HNMA 2018 Learn to Earn and KCK Connect Mural Program

From our friends at the Historic Northeast Midtown Association:

The Learn to Earn after school program (LTE), administered by the Historic Northeast Midtown Association, Inc., provides a means for young people in the northeast and east-midtown areas of Kansas City, Kansas, ages 12 to 16, to participate in STEAM and workforce training. Participants gain experience in applying the concepts they are taught in their community, ending in the painting of a real mural the students help design. At the conclusion of the program, participants receive a modest stipend for their time. LTE operates for 2 hours, Wednesdays, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, for nine weeks, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, through Wednesday, May 23, 2018. There will also be Saturday field trips to the mural location and to Jersey Creek Park. Applicants must live within the following boundaries: the River on the North and East, Nebraska Avenue on the South to 18th  Street, then Minnesota Avenue to i-635 on the West.

Class time is 1 PM to 3 PM Wednesdays.  During class time, students will help design a mural, train in teamwork exercises and proper business etiquette, water quality testing, learn about the HEAT report, and the safety principles for CEPTED. Youth receive presentations by local community guest speakers that are experts on these topics. Students who successfully complete the entire nine-week program, participate in the painting of the mural and attend a graduation ceremony, during which they will receive a $200.00 stipend for their participation in the program. Successful completion of the LTE program requires that students are present on time, every day. Compensation may be deducted due to non-compliance with program rules. Participants who do not successfully complete the program will forfeit their stipend.

It is intended that young people profit from the LTE experience in several ways. LTE exposes youth to learning experiences with caring, relatable role-models who teach, support, counsel, and empower. LTE broadens the perspectives of its participants, who upon program completion, are able to see themselves as partners in the development of a stable, viable, productive community. In addition to the $200.00 stipend, participants’ perspectives are broadened as they begin to see themselves as producers as well as consumers, develop a vested interest in the health of their community, and experience an increased responsibility towards its maintenance and growth.

Applications are accessible via online submission using Google Forms, by download, or hard copy. Follow the instructions below to apply.

To apply online:

1.  Visit and click on the link for online submission. Fill out the required information and hit submit. Your application will automatically submit.

2.  Download the application cover and policies & procedures documents on the same page at

To download an application:

1.  Visit and click on the download application link.

Hard copies of applications are available at the Community Health Council located at 803 Armstrong Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101.  Once completed, ither upload your hard copy application and send to or mail to Learn to Earn After School Youth Program, C/O The Historic Northeast Midtown Association, Inc., P.O. Box 172403, Kansas City, Kansas 66117. 

Applications must be postmarked, or date stamped no later than Friday, March 14, 2018. After the application is reviewed, students who meet the guidelines will be notified by telephone of their acceptance into the program. Orientation will be on Wednesday, March 21 with classes following every Wednesday with the last class on May 16.

Note to all applicants: young people must express a commitment to learning as much as possible during the nine-week experience. They must be active participants during the class sessions, mural application and agree to follow the policies and procedures of the LTE program. Parents must commit to pick up their child from the class site on time. Parents are welcome to attend any of the class sessions to actively cooperate with the program and to volunteer any available time to assist with the program.