New partnership will allow existing program to expand to younger students, more schools.
SchoolSmartKC today announced a new grant and partnership with 20/20 Leadership. This grant will allow the 20/20 Leadership Program to expand into two new schools, and also extend the program to all grades at the high school level.
“We have spent a lot of time working closely with our schools,” Juan Rangel, SchoolSmartKC’s Director of Family Engagement says, “and we see that students participating in extracurricular programs like 20/20 Leadership are more likely to graduate, and more likely to attend college or enter the workforce with the skills they need to succeed. Expanding this program within our community is essential work for reducing the achievement and opportunity gaps that exist in our schools.”
The 20/20 Leadership Program was first established in Kansas City in 1993 and has served over 4,500 students from Kansas City Public Schools and local Charter schools, as well as other local school districts. The program allows students at the high school level to enter experience-based leadership training, focusing on three core areas of Workforce Development, Community Engagement, and Career and College Preparation. The funding from SchoolSmartKC will support the long-term goals of the program, as well as allow for increased enrollment:
“This funding from SSKC will not only increase our capacity to respond to student needs during these unprecedented times but will also allow us to position ourselves to have a greater impact on Kansas City, Missouri students in the future.” Marnie Morgan, Executive Director of 20/20 Leadership says, “Due to our local partners and strong track record, we believe 20/20 Leadership is uniquely positioned to expand and diversify its student base, and this new funding will allow us to grow strategically and sustainably to support KC students in the long-term.”
Funding from this grant will be released this week, with an additional 300 Missouri students expected to be served by 20/20 Leadership in the next 12 months.