Prepared Youth

Next generation ready for career and life success

The Next Generation Ready for Career and Life Success


School-age children and young people meet academic and developmental milestones that ultimately lead to success in college/workforce training, career and life.


  • School-age children and youth access expanded learning opportunities to gain the social and emotional competencies that contribute to academic achievement, positive relationship building, and the ability to compromise and adapt to changing situations.
  • Children and youth gain awareness or early experiences of the career opportunities that build hope, skills and aptitudes that lead to a productive, successful future in today’s workforce.
  • Older youth and young adults access the supports needed to successfully transition to career and adult success.
  • Children and youth access positive youth development opportunities that build strong relationships with caring adults.
  • Children and youth who experience trauma, abuse and neglect access the needed community supports to thrive.

Our Work

Career and Life Success

Quality Matters

Motivating children and youth for learning success by deepening the quality of out-of-school time learning opportunities. This region-wide, quality improvement system includes 50 plus current sites and continues to grow.

College & Career Savings Accounts

Creating the opportunity for older youth who might never set a postsecondary goal to save for, enroll and persist in college or career training through coaching by a dozen community partners on budgeting, savings and goal setting.

After-school and Summer Programs

Career Pathways for School-age Youth Programs

Services for Transition-age Youth Programs

Youth Development and Mentoring Programs

Child/youth Trauma and Abuse Programs - Advocacy, Intervention and Treatment

My Very Own Library author spotlight: Diana López

It’s not every day that a child has the opportunity to visit with the authors of some of the most popular kids’ books.

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literacy program helps students create their own home libraries

My Very Own Library initiative will provide 35,850 new books to children at nine area public schools.

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United Way Spotlight: Amy Barrett

#LoadsofLoveKC began in 2016 as a special Giving Tuesday campaign to positively change school attendance culture in our community.

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PY Courtney

Courtney's Story

Giving a teenager high-quality resources outside the classroom change a life. It has for Courtney Calhoun.

“These programs open the door to a world of possibilities,” she says. 

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