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Listing Updated July 2015

AdHoc Group Against Crime


Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City

Center for Conflict Resolution 

Dismas House of Kansas City

Jackson County Family Court

Lee's Summit CARES

Mt. Pleasant Education & Development Corporation

reStart, Inc.

Rose Brooks Center

Ad-Hoc Group Against Crime
Address: 3116 Prospect Avenue
Phone: (816) 861-5500
Contact: Damon Daniel

Amount Funded: $ 40,000

Program Summary:  Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated, cognitive behavioral change program for offenders that include cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills.  Ad Hoc Group Against Crime will work with Offenders in the correctional setting.  Studies have shown that, when implemented with integrity, it can reduce recidivism among offenders.  We will work with both youth and adults in the local Kansas City Corrections Centers, and Children’s Homes.

Address: 1522 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 461-0201
Contact: David Sullivan

Amount Funded: $ 25,000

Program Summary: ArtsTech, El Grupo Atotonilco, M.U.S.I.C.A., Northeast High School, and Jackson County Family Court propose an innovative and unique anti-violence and gang prevention initiative.  Project “Respeto” is for 12-19 year old at-risk youth and their families.  Through dance, music, anger management, career exploration, and parental skill development, ArtsTech will provide measurable anti-violence strategies and activities to impact the target population.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City
Address: 3601 Rockhill Road, Suite 303, Kansas City, MO 64131
Phone: (816) 361-3600
Contact: Jason Roth

Amount Funded: $40,000

Program Summary: Media Arts & Music Matters (MAMM) Gang Violence Prevention Program is designed to recruit and provide experiential learning opportunities for high-risk urban youth that lead to academic, social and person skill attainment and competencies to help prevent their involvement in violent and life threatening environments and behaviors.  The MAMM program will lead with and tap into creative and affective interests and inclinations of targeted youth which attract and sustain participation that brings success, confidence and leads to their learning other competencies, such as academic studies, character, and social skills. 

Through targeted outreach, youth ages 5-18 residing in Kansas City’s urban core will be recruited to participate in this program at the Thornberry and Wagner Units of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.  Program participants will have access to the full range of Club program elements designed for Club teen members, LIFE Coach mentors, ongoing tutoring, career interests assessments, public speaking, technology and health and life skills.  Additionally, MAMM program participants will have access to ongoing mediation and personal development sessions.

Center for Conflict Resolution
Address: 1734 E. 63rd Street, #305, Kansas City, MO  64110
Phone: (816) 461-8255
Contact: Annette Lantz-Simmons

Amount Funded: $ 45,000

Program Summary: Conflict Resolution Skills: Empowering Youth to Prevent Violence is a school-based intervention with middle school and early high school youth who are at risk for violence.  The project is based on a small successful pilot program that combines Restorative Justice Principles, where those who are involved in conflict work together to solve issues before violence occurs, and conflict resolution skills training.  The project utilizes pro-social and supportive adult interaction with you as a stabilizing response to the threat of violence.  Conflict is normal, violence is not.  Based on conflict theory and the activities that the Community Mediation Center (CMC) has been utilizing with success for 13 years in Jackson County schools, Empowering Youth to Prevent Violence combines Restorative Conferences with the ‘Second Step: A Violence Prevention curriculum’ and evidence based program that teaches cooperation, empathy, emotional control, critical thinking and problem solving.

Dismas House of Kansas City
Address: 3100 Main Street, Suite308, Kansas City, MO  64111
Phone: (816) 531-6050
Contact: Sharice Moses

Amount Funded: $ 50,000

Program Summary: Dismas Anti-Violence Intervention and Deterrent program, hereafter referred to as Project D.A.V.I.D., will be a long-term, outpatient, faith-based and community-based support program designed to forge ways, resources and venues to help perpetrators of violence to remediate their behaviors and develop long-term coping skills to maintain that remediation.  Since 1972, Dismas House of Kansas City has provided behavior management and other treatment services to thousands of offenders from the municipal to federal population levels and foreign alien criminals in the United States, and has seen the demonstration of the adage, “hurt people, hurt people,” countless times.  Further, the majority of violent perpetrators have been victims of some kind of violence and/or traumatic emotional pain at some point in their life.  Consistently, perpetrators of violence demonstrate behaviors and patterns consistent with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  They are enduring suffering caused by systematic abandonment and neglect.  Once of the best explanations of this type of suffering is found in Michelle Alexander’s New York Times Best Seller, “The New Jim Crow”.

