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Mar 29, 2007    #046
Contact: Amanda Lepper
(816) 235-1592

UMKC's Ivanhoe House Program begins second year with a new partner

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Ivanhoe House Program will celebrate a new milestone April 16, when Brush Creek Village Town Homes joins Swope Community Builders, the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Association and the university in their support of this one-of-a-kind community outreach effort.

Entering its second year, the Ivanhoe House Program pairs UMKC students with elementary and middle school students from Kansas City’s Ivanhoe neighborhood. The intent is to expose these African-American youth to positive life opportunities beyond their economically disadvantaged neighborhood.

Over the course of the 2006-07 school year, the three inaugural UMKC mentors formed lasting bonds with several dozen students who participated in the program. This spring, five additional mentors will be added to the program, all of whom will live rent-free in four two-bedroom town homes provided by Brush Creek Village. In addition, Swope Community Builders has pledged $5,000 to cover the students’ utility costs.

In return, the veteran and newly initiated UMKC mentors will provide tutoring services and other positive interaction at the Brush Creek Village Community Center for young students living in the neighborhood. The relocation to Brush Creek Village is expected to generate a large number of potential participants as more than 125 families with children live in the town-home complex on 46th Street.

The Ivanhoe House Program will celebrate the next stage of its development as its community partners sign a memorandum of understanding at 1 p.m. April 16 at the Brush Creek Village Community Center, 1500 E. 46th Street.

UMKC is one of four University of Missouri campuses. It is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.

This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).

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