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Introduction For nearly 25 years, 20/20 Leadership has been providing students with the opportunity to leave their schools one day per month and turn their communities into their classrooms. Members of the 1993 Class of Leadership 2000 decided to develop a program that would serve youth in Wyandotte County and allow them to learn more about themselves and their communities. The first class of 20/20 Leadership served 36 students from nine high schools. Today, more than 600 students from 17 high schools have the unique opportunity to participate in monthly experiential learning opportunities that help them focus on improving themselves, as well as leaving a legacy within their communities.


This 20/20 Year in Review is in memory of Uziel Melgoza Pecina, Jr., “Uzielito� Lincoln College Preparatory Academy 1998-2016


our mission

To provide high



unique experiential learning opportunities to expand their education

beyond the classroom,

resilient leaders,

develop and build stronger


MEET THE 20/20 LEADERSHIP TEAM Marilyn Alstrom, Executive Director Sally Dannov, Marketing Director Crystal (Nance) Everett, Program Director

The of Experiential

Learning Student Profile:

• All students who apply are accepted • Focus is on the 2.0 to 4.0 GPA student • RSVP (via email) is required for each program day • Student is required to know GPA and track school attendance • Students are required to actively participate and have fun • All students who participate in 20/20 Olympics become eligible for one of five KC Royals Charities $10,000 scholarships and other scholarships • Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who participate in 20/20 Leadership are academically, racially, economically, socially and geographically diverse STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) 20/20 Students Have Higher Graduation Rate, ACT Scores, and Attendance Than District Peers. 100

83.0 / 94.5

69 / 100








Attendance %

Graduation %

N=132 Jr/Sr Leaders from KCPS, 2016-17 transcripts

Key Points of Curriculum

Personal Development Community Engagement College and Career Prep Team Building / Collaboration / Networking Workforce Development






16.6 /18.6

ACT Score

20/20 Olympics 20/20 Leadership Alumni

KCPS District 2016-2017 20/20 Leadership 2016-2017


Personal D eve l o p m e n t

Students discover their personality style and become comfortable in any situation through etiquette skills. • Nearly 200 resumes reviewed • 5,400 business cards printed for student self-promotion • 30 hours of financial education including budgeting, investments, savings and loans • Students learn the power of Choice “be proud of who you are — choose wisely”

Community Engagement Students visit organizations in the Kansas City metropolitan area that support community needs. They become aware of policy and ignite activism in self and others. • Meet State Senators, Representatives and State Supreme Court and District Judges in Topeka and Jefferson City • Meet Mayors, Commissioners, Councilmembers, Police Chiefs, and elected officials. Become aware of policy making and become active in beliefs and vote • During November, students visited 12 locations within the community, including Giving the Basics, reStart, Kansas City Care Clinic and the Kansas City Kansas Police Department

“20/20 Leadership provided an opportunity to share experiences not available in a traditional classroom with students from diverse backgrounds. The program forever changed my perception of our community and helped me construct a foundation to effectively communicate with anyone I encounter.” JAMES DEWITT, 2007 Alumni, Shawnee Mission North. MBA from Rockhurst University. James also served as Chairman of the 20/20 Leadership Board of Directors 2011-2013


History of the Quindaro Ruins incorporated into learning for 20/20 Leadership students for the past 25 years

College and Career

Team Building /Collaboration/Networking

Campus visits and trainging inspires and prepares students to continue their education. • Students interacted with 60 colleges through on-campus visits and the College Expo • Learn how to finance college • Dedicate time to submitting lots of scholarship applications • Tell their personal story, write compelling essay • Explore career options and skills required • 20/20 Leadership offers continual support throughout college and careers • STEM Exploration for freshmen and sophomores • Seniors receive college fee waivers and recommendation letters

Students gain valuable interpersonal skills through service hours and other projects with their 20/20 Leadership peers. • Develop friendships with students from 17 high schools • Understand and value differences • Learn to work together • Students clocked 2,670 service hours working as a team • Have fun!!!


