2018 Prevention Agencies

AdHoc Group Against Crime 

Award Amount: $38,500

Summary: AdHoc Group Against Crime’s Violence Prevention Services serves individuals and families affected by a homicide, witnesses to a violent crime, and victims of violent assault (such as stabbing or gunshot). The program also helps youth in Juvenile Detention to develop resistance to violence and drug use and to develop pro-social behaviors. The purpose of AdHoc Violence Prevention Services is to reduce violence and the impact of violent behavior within high crime, economically distressed neighborhoods of Jackson County. Services include free, trauma-and grief focused, in-home counseling by licensed counselors, counselor-facilitated support groups, case management, groups for youth in detention, and a Healing and Justice group to involve volunteers in our Trauma Response Team and other community-building activities.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

Award Amount: $85,000

Summary: Boys and Girls Club of GKC-Kansas City’s Smart Moves program is an age-specific, progressive, nationally recognized program focused on providing youth with resistance training in the areas of substance abuse, violence, peer pressure, bullying and other dangerous behaviors. The program introduces members to practical skills and resistance techniques through direct discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills, and analyzing and responding appropriately to media and peer influence. Smart Moves has broadened the bullying prevention component of the program, introducing more depth and attention to cyber-bully and incorporating technology into all aspects of the program.

Calvary Community Outreach Network

Award Amount: $19,200

Summary:Calvary Community Outreach Network’s Helping Youth Plan for Excellence (HYPE) recruits urban youth, ages 10-21, from local schools and faith based organizations. Participants work together to create meaningful messages promoting abstinence from drugs and alcohol, safe sex, and anti-violence, and family members are involved in a family substance abuse and violence workshop. The program culminates in a theatrical performance called “The Lot” featuring youth making decisions about sex, drugs and violence and dealing with the consequences. Drama, dance, rap, and vocal music are used to provide meaningful interaction with youth. This year program services expand to include a sequel to “The Lot” featuring a nationally acclaimed performer to reinforce the messages contained in the play. The strong anti-violence message will be incorporated.

Center for Conflict Resolution 

Award Amount: $38,500

Summary: Core Conflict Resolution Restorative Justice Initiative (CCR: RJ Initiative) is a three part re-entry focused intervention program for residents and staff in prison and halfway houses; returning citizens and youth who have caused harm and are at high risk for violence, and a select number of program participants who will engage in an RJ process for successful reentry to their school or community. Part 1 utilizes evidence based cognitive behavior change techniques, to effect thoughts, emotions and behavior, to help participants find helpful ways to deal with conflict before it escalates to violence. The curriculum covers conflict resolution, trauma awareness/resilience and anger management, through the lens of Restorative Justice. Part 2 brings the CORE curriculum to community organizations that serve citizens who have returned from prison and, a new component to this program, youth who have caused harm and are currently in alternative schools or programs in Jackson County. Part 3 is also new to this request and is known to assist those who have caused harm re-enter their community successfully. Re-entry circles or Family Group Conferences will engage family members, counselors and community members, identified by the participant, who commit to hold accountable, mentor, connect to resources and support the participant as they return to their community.

Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)

Award Amount: $35,000

Summary: Child Abuse Prevention Association’s (CAPA) Healthy Family Jackson County program (HFJC) is a voluntary, in-home visitation program open to families in Jackson County from the time they are expecting until children reach age three. CAPA case workers meet with families in their homes to provide parenting education, information on child development, child developmental assessments, and to facilitate connections to community resources. The goal of HFJC is to prevent family violence by increasing the awareness about the risks of substance and alcohol abuse and to help increase key protective such as family functioning, resiliency, social emotional support, concrete support, knowledge of child development and parenting, and nurturing and attachment.

