CWS Sites

Operation Breakthrough

Mission: To help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment. Operation Breakthrough also strives to support and empower the children’s families through advocacy, referral services and emergency aid.
Activities: RU CWS students have the option of working in the after school program tutoring youth and or working in the early childhood program reading to children.
Location: 3039 Troost Avenue, KCMO 64108. This site is only 10 minutes away via the Troost 25 MAX bus line.
Hours of Operation: Operation Breakthrough is open 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. After school tutoring takes place from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Before school service is also an option.
Hours Needed/Available: commit 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. or 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. at least one day weekly for homework help or afterschool tutor; 3:30-5:30 p.m. for pre-school teacher assistant; 8 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for pre-school teacher assistant

Jumpstart KC

Jumpstart is working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. This campus-based AmeriCorps program recruits and trains work-study supported college students to work with preschool children in Head Start and other low-income early learning programs. CWS students who can commit to working for Jumpstart approximately 11 hours/week (for a total of 300 hours over the course of the academic year) will receive a $1,175 AmeriCorps education award upon completion of service to apply towards next year's tuition.
Activities: Facilitate Jumpstart sessions with a team of peers (includes reading, singing songs, playing games and participating in center activities with preschool children), attend team planning meetings, and provide general assistance in an assigned classroom
Location: to be determined -- Head Start/early education program in KCMO 
Hours of operation: 3 schedule options:  T & Th 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., W & F noon – 3:30 p.m., or W & F 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.  (plus four hours of classroom assistance time built around student course schedules)

Please note: this site requires a commitment to a minimum of 11 hours each week.

YMCA Before & After School Program (2 sites)

Mission: The YMCA of Greater Kansas City, founded on Christian principles, is a charitable organization with an inclusive environment committed to enriching the quality of family, spiritual, social, mental and physical well-being.

Academie Lafayette - YMCA site

Academie Lafayette is a total French language immersion school that cultivates student achievement, positive attitudes, and self-control. The mission is to bring together a diverse community of students and an international teaching staff to develop critical thinkers, global citizens and engaged learners through immersion in the French language and Francophone cultures.
Location: 6903 Oak Street, KCMO 64113

Westwood View Elementary School - YMCA site

Location: 2511 W. 50th St., Westwood, KS, 66205
Activities: RU CWS students would have the opportunity to assist students, ages 5-12, in an afterschool setting like no other! The types of activities would include helping with homework, leading science experiments, art activities, and community service projects while teaching the children what it means to be caring, honest, respectful, and responsible.
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday; 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Swope Corridor Renaissance/Upper Room (2 sites)

Mission: The Upper Room is a neighborhood-based non-profit organization providing high-quality out-of-school education programs to low-income families in the urban area of Kansas City. Our mission is “Education for Life.” The after school and summer programs provide education to the children of Kansas City and prepare them for a greater future. These opportunities fight poverty and try to escalate the standard of living for all those in the urban core at no cost to the families. We have almost 400 employees and serve over 3,000 students each year.
Activities: RU CWS students will work one on one with children in grades K - 6 to improve their reading. Our number one priority is READING. Other activities will include homework help, teaching good study habits, study skills, and organization skills and listening to students read out loud and encouraging students toward positive attitudes about self and school.
Location: St. James United Methodist Church, 5540 Wayne, KCMO 64110 (a few blocks from Rockhurst)
Location: Upper Room, 5930 Swope Parkway, KCMO 64130
Hours needed: Monday - Friday; 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

St. James Catholic Church Youth Ministry

Mission: We, the people of the St. James community of faith, commit ourselves to building the Reign of God for all people, serving especially our neighbors in Midtown, Kansas City. Our parishioners are diverse, hailing from 25 countries, speaking 15 languages, ranging in age from infancy to 100 years and having many other cultural, lifestyle and socio-economic differences. Yet we live and work as members of one family.
Activities: RU CWS students will work with the parish youth ministers and volunteers to reach out to youths in grades 6-12, communicate with youth and their families through face-to-face encounters as well as written and electronic communication, help plan and host social activities, help with service and social justice opportunities, accompany youth in confirmation program, help develop peer ministry, lead arts and crafts activities and mentor young parishioners in after-school programs and social justice outreach.
Location: 3039 Harrison St. KCMO. This site is only 5 minutes away via the Troost 25 MAX bus line.
Hours available: Flexible, 7-12 hours per week including Sunday after Mass activities.

*Students of all faith backgrounds are welcome to apply for this position.

The HALO Learning Center

Mission: The HALO Learning Center is committed to improving the lives of youth in need. It serves as a safe haven that fosters educational and emotional growth while equipping at-risk youth with the skills to become contributing members of their communities. The HALO Learning Center is the local program supported by The HALO Foundation, whose mission is: The HALO Foundation is committed to enhancing the living conditions and providing art therapy of orphans worldwide. The HALO Learning Center partners with area homeless shelters and residential homes to provide art therapy, life skills workshops and an apprenticeship program for the youth living in these homes. 
Activities: The position of Workshop Facilitator will, for the first half of the semester, oversee evening workshops by opening up The Center, welcoming in the Workshop Host, helping him/her with last minute preparation of workshop, introduce Host to youth, help where needed during workshop, close up workshop and Center and provide a nightly report. The second half of the semester the workshop facilitator will plan and execute themed workshops (art, music, photography, business, writing, etc).
Location: 1600 Genessee St, Suite 528 (the Historic Livestock District next to Kemper Arena)
Hours needed: Monday evenings from 6-8:30 pm, Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm, and Fridays from 5:30-8:30 pm. This position will also be required 4-6 hours in The HALO Learning Center Office per week and a once per month evening meeting with Facilitating team.