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In Kansas City, we have unique access to leaders who are fullheartedly involved in our mission to create an environment where children can thrive. Come and join this group of passionate leaders as we continue in our fight for educational equity in our community.

With more than 15 unique districts, Kansas City is a thriving community with endless opportunity. We sit in the heart of America, where leaders have access to several opportunities. From interactions with policy leaders, deep involvement in community service, and the opportunity to champion local change, leaders have the opportunity to grow in their professional and personal development.


Third graders achieve reading proficiency


Students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch


Students graduate high school


Students are considered a minority

“I think the educational landscape in Kansas City is improving, we have more work to do but by working together with organizations like Teach For America we are going to succeed.”

Sly James

Mayor, Kansas City, Missouri


Neighborhood Highlights

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    Kansas City Public Schools

    The purpose of Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) is to provide a quality education that prepares all of our students, regardless of background or circumstances, for success in college, career, and life. We will produce scholars who are high-achieving critical thinkers, prepared to succeed in a constantly changing world and engaged in the improving of their communities. KCPS will accomplish this goal by providing teachers with the appropriate training, resources, and support they need to develop the whole child.

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    University Academy

    University Academy is a K-12 college preparatory public charter academy, consisting of three schools, located in Kansas City, Missouri. The school was founded by people who believe deeply that students living in Kansas City, Missouri, deserve the opportunity to have an excellent college preparatory education. The founders' vision was to establish a school that emphasizes college preparation, career development, community service, and leadership.

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    Operation Breakthrough

    Operation Breakthrough provides a safe, loving, and educational environment for children in poverty and empowers their families through advocacy, emergency aid, and education.

  • The Ewing Marion Kauffman School

    The Ewing Marion Kauffman School

    We are proud to partner with the Ewing Marion Kauffman School, a free, public charter school serving more than 1,000 students in 5th through 12th grades. Focused on student achievement and strong character, the school’s mission is summarized in three words: create college graduates. The school serves a student population of which 87 percent qualify for free and reduced lunch and 90 percent identify as students of color. Students are accepted by a lottery that prioritizes the six highest-need zip codes within the district.

    In 2015, the Kauffman School was recognized as Missouri Charter School of the Year. In 2016 and 2017, the Kauffman School earned a perfect score on its statewide Annual Performance Rating, one of only 7 percent of districts statewide to do so. In 2017, Teach For America named the Kauffman School a School To Learn From. Kauffman School students are empowered by their identities and place in the community and develop a critical consciousness of the world around them. Kauffman School staff actively partner with families to be a school, not just in the community, but of the community.

Our Regional Partners

We value our partnerships with local schools, districts, universities, businesses, and other organizations. Our partners play a critical role in creating opportunities for children in our communities.