and Inclusion for St. Louis Children’s Hospital and is charged with leading diversity and inclusion strategies, implementation and measurement for the hospital.  Hunter has over 20 years of experience in the corporate, education and nonprofit community.  She is known for “The Talk” which was incorporated in her TEDx Talk “Lucky Zip Codes”.


    Are you ready to join AlignSTL?

    And who are you going to bring with you?


    Wednesday, March 7 & Thursday, March 8

    J.C. Penney Conference Center at UMSL


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    Thank you to the UMSL College of Education for their support and

    providing us with a venue for the inaugural AlignSTL Conference!


    AlignSTL is a collaborative effort of EducationPlus and their resources, CharacterPlus and the St. Louis RPDC, and Ready by 21.