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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
KC Urban Advantage is changing the lives of underserved students and educators from schools throughout the Kansas City Metro area.
DID YOU KNOW? Less than 20% of the KC metro area's underserved 5th graders scored proficient or higher in science. Science proficiency is an integral 21st century skill, yet out of reach for many. KC Urban Advantage is ready to do something about it. Urban Advantage programs in other cities have a demonstrated record of making change. New York Urban Advantage schools went from performing below non-UA schools by almost 10 percent to exceeding them by 10% in just 4 years!
Now in our 2nd year, KC URBAN ADVANTAGE provides these amazing children, along with their families and teachers, unprecedented access to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) through hands-on educational experiences with Kansas City’s preeminent science and cultural institutions. Help us expand their universe and connect them to a FUTURE OF NEW POSSIBILITIES.
Please donate today or help us raise funds to provide Kansas City area students, schools, and teachers with the tools, resources and transportation required to take advantage of the Kansas City Urban Advantage Program (KCUA).
With your support, the KC Urban Advantage team will have the capacity to expand the program, and reach many more underserved students, schools and families in the KC metro region.
How To Help
There are two options if you would like to support this fund and KC Urban Advantage students and teachers:
OPTION 1: Click Donate Now to directly support our KCUA fund today. Your generous donations are greatly appreciated by the teachers and faculty who provide valuable educational opportunities for these incredible students in the Kansas City area.
OPTION 2: Scroll up, and click on The Teams tab in this fundraiser and find your Team, or start a new one. There, join as an individual or as group, to use your social and email networks to help raise money for KCUA students, teachers, and faculty.
We cannot thank you enough for your help and generosity, in both time and resources.
To learn more about this fund and where the resources you help raise are allocated, read on below 👇
About This Fund
Dollars raised go to providing equipment and materials for students and teachers, transportation that would otherwise be impossible to afford, free lunches, professional development for educators on-site at schools, and most importantly, total access for underserved students to the educational experiences needed for a holistic STEAM education. Experiences that would otherwise be out of reach.
The KC Urban Advantage initiative impacts students, educators, and families by providing ACCESS to extraordinary resources in direct support of teaching and learning STEAM. KCUA students travel to the Museum at Prairiefire and other cultural institutions in the Kansas City Metro for hands-on half or full-day STEAM programs, with lunch and transportation provided. Teachers receive professional development opportunities and standards-based educator materials to link KCUA experiences and classroom learning. Families of KCUA students receive access to the Museum at Prairiefire and family events, FREE of charge. Specific program goals include:
1. High-quality professional development for teachers and administrators
2. Classroom materials and equipment that promote scientific inquiry and authentic investigations
3. Access to UA Partner institutions through free school and family ﬁeld trips
4. Outreach through family events, celebrations of student achievement, and parent coordinator workshops
5. Capacity-building and sustainability structures, including a network of demonstration schools and support for the development of lead teachers
6. Assessment of program goals, student learning, systems of delivery, and outcomes
Currently, The Museum at Prairiefire KC Urban Advantage Team serves seven schools from Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City, Kansas, Shawnee Mission, and Olathe school districts. The Museum at Prairiefire KCUA Education Team goes on site to partnering schools to aid educators in administering the program both in and out of the classroom. Your contribution to this campaign will expand access to the KC Urban Advantage initiative to more students, teachers, and families in the Kansas City region.
“Thank you for everything you have done for our staff and students….our staff is super excited about our plans for year #2.” – Kim, Principal
“Thank you so much for opening your doors to us! The information and resources you provided us are very useful. I look forward to bringing my kiddos to your exhibition.” – Jessica, Teacher
“Thank you all for your commitment to our students and their learning. This partnership has brought experiences, education, hands-on learning and enthusiasm to our students that they otherwise wouldn’t have. Thanks a million!” – Valerie, Teacher
“I found myself inspired to create more lessons integrating science. Your support makes me an even bigger fan of the Museum at Prairiefire – both personally and professionally!” – Heather, Teacher
“Thank you so much for everything you do for our kids! I am looking forward to being able to work with the museum in the future. The kids love getting to experience everything you have to offer. Thank you!” – Kara, 3rd Grade Teacher
“As the art teacher, I want to tell you how much I appreciate your approach to STEAM. Creativity in all subjects is so important! Thank you for all you do.” – Paula, Art Teacher
“Today was amazing! Thank you so much for the great information on Project Based Learning, museum visits, and extension activities….Our students are so lucky to be a part of KCUA!” – Dawn, Teacher
“Thanks so much for hosting us this morning! I loved the template for writing essential questions and the resources on rubrics for Project Based Learning. This is such a great opportunity for our students!” – Patty, Teacher