Overview

History

2020 Students20/20 Leadership began in 1993 as a 9-month program for 36 juniors attending nine high schools in Wyandotte County, Kanas. The budget was $3,500.  In 2002, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Garth Brooks “Teammates for Kids” provided grants to expand the program across state lines from Kansas to Missouri.  In 2003, 20/20 Leadership became an independent organization, six weeks after filing the 501(c)(3) application and expanded into a 10-month program for juniors, and an 8-month program for seniors. In 2015, 20/20 Leadership expanded the programs to provide a continuum for freshmen, sophomore, juniors and seniors.

Uniqueness of the 20/20 Leadership Program:

  • Social, academic, economic, geographic and racial diversity
  • Bi-state, multi-county, multi-district program GPA is not an admission criteria; program designed for students with 2.0 – 4.0 GPA’s
  • Students learn about their community and the greater Kansas City metropolitan area
  • Transportation provided to and from school on program days
  • Assist students with college, career and workforce development
  • Students participate in social and community events after school hours
  • Workshops provided for scholarship information, writing personal statements and essays
  • 140 educational hours received during 18-month Junior and Senior Leader programs
  • Assist alumni with resumes, references, networking and business introductions
  • Provide letters of recommendation for students and alumni
  • More than 8,000 volunteer hours contributed through community projects since 1993
  • More than 3,300 alumni since program inception in 1993