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LEE’S SUMMIT 1555 NE Rice Road prevention - parenting - character

Lee’s Summit, MO 64086 Phone: 816.347.3298 www.LSCares.org

Our Vision: A Healthy & Safe Community for children, youth and families. LEE’S SUMMIT

Letter From The Director 2017 was a year of expansion. As a 32-year old community coalition, we know that to prevent youth substance use and violence, we must stay current on and aggressive toward the popular new risky behaviors that threaten our young people. Some of our areas of growth include the programs identified below. • With suicide now the 2nd most common cause of death for young people ages 10-24 (CDC, 2016), Lee’s Summit CARES introduced a new parenting focus track on mental health and wellness with over 100 attendees at our first event, co-sponsored by LSPD. • Youth Advisory Board students compiled biennial data to create a State of the Youth presentation to raise awareness among community leaders about the risks and harms that young people face and how our community can do more to increase resiliency.

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• Knowing that approximately 200 youth in Lee’s Summit were victims of sex offenses (LSPD, 2016), Lee’s Summit CARES partnered with Launch to tackle the difficult subject of sexual assault for our young women heading off to college.

INSIDE THIS REPORT: • 2017 Highlights • 2017 Sponsors • By the Numbers • Income Graphs

If you look closely, you’ll notice that our work to create a healthy and safe community for our children, youth and families is taking on a new look. Bullying, internet safety, various mental/behavioral health issues and school violence make up six of the top seven health concerns that parents believe will impact their children’s health (C.S. Mott, 2017). Our end goal remains the same: healthy and safe youth in our communities. The risks that threaten our young people are preventable problems, but as always, they require the combined efforts of the entire community. When we see representation from all the sectors that make up our community, we begin to see change. Thank you for joining with Lee’s Summit CARES as we work together to create a healthier and safer community for the children, youth and families in Lee’s Summit. Rachel Nelson-Segobia, Director

2017 LS CARES Annual Report

2017 Organizational Highlights PREVENTION

Youth Advisory Board students kicked off their State of the Youth campaign with a presentation to Lee’s Summit CARES’ board members. Throughout the school year, youth and staff presented their findings to over 250 citizens, including City Council, School Board and Rotary members. The chart above identifies the number of Lee’s Summit youth with healthy protective factors in their life. 1300 youth from all 6 middle & high schools participate in Search Institute’s biennial survey.

Making A Difference



LSC Board President, Marsha PalmerThewell, talks with KCTV 5 reporter prior to the Community Conversation on Youth Mental Wellness.

Three Lee’s Summit swimmers proudly show off the character coins they received for demonstrating excellent character during their daily practices with their swim team.

By offering one-time classes, online courses and more topical classes, LSC’s parenting program educated 276 parents, expanding its direct reach by 91%. Through grant support from Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation, Lee’s Summit CARES expanded its educational outreach for parents, including online components like on-demand video, live webinars, livestreamed community conversations and fireside chats.

The 15th annual Mayor’s Character Breakfast hosted one of its largest crowds ever, who came to hear Ryan Lefebvre, the voice of the Kansas City Royals, talk about his life journey with mental health issues and addiction. 39 Businesses of Character joined LSC in promoting character traits throughout the community. Hundreds of character coins were distributed through local youth clubs.

Over the past 5 years, youth use of alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana and prescription drugs has decreased across the board.

Join us!

The strength of Lee's Summit CARES lies in our community support. As that support increases, so do our successes.


We know that the gift of your time is a precious. Volunteers are a big part of the team at Lee's Summit CARES and integral to our success. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us at Lee's Summit CARES.


Do you know an organization that would benefit from Lee’s Summit CARES’ programs and education? Contact us at LSCares@rediscovermh.org to help us connect with community groups. We strive to collaborate with any organization that is impacting youth. That could be media, health care, churches, clubs, sports groups, schools – the possibilities are endless.


Do you love the impact LSC is making on our community? Share our stories! Find us on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @LeesSummitCARES!

Bully Prevention facilitator, Kerri Gray, teaches kindergarteners at Longview Farms Elementary.

Lee’s Summit’s Chamber of Commerce honored Lee’s Summit CARES as the Truly the Best Not for Profit of the Year.


Support your community and our youth! Visit LSCares.org/donate to give today.

Major Sponsors and Funders MAJOR SPONSORS $3000+ Cosentino’s Price Chopper Gourley Family Foundation Milton Feld Trust/Don Kahan Motors Parents & Teachers Association Saint Luke’s East Hospital Sheet Metal Workers Union #2

$1000+ Adams Toyota Denise and Scott McCarter Flooring & More Great Southern Bank J. E. Dunn Construction Lee’s Summit Arts Council Lee’s Summit Medical Center Paradise Park ReDiscover Shining Light Music

$500+ Bank 21 CommunityAmerica Credit Union HSMC Orizon Jan Nelson Lakewood Counseling Service TMC Landmark2 Skate Center Lewis Living Trust Rotary Club of LS Sarpino’s Pizzeria Summit Bank of Kansas City Summit Strength Physical Therapy

MAJOR FUNDERS ACT Missouri COMBAT Health Care Foundation of Greater KC Jackson County Outside Agency Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation SAMHSA/Drug-Free Communities Truman Heartland Community Foundation Truman Heartland Jelley Foundation United Way of Greater Kansas City

2017 Board of Directors: PRESIDENT: Marsha Palmer-Thelwell | ReDiscover VICE PRESIDENT: Julie Doane | LSR7 School Board SECRETARY: J. Scott Landregan | Truman Medical Center TREASURER: Lisa Lambkin | Lisa J. Lambkin Financial Services, LLC Diane Seif | City Council Liaison Gloria Solis | Saint Luke's East Hospital Dr. Rexanne Hill | LSR7 School District Chief Travis Forbes | LS Police Department Kerri Gray | ReDiscover Kim Fritchie | LSR7 School Board Dr. Fel Bagunu | GracePointe Community Church Scott McCarter | LS PTA Area Council Kimberly Alonzo | LSR7 School District Andrew Felker | Chinnery Evans & Nail Monte Stull | Coldwater/Men's Wearhouse

2017 Financials Income & Expenses Income: $378,287 Expenses: $332,301

Assets & Liabilities Assets: $196,542 Liabilities: $15,501 Net Assets: $181,041


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Lee's Summit CARES 2017 Annual Report  

Lee's Summit CARES 2017 Annual Report