This time last year our city was beaming with pride as we cheered on the Kansas City Royals to the World Series. Now we’re wearing our outfits for Red Friday and cheering on our beloved Chiefs. It’s my hope that all Kansas Citians feel this same great source of pride when thinking of their city. We have so many things to be proud of around here!
This fall, my office joined with Turn the Page KC to host a GradNation Summit presented by America’s Promise Alliance to address the problem of student mobility in Kansas City. The summit brought together key stakeholders and revealed never-been-done-before data analysis on the extent and patterns of student mobility and its impact on student attendance, achievement and graduation. During the event, stakeholders created community solutions to curbing chronic mobility and absences. Over the next months, Turn the Page KC will continue convening groups to work on these solutions. For more information, visit: http://turnthepagekc.org/mobility/.
Recently, my office hosted WE 2.0, a first-of-its-kind mini-conference that brought together professionals in the private, public and nonprofit sectors to develop solutions for issues affecting women in the workplace. These issues included family-friendly workplace policies, funding opportunities for women-led businesses, and how to attract and develop women leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-related fields. We also issued a call-to-action for Million Women Mentors, a national effort to find both male and female mentors for girls interested in STEM fields. If you would like to become a mentor, visit MillionWomenMentors.org to find local opportunities.
As the year winds down, I feel more confident than ever in our city’s ability to accomplish great things and I can’t wait to watch the growth and creativity take place!
Sylvester "Sly" James