Thank you so much for your interest in supporting Race Project KC, an initiative of Johnson County Library. We extend our deepest gratitude to you.
We believe that twenty-first century libraries must be pillars of safety, inclusion, diversity and democracy for the communities we serve. With the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 and the past months revealing the all-too-familiar horrific murders related to racism’s enduring harm and deep roots in our country, we feel a renewed responsibility to offer this opportunity to area high school students, their teachers, and the general community.
Donating to Race Project KC is something that can be done via our Library Foundation’s Website at jocolibraryfoundation.org/donate. Please note Race Project KC in the "In Honor Of" field of the donation form to direct your funds to this initiative. Our Foundation also takes calls at 913-826-4740 if one would prefer to donate via credit card over the phone.
The Race Project team will prioritize developing a plan for community engagement over the next month. We are currently in talks with educators involved in the 2019–2020 student cohorts on the best way to rally students during this time.
If your generosity extends beyond Race Project KC, we encourage you to consider giving your time and money to partners we have worked with and similar youth serving organizations in the community.
Anytown - AnytownKC is a 6-day residential program for high school youth who are interested in learning about social justice issues and practicing their leadership skills to help make their schools and communities more inclusive.
KC Kids Unite - Hundreds of 3-5 grade students in Kansas City, MO bridge racial and socioeconomic divides with writing, poetry, and art, thanks to the Greater Kansas City Writing Project’s (GKCWP) KC Kids Unite program.
Kansas City Youth Ambassadors - Youth Ambassadors is an educational, non-profit employment program designed to equip underserved youth with the knowledge that they as teenagers have a vital voice. They have the power to be active participants in their communities, not just passive observers.
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.
CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates for children recruit, train and support lay volunteers who act as advocates on behalf of the best interest of children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
Diversity Talks - Diversity Talks specializes in providing student-led professional development grounded in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The CHOOSE Org - We co-founded our non-profit CHOOSE in 2014 as high school sophomores because we weren't talking about race, even though every part of our daily lives--from our neighborhoods to our friend groups--was shaped by racial division. Now in college, we've traveled to all 50 states, collecting stories about race, culture, and intersectionality for our second book.
Start at Zero - Partnering with parents and caregivers to promote healthy early childhood development, Kansas City based Start at Zero turns local elementary schools and community organizations into “hubs” of early childhood family support.
We Are Wyandotte - Home of the Health Equity Action Transformation (H.E.A.T.) Report that uncovers health inequities based on place of residence in Wyandotte County, with connections to historical redlining practices, a video series, related comics, and more.
Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City - The mission of the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City, Inc. is to collect, preserve and make available to the public materials documenting the social, economic, political and cultural histories of persons of African American descent in the central United States, with particular emphasis in the Kansas City, Missouri region. Black Archives of Mid-America is an educational resource and provides access to its collections for research, exhibition and publication to honor our community heritage and to catalyze public awareness.
SURJ KC - Showing Up for Racial Justice Kansas City is a local network organizing white people for racial justice in accountability to People of Color (POC). Through Personal Support, Political Education, and Solidarity Action, SURJ KC moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for racial justice.
One Struggle KC - One Struggle KC is a collective of Kansas City activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed Black communities, locally and globally.
Kansas City Tour Company - Conducts tours of historic sites in the Kansas City area and creates interactive, historic slide show presentations that allow people to make the connections between the past, present, and future through history.