Kansas City Public Schools Defy The Odds Program
Kansas City Public Schools
Kansas City Public Schools is partnering with the Kansas City Police Department’s Gang Intelligence Squad, the Mattie Rhodes Center and the Center for Conflict Resolution to offer the Defying the Odds program in the Northeast neighborhood. The program’s focus will be on more than 350 students identified as being 100 times more likely—than the average American—to have their lives be touched by violence.
Each of these students will be placed in a one-to-one mentoring program, and all the students in the Northeast schools will be involved in activities to help mitigate the risks of them being the victim or perpetrator of violence. The training will also be made available to parents and the surrounding neighborhood.
Northeast Middle School
4904 Independence Avenue • Kansas City, MO 64124
Northeast High School
415 Van Brunt • Kansas City, MO 64124
Garcia Elementary School
1000 W. 17th Street • Kansas City, MO 64108
Garfield Elementary School
436 Prospect Avenue • Kansas City, MO 64124
Gladstone Elementary School
335 N. Elmwood Avenue • Kansas City, MO 64123
James Elementary School
5810 Scaritt Avenue • Kansas City, MO 641243
2400 Prospect Avenue • Kansas City, MO 64127
Whittier Elementary School
1012 Bales • Kansas City, MO 64127
816-418-7000 • kcpublicschools.org
2021 COMBAT Funding: $75,000.00
In Kansas City Public Schools' Own Words
Kansas City Public Schools is partnering with the Kansas City Police Department’s Gang Intelligence Squad, Mattie Rhodes and the Center for Conflict Resolution to offer the Defying the Odds program in the Northeast neighborhood.
The initial phase of the Defy the Odds program will leverage collaborative partnerships to provide violence and prevention training to the staff of the eight Northeast feeder schools.
The second phase of the Defy the Odds program will focus on two groups of students in the Northeast feeder pattern schools. The smaller of the two groups will be 383 students who have been identified by the KCPD Gang Intelligence Unit as 100 times more likely to be touched by violence. Each of these students will be placed with a one-to-one mentor through our existing Success Mentors program. The second group of students will include the rest of the student body who are affected by violence but are not identified with the 100 times more likely group. Each group will be provided a pre- and post-assembly that will introduce them to the risk and transformational protective factors that already exist in their neighborhoods along with ongoing classroom initiated activities to help mitigate the risk.
The third phase of the program would provide parents of students at all eight Northeast feeder schools and the community immediately surrounding the schools with similar training focusing on how protective factors that already exist in the neighborhood can be used to help reduce the risk. These workshops will be supported by our collaborative partnerships including the KC Gang Intelligence Squad, Mattie Rhodes and the Center for Conflict Resolution.
Need For Program Is Reflected In Statistics
Through the first eight months of 2020, even with lockdowns, Kansas City Public schools boundaries have had 132 homicides. In 2019 there was a total of 148, with 80% of those being disproportionately minority. This includes 37 victims under the age of 24, and 15 youth under the age of 17 were either a homicide victim or a suspect in a homicide. Additionally, in 2018, 736 juveniles were arrested by KC police for a variety of crimes, including weapons violations, aggravated assault, armed robbery, resisting arrest and murder.
In 2019, 383 youth in the Northeast area were identified by KCPD as being highly likely to be touched by violence. They are 100 times more likely than the average American to be killed by street violence. Many of these youth may be from a home where they have witnessed domestic abuse or other trauma, including homicide. Substance abuse issues among these youth are common.
These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a youth-oriented emphasis or component.
» Integrated Arts Violence Prevention Program
Blue Springs School District
» Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative of Greater Kansas City
Blue Springs Police Department
» Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS)
Bridge Leadership Academy
» Bridge Anti-Bullying & Life Skills Program
Calvary Community Outreach Network
» Helping Youth Plan For Excellence
Centers for Conflict Resolution
» Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots
DeLaSalle Education Center
» DeLaSalle Violence Prevention
» Community Connections Youth Project
Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition
» Hope Hangout
» Violence Prevention For Jackson County African-American Males
Independence Youth Court
» Peer Diversion
Jackson County Family Court
» Night Light Law Enforcement Curfew Program
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
» AileyCamp & AileyCamp The Group
Kansas City Municipal Court
» KC Truancy Intervention Program (TIP)
Kansas City Public Schools
» Defy The Odds Program
Mattie Rhodes Center
» Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention Program
» STEM Educational Programs
Rose Brooks Center
» Project SAFE
» Sheffield Bullying/Violence Prevention
Sisters In Christ
» Safe Zone
United Inner City Services (UICS)
» Arts@UICS - Child Centered Creativity (C3)
Urban Ranger Corps
» Urban Ranger Program
Whatsoever Community Center
» Whatsoever Youth Services
Youth Ambassadors, Inc.
» Youth Ambassadors Summer & School Year Programming