Child Protection Center 

Award Amount: $44,000

Summary: The Child Protection Center (CPC) Program provides services for victims of child sexual and physical abuse, including neglect, and their non-offending caregivers. CPC’s program addresses the link between child abuse, future substance abuse for the victim; the link between child abuse and the potential for future criminal activity; including violent crime by the victim, and the link between substance abuse by the caregiver and further child abuse. Services include education about navigating the legal system, and referrals for medical, mental health, and social services as well as referrals to substance abuse treatment programs. Treatment for substance abuse, either by the child or caregiver, is critical so that children can recover from abusing substances and caregivers can recover from their addiction and better protect their children from future abuse.

City of Blue Springs

Award Amount: $11,000

Summary:The City of Blue Springs, Blue Springs Police, Community and Youth Outreach (CYOU) Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS) helps prevent children from experimenting with alcohol or drugs and increasing knowledge about bullying, and internet and dating safety, through educational curriculum presented in Blue Springs School District middle schools. The CYOU also provides counseling and mentoring in after school sessions and weekend community service groups. The COPS Program and other CYOU Programs work to reinforce the protective factors of developing healthy beliefs and clear standards for behavior and developing resistance to negative peer pressure through, education, mentoring, and counseling. The COPS Program addresses the use and misuse of social media, bullying, teen dating, teen violence and the negative consequences of cyberbullying, sexting, drugs and alcohol, and other harmful and illegal activities.

Crittenton Children’s Center 

Award Amount: $53,770

Summary: Lion’s Quest Skills for Action is a program to reduce violence and drug use among adolescent youth, ages 12 to 19, in Jackson County. The program is for youth extremely vulnerable to substance abuse because they come from environments defined by violence, limited parental involvement, academic and/or behavior difficulties in school, and family histories of poverty, mental illness and/or substance abuse. These youth will be enrolled from the Intensive Residential Care program at Crittenton Children's Center. Lions Quest Skills for Action was selected because it provides a comprehensive curriculum for teaching life skills, rigorously researched under a NIDA research grant, with outcomes noted for preventing or delaying the onset of tobacco, alcohol and illegal substance use. Skills for Action includes social influence and social cognitive; approaches to teaching cognitive-behavioral skills that build self-esteem and instill personal responsibility, while learning to communicate effectively, make better (health) decisions, resist social.

DeLaSalle Education Center 

Award Amount: $47,300

Summary:DeLaSalle Education Center has a "Resiliency Room" for students when they need a safe place to recover from mental/social/academic stress should they become upset, disruptive in class, or are too compromised by events in their lives to attend classes. Having an appropriate Resiliency Room will allow students space to recover, time to practice coping skills and working with therapist/counselors, and offer them long-term potential to make choices that give them the safety and healing this site allows them. A Resiliency Room with appropriate furnishings and trained staff supports intervention before a student acts out, offers other choices than violence, and helps students develop self-moderating techniques.

Dismas House of Kansas City

Award Amount: $60,000

Summary: Dismas Anti-Violence Intervention Deterrent (D.A.V.I.D) program serves ex­offenders, ages 18 and older, in re-entry with a history of violence. The program will target ex-offenders with violent histories who are early in their most recent reentry/recovery in Jackson County but have been in the community long enough to be experiencing challenges from barriers commonly associated with re-entering society. Project D.A.V.I.D., will attempt to identify these specific ex-offenders and redirect them to live peacefully in their communities free of criminal activity and substance abuse. Dismas Anti-Violence Intervention and Deterrent project, (Project D.A.V.I.D.), will provide a long term outpatient, faith based and community based treatment and recovery support program. The interventions will include but not be limited to: assessments, employment readiness, counseling, a spiritual awareness and development group each, a purpose and destiny discovery group education per week, and more.

