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Education & Outreach Program Update

Updated: Apr 8, 2021

HCA’s Spring Green Guard Workshop series began on Saturday, Mach 13. The workshop series provides information for community members to learn about Restoring Vacant Lots, and Stewards met with partners to hear from their experiences restoring their own vacant lots. On Saturday, March 27 the Stewards heard from Kathy Persley, President of Heart of the City Neighborhood Association and Josh Anderson, Boys Grow. Participants learned about Dunbar Farm and soil health. The third Green Guard Stewardship Training workshop will take place at Boon Area #1. Leading the training will be Carl Stafford, founder of MY REGION WINS!. Participants will learn about how a nonprofit is restoring a vacant lot and will learn stewardship and community engagement.

Heart of the City neighborhood has identified several vacant lots in their community that have the potential to make a powerful impact on the local community by providing gardens, gathering spaces, reducing blight and improving stormwater management. Photo by: Sarah Benal

Youth Council

On Saturday, March 20, HCA led an information session about Youth Council. A recording of that information can be found on the Youth Council Instagram. The first official meeting is Wednesday, April 14, 5 – 6:30pm

If you know a passionate person between the ages of 14-24, they can apply for HCA’s Youth Council. This non-partisan campaign aims to bring awareness about people-centered approaches toward mitigating pollution in Kansas City’s urban neighborhoods and their surrounding green spaces. It aims to answer the questions:

  • What would Kansas City look like if we worked with communities, and HCA partners, to mitigate pollution in the watershed around the Blue River and the urban core?

  • What change could we make by educating Kansas City about zero waste practices?

The Education & Outreach Work Group met on Thursday, March 11. Courtney Masterson, Native Lands LLC delivered a report on the updated metrics for Renew the Blue. They also discussed planning a fall event at Camp Branch Glade Park.

The next Education & Outreach Work Group meeting is Thursday, 5/13/21 at 10 am.

If you are interested in attending a work group, contact Sarah Benal at

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