2018 Grant-Match Agencies

12th Street Heritage

Award Amount: $80,000

Summary: 12th Street Heritage’s Mentor KC is an after school program for youth ages 10 to 21. The program exposes them to activities centered on personal development and intervention strategies for success. Activities include life skills training, sex education, teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol awareness, techniques to handle post-traumatic stress, and tutoring for academic success. Mentor KC is a mentoring program whose primary purpose is providing positive influences and role models to youth residing in single family homes, youth with incarcerated parent(s), or youth that has been identified as “at risk” due to social and economic barriers.

Amethyst Place

Award Amount: $18,000

Summary: The Family Self-Sufficiency program uses rapid employment and on-the-job training to help single mothers find meaningful employment that becomes a foundation to building her self-esteem and a vision for a different, better life for her and her children. She gains job experience and skills, growing in self-confidence, while getting necessary supports to advance her own education. The program places women in recover in a job between the hours of 8AM and 5PM when their children are in high quality early childhood and after school programs. In addition to rapid employment, a key feature of the program is on-the-job mentoring and personal mentors through the EnCompass program.

ArtsTech

Award Amount: $80,000

Summary: ArtsTech's Color It – Art, Rap, Peace, and Justice Program is to reduce/eliminate violence and substance abuse among troubled young people, ages 13-24, in Kansas City's most crime-ridden neighborhoods. Our young people are struggling to graduate from high school with nearly 40% dropping out, our target population has extensive contact with law enforcement and the justice system (78%), mostly minority males (73%), and according to the KCMO Health Department most likely to die seven years before their white male counterparts. ArtsTech will change this narrative by using fine arts strategies to deliver strength-based interventions to change behavior that will result in a healthier life.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City 

Award Amount: $80,000

Summary: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City provides youth from some of our community’s toughest neighborhoods with a safe environment and positive outlets. The SMART Moves program is an age-specific, progressive program focused on providing club member with resistance training in the areas of substance abuse, violence, peer pressure, bullying, media influence and other potentially damaging behaviors.  They have broadened the bully prevention component of the program, introducing more depth and attention to cyber-bullying and incorporating technology into all aspects of the program. The teen members create campaigns that include issues such as violence in their neighborhoods, drugs use, safe use of social media, cyberbullying, and other topics deemed pertinent.


Center School District

Award Amount: $22,500

Summary: Keep Kids in School identifies students who are at risk of having poor attendance and working with their families to overcome barriers in regards to attendance. The program is also to help ensure that once a high risk student is at school, they receive the support necessary to be successful. A lot of their students experience significant trauma and they need support from a team of professionals at school to recognize the impact of that trauma and to help the student develop resiliency strategies to overcome that impact.

Community Service League

Award Amount: $40,500

Summary: Community Service League is partnering with Preservation of Affordable Housing on a violence reduction initiative at Hawthorne Place Apartments, which is a high-risk area. At-risk youth and adults will be connected with a one-on-one financial/employment coach. The coach will work to help youth and adults move from unemployed to employed, and once working, will help them set goals related to their finances. Their goal is to build a thriving and working community, with goals and dreams for the future.

Crittenton Children’s Center

Award Amount: $63,000

Summary: Crittenton’s Co-occurring Disorders Program for Adolescents (CODA) is a residential option for youth ages 12 to 18 with mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse. The purpose of CODA is to provide integrated treatment for youth with co-occurring disorders. The psychiatrist provides a diagnosis and manages any medications needed to treat individual conditions. A team of therapists, nurses, and other professionals provide aligned intervention including individual and group therapies using a cognitive-behavioral approach, self-help, and 12-Step groups.

Della Lamb

Award Amount: $30,000

Summary: Della Lamb Youth Services are designed to prevent crime and drug involvement, as well as reinforce youth to stay in school, by offering positive alternative activities for at-risk Kansas City youth, ages 7 to 17. Della Lamb Youth programs offer year-round league athletics, including football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, track/field, etc. Their program offer kids tutoring and homework help, as well as youth leadership development using the “Changing Scenes” curriculum. The Changing Scenes curriculum requires small-group, adult-facilitated, but, student-lead activities and discussion groups to explore issues faced by teens such as self-discovery, peer relationships, values, making choices, consequences, personal goal-setting, volunteer service activities, and more. Della Lamb programs consist of adult role model/mentors who reinforce behaviors which are drug preventive, violence preventive, pregnancy preventive, and which reinforce staying in school. The adults teach conflict resolution, anger management, group relationship team-building, and other strength building