Eastern Jackson County Youth Court

Award Amount: $62,695

Summary: The Eastern Jackson County Youth Court (EJCYC) is a juvenile prevention peer court which provides immediate sanctions for juvenile offenders. The EJCYC exists to hold juvenile offenders accountable for delinquent behavior and provides positive peer-led justice which promotes leadership and positive youth behavior to increase juvenile offenders’ knowledge. The program enhances refusal skills to avoid criminal behavior including violent activities and the use of drugs and alcohol, and to reduce repeated criminal behavior and involvement in the criminal justice system. The offenses include (curfew, truancy, and runaway) and delinquent offenses (possession of tobacco, drugs or alcohol, disorderly conduct, assault, property damage, vandalism, false information, trespassing, and shoplifting).

First Call

Award Amount: $40,000

Summary: First Call’s Safe & Healthy Schools is a prevention intervention serving students attending two Kansas City Missouri Public Schools (KCPS) and University Academy in neighborhoods where illicit drug and crime rates are high. The Safe & Healthy Schools program goal is to create a safe and healthy environment for students. Safe & Healthy Schools program activities include three core components: Life Skills Training designed to prevent underage drug and alcohol abuse, adolescent tobacco use, violence and other risk behaviors; Say It Straight designed to raise student awareness about the risk of alcohol/drug use and offer strategies to avoid or prevent peer pressure situations; and assessments for students who are at risk of substance use disorder, as indicated by disciplinary incidents, truancy, or other signs as assessed by school administration and the Office of Student Intervention.

FosterAdopt Connect 

Award Amount: $18,560

Summary: Foster Adopt Connect’s Community Connections Youth Project (CCYP) is a voluntary case management program that serves older foster youth and young adults ages 17 to 26 who recently aged-out of foster care. The overall goal of their program is to connect their clients to services and resources they need to be successful as adults, and to mitigate many of the circumstances that lead to negative lifetime outcomes for people who have experience significant childhood trauma. Clients define immediate and long-term goals, and receive one-one-one assistance from dedicated staff specialists (who are former foster youth) to achieve those goals. These goals include education, employment, and financial stability. CCYP clients also receive direct assistance to meet their goals, including transportation, service linkage, access to supportive housing and (in a limited number of cases) financial assistance.

Guadalupe Centers, Inc. 

Award Amount: $32,000

Summary: Guadalupe Centers’ Life Skills Program serves Jackson County youth ages 10-15 who reside primarily in Kansas City’s Westside and Northeast neighborhoods and attend Guadalupe Centers Schools. The program provides youth education regarding the physical and social impact of using alcohol and other substances through the evidence-based curriculum; “Lions-Quest Skills for Adolescence.” This curriculum provides vital life skills that support youth through the physical, emotional, and social challenges of the early adolescent years. The Life Skills Program helps develop social, personal, and intellectual skills that help strengthen their self-esteem, behaviors, and community connection while emphasizing healthy life choices. It addresses prevention of alcohol/drug use, teen dating violence, and bullying.

Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition 

Award Amount: $85,000

Summary: Hope Hangout provides supportive services, a safe space and resources for students at high risk of violence or affected by violence between 12 to 18 years of age and their families who are from Hickman Mills’ area. The initiative includes the Hickman Mills School District, KCPD South Patrol, Youth Court, and Family Court. Hope Hangout will be the host of youth development initiatives such as Youth for Change, LOTUS Project, Boys Scouts, as well as the re-entry initiative for our most vulnerable youth population that is returning to the community from detention centers or other facilities.

Independence School District

Award Amount: $33,000

Summary: Independence School District’s Truancy program is designed to alleviate student challenges that contribute to truancy at Nowlin Middle School by facilitating critical intervention strategies with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and their families in a structured environment that promotes accountability through education, crime prevention, and social connectedness. This program is structured to encourage student retention and truancy diversion. The Truancy Diversion Prevention Project includes weekly Success Court sessions for 15-20 students during each semester of the school year, directed at providing substance abuse prevention.