Scholarships in 2017: $61,000 Scholarships since 2012: $387,000

“On the very day I was packing my bags to leave college because my money had ran out, I received a call from 20/20 sharing I was next in line to receive a $10,000 KC Royals Charities Scholarship! Today, I’m a proud graduate of Pittsburg State University.” – JOSH COOPER, University Academy



20/20 Olympics

Students practice their interview skills: asking the right questions with confidence, a strong handshake, eye contact and a smile. • Met with 65 businesses and 100 representatives who shared career opportunities and skills necessary to become employable • Make an impression while working the room by using business card • Senior Informational Sessions with Cargill Nutrition and Feed, REACH Health Care Foundation, KSHB Channel 4 and Waddell & Reed Financial Inc.

GOLD - Ruskin High School – Connethnics; Find the Art in You;

D eve l o p m e n t


Students use their leadership skills to compete with projects that benefit their school and/or community. Students learn to work as a team, outline selected projects and marketing plans, be accountable, and actually impact the lives of others. • 20/20 Leadership students created 21 projects in 2016-2017 • Students raised $40,950 for projects Reach Out! Veterans Edition; It’s Ruff as a Pet; and Operation Bubblegum Pop SILVER - Bonner Springs High School – Sand Volleyball Courts BRONZE – Wyandotte High School – 5th Grade Adventures HONORABLE MENTION – Sumner Academy, East High School and Lincoln College Preparatory Academy Hollywood Casino Grants awarded to 20/20 Olympic Projects: BONNER SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL – 2 Sand Volleyball Courts, $21,000 PIPER HIGH SCHOOL – Library Zones, $15,000 J.C, HARMON HIGH SCHOOL – Futsal court lighting, $9,000 Since 2014, $249,450 raised to support student projects

Scholarships KC Royals Charities Scholars ($10,000 each) Alicia Alonso, J.C. Harmon High School - K-State William Crow, Turner High School - KCKCC Malachi Hibler, Washington High School - Wichita State Janeth Lopez, Ruskin High School - UMKC Jordan Shiao, Bonner Springs High School - KU

20/20 Alumni Scholarship ($500 each) Ibrahim Khan, Ruskin High School - UMKC Shelby Woodroof, Ruskin High School - MU School of Science and Technology

Gene Denton Memorial Scholarship ($1,000 each) Faith Johnson, Washington High School - Claflin University, South Carolina

Nita’s Great Achiever Scholarship ($1,000 each) Arieanna Boyd, Lincoln College Prep - MU Shelby Donnell, Ruskin High School - Florida A&M Yodit Gebrezgahber, Wyandotte High School - UMKC Alumni receiving Nita’s Great Achiever Scholarship for 2nd year: Kali Chatmon, Pittsburg State University – Bonner Springs High School graduate Juan Ramos, University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff, FL Schlagle High School graduate Alexis Yeager, Kansas City Kansas Community College – Wyandotte High School graduate

Since 2012, The Kansas City Royals Charities has provided $250,000 to send 25 20/20 Leadership students to college and committed an $250,000 for another 25 scholars.

Hubert and Dorothy Archer Family Scholarship ($1,000 each) Michelle Obiesie, Baylor University, and Piper High School graduate Karen Amaya, Alumna, JCCC and JC Harmon High School graduate

Shining Stars Celebration Each year, students, alumni, school contacts and donors are recognized for their contributions.

Student Awards Most Involved/Best Attendance - Paseo Academy and University Academy Diversity Award - Northeast High School Best Resume - Cheyenne McGary, Lincoln Prep Dutifully Dedicated Award - Abdullahi Adan, Northeast High School Girl Power Award - J.C. Harmon High School (Junior Class) Strength in Numbers Award - Turner High School Most Inquisitive Award - Safiya Maxwell, University Academy

Nita’s Great Achiever Scholarship – Sally and Dave Dannov with this year’s recipients.

School Contact Recognition Stephanie Church, Counselor, Turner High School Nyree Smith, Counselor, Lincoln College Prep

Alumni Recognition Best Alumni - Josh Cooper, University Academy and Pittsburg State University Graduate

Community Engagement Recognition Cargill Nutrition and Feed John Hudson, MCC - Penn Valley Nicole Luby, Gastinger Walker Harden Architects

“Without 20/20 Leadership I would not have a resume or business cards and I know that I am more well off moving forward because of the program. And, I surely wouldn’t be a KC Royals Charities Scholar today without 20/20 being in my life.” – JORDAN SHIAO, Bonner Springs graduate and soon to be KU student “Because of this scholarship, I won’t have to go into debt to attend college.” ANGIE LITTLEFIELD, William Chrisman graduate and student at Central Missouri University