First Call

Award Amount: $33,750

Summary: Recovery Advocacy program (formerly known as KCROSC) is a collaborative service delivery model meant to increase sustainability of recovery for uninsured and underserved people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders residing in the greater Kansas City area.  Advocates will work at First Call to answer crisis calls and provide appropriate referral to community services, conduct streamlined assessment and screening for co-occurring disorders and trauma, provide consistent one-on-one follow up recovery support to clients, and services are delivered on-site at First Call or out in the community; advocates travel to meet client need. Recovery Advocacy outcomes include decreased substance use, increased engagement of person in treatment, increased sustainability of recovery, and improved infrastructure between agencies for clients.

Full Employment Council

Award Amount: $15,000

Summary: The Full Employment Council’s (FEC) Work Connections Program will serve youth and young adult ex-offenders who are 18 to 24 years old. The program will provide educational and employment skills and access to job training for at-risk youth and young adult ex-offenders to obtain sustainable and meaningful education, occupational skills training, and employment opportunities.

Healing House

Award Amount: $57,000

Summary: The Healing House Substance Use Disorder Resource and Referral Call Line (Call Line) program will help prevent violence across Kansas city by helping those suffering from a substance use disorder (SUD) or those in recovery who are struggling to remain abstinent link to appropriate and effective programs and services within our community that stop drug abuse. In addition the Call Line will provide resources for programs to friends and families of individuals with SUD so they can best support their loved ones through recovery and continued abstinence. The Call Line will be answered by Healing House Recovery Liaisons who are trained as Missouri Recovery Support Service Peers (MRSS-P), individuals who are in long term recovery from SUD and are trained peer mentors. Callers will be linked to treatment programs, therapeutic services, 12-step programs, addiction recovery programs, relapse prevention programs and other support services as needed. Recovery Liaisons will continue to follow up with callers and program participants weekly to provide the greatest opportunity for linkage to services, continued program participation and recovery.

High Aspiration

Award Amount: $20,000

Summary: High Aspirations (HA) is a home-grown Kansas City, MO, non-profit organization, providing a proactive mentoring program to address the social, emotional, academic and spiritual needs of African American males ages 8-18 in the city's urban core. Preventing negative behaviors is an essential message delivered throughout HA programs and will continue to focus on violence prevention. HA remains committed to evidence-based strategies continuously evolving to adopt updated and enhanced programs most appropriately suited to serving Kansas City's at-risk, African American male youth.

Housing Authority

Award Amount: $29,250

Summary: Pemberton Park Supportive Services Program targets grandparents who have legal custody of their grandchildren and/or or foster children. The program provides case management, income supports, therapeutic interventions, health and wellness activities, exercise and nutrition classes, and youth development opportunities all onsite at the Pemberton Park for grand families development, the only housing specifically targeting custodial grandparents and their minor charges. Outcomes include positive gains in health and wellness with structured exercise and nutrition, parenting classes, families taking part in onsite counseling and case management services, and grandchildren regularly attending tutoring and mentoring after-school program.

Jackson County CASA

Award Amount: $67,500

Summary: Jackson County CASA’s Drug Court/Family Court Advocacy Program serves abused and neglected children in the Jackson County Family Court system who are brought under jurisdiction due to parental substance abuse. This program works directly with the Jackson County Drug Court; and this special court is designed to work with families affected by drug addiction, assists the parent(s) to become sober, places the child in a safe living environment, and results in family reunification. The Drug Court/Family Court Advocacy Program specifically provides support for violence prevention, drug use reduction, and prevention of drug use in drug-exposed children.

Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission

Award Amount: $9,375

Summary: The Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission (KCMCC) and the Second Chance Program (SC) partners with Missouri Probation & Parole to provide intensive, evidence based case management services to returning citizens from incarceration to Jackson County annually, with a focus on employment and housing assistance. The Second Chance Training Program has coordinated with the National Institute of Corrections since 2015 to deliver nationally recognized evidence based practices. Our Second Chance Training Program will focus on providing 50-60 re-entry direct service practitioners in Jackson County with Re-entry Employment Specialist (RES) training. With employment being one of the most substantial indicators to reducing crime and recidivism, we believe that increasing the capability of those professionals serving the Jackson County offender population with the latest in employment assistance service training will directly address violence prevention while lowering recidivism rates through providing more effective coaching, advocacy and overall reentry assistance.

