KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dozens of Kansas City teens went on an eight-mile hike Thursday to kick off a summer learning program.
This is the eighth summer for the Urban Rangers Corps program. The organization started in Kansas City to give at-risk teens from the urban core an avenue to gain work experience and learn about helping the community.
When it started in 2005, 12 boys completed the summer program. This year, 66 teens ages 15 to 18 are enrolled.
The orientation week started Monday with a two-mile hike, then four miles on Tuesday, six miles on Wednesday, and eight miles Thursday.
Summer troop leader Lloyd Cooper says he’s seen these boys transform from lethargic teens to trained and organized young people.
To learn more about the Urban Rangers, visit their website at urckc.org .
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