Within each Advance Kansas class, groups are formed to work on diversity-related issues within the community. Participants put their learning to action as they create and carry out community action projects. Throughout the implementation of their projects, participants acquire and apply leadership skills for addressing diversity efforts in the workplace and in the greater community.
The Continuing the Conversation Group in 2011 created Advancers, the Advance Kansas Alumni Association, to focus on building a critical mass within our state through recruitment, building bridges/networking, and increasing awareness.
One of the community projects undertaken in 2011 was to host a Bare Necessities Drive to benefit the Wichita Children's Home. The drive had a donation goal of collecting 2,500 diapers, socks and underwear in order provide the bare necessities to children who are brought to the home.
This 2011 community action project resulted in a video developed for awareness of hunger issues. The group will distribute this video to organizations that deal with hunger to serve as a resource for other organizations that are trying to develop awareness of the issue.
Project High 5
In 2011, the Project High "5" group developed a directory of qualified people willing to mentor, advise and speak to children in the community to address the issue that childrens' futures are impacted by the people around them.
Asperger's Disorder: Meeting the Needs
In 2011, the Starting the Conversation group established a focus group to identify and understand the needs of parents and adults with Aspergers Disorder and to create a forum to build awareness, make connections, and network.
Exploring Humanitarian Law
In 2010, the Human League group promoted the American Red Cross Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) curriculum and resources, engaged community leaders, and created a volunteer base for advocacy to address the issue that many societies are becoming more susceptible to violence.
Name: Mary Moon