Part 2 Of ACLU – Where Freedom Stands In Kansas Today and StopGap Inc – Helping Young People Aging Out Of Foster Care

American Civil Liberties Union – Where Freedom Stands In Kansas Today

Host Craig Lubow interviews Micah Kubic director of the ACLU – Kansas Chapter today on “Where Freedom Stands in Kansas Today”. This is the first part of a series of interviews with Micah. On this edition they will discuss the outlook for Reproductive Freedoms, Voting Rights and Racial Justice in Kansas.

ACLU of Kansas
Executive Director: Micah Kubic
3601 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
United States
(816) 756-3113 | Fax: (816) 756-0136

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StopGap Inc – Helping Young People Aging Out Of Foster Care Survive and Thrive
**This is a reairing from JoJR show on February 23, 2015

Host Allie Catherine Bush talks with Justine Burton, CEO/Founder of StopGap Incorporated of Lawrence Kansas. They are a grassroots non-profit organization working for youth that age-out of foster care and other at-risk youth.
Their Mission is to empower youth aging-out of foster care and at-risk youth in attaining ownership of their lives by providing them with a foundation of life skills to transition from dependence to independence and compete in society.

The basic life skills offered to most youth as they approach the end of their length of stay in foster care is just what it states: “Basic.” In most cases it is delivered to groups of youth lumped together based on their geographical location, age or what the contracted person feels would be a good mix. Consequently, little attention is given to the educational, emotional, health and behavioral concerns of neither youth’s, nor their risk factors.

Fortunately, there are resources and opportunities available for youth after they leave the foster care system. Yet, there is a deficiency for the basic skills and understanding needed to survive on their own. Unfortunately, some do not have the knowledge or the desire to access this information. While foster care can be of assistance in many cases, it is by no means a cure-all.

What StopGap Inc offers is an eight week program with interactive workshops to give youth a hands-on experience with knowledge of nutrition, housing, budgeting, financial planning, employment prep., and we provide information from the Douglas County Health Dept on sexual and physical education, and Licensed therapist on mental health issues; through the Willow Domestic Violence Center we offer the SAFE Prevention program and Anti Sex-Trafficking, and GED/high school education, vocational, and higher educational goals which will help them attain independence.

Additionally, the outreach program activities will be taught by instructors who are caring, compassionate, and supportive individuals who are knowledgeable in each area of the subject matter.

Contact: Justine Burton, CEO/Founder
1942 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 785-856-7833

Calendar of Events

Is Public education for sale? You are invited to attend a public debate between the the UMKC Debate Team and DEBATE-Kansas City. The teams will look at present education policy and options for future policy. There will be a question and answer period after the debate. This event will be Wednesday October 21st, 630-8 PM in Royall Hall, Room 111 on the UMKC campus, 800 E 52nd St, KCMO and is open to the public.
The American Public Square’s comunity discussion “Talking Scripture: Dialogue, Discussion and Disagreement?” will be held Thursday, October 22 at Pierson Auditorium on the UMKC campus, 5100 Rockhill Rd, KCMO. Professor Amy-Jill Levine, Dr. Molly Zahn, Professor Brian Lepard, the Rev. Dr. Wallace S. Hartsfield II and Imam Sulaiman Z. Salaam, Jr. will form a panel moderated by Brian Ellison. Dinner will begin at 6:00 pm and the panel will present from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. They will discuss the nature, role and application of scripture and sacred text in a modern, pluralistic society from the points of view of a diverse group of academics and clergy. Registration for the event is required. For registration, cost and more information call 816-235-5067.
Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and the Center for Global Studies and Social Justice at Avila University present Sister Helen Prejean Friday October 30th, 7 to 8:30 PM at Unity on the Plaza, 707 W 47th St, KCMO. Sister Helen Prejean is an anti-death penalty activist and author of Dead Man Walking
the book that inspired the movie and the book The Deaths of Innocents. Tickets will be available at the door. For price check out the MADP website and more information contact Staci Pratt at [email protected]
Advocates for Immigration Rights and Reconciliation is offering a workshop for those looking to apply for US Citizenship. There will be two sessions Saturday October 24th at the Linwood United Presbyterian Church, 3151 Olive St, KCMO. Session 1 will be at 9 AM and session 2 at 1 PM. Check them out on Face Book or call them at (913) 608-7742.

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