Our Investors

G. Kenneth Baum & Ann K. Baum Charitable Trust

Bank of America

John R. Bruhn

Esther Loeb


Tension Envelope

Think Big Partners

“There is no better social program than a job.” - Mayor Sly James | Kansas City, Missouri

We are actively seeking community partners who wish to invest in the future of our region’s workforce.  HKCY donors are investors, and we’re dedicated to delivering a return on that investment.

Are you interested in funding an internship or funding a larger initiative? Let’s talk!

We are committed to a return on investment (RoI), and to our smart city’s return on engagement (RoE) – so we can impact in social responsibility and priority outcomes for a total community effect.

A 21st-Century initiative aligned around these guiding principles:

  • We believe that access to opportunities is an imperative for all youth.
  • We believe that success comes from collaboration with cross-sector partners from around the KC region.
  • We pledge to this collective to respect the expertise and perspectives of all stakeholders, including the young people that are served.
  • We honor the responsibility that we have been given and understand how important it is to the future of the city that we love.
  • We are determined to incorporate innovation into our strategies to advance the work.
  • We will relentlessly pursue excellence in all that we do.
  • We believe that 100% participation from the community is worth striving for.
Why Invest?
>>There are 30,000 KC youth aged 16-24 who are not working and not in school.²
>>The average disengaged youth costs taxpayers over $300,000 over the course of their lifetime.³
>>One HKCY job costs $2500.
Did You Know…
  • Teens who work are 86% more likely to be employed the next year.¹
  • Participation in a work-based learning activity can increase a young person’s salary by as much as 11% for up to eight years after high school.¹
  • Older youth have almost a 100% chance of being employed if they worked more than 40 weeks the previous year.¹
Next Steps:
  1. Get more resources and learn more about our managed internships
  2. Join forces as a Partner.
  3. Help us serve more youth – invest in our work.
  4. Show your support & be recognized as a Champion.