Urban League of Kansas
FY 2012 National Day of Service and Remembrance Grants
The Urban League of Kansas Youth Service-Learning Project
The Urban League of Kansas (ULK) Education and Youth Empowerment Services (EYE) incorporate a hybrid model to work with 9th -12th grade youth in the Wichita, KS area in schools and community settings. The program addresses student mental, social, and emotional health via educational seminars, behavior modification groups, various guest speakers, presentations, and community outreach service activities. Students are exposed to academic, cultural and personal enrichment activities, or field trips, to teach history, social etiquette, servant leadership, and to celebrate heritage. By applying the evidence-based objectives of the Project Ready curriculum, the programs have been able to provide a holistic approach so that our under-resourced and socioeconomically disadvantaged youth are given the opportunities to develop skills that improve their academic preparation and college-readiness, and aims to train students to be become leaders and impact their community through civic engagement.
In an effort to address the issue of program capacity, funding provided through this award will serve two purposes: First, ULK EYE plans to develop the full-time position of Volunteer Coordinator tasked with the recruitment of community members to help supplement the efforts of program staff. The Volunteer Coordinator will also be tasked with the identification of community needs and developing service opportunities to be sponsored by the ULK, and recruiting volunteers for those events.
Secondly, funding provided through this award will allow EYE to further enhance its focus on civil engagement and service-learning for students. Funding awarded under this opportunity will afford EYE the ability to drastically expand the scope of service opportunities for our students, through both an expansion of local opportunities, and the creation of major student driven mission-style service trips. The Volunteer Coordinator will also be crucial for the success of this enhanced programming as well, with their last responsibility being to coordinate student groups and guide their development and execution of service-learning activities.