Special Spotlight: In memory of De’Andre Goodson

One of the trainees participating in the YouthBuild KCK program was 5 years old when he saw his first murder in Juniper Gardens, the area where the YouthBuild KCK facility is located. After years of seeing such senseless violence, YouthBuild trainees show a range of emotions– apathy, defeat, depression, anger. That was until their friend…

YouthBuild trip empowers trainees to build the future of their communities

YouthBuild KCK trainees recently took a day trip to St. Louis, Missouri to hear Dorothy Stoneman, the founder and CEO of YouthBuild USA Inc., speak at University of Washington St. Louis. Stoneman addressed the trainees and other young people from Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois, with a speech titled “Beyond Ferguson: Empowering Low-Income Young People to…

We have new people!

Meet the new members of our United Way of Wyandotte County and YouthBuild KCK teams. These staff members were asked to talk about why they are excited about their new position, along with picking their favorite quote of the moment, and of course- their favorite place in “The Dotte.” United Way of Wyandotte County Todd…

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…