Neighborhood Impact Project
1) increase fresh food eating habits for students and their families to address food insecurities, at the same time, to decrease obesity and diet-related diseases, and
2) increase employment opportunities for youth who are unlikely to find work and create micro businesses for families that struggle with consistent or no employment.
Youth Innovation Project
Strategies for the Youth Innovation Project in 2016-2017 will work in targeted Title I schools to:
1) provide a Social Worker to connect existing community services to the students and their families who need the most assistance,
2) maintain a basic needs pantry for children and youth to increase success rate in school, &
3) create the GO 4 STEM Program.
The long range goal is to stabilize low-income students to increase graduation rates for higher paying jobs, particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers.V
2000 – 2010: The Wichita organization was started in 2000 in response to a national movement started by Sam Walton’s son, John Walton. In 1998 as part of the Philanthropy Roundtable, he established the Children’s Scholarship Fund to provide tuition assistance for low-income families to send their children to private schools. Ms. Cindy Duckett established a Wichita group was able to help over 50 children with $94,000 in scholarships.
2011 – 2016:
In January 2011, the organization was transitioned to a newly formed leadership group with a focus on Aviation, Science, Technology, and Math (A STEM). Two projects included:
(1) Future Women in A STEM Career, which provided workforce development education with speakers and hands-on activities for low-income girls in middle and high school who like math and science, and
(2) A STEM Career Day, which introduced youth enrolled in Title I schools (high enrollment of low-income students) to higher paying jobs through communication with Human Resource professionals and A STEM speakers.
2016- Current: In August 2016, the board closed the Future Women in A STEM Career project and developed the current programs.