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Kids take charge in solving neighborhood issues

Posted at 12:42 PM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 13:42:47-04

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Students in KCK are looking at the issues in their Argentine neighborhood and figuring out ways to solve them.

It’s a group of middle schoolers and high schoolers who are a part of “Imagine Argentine,” Youthfront’s youth social entrepreneurship program.

Kids write down the issues they see in their community, such as homelessness, shootings, vacant storefronts, and then learn how they can work on fixing it.

“A lot of the times, these kids are getting told that they can't do anything, that they're not smart enough, they don't work hard enough, and they just don't have what it takes. But I believe differently,” Youthfront Community Engagement Director Amber Booth said. “And the kids have proved time and time again that they can do great things no matter where they're from.”

This is the second cohort of students to be a part of this program.

Emmaline Jones, a seventh-grader, shared her thoughts on what she’d like to see.

She said her goal is “to get more abandoned places fixed and reopened, and once we get them all fixed and stuff, some people could go by and be like oh I like this place."

The first cohort wanted to tackle empty storefronts and create a place for kids to hang out.

They came up with an idea and made it a reality, called the Snack Shack. It's a safe place where children and teens can hang out, eat and play games.