Independence Youth Court

Award Amount: $85,000

Summary: Independence Youth Court (IYC) is a juvenile prevention peer court which provides immediate sanctions for juvenile offenders. The IYC exists to hold juvenile offenders accountable for delinquent behavior and provides positive peer-led justice which promotes leadership and positive youth behavior to increase juvenile offenders’ knowledge. The program enhances refusal skills to avoid criminal behavior including violent activities and the use of drugs and alcohol, and to reduce repeated criminal behavior and involvement in the criminal justice system. The offenses include (curfew, truancy, and runaway) and delinquent offenses (possession of tobacco, drugs or alcohol, disorderly conduct, assault, property damage, vandalism, false information, trespassing, and shoplifting).

Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council

Award Amount: $24,000

Summary: Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council’s Ivanhoe Positive Alternatives (IPA) program is to support the overall healthy development and academic success for youth by providing a safe place for them to learn, explore, and to utilize 21st Century skills through positive activities, programming, and projects. The program helps teens develop leadership skills through activities such as identifying, planning and executing neighborhood projects; setting personal/career/educational goals, service learning campaigning, and running for office while learning about civic involvement and the political process. Through these processes, teens are connected with positive adults and mentors from the community.

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey

Award Amount: $24,000

Summary: Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey’s (KCFAA) AileyCamp and AileyCamp The Group are youth intervention programs designed to help youth from at-risk backgrounds develop critical life skills and become successful and productive adults. AileyCamp is an early intervention program for youth ages 11 to 14. The premise of AileyCamp is that the discipline of dance training has a positive impact on cognitive and interpersonal skill development. Students receive, free-of-charge, full tuition, uniforms, meals and transportation to and from camp daily. Campers meet for seven hours a day Monday through Friday for six weeks. AileyCampers complete personal development classes focused on conflict resolution, substance abuse prevention, sex education, peer relationships, self-esteem, health, and nutrition. AileyCamp The Group serves AileyCamp alumni in 7th-12th grade with free, after-school classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays September to May. The curriculum is broken into three skill levels and builds on AileyCamp through dance training in ballet, jazz, and modern as well as health nutrition, and personal development classes focused on substance abuse prevention, peer relationship, and positive self-esteem.

Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission 

Award Amount: $8,000

Summary: Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission (KCMCC) and the Metropolitan Community Service Program (MCSP) partners with Missouri Probation and Parole and the Municipal Courts of Kansas City, Missouri to provide positive, pro-social work environments for those ordered to perform community service while under supervision by Missouri Probation and Parole in Jackson County. This program serves 18 to 55 year old African-American males assessed by Missouri Probation and Parole to be medium to high risk to violate their probation/parole or commit new crimes. The Adopt Prospect program provides a violence prevention/recidivism reduction program for clients who participate in the Adopt Prospect worksite, which includes 9 miles of Prospect Avenue, Independence Ave, and 85th Street. Their Second Chance program is a resource for clients who need connection with community assistance to help with their successful reentry and offers a successful job club for offenders.

Kansas City Mothers in Charge 

Award Amount: $75,000

Summary: KC Mothers in Charge (KC MIC) is a group of mothers of homicide victims, other family members and members of caring community committed to prevent others from experiencing the tragedy of homicide, KC MIC helps families of homicide victims cope with the devastating trauma of a violent death; helps them find support and develop connections with others and build resiliency during the grieving process; and, as part of their healing journey, empowers them to help others and to make their community safer. The Hope and Healing Support Program provides a wide range of support services in the aftermath of a homicide including trauma-informed crisis intervention and compassionate support, explaining police procedures, helping families manage grief, confusion and anger and encouraging them and the bystanders and neighbors to talk to and give information to the police.

Kansas City Youth Court

Award Amount: $51,497

Summary: Kansas City Youth Court (KCYC) is a diversion program for the Jackson County Family Court, in collaboration with the Kansas City Police Department, for first-time, low level offenders who live in Kansas City. Juvenile offenders are referred to the youth court by both the Family Court and the KCPD after a young person has committed a crime or status offense such as behavior injurious to self of others. Using a strategy of peer adjudication and mentoring, KCYC trains high school students to assist other young people, who have committed delinquent acts and are at-risk for continued anti-social conduct and a high tolerance towards drug use, by talking personal responsibility for their actions (sanctions), learning positive strategies for avoiding delinquent conduct in the future, and increasing connectedness with the community through service. Serving on the youth court gives teens an opportunity for leadership and provides a meaningful way for youth attorneys to engage in civic service.

