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Meet the Working For Youth Employers

Meet the Working For Youth Employers


Hire KC – powered by KC Social Innovation Center – has joined forces with KC Common Good to bring paid opportunities to youth on Kansas City’s historic east side this summer through the Working for Youth initiative.  

Hire KC aims to put 250 youth ages 14-18 into 8-week internships designated for zip codes where these kinds of transformative experiences can change future trajectories and create a ripple of healthy outcomes for all involved.

Check out employers that Hire KC is partnering with to make this goal a reality:

20/20 Leadership || Since 1993, 20/20 Leadership has been dedicated to providing experiential learning and leadership opportunities for high school students in the Kansas City area.  20/20 Leadership continues to pursue programming that contributes to the overall well-being of young people.  We recognize that an individual’s access to critical assets such as education significantly impact their physical, mental and social well-being.  Our work is dedicated not only to ensuring that our participants adequately capitalize on their access to a high school education but also position themselves for post-secondary success.  It is through this work that we contribute not only to the well-being of the young people we serve but also to the Kansas City community in which they live.  

American Jazz Museum || Located in the Historic 18th; Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, The Blue Room, and Gem Theater. Since its inception in September 1997, the Museum hosts thousands of students, scholars, musicians and fans of the arts for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of modern day jazz.

aSTEAM Village || aSTEAM Village is a 501(c)3 organization that focuses on engaging students, families, and educators in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) pathways to facilitate career and education readiness for participation in the 21st Century economies of today and tomorrow.  

Aureus || Aureus was founded on the hope that, through education, domestic violence can be significantly reduced. Aureus is dedicated to creating educational tools that can support and reinforce a strong self-worth. When self-worth is present the stage is set for healthy relationships. When healthy relationships exist out vision of a world in which self-worth overcomes domestic violence becomes a reality!

BLOC || The BLOC (Brothers Liberating Our Communities) is a professional network of Black educators working to uplift our communities through this important work.  Armed with a focus on the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, The BLOC is dedicated to advancing the connecting, development, and engagement of Black teachers and administrators.

Boys Grow || boysgrow is an agricultural entrepreneurship program for urban teens.

Bridging the Gap || Bridging The Gap (BTG) works to make the Kansas City region sustainable by “connecting environment, economy and community,” and is the leading organization in the area providing environmental education and volunteer action through more than 1,800 volunteers annually. 

Calvary Community Outreach || Calvary Community Outreach Network is to provide innovative programs and services dedicated to the spiritual, physical, economic and social needs of individuals and families.  We accomplish our Mission by:

  • Providing health education and awareness programming to the community
  • Providing meaningful youth and family development activities
  • Organizing forums and events to bring about positive change in the African American community regarding HIV/AIDS, youth development and healthy living practices
  • Working with the community to foster wellness and fitness
  • Networking with community-based organizations to influence change in our community.

Center for Conflict Resolution || Guiding children, youth and adults in neighborhoods, schools, families and justice involved individuals in learning ways to solve conflict without violence.

Chief of Staff || Chief of Staff is a recruitment firm. We specialize in placing Administrative, Human Resources, Operations, Sales, Accounting & Finance professionals in Kansas City. We have a fun culture but work very hard. This is a professional office environment where we do host clients and candidates (business casual to business professional dress).

Children’s Mercy || Children’s Mercy is a leading independent children’s health organization dedicated to holistic care, translational research, breakthrough innovation, and educating the next generation of caregivers. Together, we transform the health, well-being and potential of children, with unwavering compassion for those most vulnerable. Half a million times a year, a child comes to our doors. We take care of them all, fulfilling our non-profit mission, thanks in part to generous individuals, families, businesses and communities. Our world-class child-centered approach and family-centered care comes to life in everything we do. But we don’t stop there. The scientists at our Children’s Mercy Research Institute are relentless in their search for answers. We work diligently every single day, making a difference for children today and into the future. We’re busy training the next generation of health care providers. Thousands of students each year choose to receive their training here alongside our more than 800 doctors, hundreds of allied health professionals and thousands of nurses. Our employees are among the top in their fields, helping not only our kids, but children everywhere. The medical community is counting on us, choosing us regularly to write textbooks and lead professional organizations. Our care does not end at the walls of the hospital. We have outpatient clinics and urgent care centers that ring the Kansas City metro, as well as clinics in cities across Kansas and Missouri. Our staff participates in more than 60 local- and state-level non-profit boards, advisory committees and government agencies. We provide hundreds of millions of dollars in uncompensated care. All of this adds up to making Children’s Mercy the absolute best place for children’s medical care in the Kansas City region and one of the best anywhere. But the most important thing to know about us is this: We’re all about children. It’s all we do. And we couldn’t be more honored and proud.

