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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Our mission is to utilize the arts to cultivate and develop self-empowerment, community service, higher education, and self-expression within adolescents aged 11-18.

Results: In September 2009, we piloted an after school program in Kansas City, Kansas. With school support and volunteers we were able to build a great curriculum, bring in guest speakers, and transport students to various cultural events throughout the city. Our Successes: 1. Since our program is unique and innovative, many organizations are requesting our services as an added feature for their youth. We’ve gained a partnership with the local organizations and churches to assist with our monthly KC Teen Mic Nights. 2. We are a volunteer ran program. Our volunteers have invested over 3,000 hours to the after school program which includes preparing lesson plans, being a mentor to students, seeking out resources and support. • 2015, founder, received an award from the African American Affairs Commission dedicated service to Project Unity initiatives, to youth and to the community • Art Kansas City Fund Catalyst Grant recipient • November 2015, founder received a Business Appreciation Award from The U Church • Developed partnership with S.I.D.E ( Socialization Interdependent, Development, Empowerment) organization that provided us with resources, supplies, and equipment for After School Program and KC Teen Mic. • June 2015, KC Teen Mic Team radio appearance on 95.3 KCPZ 1. Develop and adopt a new creative arts curriculum for the after school program 2. Increase our teen participation and attendance by 50% 3. Develop a marketing and branding plan to produce quality programming for the organization. 4. Build a sustainable volunteer recruitment program 5. Develop workshops centered around artist development and social change issues for teens.

Target demographics: Creative Corner (6th-8th graders)Teen Mic Night ( 7th-12th graders)

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 125 young people and families

Geographic areas served: Kansas City, Kansas

Programs: KC Teen Mic Nights ( Open Mic) Talent Events After School Programming

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Christina127

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has benefited greatly from his experience working with the leadership of YCN. They are a positive force in the community and Kansas City in general for all youth. They encourage teens to use their gifts and talents in a positive way and to make a difference in their own lives and community. I appreciate their faithfulness and commitment to our city and it's youth. My son looks forward to attending and meeting with the leaders and other youth to learn from one another and encourage each other too. I would highly recommend YCN!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

YCN is good for expressing yourself. I like when we do shout outs. It helps me not to be shy. I like the snacks.If the program was not on Tuesday i would be at home on facebook and snapchat. When i come to the meting I i like meting new people.

1 Gimena M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

YCN is the best. It has helped me a lot. We have had great experiences. We have a lot of fun games. YCN has taught me how to write better. If YCN was not here, I would not have met new people. Also, the shout outs are great. During the shout outs we get to say what we have done. My Tuesdays would be very boring if the program was not here. Kisses- Gimena =)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Like, this is an awesome program and everything we do is so much fantasical. We wrote and ate and shared things about each other that we didn't want to share prior to the program. It really is greater than expectation!!!! 5 stars!!!!!!!:-)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best programs in the Wyandotte County area. Gives teens a chance to voice their problems, concerns and talents. A positive and uplifting environment. Great job!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

YCN is a critical piece in our community. They give our youth chances to acknowledge their talent, then put it to good use. They work extremely hard trying to make a positive impact!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy the opportunity for teens to be able to show off talents and/or skills without being scrutinized and judged. So if you ever get a chance to go to atleast one of the Teen Mic Nights you might end up in a dance battle.

Board Member

Rating: 5

To see the impact that Youth City Network has had on so many kids is remarkable. In just a few short years Youth City Network has managed to improve the lives of so many students in the Kansas City Metro area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth City Network is a great after school program that teaches kids about the Arts. I was asked to come down and teach an improv workshop. The kids were really responsive to the lessons. We had a great day of improv acceptance and being comfortable with being silly. Some of the exercises we did were: Redball, Yes, Seven things, and the Ad game. It went so well I was asked to come back. The second workshop we went over characters. We worked on some exercises that helped develop characters and scene work. The kids had even more fun the second time. This program is a great way for the kids to get some positive reinforcement in there lives.
If you are interested in a Improv Workshop you can contact me through email at masongtthecomic@yahoo.com.

Kimberly42

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In a school district where the Arts are dwindling and Creativity is frowned upon Youth City Network is filling a void in young people’s minds’ and hearts’. Youth City Network has been able to give young people a creative outlet. Youth City Network gave young people a voice and it was through that voice that those young people became empowered. Over the course of the school year it was wonderful to see young people become invested in themselves, their thoughts and the output of their thoughts. It was also wonderful to see the youth in Youth City Network become a family; they were able to create a bond with each other that will hopefully keep each other safe through high school and college career. The lessons they learned on how to use their voices and word will give them an added advantage in life.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Youth City Network has a great mission and is much needed in the community. Lucretia has a great passion and sincerely cares about the kids. We do have many obstacles such as resources and funding. Continued support is very necessary!!

Aaron Y.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The youth City Network is a great avenue for kids, talents, and people with aspiring dreams/goals. It's a place where you can be around and interact with positive people. I recommend this place to any youth in kansas city, and parents looking to for positive, constructive places to send their kids! �AY-MusiK� ‏

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Youth city network has and will continue to become more of a vital outreach network in the Kansas City, Ks, society. To see so many young people become so willing to share their opinion and open up in an environment they feel safe and wanted; that's an unbeatable feeling. These are the programs that should be further exposed. People like Lucretia Sullivan should be the headliners of our tomorrows papers. I will continue to support YCN and and do what i can to help out to elevate and reach more of our inner city youth!!

Markita C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for use City Network and I have watched many children grow through this non profit organization. I have also witness children's self a steam rise and not just because students but also become a volunteer their self. I'm glade that use City Network exist.

Matt39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth City Network has been operating against the financial odds for some time now. Crucially, they have provided an outlet and network for youth who are in great need of healthy outlets as their surrounding community is not providing as much as we may wish. The work done by this organization is absolutely priceless! Much credit is due for their accommodations to these kids, and the community should look forward to the years to come with their future initiatives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

LuCretia Sullivan through Youth City Network YCN) has consistently given youth in our community an opportunity to showcase their talent, develop their skill, voice their opinions in a safe environment! I have attended a few of the events in support of YCN and they have been both entertaining and educational for the youth participants and the audience. Congratulations to LuCretia for sticking with her mission and congratulations to all of the students and families who are receiving this service.

Reyhan W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Youth City Network has been creating events for my students to be able to express their spoken word and songs for 3 years. Recently, I been able to take students to the 3rd Thursday Open Mic events, and my students love it. hopefully, more students will be able to come out and experience this great opportunity.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ive been volunteering for YCN for the last two going on three years. ive really enjoyed helping out. you don't find to many people now days that want to help out teens for free. its usually some kind of catch to it but with YCN its not, this is just a place where teenagers can go to get something off their chest, talk about important topic's and show their talents. In the last two years ive done a talent show, help promote and went to many open mic events. this experience was very helpful for me as far trying to learn how to project my voice, over come my stage fright & gaining courage. if i could i would drag every teen i know to open mic night's. . its life changing :)