KC Common Good Working For Youth
KC Common Good
Working For Youth is a collaborative, violence prevention program that increases the number of paid internships and employment opportunities for Jackson County youth most at risk of violence. Youth, ages 14-18, within historically marginalized communities are matched with an employer and a coach for the summer.
In addition to a paid work experience, youth will receive job training and mentoring through a trauma-informed approach, as well as other wrap-around support including financial literacy and life skills training.
Short-term outcomes for youth are to gain greater understanding of oneself and one’s work, as well as increased connectedness to others and the community. Mid-term outcomes are a decrease in the amount of youth involved in violence and an increase in high school graduation rates. Long-term outcomes include decreasing rates of violence, increasing rates of wealth built within historically marginalized communities, and expanded access to economic opportunity.
KC Common Good
801 W 47th St. ● Suite 500 ● Kansas City, MO 64112
1712 Main St. ● 4th Floor ● Kansas City, MO 64108
1712 Main ● Suite 232 ● Kansas City, MO 64108
A partnership has been developed with the Kansas City Public Schools to allow youth with a virtual employment opportunity over the summer to retain their district-provided technology device and access to KCPS high schools for dependable internet during the workday.
Employment opportunities will also be across a wide variety of organizations, including businesses, nonprofits, and government. Employment locations within and in proximity to crime hotspots are being actively recruited and prioritized.
816-601-1006 ● kccommongood.org
2021 COMBAT Mid-Year Funding: $18,295.00
in KC Common Good's Own Words
The purpose of KC Common Good is to unite the community to address the root causes of violence and instill hope. Serving as a backbone organization, KC Common Good has a high value for and experience in collective impact strategies. Over the past year, as KC Common Good had conversations with diverse community stakeholders, and a need was identified for a comprehensive approach to youth employment.
Many organizations had siloed programs serving anywhere from 5 to 200 youth each summer. The need existed to align organizations and create a shared platform, which has become known as Working For Youth.
Working For Youth’s founding objectives:
• Capacity build employment opportunities for east Kansas City youth with established internship organizations.
• Create a collaborative ecosystem that maximizes the youth's economic empowerment and bolsters workforce development through skills training and mentorship.
• Prepare career-minded youth in our community to make positive life choices, empowering them to fully maximize their potential through education and career opportunities.
• Expand youth employment opportunities in partnership with the business community.
Two short-term outcomes are to increase the number of employers with a greater understanding of trauma and increase opportunities for youth most at risk of violence. This will be measured through a survey of participating employers conducted in June at the beginning and August at the conclusion of the program. These responses will be evaluated in the fall, informing future year improvements, and will be tracked year over year.
Additional short-term outcomes are that youth gain greater understanding of oneself and one’s work, as well as increasing connectedness to others and their community. This will be measured by a pre- and post-survey conducted among participating youth.
Mid-term outcomes will be tracked annually with measurable changes anticipated between years 2-5: decrease the amount of involved youth violence, increase graduation rates, and increase economic inclusion for east KC businesses. A variety of sources will be utilized to track mid-term outcomes, including data from the KCMO Health Department’s Community Health Improvement Plan, KC Rising and the KC Chamber of Commerce, Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, and area school districts.
A lesson from the Omaha model is that five- to 10-year trendlines are critical to track, learn from and report on.
Long-term outcomes include decreasing rates of violence, increasing rates of wealth built and greater access to economic opportunity. Each of these outcomes are tracked in relation of historically marginalized communities to city, state and national averages. Sources listed in the mid-term outcomes will be utilized for local data. State and national research will be sourced from the Brookings Institute, other research institutions, census data and other governmental sources.
These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a Youth Employment emphasis or component.
» Youth Employment & Training Initiative
Blue Hills Neighborhood Association
» Blue Hills Restorative Justice Program
Blue Springs Police Department
» Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS)
Bridge Leadership Academy
» Bridge Job Readiness Program
Calvary Community Outreach Network
» HYPE Summer
Cornerstones Of Care
» Build Trybe for Youth Employment
DeLaSalle Education Center
Grace United Community Ministries
» Youth Employment Program
Heart of America Council, BSA
» ScoutReach Summer Camps
Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition
» Legacy of Excellence Project
Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
» Ivanhoe Youth Employment Program
KC Common Good
» Working For Youth
» Ingnition Lab Opportunity Intership Program
Sisters In Christ
» Youth Life Link
Transition Zone, Inc.
» Youth Workforce