FRONT PORCH ALLIANCE
Village Church started Front Porch Alliance (FPA) in partnership with the Ivanhoe neighborhood (31st to 47th Street, Paseo to Prospect) in 1999 in hopes of building a meaningful and supportive relationship with an underserved community.
To this day, FPA works hand in hand with Kansas City's eastside residents and community partners to build youth leadership and opportunities for families to make positive, lasting changes in their lives and neighborhoods.
Current programs include the following:
Each PAL mentor supports two students at Faxon Elementary School helping with reading and math skills and establishing supportive relationships with students. The PALs also host teacher appreciation events and an ice cream social for Back to School Night.
The Youth Mentoring Program provides male role models for 10 boys. These mentors engage the boys in activities that extend beyond their current experiences and bolster their academic success. The group meets twice a month for activities such as Tai Chi or basketball. Mentors host annual picnics at their homes, and some attend school events. Parents report improved grades for the boys as well as fewer behavior problems at home and school.
Junior Urban Rangers
Front Porch Alliance is partnering with Urban Rangers Corp and hosting a summer Junior Rangers Program for boys entering 7th and 8th grades. This program encourages young teens to make positive life decisions and to achieve passing grades in school. The program offers presentations on anti-bullying, peer pressure, what it takes to get to high school, self-esteem, and drug prevention.
Minor Home Repair
Each week, the Front Porch Alliance Minor Home Repair Team assists residents with minor home repairs that keep them comfortable and safe in their homes. The team repairs leaky faucets and broken light fixtures, grouts tile and installs grab bars. More than 50 families receive help each year.
Learn N Grow
The Resident Advisory Council creates and implements Learn ‘n Grow classes. Classes meet on Saturday mornings in the Fall and Spring and include everything from minor home repair skills, computer skills to salsa dancing and cake decorating.
With a broad range of opportunities, you are sure to find a program in which you can share your time and talents. Specifically, timely needs for FPA are listed below:
Tutors come to our area elementary schools once a week for thirty minutes to work with two children on their reading and math skills, or to act as another caring adult in their lives. No teaching skills are required. Tutors build relationships by seeing the same children regularly.
Boy's Mentoring Program
Two Saturdays a month the group of boys and their mentors meet for a variety of activities- field trips, community service projects or just hanging out playing games. Mentors check in with their boys in between activities. FPA wants to start a new group of boys and girls and mentors. Please contact us if you are interested.
Minor Home Repair
Handy volunteers with home repair skills are needed to do minor work on homes. Projects are as varied as installing a railing to securing a toilet to fixing a light fixture. Currently the group works one day per week.
FPA is working to develop teens' career readiness, through several programs. If you would like to share your professional knowledge in any way, please contact us.
For more information about Front Porch Alliance, call our executive director, at 816-921-8812.
Front Porch Executive Director