Lee’s Summit CARES

Award Amount: $50,375

Summary: The LSC Resilience Building for Youth and Families (RBYF) program is for middle and high school youth (grades 6-12). Programming includes: Youth Advisory Board leadership and peer prevention message training for Celebrate Sober and State of the Youth programs; "I Care" bully prevention education, including cyberbullying prevention, for secondary students; "Choices" training for youth offenders charged with drug offenses in Lee's Summit Youth Court and their parents; and "Launch" sexual assault prevention education for graduating seniors and their parents. Teaching resiliency skills across multiple programs will help teens navigate stress, anxiety and trauma, identified as root causes to local risky behaviors.

Mattie Rhodes Center

Award Amount: $52,000

Summary: Mattie Rhodes’ Violence Intervention and Prevention Project (VIP) is a multi-faceted community solution that seeks to break the cycle of violence and create positive, healthy and engaged future leaders. Through VIP, Mattie Rhodes Center will target two tiers of youth in the Indian Mound and their families: at-risk youth who are high risk because of the nature of the community they live in, and youth who have begun to display the onset of delinquent behavior and are at risk of entering the juvenile justice system. Activities include socio­emotional skills building youth development, youth recreation and mentoring, engaging and supporting community development, behavioral health services, and case management. VIP's ultimate goal is to create a safe hub in the community that doesn't currently exist to reduce the overall incidence of violence. This hub (our building) will provide access to existing Mattie Rhodes Center services and can be readily accessed and coordinated to meet the broader identified need as well as engage youth within a system of positive programming.

Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault

Award Amount: $24,000

Summary: Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault’s (MOCSA) Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems (YSBP) is a violence prevention program for youth ages 6 to 14. The purpose of this program is to provide children and their caregivers the skills and support needed to reduce the risk of future acts of violence by youth participating in services. The program also provides constructive and corrective feedback to teach children about appropriate and inappropriate sexual behaviors, and to teach their parents/caregivers how to communicate about sex education as well as how to implement appropriate sexual behavior rules in the home. In addition, caregivers are taught effective parenting strategies, and children are taught to develop plans on how they will follow appropriate sexual behavior rules and learn strategies to increase skills related to coping and self-control.

Northwest Communities Development

Award Amount: $9,600

Summary: The mission of the North West Communities Development Corporation (NWCDC) is to improve lives in our community by promoting programs that focus on seniors, youth, housing, public safety, and public service. The purpose of these programs is to support and guide students toward completing school and becoming healthy, productive adults. Through current and increased mentoring programs, NWCDC hopes to reduce the risk of substance abuse and other risk-taking behaviors of youth in the community and improve academic attendance and achievement. The Fairmount Community Center, operated by NWCDC, currently serves low cost lunch meals to seniors Monday through Friday and provides many programs and activities for seniors at the center and in the community. Additionally, free supper meals are served after school to youth ages 5-18 Monday through Friday. We offer supervised youth programming during summer months and implement peer-to-peer mentoring programs for girls at Nowlin Middle School and Pioneer Ridge Middle School.

Operation Breakthrough

Award Amount: $32,000

Summary: Operation Breakthrough’s Bullying Prevention and Behavior Intervention Program will include Behavior Intervention Services for preschool children ages 4 to 5 and the Committee for Children’s research-based Steps to Respect bullying prevention program for approximately 120 school-age children ages 5 to 13. Their Behavior Intervention program is designed to address at-risk behaviors and emotional disturbance in children. The program also includes a 10-week Behavior Intervention course for parents/caregivers, held once in the Spring and again the Fall, to help parents learn how they can better manage their own emotions, model more positive emotional regulation for their children, and manage their children’s difficult behaviors at home in a consistent and constructive manner. The Steps to Respect Bully prevention program shows students how to recognize, refuse, and report bullying.

reStart, Inc. 

