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Our Initiatives

Beyond our regular work, we concentrate on a few specific initiatives that have been proven to create impactful, long-term results.

These initiatives support the Health, Education and Financial Stability of every Kansas Citian. They require partnership and dedication from civic leaders to remain thriving.

Choice Neighborhood

Choice Neighborhoods

The CNI focuses on the replacement of a Housing Authority of Kansas City public housing development in KCMO through a People, Housing, and Neighborhood Strategy.

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Emergency Assistance

Emergency Assistance

We serve our community and make emergency assistance such as utility assistance food/shelter programs available through a variety of sources.

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Family Empowerment Initiative

Family Empowerment Initiative

This collective impact, 2-generation approach helps young students in families that have become homeless, are at risk of homelessness or have a history of frequent moves.

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Financial Opportunity

Financial Opportunity Center Network

The pathway out of poverty is a job that pays a living wage and provides benefits, along with education, training and other supports. This initiative helps make that possible.

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Launch

LAUNCH

This college and career savings program provides individual development accounts—matched savings accounts for low-income youth pursuing postsecondary education. 

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Project Spark

Project SPARK

Project SPARK is a kindergarten readiness partnership between the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools and five community nonprofit organizations, including UWGKC.

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Promise 1000

Promise 1000

Promise 1000 connects this region’s families experiencing low income and other life stressors to supports that optimize the first 1000 days of life for young children.

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RSVP

RSVP

This initiative enriches the lives of older adults by connecting them with meaningful and rewarding community volunteer experiences that create community impact.

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Start Young

Start Young

This collaboration is designed to improve child care in Wyandotte County, increasing access to high-quality, full-day, full-year child care for working families.

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Student Attendance Initiative

Student Attendance Initiative

This initiative aims to reduce educational inequities by maximizing students’ learning time in collaboration with school districts and community partners.

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Success By Six

Success By Six

Success By 6 Resource Centers aim to ensure our youngest learners are healthy, safe, nurtured and enter school ready to succeed.

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Get Help - Free Tax Preparation

VITA

Highly trained volunteers provide free tax preparation services to low- and moderate-income households in the Kansas City metro area.

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Youth Build

YouthBuild

YouthBuild KCK is a champion of opportunity youth, helping build the skill sets and mindsets that lead to employability, community leadership, and positive change.

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