Creative Emajinations || Creative Emajinations exist to provide performing, art, music and dance services to underserved youth regardless of financial circumstances with the help of skilled volunteers. 

Cross-Lines Community Outreach || Cross-Lines was established in 1963 as “a place of hope” for those struggling with the hardships of poverty. We are a safety net for our community. We provide direct assistance to at-risk families, the elderly, and single individuals struggling to make ends meet.  The mission of Cross-Lines is to provide people in the Kansas City area affected by poverty with services and opportunities that encourage self-confidence, meet the needs of today, and provide the tools for future self-sufficiency.  We have three program focuses: Hunger Relief, Housing Stabilization, and Basic Needs Services.  Our Hunger Relief programs include our Food Pantry, Community Kitchen, Senior Food Boxes, and Community Garden. The Housing Stabilization services include Case Management, Rent/Utility Assistance, and Homeless Rehousing Services, and Basic Needs Services include clothing vouchers, Kansas City Medicine Cabinet, toiletry assistance, diaper distribution, and showers and laundry services. 

Heartland Chamber Music || HCM’s focus is twofold: chamber music and outreach. The Heartland Chamber Music Festival has grown into one of the most nationally recognized pre-college chamber music programs in the Midwest. During July and August each year, our distinguished faculty from universities, conservatories, and professional symphonies impart their knowledge and passion for chamber music during our student-focused festivals. The newest program, String Sprouts is an El Sistema based Outreach program. Sprouts is a free music education program bringing five years of music curriculum beginning in preschool to children living below the poverty line.  

Inclusion Connections || We are a nonprofit serving young people with developmental disabilities with programs including PawsAbilities, a daytime job skills training program where student make dog treats, sew bandanas, and create other products and sell them in our onsite retail and mobile stores. We also have evening classes such as cooking, art, theater, fitness, and a great daytime Summer Camp. Interns could get a taste of both nonprofit and small business operations!

Kanbes Market ||Kanbe’s Markets is a nonprofit organization providing access to fresh, affordable and healthy foods to people experiencing food insecurity.

By providing innovative food delivery systems that are more inclusive, enhance small businesses and empower individuals to make healthy choices, we step closer toward an equitable future of food.

Kansas City PBS || Kansas City PBS educates and enriches our community with quality programming and services that entertain, challenge minds and contribute to a life of learning. We accomplish this by: Serving as a platform to address community issues. Producing and delivering quality local programming. Delivering national and international programming. Establishing partnerships, collaborations and strategic alliances to better serve our community. Increasing the awareness and value of Kansas City PBS to ensure long-term financial support. Providing innovative educational programming and services. Improving our delivery methods with current and rapidly changing technologies.

Kansas City Young Audiences || Kansas City Young Audiences, founded in 1961, is the original provider of arts education programs for children and youth in the Kansas City metro. Our programs serve approximately 100,000 students annually, and for many, it is their first brush with the arts. Nearly 70% of the students we serve come from lower-income homes and may not have access to these experiences if it weren’t for KCYA and our 150 partner teaching artists.  Our Mission, Engage all youth in the arts, promote creativity, and inspire success in education. Our Rallying Cry, Every child deserves the transformational spark the arts ignite! Kansas City Young Audiences is affiliated with the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network. Founded in 1952, the mission of Young Audiences Arts for Learning is to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. Our network is made up of local affiliated nonprofits that collectively impact over 5 million young people each year. The national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network works collaboratively to advance arts in education through advocacy, communications, fundraising, program development, professional learning, and other support. 