Award Amount: $36,252

Summary: reStart serves homeless and unaccompanied youth and young adults ages 12-25 at high risk to be victims or perpetrators of violence. reStart’s Youth Anti-Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention Program programming includes secondary and indicated prevention activities and services across the reStart Youth Network (RYN). The program strategies include assessment, case management, education, evidence based curriculum and approaches, enrichment activities, and aftercare, and are designed to help deliver the following outcomes for homeless youth: reduced violence, reduced substance use, and improved attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors in pro-social behavior and life skills.

Rose Brooks Center

Award Amount: $48,000

Summary: Rose Brooks Center’s Project SAFE will serve children pre-K through 12th grade across three local districts: Kansas City Public Schools, Grandview School District, and Center School District. Project SAFE is a comprehensive, evidence-based, in-school violence prevention program, reaching at-risk youth in Jackson County urban schools, which has been proven successful in reducing and/or eliminating violent behavior and promoting lives free of violence. Project SAFE will continue to update and transform in coordination with new best practices in trauma-informed services, population shifts, emphases on dating violence and other relevant issues confronted by youth.

Sisters in Christ

Award Amount: $80,000

Summary: The Dahomey Project is an anti-violence and drug prevention program paired with a hands-on job readiness/job training component designed for women facing assive challenges as they transition from leaving correctional facilities to re-entering society. Becoming self-sufficient is key to stabilization in all areas of life. Incorporating three components: Violence reduction/prevention; drug use reduction/prevention; and hands on employment training, Dahomey will address COMBAT’s Ex-Offender and Violent Crime Reduction Area of Need and offer a one stop transformation for women leaving incarceration and re-entering society.

Total Man

Award Amount: $32,000

Summary: The Responsible Fatherhood program provides an array of holistic support services for fathers ages 18-45, many of whom are non-custodial fathers, empowering them to overcome barriers to supporting their children, emotionally, socially and economically. The Fatherhood program is a case management-centered project designed to increase the level of family interaction, parental education and self-sufficiency for the overall well-being of children and families in the metropolitan Kansas City area. The goal of the program is to provide and support activities that promote healthy parenting and responsible fatherhood thru the use of research- based curriculum training, provision of needs based services through the use of community partnership collaboration, and family engagement.

United Inner City Services 

Award Amount: $27,520

Summary: United Inner City Services’ Art @ St. Mark works with young children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old and their families. Art @ St. Mark utilizes an arts integration approach to enable the healthy development of the social and emotional coping skills needed to thrive academically as well as socially. At St. Mark, the arts provide an invaluable educational tool in our goal of sending students to kindergarten, ready to begin a successful academic career. Positive Link Parenting and Safety is a program that educates, trains, stabilizes, and rebuild high risk families by assisting and informing young parents of children looking to improve the quality of their parenting skills. The program empowers the parents with coping skills, stress management techniques, family bonding exercises, communication skills, combined with parenting life skills that help build values, principles, and care that stabilizes the family core that will reduce violence in the homes.

Westside Community Action Network

Award Amount: $40,000

Summary: Westside Community Action Network serves Kansas City’s Westside area. The Westside Violence Prevention program is implemented to address escalating crime and disorder issues. Neighborhood serving agencies, businesses, and residents work collaboratively to address disorder, distress, and issues in keeping with the tenets of the “Broken Window Theory” which says early signs of neighborhood deterioration escalate quickly into increased crime and blight. The program will enhance messages to deescalate aggression and encourage non-violent response through social media and personal contact. In school/class visits by WCAN Officers will educate children to better understand teasing, bullying, and overcoming them with conflict resolution skill. The program will educate on the consequences of bad decision making, aggression, and violence as well as substance abuse.