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UNI Announces 2017 Neighborhood Tour

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative is pleased to announce the first-ever 2017 UNI Neighborhood Tour on April 22, 2017, which will provide an opportunity for groups to visit neighborhoods east of Troost Ave. and gain a better perspective on Kansas City’s urban core.

Approximately 200 people are expected to attend, including bankers, real estate agents, small developers, entrepreneurs, church members, artists and other Gen X-age young professionals. One of the main goals of the tour is to showcase opportunities for investment within UNI neighborhoods.

UNI, partners release KC-CUR Implementation Strategy to increase real estate investment in urban core

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) and its civic partners have announced the release of the Kansas City Catalytic Urban Redevelopment (KC-CUR) Initiative’s KC-CUR Implementation Strategy, a report which is meant to help determine what investments could be made to improve the quality of life within the UNI and spur new real estate activity.

UNI, Junior League to Host Health & Wellness Resource Fair

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) and the Junior League of Kansas City are partnering to host the 2016 Health & Wellness Resource Fair Saturday, Oct. 8, at DeLaSalle Education Center. The fair lasts from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and will feature free flu shots for the first 90 attendees from the community.

The Health & Wellness Resource Fair will also offer free health screenings to adults and children, as well as free bags of food and turkey vouchers. The first 300 participants will each receive free hats, gloves and more.

Employers to offer on-site interviews Sept. 20 at UNI Annual Hiring Fair

More than 25 employers from around Kansas City are looking to meet a talented pool career seekers at next week’s Annual UNI Hiring Fair, hosted by the Urban Neighborhood Initiative and Urban League of Kansas City. The Hiring Fair will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20, at St. James United Methodist Church (56th & Paseo) in Kansas City from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Parent Leadership Training Institute to Host Info Sessions for Community Leaders Aug. 30

The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) would like to welcome school, non-profit and community leaders to a pair of informational sessions on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City.

The PLTI enables parents to become leading advocates for their children, teaching parents advocacy skills that will help change their children’s lives and improve lifelong health, safety and learning.

KC's Newest Charter School Receives $1.6 Million Boost

Kansas City Neighborhood Academy (KCNA) today announced grants of $1-million and $600,000, respectively, from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Hall Family Foundation to support the new charter school established by the Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) in partnership with Kansas City Public Schools.

KCNA will open its doors August 2 for the 2016-17 school year, serving Pre-K through second grade. Additional grade levels will be added in succeeding years, ultimately serving students in Pre-K through sixth grade.

KCNA Seeking Volunteers to Help Clean, Prepare School Grounds for Aug. 2 Opening

Kansas City Neighborhood Academy (KCNA) is currently seeking approximately 50 volunteers to assist with interior and exterior cleaning, maintenance and preparation for the new school’s Aug. 2 opening.

KCNA is looking to conduct the following tasks:
- removing and relocating excess furniture from the building
- general cleaning and debris removal in classrooms and common spaces
- painting lines on playground and sprucing-up the outdoor playground area
- assembling new bookshelves and distributing to classrooms

Kansas City Neighborhood Academy Seeks Volunteers for Meet-and-Greet Event June 25

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative and Kansas City Neighborhood Academy are seeking volunteers to assist with the new charter school’s meet-and-greet event with school staff, which will welcome enrolled families and new families interested in enrolling.

KCNA is gearing up for an afternoon of fun, games and food on Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the new school building, located at 1619 East 24th Terrace. Approximately 10 volunteers are needed to help run and oversee carnival games. Volunteers will help for one-hour time periods throughout the event.

Employer Registration Now Open for 2016 Hiring Fair

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative and Urban League of Kansas City are currently seeking employers for their 2016 Annual Hiring Fair, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church (56th & The Paseo in Kansas City, Mo.).

Employers have an opportunity to meet with a talented and diverse pool of career seekers, and those who register prior to Aug. 19 will receive a special rate of $175. The regular $250 rate will apply after Aug. 19.

Ivanhoe Farmers’ Market Now Open Every Friday Through September

The Ivanhoe Farmers’ Market is set to kick-off the summer by celebrating its 2016 Grand Opening Friday, June 10, at 3700 Woodland, next to the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council.

The open-air seasonal market, located in the urban core Ivanhoe neighborhood, will be open every Friday from 5-7 p.m through September.

The Grand Opening event features fresh produce, artisan crafts, live music entertainment, a children’s play area and much more. This is the fifth year that the Ivanhoe Farmers’ Market will be open for the summer season.

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