Lee's Summit CARES 2019 Annual Report

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LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR It’s impossible to ruminate on 2019 without acknowledging where we are in 2020. Writing this reflection in the midst of a pandemic with no end in sight brings some clarity and perspective to the many blessings we experienced - and took for granted - in 2019. It is a year that should be commemorated, if only to celebrate its simpler times. In this annual report, we honor the hugs, the hand-shakes, the handsome smiles shared throughout the year. Ultimately, that’s the essence of a coalition – bringing people together to do good work and make change over a shared cause. In 2019, the Board of Directors initiated a process to begin developing a new strategic plan. Part of this process includes a re-focusing of Lee’s Summit CARES priority areas. As a community coalition, everything we do hinges on our ability to build a network of educated, experienced, passionate individuals who are willing to work for change. The changes needed to build a healthy and safe community include decreasing the risky behaviors that young people engage in and increasing the protective factors that exist in their lives. An important note - thanks in large part to local support from donors like you, we successfully moved through the completion of our federal Drug Free Communities grant, which funded a significant part of our overall budget for the past 10 years. This was a major milestone in our coalition's history! I invite you to review all the good things that happened in 2019, knowing that chaos and upheaval is just around the corner. Thankfully, Lee’s Summit CARES will have many strengths to rely upon, including a solid foundation, dedicated coalition members and a community that CARES. Rachel Segobia Director Lee's Summit CARES

COALITION BUILDING 2019 kicked off the updated State of the Youth presentation, a youth-led production that engages leaders in the community while empowering youth voice. Youth Advisory Board members present data and analyses on health and safety trends of local students, then challenge community leaders to commit to engaging and changing some of the most notable concerns.

DECREASING RISKY BEHAVIORS 2019 was an exciting year for our efforts to decrease youth risky behaviors, as we received funding to hone in on the two substances most often used by Lee’s Summit youth: e-cigarettes and alcohol. These funds allowed us to hire a part-time Youth Program Director, who will work oneon-one with Youth Advisory Board students to educate and advocate for healthy opportunities for teens!

INCREASING PROTECTIVE FACTORS The number of LSCares’ sponsored programs increasing protective factors for Lee’s Summit youth is quickly adding up. 2019 included recording of a youth-led podcast on mental health, empowerment art murals painted throughout city and schools, character grants distributed within the classroom and the community kick-off of Zero Reasons Why, a suicide prevention campaign.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Julie Doane, Lee’s Summit School Board Vice President Monte Stull, Coldwater/Men’s Wearhouse Secretary Dr. Rexanne Hill, LSR-7 School District Administrator Treasurer Lisa Lambkin, Lisa J. Lambkin Financial Services, LLC Diane Forte, City Council Liaison, Ex-officio Lauren Moyer, ReDiscover Susie Krug, Saint Luke’s EastHospital Chief Travis Forbes, Lee’s Summit Police Department Dr. Fel Bagunu, GracePointe Community Church Kimberly Alonzo, Lee’s Summit R7 School District Principal Kerri Gray, ReDiscover Mental Health Ray Dlugolecki, Jackson County Health Department Ryan Gibson, Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation Diane Seif (in memoriam)

2019 Businesses of Character

MENTOR Bank 21 Chinnery Evans & Nail, P.C. CommunityAmerica Credit Union Developing Potential Hy-Vee Johnny's Tavern Lakewood Counseling Service TMC Lewis Living Trust Summit Strength Physical Therapy The Noticed Network

CHAMPION OF CHARACTER B & B Theatres Bodies Race Company City of Lee's Summit Cosentino's Price Chopper Don Kahan Motors Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street Flooring & More GEHA Great Southern Bank JE Dunn Construction Just Frame It Lee's Summit Medical Center Lee's Summit R-7 School District Paradise Park Saint Luke's East Hospital Security Bank of Kansas City Shining Light Music SMART Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #2 Talley's Autobody The Pavilion at John Knox Village

2019 Businesses of Character LEADER

All A'Bloom Berry Jennings State Farm Insurance Bushyhead LLC Cain and Cain P.C. Central Bank of the Midwest Citizens Bank and Trust Country Club Bank I Am Noticed LLC Julia E. Hampton, CPA, PC Landmark2 Skate Center Mindful Momentum Papa Murphy's Rotary Club of Lee's Summit The Bridge Space Weed Man Xtreme Gymnastics and Trampoline


B Positvely Promoting U Cartridge World - Lee's Summit Cinematic Visions Equity Bank Hawthorn Bank In Joy LLC Jason T Langston Farmers Insurance Jim Hallam State Farm Insurance Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce Metropolitan Community College-Longview Missouri Central Credit Union Power On Technologies, Inc. Raytown/Lee's Summit Community Credit Union Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic High School The Cynda Sells Real Estate Company




THANK YOU! OUR DONORS B & B Theaters Berry Jennings State Farm Blue Heron Design Bushyhead, LLC Chinnery, Evans & Nail, P.C Cosentino Enterprises Denise and Scott McCarter For Lee's Summit GEHA GracePointe Community Church

Great Southern Bank Jan Nelson Juarez Insurance Agency JE Dunn Construction

Jeremy Wood Johnny's Tavern Landmark2 Skate Center Lee's Summit Medical Center Lewis Law Office, P.C. Paradise Park ReDiscover Roby Little Rotary Club of Lee's Summit Saint Luke's East Hospital Security Bank Shining Light Music SMART Sheet Metal Workers Union #2 Talley's Autobody

OUR SPONSORS COMBAT Elaine Feld Stern Charitable Trust Gourley Family Fund Greater Lee's Summit Healthcare Foundation Health Forward Foundation Jackson County Children's Services Fund Jackson County Outside Agency Lee's Summit Arts Council SAMHSA


LSCares.org 816.347.3298 LSCares@ReDiscoverMH.org

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