April 2015 Around Town

Harvest Ball Helps Tri-County Expand Services for Older Adults

Tri-County Mental Health Services has been selected as one of only 30 nonprofit organizations to share 2015 funds from the Harvest Ball Society as part of their “Seeds of Service…Harvest of Hope” campaign announced in January.

Tri-County will use its $13,000 Harvest Ball grant to supplement its existing older adult services. Jamie Wehmeyer, Tri-County Director of Assessment and Youth Services, says the funds will allow Tri-County to ensure Northland-wide programs such as training for caregivers.

Tri-County’s Older Adult Services in Clay, Platte and Ray counties include several efforts focusing on training and information for caregivers. A major emphasis involves stressing health and wellness among older adults while working with existing community groups and the Tri-County sponsored Aging and Mental Health Coalition of Kansas City North.

For further information on Tri-County and its programs, call 816.468.0400 or visit Tri-CountyMHS.org.

New Book Helps Children Have Happier and More Successful Lives

Author Stephany Hughes, Ph.D., shares her parenting experiences in her helpful book Mother as Emotional Coach: 8 Principles for Raising a Well-Adjusted Child.

Dr. Hughes wrote her book from personal parenting experiences and what she discovered about emotional development while doing the research for her doctoral dissertation. She was heavily influenced by a book written by Kazimierz Dabrowski, a Polish psychiatrist and psychologist on the Theory of Positive Disintegration. In his theory, the ultimate direction and control of behavior is located in the emotional rather than in the intellectual function. Hughes’s book stresses the importance of emotional development in children and the mother as emotional coach.

Hughes’s premise is that if parents can realize the importance of the 8 principles presented in her book, take them to heart, apply them to their own lives, and therefore, become a model of emotional development for their children, parenthood can be more joyful and fulfilling. Children will have happier and more successful lives.

Hughes’s book may be purchased at BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com and StephanyHughes.com

Lifestyle Publications Partners with Angel House

At Lifestyle Publications, we are inspired by our communities and we want to build up communities around the world. To that end, Lifestyle Publications, the parent company of Northland Lifestyle, recently made a significant donation to Angel House in India so that an orphanage in the village of Medchal could be opened and a clean water pump could be installed. The mission of the Angel House organization is to bring abandoned children from the slums to safety and into the loving arms of caretakers that will educate, love and raise them to become future leaders in their generation. The home in Medchal will house a dozen children. To learn more, visit AngelHouse.me.

Platte County Parks and Recreation recognized as 2015 Harvard Ash Center Bright Idea in Government

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized Platte County Parks and Recreation as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program. This year’s cohort includes 124 programs from all levels of government—school districts; county, city, state and federal agencies; as well as public-private partnerships—that are at the forefront in innovative government action. Platte County was recognized for its initiative to partner with cities and non-profit organizations to create a new parks system, practically from scratch. New park amenities improve quality of life through natural resource preservation, increased health and wellness opportunities, and by offering places where diverse community members can gather to create bonds through common interests.

This is the fourth cohort recognized through the Bright Ideas program, an initiative of the broader Innovations in American Government Awards program. For consideration as a Bright Idea, programs must currently be in operation or in the process of launching and have sufficient operational resources and must be administered by one or more governmental entities; nonprofit, private sector, and union initiatives are eligible if operating in partnership with a governmental organization. Bright Ideas are showcased on the Ash Center’s Government Innovators Network, an online platform for practitioners and policymakers to share innovative public policy solutions.

Food from the Bar​

What do you call hundreds of our area’s most prominent lawyers helping our local food pantries? Food from the Bar.

