Youth Serving Partners

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters
“Our vision is that all children achieve success in life. We provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters is the second largest one-to-one mentoring agency in the nation, and has received national acclaim from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Forbes and USA Today for our quality mentoring and innovative approach to non-profit management.”

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
“Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is committed to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Our council serves more than 15,000 girls and adults in 80 Kansas counties through our operational headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, and regional offices in Salina, Hays, Emporia and Garden City.

Our mission is championing leadership growth in girls through community service, personal development, and fun-filled experiences in Girl Scouts – the pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls.”

USD259 - Wichita Public Schools
USD259 - Wichita Public Schools
“The work of Wichita Public Schools is to empower all students with the 21st century skills and knowledge necessary for success by providing a coherent, rigorous, safe and nurturing, culturally responsive, and inclusive learning community.”
Catholic Diocese of Wichita - Catholic Schools
Catholic Diocese of Wichita - Catholic Schools
“In the Diocese of Wichita, we are committed to stewardship as a total way of living for every activity that makes up parish life.
Stewardship begins when a disciple recognizes that everything is a gift from God and we are the stewards, or caretakers, of those gifts, but they belong to God, not to us.
Stewards develop their gifts and share them with others generously, sacrificially and willingly, particularly through their parish. That means the ministries of the parish, including Catholic schools, are the responsibility of the entire parish, not just those who use them.
In the stewardship way of life, Catholic schools are parochial; they belong to the parish. They are not private schools that are owned and operated by those who use them. Therefore, every school family is encouraged to be an active parish steward.
Because the entire Diocese is committed to Stewardship, parishes make every effort to make a Catholic education, from kindergarten thru high school, available to active parish stewards without charging tuition. As far as we know, the Diocese of Wichita is the only diocese in the United States where every child of active parish stewards can attend Catholic grade and high school without paying tuition.”
The Pando Initiative
The Pando Initiative
“We believe that we were all created for connection and when we’re connected, we’re at our best. That’s why we connect with students to help them engage and thrive in education and their future.
We connect students to people, communities, and organizations, helping them build strength, vitality and the courage to take the initiative to succeed.
We are an initiative. We are not an institution, a school, or a place where people go.
We connect and engage with people, take purposeful actions to help students thrive. “Initiative” is descriptive of what we do organizationally, but also is what we desire from our students and the people we work with to help them.
We are part of an interconnected system that is enduring despite the challenges and obstacles life presents.”
Wichita State University
Wichita State University
“The mission of Wichita State University is to be an essential educational, cultural, and economic driver for Kansas and the greater public good.
Vision: Wichita State University is internationally recognized as the model for applied learning and translational research.
This vision means Wichita State University will be “the model” not merely “a model” for requiring students to apply their skill sets in practical or real world contexts. It requires that everyone at Wichita State University can state what each student will be able to accomplish in terms of applied learning or translational research. This vision extends beyond the student experience — it requires that everyone at the university engage in or support applied learning and translational research. The fulfillment of this vision will be realized in many different ways across the Wichita State University campus.”
Children First A-STEM
Children First A-STEM
“Children First: CEO Kansas Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Wichita, Kansas, with a mission to assist in equalizing educational opportunities for the children of low-income families.
The goal is to provide a pathway out of poverty through higher paying jobs.”
Youth Horizons
Youth Horizons
“We empower children and their families to become healthy and productive members of our community. We create nationwide awareness of the needs of at-risk youth. We accomplish our mission by matching children with Christian mentors and providing a safe and structured home environment for boys in our residential program.
The kids we serve represent all races and include both boys and girls. All of the children we serve come from single-parent homes; usually the kids in our program grow up fatherless. The needs and risk factors associated with fatherless children are staggering.
Youth Horizons exists because God is the defender of the fatherless. He has asked us to be involved in His work caring for the fatherless and motherless in Wichita. The staff members of Youth Horizons mobilize the church to help meet the needs of these children in Sedgwick county through our mentoring and residential programs.”
TRIO: Upward Bound Math and Science Center
TRIO: Upward Bound Math and Science Center
“The TRIO Upward Bound Math Science Center (UBMS) is a federally funded program hosted by Wichita State University that prepares low-income and first-generation high school students to pursue degrees and careers in math and science.
We work to elevate students who have an interest in and talent for science, technology, engineering and math through intensive instruction, hands-on experiences and opportunities to learn from professional mathematicians and scientists in a variety of fields.
The UBMS Center offers an academic-year component and a summer residential component. Students are required to participate in both components from freshman through senior year.”
TRIO: Upward Bound Wichita Prep
TRIO: Upward Bound Wichita Prep
“The Upward Bound Wichita Prep program at Wichita State University provides an infrastructure that helps students to prepare for post-secondary education, complete secondary school and acquire skills and abilities for educational success.
The program’s primary goal is to assist low-income, disabled and first-generation college prospectives from USD 259 secondary schools in developing their academic potential. Our program offers an intensive summer residential experience on the WSU campus and educational support throughout the academic year. We challenge students to perform to the best of their abilities and to give serious thought to the goal of attaining a post-secondary degree.”
Exploration Place
Exploration Place
“Mission: Inspiring a deeper interest in science through creative and fun experience for people of all ages.

Exploration Place is a mission-driven 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution, supported by admissions, membership dues, public support, and voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.”

 

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