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United Services Community Action Agency

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Nonprofit Issues:

Economic Development

Address:

6323 Manchester Avenue Kansas City MO 64133 USA

Mission:

Our Mission is to eliminate poverty among the people of Jackson, Clay, and Platte Counties in Missouri.We focus all available resources toward the goal of assisting low-income individuals, families, and communities in achieving the highest level of self-sufficiency.We serve as advocates for low-income residents by identifying the causes of poverty and developing and implementing a comprehensive approach to eliminate those causes.

Programs:

Pave the Way encourages low-income young people to reach beyond their current circumstances and put themselves in a better position to succeed. Students meet 3 days a week and are compensated for their participation in the program, receiving the minimum wage rate. There are 4 phases to the classroom experience: Phase I deals with personal development and work readiness. They are asked to evaluate their attitudes, choices, and behaviors and instructed on how each can affect their ability to gain and retain employment. Phase II and III allow students to evaluate their skills and explore career options. This includes participation in career assessments, as well as researching education and training expectations for fields of interests. There is also a paid work experience option. And finally, Phase IV is the Leadership Development Institute, designed to unite young people with adults who are interested in mentoring. Schools participating at this time (March/2010) are Imagine Renaissance Academy Charter; Ruskin High School; Hickman Mills; Hope Academy; DeLaSalle Charter; Oak Park High School; Star Academy; Grandview High School; SMART Career Choices.

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