25 years of 20/20 1993

Program began as project of Class VII of Leadership 2000 and was called Leadership 2020 1st Class — 36 students from 9 high schools in Wyandotte County participate in the 9-month Junior Leaders Program


200 juniors complete program


Senior Leaders Program began by 2002 — 680 juniors and seniors complete program


Grants received from the Ewing Marion Kauffman and the Garth Brooks “Teammates for Kids” Foundation expanded program into Jackson County, Missouri and Johnson County in Kansas


Received 501(c)(3) status six weeks after filing under the name of MoKan 20/20 Vision, Inc., dba 20/20 Leadership


120 students participated in the 9 month Junior Leaders Program and 5 month Senior Leaders Program. 74 students from Jackson and Johnson Counties and 116 students from Wyandotte County


Programs expanded into 10-month program for Juniors and 8 month program for Seniors


20/20 Olympics projects begins with “Students Teaching Students”


Program increased to 290 students per year


Junior and Senior Programs grew to 450 students per year


Hiring first alumna as Program Director and implementation of Freshmen and Sophomore Programs in Kansas City Kansas and Turner School Districts


557 students completed the program year


Celebrating 15 years as a nonprofit organization with 3,420 alumni


Beginning in 1993 as an outgrowth of a civic and business leadership program of the Kansas City, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce, 20/20 Leadership started with a budget of $3,500 as a nine-month program for 36 juniors attending nine high schools in Wyandotte County. Armed with funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Garth Brooks’ “Teammates for Kids,” in 2003 20/20 Leadership became an independent 501(c)(3), serving juniors and seniors across both sides of the Kansas/Missouri state line. Today, 20/20 Leadership provides a continuum of programming for freshman through senior high school students. In 2016-2017, 600 teenagers were served, bringing the total to 3,420 alumni, many who are involved in service on the Board, staff, its Scholarship Committee, and as trainers and mentors. For the first 12 years as a standalone nonprofit, 20/20 Leadership operated with two key staff: Marilyn Alstrom as Executive Director and Sally Dannov as Marketing Director. In 2015 an alumna, Crystal (Nance) Everett, was hired to fill the key position of Program Director, and 20/20 Leadership is currently seeking to build the team.

20/20 Alumni

20/20 Leadership Alumni 3,420 Alumni are ages 18-41 and continue to succeed and reinvest in our community.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 20/20 Leadership Alumni are excelling in careers in Advertising, Architecture, Accounting, Education, Government, Nonprofit, Entertainment, Security, Technology, Photography, Manufacturing, Culinary, Carpentry and more: • Serving as a Navy Seal • US Military Academy • Scout for the KC Royals • Police Officer in Kansas City Kansas • United Airlines Pilot • COO of Wealth Management Firm • Teachers and College Counselors within the Kansas City, Kansas City Kansas and Turner Public Schools • Doctors • Nurses • Medical School Students • Jazz and Studio Performer “My favorite part is that we didn’t just see successful people. We saw what happens when you make mistakes or don’t meet your full potential,” – STEPHANIE DESPAIN, JC Harmon, class of 2009 and Owner, Pyet’s Plate “When I got the promotion,my CEO commented on my outstanding professionalism and leadership skills at my age. I wanted to let you know that so much of that is attributed to what I learned in 20/20. Every time I go to trainings I ALWAYS sit in the front of the room, sit near individuals I don’t know, and network, network, network.” – RACHEL (SNOW) GREEN, 2011 William Chrisman graduate and graduate of Ottawa University. She is now Area Director of Franklin County at COF Training Services.


