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Coro Kansas City
Community Spotlight: Developing community leaders

This summer, RDA had the unique honor of partnering with Park University’s Coro Kansas City Summer Internship in Public Affairs.

The program brings students from around the country to Kansas City for the 10 week session with the goal of developing “future community leaders through exposure to community issues, leadership development, civic leaders and organizations.” Rosedale was lucky enough to engage the students in their community project, while they worked in five other areas in Kansas City: business, government, labor, media and nonprofit.

In Rosedale, the Coro student interns worked on the creation of a Business Facade and Landscaping Improvement Pilot Program along Southwest Boulevard/Merriam Lane.

RDA received funding from the Neighborhoods Rising Fund for the pilot program. The students interviewed Rosedale businesses and residents, participated in a tour of the Rosedale neighborhood, and conducted in depth research on their own.

Julia Schroer, a student in the program from Mizzou, said of her summer: “We, as interns, were very impressed by Rosedale’s rich history and potential for growth. The community was very welcoming and eager to help us throughout our partnership with the Rosedale Development Association.”

The Coro program instructors are Kay Barnes, former Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri and Distinguished Professor for Public Leadership at Park’s Hauptmann School for Public Affairs and Don Wise, Hauptmann School Fellow for Nonprofit Leadership, the former Executive Director of the Civic Leadership Training Council, and a respected non-profit consultant.

The students presented their project to the Rosedale community at a celebration on July 22. RDA plans to implement the pilot program in the fall of 2015.

For more information, please contact Heidi at [email protected] or 913-677-5097.