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KC Urban Youth Center 2011-2012

> Number of Hours Volunteered: 2,275.00 hours
> Amount Raised by the MNU Community: $8,450.37

The Kansas City Urban Youth Center serves urban students and their families through after-school programs and mentoring. The partnership included financial assistance through staff compensation, site renovation, purchasing playground equipment and program supplies, but also enabled the MNU community to interact face-to-face with the children at the center. Our partnership had a goal of donating 2,500 volunteer hours, while exploring other avenues for serving our neighbors in the city.

Additional KCUYC Stats

Number of Tutors: 35
Number of Tutor Sessions: 26 weeks (13 weeks per semester)
Hours per Session: 2.5 hours
Total number of hours MNU students Volunteered: 65 hours x 35 tutors =2,275.00 hours (1,137.50 per semester)
Rate of Volunteer Time: Fall Semester-$21.79; Spring Semester- $22.14 per hour
Value* of Volunteer Time per Hour: $49,970.37 
         (Fall Semester: 1,137.50 hours x $21.79 = $24,786.12; Spring Semester: 1,137.50 hours x $22.14 = $25,184.25; $24,786.12 + $25,184.25 = $49,970.37)

*The value of volunteer time is calculated through Independent Sector.

Project Details


Rosedale Ridge Space: Space at Rosedale Ridge is very limited. While 32 students are enrolled, many more could be. Three hundred students, ages 0 – 18, live in the apartment complex. Each week students are turned away and added to a waiting list because there is not sufficient room for them in program. While parents are very patient, and the population is transient, the youth center could more positively and effectively serve the youth of Rosedale Ridge if we had updated and expanded spaces. We would like to raise $25,000 to add an additional building to the management office or to establish a portable classroom on property.

Transportation: Currently, 30 students are enrolled in the KC Urban Youth Center program at Rosedale Ridge. Unfortunately, there is limited transportation to take students on field trips or to the fitness center. The acquisition of two vans would make it possible for our whole group to attend field trips, and would provide steady transportation to Rosedale Development Association, Rainbow Mennonite Church, and Whitmore Park where students regularly go for Zumba and Fitness. Those vans would also be used at the Troost and East Hills Village locations for similar purposes, and would be greatly beneficial to positive programming for students.

Youth Development Staff: In order to facilitate quality program at RR, we would like to raise $5,400 to support an additional staff member at the KCUYC.

Playground Equipment: Rosedale Ridge is a low-income housing complex with very insufficient playground equipment. The swings are missing and the metal material is often too hot and unsafe for children. Though Whitmore Park is located within walking distance to Rosedale Ridge, it is located at the bottom of a steep hill, and a child would have to cross three heavily trafficked streets before reaching the park.

KC Urban Youth at MNU Football Game

MNU students traveled once a week down to the center to hang out with the kids and be mentors to them. One of the highlights was bringing the kids to an MNU football game!

Contact Us

Attn: MNU ServiceCorps

2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062

Phone: 913-971-3541
Fax: 913.971.3401


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