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Urban Youth Center
Passion to Serve Project - 2011
KC Urban Youth at MNU Football Game!
MNU students are working to raise $40,000 for the Kansas City Urban Youth Ministries. Students have been traveling once a week down to the center to hang out with the kids and be mentors to them. Recently MidAmerica Nazarene University students traveled to the center and brought the kids to an MNU football game!
Financial Goal: $40,000
- Rosedale Center Rehab $10K
- Van $10K
- Youth Development Staff 5,400
- Playground Equipment
- 2,000 – 2,500 Volunteer Hours
- 240 Books
- 75-100 Uniforms
HISTORY & NEED:
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.
Interested in giving towards the project?
Call the Service Corps. Office:
Raelyn Koop 913.971.3542
Amanda Stolba 913.971.3541
or also give to the University, and specify you would like to give towards "Urban Youth Ministry"
Kenya Orphan Care Project
Passion to Serve Project 2010-2011
The MNU experience is one that is authentically compelling, intellectually demanding and spiritually challenging. From time to time, that experience compels our campus community to respond to the needs of others in a tangible way.
MNU partnered with Nazarene district superintendent, Peter Okinyo, to reach Siaya, Kenya. Our connection with Rev. Okinyo occurred when an MNU ministry student spent a summer in that region and witnessed the overwhelming need to assist vulnerable children. Many of these children survive day-to-day in Siaya living in precarious situations without basic necessities and protection. Upon returning to Olathe, the student proposed that we, as a university, develop a plan to help meet the needs of these children.
The campus-wide plan of action meets not only the physical needs of safe residential facilities and healthy food, but also includes adult care givers who will foster mentoring relationships and a support network for the children.
Cost: Raised $35,000!
The project costs include the acquisition of land, construction of housing, the purchase of a vehicle, and start-up costs for various sustainability initiatives such as a community garden and chicken coop. Rev. Okinyo, along with his wife, Grace, will provide leadership for this project and ongoing oversight. MNU also plans to send students to the site during the summer of 2011 to assist with the implementation of the project.
Every gift makes a significant difference in our efforts to make a transformational impact on children’s lives in East Africa.
Thank you for sharing our vision and for your personal commitment to our Micah 6:8 Passion to Serve Project for 2010-2011.
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Mission Trip Blogs and Links
Guatemala March 2011 Blog: This blog is maintained by the Olathe Rotary Club and Heart to Heart International, in conjunction with our Guatemala March 2011 Mission Trip Team. http://www.olatherotary2011.blogspot.com/
Youth in Mission: Youth In Mission is an 8 week summer ministry opportunity for college and university students. http://www.youthinmission.org/
Mission Corps: Mission Corps is an opportunity for adults to serve with the Church of the Nazarene globally for 90 days up to one year. http://www.missioncorps.org/
Australia Mission Trip Team: www.australiamission.blogspot.com
2010 Australia Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQVtJpuXkAk&feature=related
Mexico- Nate Leibel- Youth in Mission 2010: http://embracemexico.wordpress.com/
Guatemala- Erik Unruh: http://lostinpatanatic.tumblr.com/
Bulgaria- Jordan Hobson: www.jordanelizabethblog.com
Sun Valley Indian School : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzqWpu2__H4&feature=email