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Dianne Cleaver, Dr. Robin Henderson discuss new Kansas City Neighborhood Academy on Comcast Kansas City's Newsmakers

Follow this link to watch the May 6 Newsmakers segment by Comcast Kansas City, featuring UNI Executive Director Dianne Cleaver and Kansas City Neighborhood Academy principal Dr. Robin Henderson. KCNA, a new charter school created in partnership with UNI and Kansas City Public Schools, is currently enrolling pre-K – 2 for Fall 2016.

Volunteers Needed for Two June Events in Ivanhoe

Urban Neighborhood Initiative and the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council are searching for volunteers to assist with a pair of neighborhood events in the Ivanhoe community and surrounding areas next month.

Approximately 35 volunteers are needed for pre-event preparation and on-site roles in the Ivanhoe Park Celebration and Family Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 4300 Brooklyn. UNI would welcome the help of 10 individuals to distribute flyers throughout the UNI neighborhoods in the week prior to the event.

UNI Welcomes Three New Board Members

Libby Allman is Vice President of Manufacturing and Product Procurement at Hallmark Cards, Inc. Prior to joining Hallmark, Allman was a Management Consultant with Grant Thornton, LLP, and a Process Improvement Manager for the Fike Corporation.

UNI kicks-off summer with Fun & Fitness Fair May 14

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative is teaming-up with The Junior League of Kansas City, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center and Kansas City University to host the first-ever Fun and Fitness Fair to get families and children off to a safe and healthy summer. The Fun and Fitness Fair is open to the public Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and will take place at Spring Valley Park, near E. 27th St. and Woodland Ave. in Kansas City.

New Kansas City Neighborhood Academy Hires Principal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 3/14/16

Dr. Robin E. Henderson has been hired by the Kansas City Neighborhood Academy (KCNA) to serve as principal of the new high-performance charter school. Dr. Henderson previously served as the Executive Director of Memphis Teacher Residency. Other previous posts include Associate Professor of Education at Union University and Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Indiana Wesleyan University and Dean of Students and classroom teacher at the elementary level.

Blue Hills Community Services looking for Director of Planning and Real Estate Development

Blue Hills Community Services is currently searching for a Director of Planning and Real Estate Development.

Community Meetings to Help Shape Kansas City Neighborhood Academy

Join our Community Meetings at 6 p.m. January 12th or January 19th at Mohart Multipurpose Center to discuss and learn more about the new Kansas City Neighborhood Academy. Food and child care will be provided, so come help shape a school that works in a neighborhood that works!

UNI's Dianne Cleaver talks Vacant Housing on Time Warner Cable "Newsmakers"

Time Warner Cable recently spoke with UNI Executive Director Dianne Cleaver for its "Newsmakers" interview series at the National World War I Museum. During this segment, Dianne and host Nancy Lewis discuss how vacant housing impacts neighborhoods in Kansas City's urban core, and how UNI's Vacant Housing Collective Impact Initiative is turning the city's vacant spaces into thriving places.

UNI to hold first Health Resource Fair Nov. 7

Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) will host its first-ever Health Resource Fair Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DeLaSalle Education Center -- 3737 Troost Ave.

UNI is partnering with Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB) to administer flu shots and health screenings for children, while the Samuel U. Rogers Health Center will provide screenings for adults. Flu shots are free for the first 300 people in attendance, ages 4 and older. UNI is planning to give away vouchers for turkeys, as well as other gift items, to Health Resource Fair attendees.

Second Community Engagement Training Session Set for Oct. 24

UNI is hosting its second Community Engagement Training Session Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Bancroft School Apartments. This is a unique opportunity to develop skills for all areas of life, such as leadership skills, relationship building, community empowerment and collective decision-making.

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