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!
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.
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"