Kansas City Police Athletic League

Award Amount: $12,000

Summary: Police Athletic League of KCPD (PAL) offers youth the opportunity to interact with police officers in a positive setting while participating in cultural, mentoring and sports programs with an academic emphasis. PAL serves as a constructive alternative to anti­social behavior and boredom during the developmental years. Programming currently includes weekday afternoon/evening operation of the PAL center through sports leagues, cultural activities, tutoring and, within all activities, a life skills curriculum presented by PAL officers. Youth are required to maintain a 2.0 grade point average or attend tutoring and make a good faith effort to raise their GPA. The program will provide youth with a safe, productive alternative to informal gatherings, loitering, and the risk factors associated with a lack of positive opportunities during spring and summer weekend free time, as well as with mentoring by members of the KCPD.

Kansas City Public Schools

Award Amount: $36,000

Summary: Kansas City Public Schools program offers restorative discipline training to the staff of the two Kansas City middle schools, Central and Northeast. This training will include ways for the staff to promote conflict resolution skills in students. This program will reduce school-discipline, suspension, and increase attendance and academic performance. The second phase of this program will focus on four selected high schools: Central, East, Northeast, and Southeast. Intelligence from law enforcement, including police contacts, will be combined with school information, such as truancy, academic performance and behavior to identify youth who might be close to violence. The high school program uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which aims at changing the way youth traditionally react to everyday situations that might place them in danger. In addition KC NoVA speakers will speak to high school students about the great toll of violence on individuals, their families, and the community.

Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault

Award Amount: $26,250

Summary: Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) is a program to help survivors of sexual abuse and assault, who are at high risk of using drugs and alcohol, to cope with devastating effect of sexual violence. In order to prevent substance abuse, MOCSA will provide individual and group counseling to survivors of sexual assault and child sexual abuse to decrease symptoms of trauma and thereby reduce the risk of using substances to manage the trauma of sexual violence.


Morning Star Development Corporation, Inc.

Award Amount: $26,000

Summary: Morning Star Development Corporation, Inc.’s (MSDC) Kansas City Municipal Court Probation Based Programs and Services will expand its community outreach to include greater enhancements of the court services in attempt to help clients with issues they are suffering through with regard to housing, relocation assistance, job placement or substance abuse recommendations, transportation, domestic violence, child care, utility service assistance, mortgage deed or liens issues, tenant management assistance and or facilitation to resolve issues, referral to legal aid, serve as an advocate on request to state for Blind pension, social security state and federal assistance, intervention with HUD regulations or KCHA evictions, assisting felons with reentry efforts with family, jobs and support agencies.


Newhouse

Award Amount: $15,000

Summary: The Newhouse Substance Abuse Recovery Program provides services to victims of domestic violence seeking safety and shelter. Studies show that substance abuse and domestic violence counseling must take place simultaneously to effectively achieve individual personal progress towards living healthy, self-directed lifestyles. The threat of abuse often interferes with a victim's ability to achieve or maintain abstinence-and continued substance use, in turn, interferes with effectively eliminating the abuse. Program goals are to achieve abstinence from drug use, encourage participation in Newhouse education and employment preparation programs, provide mental health counseling to support substance abuse counseling and improve supportive relationships, coach individual recognition of trigger responses, and encourage participants to remain in the shelter long enough to achieve optimal progress towards achieving use reduction with the ultimate goal of abstinence.

ReDiscover

Award Amount: $80,000

Summary: ReDiscover serves residents of Jackson County. ReDiscover provides residential treatment, residential services (room and board), intensive outpatient, individual and group counseling, group education, family therapy, and community support. Additional services include medical detoxification services, relapse counseling, recreational therapy, drug testing, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), psychiatric and medical evaluation, medication and laboratory services, crisis response, partial hospitalization, transportation, wellness, transitional housing, peer support, violence prevention education, and trauma support.

ReStart

Award Amount: $41,400

Summary: ReStart’s Youth Anti-Violence Program is an important violence reduction component delivered across the restart Youth Network (RYN) services including Street Outreach, Youth Emergency Shelter, Youth Transitional Living Program, and the Maternity Group Home. Domestic violence, child abuse, threats, physical abuse, and sexual abuse are often the cause of youth running away or being forced from their home. These youth are especially at-risk of experiencing dating violence and exploitative relationships with adults. The Relationship Advocate provides intensive and targeted prevention, intervention, and aftercare services to current and potential victims, as well as to perpetrators of relationship violence. They provide Safe Dates intervention in the youth shelter and in the community. The evidence-based Safe Dates intervention trains youth in problem-solving and healthy communication, recognizing unhealthy behaviors in relationships both with an intimate partner and with family members, and identifying and managing triggers that can lead to violence. The Relationship Advocate also provides group and individual counseling sessions.