KC Girls Preparatory Academy || We provide tuition-free instruction that recognizes the social and emotional needs of our students while engaging them with rich literature, accurate and multicultural history, intensive learning in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), and meaningful enrichment opportunities. An explicit focus on inclusive practices affirms young women of all backgrounds and ensures they approach academics with confidence.

KC Pet Project || KC Pet Project is the Animal Shelter, and Animal Services Division for the City of Kansas City Missouri.

KIPP KC || KIPP KC is part of a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory charter schools with a track record of preparing students in educationally under served communities for success in college and in life.  KIPP KC opened its first school, KIPP Endeavor Academy, in 2007 with approximately 31 fifth grade students.  Today, KIPP Endeavor has grown to serve students in Kindergarten through 8th grade and is currently educating approximately 600 students.  In the fall of 2021, KIPP KC will open their first high school beginning with 9th grade. KIPP Endeavor Academy serves students from every zip code in the city, but aims to bring the opportunity for quality education to those students living in areas without access to high-performing schools.  Eighty-seven percent of our students are African-American or Hispanic and all students qualify for free meals through the Community Eligibility Provision. We believe that all students will learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. Our mission is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and character strengths they need to seize those opportunities. Great education transforms lives.

Margaret’s Place LLC || Adult Recreation and wellness center that breathes life back into the retired and disabled community. We are a state classified Adult Day Care.

Mattie Rhodes Center || Mattie Rhodes Center is a nonprofit agency celebrating its 124th year of serving the Greater Kansas City community. We are committed to building a stronger city by working toward the vision of living in a vibrant community where all individuals and families are healthy, safe, and have the resources to thrive. We provide a holistic approach to individual and family well-being through social services, behavioral health counseling, youth development, and the arts. Mattie Rhodes Center is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and is state-certified in behavioral health and intensive outpatient substance abuse therapy.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) || The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking. Cutting drunk driving fatalities in half since 1980 didn’t happen accidentally. It took a cadre of dedicated volunteers and staff to change both attitudes and laws. Become a part of our team and join the thousands of others who have helped pave the way for safer streets. Opportunities include implementing community-based programs, working with law enforcement officers, providing victims critical services in their time of most need.

North Kansas City YMCA || Our mission is to build a better us through healthy lifestyles and active, connected communities. In-person or virtually, get back to your best self, bring family together and lift your community.

On Tap || Website design and development company. We also provide website hosting services, maintenance and ongoing website support.

Port KC || Our mission is simple, but meaningful. We work daily to grow the economy of Kansas City through transportation, logistics and revitalization. Guided by our vision… generating efficient, effective and innovative transportation and development solutions, we are a port, and an organization, that competes not just nationally but globally. We are committed to equitable community reinvestment. It is what sets us apart from other development agencies. 

Saving KidSight (DBA “KidSight”) || At KidSight, our goal is simple: to provide free vision screenings and comprehensive follow up for every child under 6 years old in Missouri. Vision problems in young children often go unnoticed, especially in families that lack access to healthcare. Add to that a condition, amblyopia, which can lead to blindness in one or both eyes. The best treatment for this devastating condition starts when a child is 7 years old, long before their parents even think about taking them to an eye doctor. It is our goal that every child with a vision issue gets treatment before Kindergarten, and we are working hard to make it happen. KidSight has a program to assist families with finding and paying for vision care in their community. Pre-COVID, we screened over 67,000 children statewide each year; 13,000 in the KC area alone.

Success Link Outreach || Success Link Outreach offers a hopeful vision of the future for Kansas and Missouri youth (Grades K-12) by building social and academic skills, entrepreneurship, character and leadership development during our Summer Leadership Camp. Our current summer meals 4kids operates provides free summer meals for children and families within the greater KC Metro.

Technology Group Solutions || Seeking an intern to participate with the sales team.  Learning about the sales process, taking notes, developing proposals, and giving demonstrations.

The Grooming Project ||The Grooming Project serves struggling parents in the KC Metro who have a history of generational poverty, unfinished education, addiction, and/or homelessness. The majority of students who enter our program are raising their children on $3,500 or less per year.  Our mission is to empower families to become self-reliant through job training, housing, life skills, and practical solutions to end their cycle of poverty.  In our program, adults with multiple barriers to employment, such as unfinished education, criminal backgrounds, and trauma can find a second chance through the in-demand, living-wage career of pet grooming. The Grooming Project’s education-based approach not only financially empowers single parents in poverty by equipping them with state-certified credentials in a competitive market, but it also ensures that they focus on improving their family’s future as a whole through parenting and budgeting classes, life skills workshops, court advocacy, and other needed services coordinated with many local organizations.

The Next Paige || The Next Paige Agency is Kansas City first black owned talent management and production agency that focuses on the performing arts and helps creatives pursue their dreams by providing opportunities, resources and training. The Next Paige Agency is committed to expanding the reach of performing arts for artist in the greater Kansas City area. We represent creatives including dancers, choreographers, and actors in a wide array of productions, including music videos, film, television, commercials, theatre, live shows, print, and artistic development. It is a boutique agency that stresses quality, professionalism and work ethic above all else. We believe in a mentorship role with its talent.

The Sewing Labs || The Sewing Labs is an inclusive and welcoming community teaching the legacy of sewing for employment, entrepreneurship, and enrichment. The Sewing Labs Mission: We focus on individuals who find themselves in at-risk situations, such as generational poverty, substance abuse and recover, formerly incarcerated, immigrants, and veterans. We welcome everyone.

The Village KC ||  The Village KC is a 501c3 non-profit organization that serves middle and high school students in the Greater Kansas City Area. Our mission is to prepare OUR future. We focus our programs/initiatives in the areas of holistic health, college preparation/career options, and recreational activities. Making sure that teens have access to opportunities that will shape their lives is vitally important. The Village creates safe spaces for our youth to learn, grow, have fun, and become change agents in their community. We offer arts programs, STEM workshops, youth fitness activities, college/career guidance, and more!

Tico Productions || Tico Productions LLC is a multi-lingual full service marketing agency in Kansas City, Missouri. We specialize in cause-marketing, graphic design, video production, creative strategy, and social media. Above all, Tico helps companies & agencies arrive at innovative and culturally-inspired ideas that drive people to action. Furthermore, Tico is a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE), Diverse Business Enterprise (DBE), and MRCC-DBE, SBA 8(a) certified company.

Towner Communications || Towner Communications offers a wide breadth of technology-forward communication solutions including hardware and software options for small and enterprise businesses. The unified communication platforms may be deployed on premise, virtually or in a hosted cloud environment. Towner’s unified communication platform provides many features including: voicemail to email, remote teleworking, mobile office communication, emergency mass notification, call accounting, call center applications and much more. If it’s “slick”, keeps you connected to your clients and your team, and above all makes your company more productive and efficient, they offer it. You can find Towner’s solutions being utilized by school districts, universities, city governments, hospitals, national retail companies, complex call centers and major manufacturers. Towner works closely with tried-and-true Kansas City companies such as Jack Stack BBQ, Zarda BBQ, and multiple local law firms, financial institutions and clinics.

Troost39 Thrift Store || Troost39 is committed to supporting the community of midtown Kansas City and the Troost Corridor. As a retail store, we offer low-priced, high-quality, essential household and personal items. As a non-profit Ministry, we offer assistance to those most in need, by partnering with social service agencies throughout the city. We welcome as friends and neighbors all who come to our door.

Urban Rangers || The Urban Ranger Corps provides boys and young men ages 12 to 18 with a unique opportunity to develop the appropriate life skills necessary for them to become successful and contributing members of society. We offer each participant a global view in the content areas of Career & Academic Enrichment, Financial & Entrepreneurial Education and Neighborhood & Community Involvement. Our mission is to prepare at-risk inner city youth for responsible and productive futures through a program of disciplined work experience and service in their community, leadership development and individualized planning for post-High School careers.

YMCA Linwood || The YMCA of Greater Kansas City, founded on Christian principles, is a charitable organization with an inclusive environment committed to enriching the quality of family, spiritual, social, mental and physical well-being. Our mission is to build a better us through healthy lifestyles and active, connected communities. In-person or virtually, get back to your best self, bring family together and lift your community. Join today.  The Linwood Branch has been in the community since 1974 with a new renovation in 2017 it is now known as the Linwood YMCA/ James B. Nutter Community Center

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