Jackson County Family Court
Address: 625 E 26th Street, Kansas City, MO  64108
Phone: (816) 881-6503
Contact: Kelly Hams Pearson

Amount Funded: $ 50,000

Program Summary: Parenting with Love and Limits (PLL) is the Jackson County Family Court’s primary parenting and family intervention designed to serve youth under the supervision of the felony diversion program, those in community alternatives to placement (community) and those currently in residential treatment with plans of returning back into the community (re-entry).  The primary aim of the PLL program is to quickly and efficiently stabilize the family to prevent the youth’s further penetration into the juvenile justice system, primary out of home placement; or in the case of youth currently in residential placement, to safely transition youth back into the community through high parent and community involvement before, during and after discharge.  The ultimate goals of PLL participation are to decrease overall recidivism rates of Court involved youth by 30%, reduce the overall length of stay in both residential and community placement by 25%, increase parental involvement, engagement and community support by 40% and realize a cost avoidance or cost savings to tax payers of 25%.

Lee's Summit CARES
Address: 901 NE Independence Avenue, Lee's Summit, MO  64086 
Phone: (816) 347-3298
Contact: Monica Meeks

Amount Funded: $ 25,000

Program Summary: LSC will partner with the Lee’s Summit Police Department’s Crime Reduction Team (LSPD CRT) and Sage Crossing neighborhood to provide prevention, education and intervention strategies by using the evidence-based STRYVE community violence prevention model.  Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) is a national initiative of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

STRYVE’s vision is to empower youth to achieve their full potential as connected and contributing members of thriving, violence-free families, schools, and communities by reducing risk factors for violence and strengthening protective factors.  The model is built on the interconnectedness of multiple sectors, including community-based organizations, local government agencies, schools and families that work collaboratively on local strategies.

Mt Pleasant Education & Development Corporation
Address: 2200 Olive Street, Kansas City, MO  64127
Phone: (816) 483-3717
Contact:  Darren Faulkner

Amount Funded: $ 41,000

Program Summary:  Freedom School, a four-week summer youth development and academic program is being offered to low to mid level risk felony juvenile offenders, who are at high risk for gang involvement; among the first such program in the United States to offer an informal intervention of non-residential juvenile offenders.  Many of the youth targeted for the program cannot return to their local school districts because of the Safe Schools Act, limiting much of their academic and pro-social opportunities or interactions with peers or other youth groups.

reStart, Inc.
Address: 918 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone:  (816) 472-5664 Ext. 238
Contact: Rita Carr

Amount Funded: $ 24,000

Program Summary: Anti-Violence program for identified and at-risk youth ages 12-22 served in reStart Youth Network programs including Street Outreach Services, Youth Emergency Shelter, Youth Transitional Living Program, Maternity Group Home and Youth Rapid Re-housing Program.  A clinical-level staff person provides intensive, targeted prevention, intervention and aftercare services to both current and potential victims and perpetrators of relationship violence.  The “Relationship Advocate” works closely with the Youth Therapist to modify the Safe Dates school-based intervention for use in the shelter/community environment.  The goals of this intervention and of reStart’s Anti-Violence program are:  1) to change adolescent dating violence norms, 2) to change adolescent gender-role norms, 3) to teach conflict resolution skills for dating relationships, 4) to promote victim’s and perpetrators’ beliefs in the need for help and awareness of community resources for dating violence, 5) to promote help-seeking by victims and perpetrators, and 6) to improve peer help-giving skills.

Rose Brooks Center
Contact: Stephanie Milby

Amount Funded: $ 35,000

Program Summary: The Stand By Me Project, in partnership with Central High School, will impact the lives of 1000 low-income diverse students, working to reduce violence in the school through the innovative evidence-based Green Dot Youth Violence Prevention program.  This is a primary prevention strategy that works to build a community of bystander intolerance of violence by promoting behaviors, words, and attitudes that change the school and community.  It delivers the COMBAT strategy area of community violence prevention, with the recommended focus on a single high school. 


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