Rosebrooks

Award Amount: $22,500

Summary: Rose Brooks Center’s Economic Advocacy Program serves victims of domestic violence. The program builds domestic violence victims’ resiliency by providing trauma-informed to those who have experienced domestic violence and are at high-risk of returning to the relationship if they are without the critical financial resources made available through the Economic Advocacy Program. Rose Brooks Center’s Economic Advocacy Program places a strong focus on the intersection of domestic violence and finances as well as on improving financial literacy and developing victims’ career potential, each of which builds resiliency and bolsters victims against future victimization from domestic violence perpetrators. The program facilitates financial literacy education and employment advocacy through individual and group sessions.


Sheffield Place

Award Amount: $22,500

Summary: Sheffield Place program implements anti-bullying/anti-violence education and strategies into its curriculum. The program provides supportive housing, treatment, and aftercare to homeless families with multiple needs including addiction, violence, mental illness, and legal involvement. Anti-bullying /violence prevention education will be integrated into parenting groups.

United Inner City Services

Award Amount: $60,000

Summary: St. Mark Center's new Stay, Play, and Learn Violence-Prevention Program, aims to break the intergenerational cycle of violence in young families and mitigate the secondary trauma that children and families experience as a result of grief and loss due to exposure to gun violence. This program is targeted to educate young parents, especially young fathers, in preventing violence and helping their children overcome the effects of trauma. While young parents understandably are apprehensive about discussing issues surrounding mental health or their experience of violence, they enter St. Mark Center's doors twice daily with a level of trust that often leads to disclosure regarding extenuating life circumstances. To cement these relationships, families participate annually in two parent-teacher conferences and two family-advocate-home visits. St. Mark Center has invested heavily in training its educators and family advocates in Trauma-informed Care, Conscious Discipline, Family Development Credentialing, Mental Health First Aid, and Motivational Interviewing. Stay, Play, and Learn Violence-Prevention Program expands our Art @ St. Mark Program, which brings children and parents together weekly in our vibrant maker space and art studio. This program increases the number of educational encounters and level of personal support already being provided.

Urban Rangers

Award Amount: $10,000

Summary: Urban Rangers Corps (URC) provides youth programming to boys and young men grades 7th-12th, ages 12 to 18, with a unique opportunity to develop the appropriate life skills necessary for them to become successful and contributing members of society. Their newest and most important project initiative is Overcoming Obstacles Curriculum mentoring sessions. The curriculum is organized into middle school and high school level programs, each beginning with the three fundamental skills on which all other skills can be built: communication, decision making, and goal setting. During their summer session, URC participants complete an intense 8-weeks of programming. The summer session is designed to provide boys and young men with employment while also teaching them character traits needed to be successful and contributing adults.

Whatsoever Community Center

Award Amount: $22,500

Summary: Whatsoever’s Youth and Family Services is a violence prevention/substance abuse program that provides support and opportunities for participants to achieve academic success and build a solid foundation for a productive future. The purpose of the program is to increase school success, self-esteem, social/life skills, and leadership, peer resistance, and build positive relationships with adults. Their program supports participants socially by providing activities to strengthen personal commitment against violence, drug use, self-control, conflict resolution, and self-efficacy, healthy peer relationships, and recreation. Youth/young adults can join the Whatsoever Boxing Club as well. The boxing club is an opportunity to learn discipline, perseverance, sportsmanship, and leadership. Individualized GED preparation services are also offered to youth/young adults. Earning a GED enables participants to be more competitive in the job market to gain further education or training need to further career interests.

Youth Ambassadors

Award Amount: $37,500

Summary: Youth Ambassadors (YA) serves undeserved teenagers, aged 14-18 years old, whom have a history of multiple trauma exposure and are at risk for violence, either as victims or perpetrators. Youth Ambassadors strength-based curriculum fosters resiliency by strengthening intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive competence: characteristics that interact with risk factors to reduce their influence on violent behavior. Through daily classes, students are taught core SEL competencies and protective factors; self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making to enhance their capacity to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges. Existing programming includes an eight-week summer intensive and an academic year Saturday academy. Students increase resiliency and develop competence, confidence, and character through participation in four classes daily: Life Skills, Writing, Art and either Health, Speech, Financial Literacy or Critical Consciousness.