Youth Program: Write Brain 

Write Brain is a STEAM-based summer enrichment program for youth in 3rd-5th grades. Youth will be served breakfast and lunch and engage in a writing workshop. At the end of the six-week summer enrichment program, youth will have authored and illustrated their own book that they will receive, and in addition, one will be made public and shared with the community.

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Our 2022 UNI Gala!


is the signature fundraising event for Kansas City’s Urban Neighborhood Initiative.

The proceeds support our mission to improve the quality of life in our community through affordable housing, home repairs, and quality after school and summer time youth activities.

Embrace your inner child while investing in quality urban neighborhood development

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Our News

Welcome Our New Leader, Dr. Jamee Rodgers

As we prepare for our longtime President & CEO Dianne Cleaver’s retirement, we welcome our incoming President & CEO Jamee Rodgers as UNI’s future leader.

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Long before Urban Neighborhood Initiative was even an idea, neighborhood organizations were already hard at work, intent on improving and revitalizing the communities where they live. Our neighborhood partners have been, and are essential to, UNI’s success.

Our partners are building community gardens, orchards, and playgrounds, and working on streetscapes, new curbs, and sidewalks. They’re working to decrease crime and close drug houses. They’re developing block leader programs and hosting clean-up and dumpster days.



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Kansas City, Missouri 64108


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816-231-0855 (fax)

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