Join the legal community to fight hunger April 1-30, 2015. “Food from the Bar” raises donations for Cross-lines food pantry. Uniting to fight against hunger are: Berson Law Group LLP, Foulston Siefkin, LLP, Beam-Ward, Kruse, Wilson, Wright & Fletes, LLC, Walden & Pfannenstiel LLC, the Kansas and Missouri Federal courthouses, and Kansas Women Attorneys Association. Help guarantee full stomachs for our children and elderly. To donate, contact Susan Berson at sberson@banktaxlaw.com.​

Wall Street Journal Names Park University as Best ROI

The Wall Street Journal recently included Park Unversity on its ‘Best Private Colleges for Returns on Investment’ list. Park University was tied for No. 5 based on the 2014 PayScale College ROI Report. The ranking is based on annual ROI percentage. Park is the only private school in Missouri or Kansas on the list Missouri University Science and Technology is tied for fifth on the public schools list.

Park’s annual ROI percentage (8.3%) is higher than schools such as MIT (8.2%), Stanford (7.8%), Princeton (7.6%), Rice (7.6%) and Harvard (7.2%).
This is was calculated for all majors, based on projected earnings over 20 years. Four-year cost is based on 2013 tuition, room and board on campus, with no financial aid. For more information about programs at Park University, visit Park.edu.

Community Partners and Volunteers Honored at Northland Coalition Prevention Conference

The Northland Coalition honored its outstanding community partners and volunteers at the 2015 Prevention Conference held February 27 at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty.

Bob Kottman, who began his prevention volunteerism as a founding member of the West Platte/Weston community coalition 20 years ago, was inducted into the Northland Prevention Volunteer Hall of Fame.  Kottman was honored for his many years of dedication as an enthusiastic volunteer willing to serve in any requested capacity as well as for being instrumental in getting the area business and faith communities involved with prevention efforts.

The Northland Sonic Drive-Ins received the 2015 Exceptional Community Contributor Award for their 20-year support and contributions to the Northland Coalition’s programs and fund-raising events.  Co-owner of the franchise Liz Simons accepted the award.

The Kansas City Police Department was the recipient of the Outstanding Partner in Prevention Award. Both the Shoal Creek Patrol Division and North Patrol Division were recognized for their consistent support and participation in the Northland Coalition’s prevention programs and events, including being among the first in the state to provide drop boxes to assist in the safe disposal of prescription drugs. Deputy Chief Randy Hopkins accepted the award for the department.

Fox 4 News Anchor Phil Witt Honored as the 2015 Friend of Prevention

For more than 10 years, Witt has served as the emcee at various coalition events, and has provided in-studio and on-site media coverage to inform the community about prevention programs, including those created and implemented by the dedicated high school coalition members of Youth With Vision.

Interactive Exhibition Creates New Dynamic

Jump In! Architecture Workshop, the first self-generated architecture exhibition organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, converts the Project Space in the Bloch Building into an interactive studio. Visitors can experience an overview of architectural concepts through five interactive modules highlighting landscape, community, building type, style and material. Provocative questions, project examples and activities help develop and expand an understanding of how architecture impacts almost all aspects of everyday life.

Visitors can expect an active and dynamic experience that includes more than 2,000 building blocks, touch-screen maps, and tactile walls. An original card game, 5 Card Design!, gives players a set of unusual features and instructs them to design their own structure using the provided prompts.

An advisory task force of architectural leaders—including staff from Barkley, BNIM, City of Kansas City, Missouri, el dorado inc., Generator Studios, Helix Architecture + Design, HNTB, Hufft Projects, the Kansas City Design Center—worked with curators in the development of the exhibition. Jump In! Architecture Workshop will be open through July 19.

North Kansas City Hospital Accepts Applications for Summer Junior Volunteers

North Kansas City Hospital is currently accepting applications from students interested in volunteering for the summer. Youths must be ages 14-18 to apply for program, which requires 25 volunteer hours from June through August. The application deadline is May 1.

Shifts are available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or afternoons from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. Departments available include central services, emergency, pharmacy, nursing units, print shop, purchasing, the Children’s Learning Center and more.

To receive an application or more information, call Karen Fournier, youth development specialist, at 816.691.1684. North Kansas City Hospital also offers a year-round Junior Volunteer Program.