Community of Support




Provide financial support to engage students in experiential learning Country Club Bank CBIZ, Inc. Children’s Mercy Hospital and Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City Future of Hope Fund of the Overland Park South Rotary Hallmark Corporate Fund Kansas City Board of Public Utilities Kansas City Royals Charities Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation Novak Birks, P.C. Oppenstein Brothers Foundation R. A. Long Foundation Sam’s Club at the Legends Seaboard Corporation Sprint Foundation State Street Foundation Unified Government Hollywood Casino Grant Fund -Commissioners Mike Kane and James F. Walters Wally Foundation

May provide both financial support, expertise and time Sharon and Dr. Curt Bock Sally and David Dannov Annetta and Dr. Louis Potts Mrs. Gigi Denton Keeley Waugh, Stephanie Holland and the Kauffman Conference Center Staff Debby Ballard, President, Sprint Foundation Michelle Clervi, Sprint, Community Affairs Brenda Okerberg, Aramark Corporation Amy Fincham, Cerner First Hand Foundation Geleah Wolf, Federal Reserve Bank Trudie Hall, Federal Reserve Bank Jennifer Hill, Jennifer Hill Marketing Research John Hudson, Penn Valley Community College KSHB-Channel 41 – Bobby Hess and Team KCK Police Chief Terry Zeigler and Officers KCK Police Sgt. Cameron Morgan (A) KCK Transportation – Debbie Baker, Lenora Miller & Debra Myers Daye Transportation – Richard Hartman and Staff Craig Richter & Co-workers Cargill Nutrition and Feed KVC Health Systems, Hidden Creek Adventure Course Staff 100 Black Men of Kansas City Good Samaritan Project Enterprise Rental Harvesters Kansas City CARE Clinic KC Crusaders Brenda Sharpe & REACH Healthcare Foundation Paula Cornwell Dana Bolar Karen and Jeff Nichols Safekc Mary Schuler, go bo marketing services Social Media Marketing Agency Sporting KC – Children’s Mercy Park – Gregg Allen, Nikko Romolo & Jason Cannito State Street Corporation gown gallery Veronica Couture Veils The Kansas City Star The University of Kansas Hospital UMKC School of Law Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Sheriff’s Department University of Missouri-Kansas City Visit KC Youthbuild

VISIONARY LEADERS Share public policy knowledge and expertise Kansas Court of Appeals The Honorable Joseph Pierron Jr. Missouri Supreme Court The Honorable George Draper The Honorable Laura Stith The Honorable Paul Wilson

KANSAS State Senator Pat Pettey Representative Tom Burroughs Representative Pam Curtis Representative Stan Frownfelter Representative Louis Ruis Representative Valdenia Winn Representative Kathy Wolfe-Moore

MISSOURI State Senator Kiki Curls Representative Randy Dunn Representative Ingrid Burnett Representative Greg Razer Jackson County Legislature Dan Tarwater Alfred Jordan Legislative Aides Stephanie Bias Regina Anderson Sheron Fulson

CITY OF KANSAS CITY MISSOURI Mayor Sly James Troy Schulte, City Manager and Staff Councilman Jermaine Reed Joe Reardon, CEO Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

UNIFIED GOVERNMENT of WYANDOTTE COUNTY. and KANSAS CITY KANSAS Mayor Mark Holland Maureen Mahoney, Chief of Staff Unified Government Commissioners: Mike Kane James F. Walters Melissa Bynum Harold T. Walker Gayle Townsend Brian McKiernan Ann Brandau-Murguia Harold L. Johnson Angela Markley Dr. Jane Winkler Philbrook District Attorney Mark Dupree

BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES KANSAS CITY Tom Groneman, President Jeff Bryant, Vice President Norman Scott, Secretary Mary Gonzales David Alvey Robert L. Milan, Sr. Don Gray, General Manager



Richard K. Rasdall, Jr., Chairman Jim Trimble, Past Chairman Terrell Jolly, Vice Chairman Austin Delimont, Treasurer Joey Peck, Secretary Darnell Smith, Chairman – Strategy & Governance Samantha McCloud, Chairman – Scholarship Committee The Honorable Tom Boeding Sally Dannov, Marketing Director Ghadeer Garcia Mia Porterfield Debra Swearingen Lauren Ware (A) Daniel Webster Marilyn Alstrom, Executive Director and Co-Founder

Share their time and talent with students Arvest Bank Black & Veatch Black Health Care Coalition Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City Burns & McDonnell CBIZ MHM Centriq Cerner Cherry Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired City of Kansas City Missouri – Aviation Dept. City of Olathe Commerce Bank Connections to Success DeGoler Pharmacy DST Systems Federal Reserve Bank Garmin Gastinger Walker Harden Architects Giving the Basics Goodwill Greater KC Chamber of Commerce Hallmark Cards Holbrook Hurst Team at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Honeywell Hot 103 Jamz-KPRS 103.3 FM Jackson County Assessment Department Johnson County Community College Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Kansas City CARE Clinic Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Fire Department Kansas City Health Department Kansas City Kansas Public School District Kansas City Power and Light Kansas City Police Department Kansas City Repertory Theatre Kansas City Royals Kansas City STEM Alliance KCP&L KCPT

ADVISORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS Thaddeus O’Brien, former Chairman James DeWitt, former Chairman (A) Kirk Gastinger, former Chairman Mal Warrick, former Chairman Dr. Ray Daniels Colin Gonzales (A) Jennifer Hull Maureen Mahoney, Co-Founder Sara Gillespie, Co-Founder Dr. Jerald Pelofsky Clarence Small

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE Samantha McCloud, Chairman – Scholarship Lauren Ware (A) Stephanie Despain (A) Desmond Glynn (A) Jennifer Hull (A) Musashi Kato Ashley Haden-Peaches (A) Mia Porterfield

Kansas City Wind Symphony Kansas City Kansas Public Schools KC Scholars Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts KC Repertory Theater KPRS – Carter Broadcasting Group KSHB Channel 41 Lead Bank Lever1/Blue Chair, LLC. Lexmark Liberty Bank & Trust Company LRNGKC - Kari Keefe and Nick Dorn Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Morgan Stanley Muller Bressler Brown Advertising Nonprofit Connect pc:kc Computer Repair PACES – Wyandot, Inc. Paul Mitchell The School Penn Valley Community College Pinsight Media Project Eagle Pyet’s Plate reStart Sarpino’s Sky High Social Southeast Wood Treating Sprint State Street The Arts Asylum Kansas City Star University of Kansas Hospital UMKC UMKC School of Dentistry UMKC School of Law United States Air Force United States Army United Way of Wyandotte County Virtual Market Advantage Waddell and Reed Worlds of Fun Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office YouthBuild

20/20 OLYMPICS JUDGES Licia Clifton-James, Ph.D. Mary Gonzales, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities Amy Fincham, Cerner First Hand Foundation Craig Richter, Cargil Nutrition and Feed Richard K. Rasdall, 20/20 Leadership Chairman BOD

CHILDREN’S MERCY HOSPITAL 1-2-3-4-5 FIT-TASTIC Special thank you to: Shelly Summar Jordan A. Carlson Emily Dewit Marcie Berman mbb+hippo, Mary Patonai

(A) = Alumni


Colleges Offering Tours and Support Colleges Avila University Baker University Benedictine College Cleveland University - Kansas City Columbia College Donnelly College Educational Opportunity Center Emporia State University Fort Hays State University Graceland University Highland Community College Johnson County Community College Kansas City Art Institute Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas State University MCC - Penn Valley MidAmerica Nazarene University Missouri Southern State University Missouri State University Missouri University of Science and Technology Missouri Western State University Northwest Missouri State University Park University Paul Mitchell The School Overland Park Pittsburg State University Rockhurst University Spelman College Stephens College Truman State University University of Central Missouri University of Missouri - St. Louis University of Missouri - Columbia University of Missouri - Kansas City University of Nebraska - Lincoln University of Nebraska - Omaha University of Saint Mary US Air Force Washburn University Wichita State University William Jewell College












High Schools 2016-2017 Program Year Jackson County, Missouri Hickman Mills C-1 School District Ruskin High School Kansas City Public Schools Central Academy East High School Lincoln College Preparatory Academy Northeast High School Paseo Academy of the Fine and Performing Arts Southeast High School University Academy, Charter School Johnson County, Kansas Shawnee Mission School District Shawnee Mission East High School Wyandotte County, Kansas Bonner Springs/Edwardsville USD 204 Bonner Springs High School Kansas City Kansas Public Schools F. L. Schlagle High School J.C. Harmon High School Sumner Academy Washington High School Wyandotte High School Piper School USD 203 Piper High School Turner School USD 202 Turner High School


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20/20 Leadership 2016-2017 Year in Review  

2016-2017 Recap of the 20/20 Leadership Program Year including the 7 Key Points of The Power of Experiential Learning

20/20 Leadership 2016-2017 Year in Review  

2016-2017 Recap of the 20/20 Leadership Program Year including the 7 Key Points of The Power of Experiential Learning