This series of courses has been designed to help small business owners, nonprofits, neighborhood associations and others work develop their online presence. Our time in each session will be split evenly between learning via the courses and working on our individual projects in a peer group.
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Community art festival with a celebration
The project is designed to teach leadership using the tools of political structure. Each participant will be given the opportunity to lead in project management, make descisions about financial commitments, how volunteers or staff will be used, and every other detail of the project assigned. Some positions will be appointed and some will be aquired through an election process.
Story Time for Preschoolers provided an opportunity to introduce young children, ages 3 to 5, to great award-winning, age appropriate books. Children gathered for 90 minutes each Tuesday as their instructor and youth interns read aloud award-winning, age appropriate books. Art, music, and physical activity were incorporated throughout the program time. Middle and high school students were identified and were trained to assist the instructor with planning the program activities; reading to the children; and helping with art, music, physical exercise activities and serving snacks.
The Troost Coalition project is a neighborhood initiated and led planning effort to control development that has contributed to the stagnation of Troost between 24th Street on the North to Volker Boulevard on the South for the last 60 years. The first phase, a Zoning Use Overlay, was passed by KCMO City Council in December 2014. The second and current phase is creating design standards to be used as a guideline for new developments and major rehabilitation projects.
This is a multi-faceted lawn-care program that improves the neighborhood appearance, promotes physical activity, and instructs and mentors youth in operating a small business.
Kansas City Community Gardens will construct a shade shelter at the Ivanhoe-Richardson Community Garden at the closed Richardson Elementary School at 3514 Park. With over 40 raised beds and plots, this garden is almost fully rented each year. The shade structure will provide a gathering space for gardeners to rest and socialize, creating stronger relationships in the community. It will also be a venue for community events and garden workshops.
The Hope, Heritage, and History through the Arts Project will provide learning and training opportunities that foster an appreciation of African American history and culture through the arts to socially, philosophically, and culturally address issues that have been created due to a history of disinvesment. The Project will foster a connection between history, the present, and the future by providing monthly learning opportunities and skill-building training workshops that will help the community explore and interpret African American history through the visual and performing arts.
Our goal is to help promote digital literacy and help bridge what is known as the Digital Divide. Low-income citizens are often unable to afford computers and lack access to digital skills. Connecting For Good offers free classes that teach people a variety of computer skills. We teach everything from the basics of how a computer works, how to use the internet, all the way to using programs like Excel and Microsoft Word. We also sell refurbished computers for as low as $50.
The purpose of this project is to provide services for ex-offenders (men) to help them be reintegrated into society for the sake of their families, communities, and society. We currently teach offenders in Brothers in Blue each week to prepare them for coming out, being positive, productive contributors to society and to help prevent a relapse into crime. A house has been donated in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood.