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The LINC Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 23rd from 4-6 pm at the Kauffman Foundation.
A major focus of the meeting is fall enrollment in LINC after-school programs, an attendance initiative in the Hickman Mills School District and other updates.
Here’s the agenda.
The public is invited to attend. Download the meeting booklet.
If not for Star School, many Missouri teenagers like Adam would have no good educational options as they leave the juvenile justice system. The online program by LINC and the state Department of Youth Services has helped more than 630 youths since 2013.
A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City — Disconnected: Seven Lessons on Fixing the Digital Divide — focuses on broadband access, economic impact and solutions for communities to narrow the digital divide.
The first gathering of Families and Schools Together, Inc. refreshed Fort Osage parents and their children with a deep breath of community. Dinner, cooperative games, crafts, and peer support groups helped everyone appreciate the challenges and joys of parenthood. It’s not too late to join.
Now in its second year, the exploreMOhealth website is proving to be a powerful tool in examining Missouri’s strengths and weakness, and the wide disparities in health indicators county-to-county and ZIP code-to-ZIP code.
The Adopt-A-Neighborhood Project in Kansas City is helping communities turn around vacant properties with the help of volunteer law firms that join with Legal Aid of Western Missouri to help neighborhoods navigate a knotted legal system. LINC is looking to connect its Caring Communities sites with the project.
The Farview community in Independence gathered for a joyous block party Aug. 17, celebrating the opening of a unique neighborhood library that shares a food pantry and other services.
Independence’s three school district superintendents struck on similar themes in their joint “State of the Schools” breakfast Friday morning.
Successful bond issues, bright new facilities, a focus on improving attendance and a call for businesses to join the schools in their intense college-and-career programs — for “real world learning.”
Brian Bartlett was eight years old, just days away from starting the fourth grade at Center Elementary School and LINC’s Caring Communities after-school program.
The child was killed as he slept Saturday night, Aug. 10, when a barrage of gunfire ripped through his family’s house in the 8300 block of Tracy Avenue. His mother was wounded. Investigators still have no suspect information or know of any motive for the shooting, police said.
Finding affordable local summer and after-school programs can be a frantic scramble for Kansas City families. A new non-profit site — InPlay — has launched in KC to make that search easier. The Kauffman Foundation-funded site is open for business and seeking listings.
More than 7,200 children and adults joined in the KCPS SummerFest back-to-school event Aug. 3. Families enjoyed games, performances and crafts as they also completed enrollment and received backpacks and school supplies.
Justice in the Schools project director Cori Smith came with a host of numbers to present to the LINC commission meeting in May. But the one that startles her the most, she said, is the four-out-of-10 students who move in or out of their Kansas City Public Schools classrooms every year.