What is YouthBuild KCK?

In the YouthBuild KCK program, low-income young people (ages of 16-24) work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing. Emphasis is placed on providing supportive services in a variety of areas to eliminate barriers and help participants earn an income to support themselves and their community. Students…

Inspire One; Impact Many

By Hannah Bruins, Resource Development Intern I was an observer for most of my life. I was always the shy kid hiding behind my mom, refusing to do anything that seemed a little scary. Then, in high school I met my hero, Sylvia. She made me realize the beauty of fully partaking in everyday life….

Play60- Take the healthy kids pledge

Kids with access to healthy food options and regular physical activity feel better and perform better in school and life. That’s one of the reasons United Way has teamed up with NFL PLAY 60 to get more kids active and healthy. 60 minutes of play a day- that is all it takes! The latest research…

Talk, read and play, with your child every day

By Jennifer Traffis, Director of Children & Family Services A few years ago a group of committed early childhood education representatives, advocates and experts came together to answer the question: What do we want parents in Kansas City to know about how they can help their children succeed? Here was the answer: parents should talk,…

Fundraiser Diaries

By Joy Richardson, Vice President of Resource Development & Community Involvement On a hot day in early August…. “Oh,” she said in that ‘I pity you’ tone of voice, “It is getting to be that time of year.” “What do you mean?” I said. “Well, that time when you have to go ask people for…