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Offering Kansas Teens A Better Chance For A Better Life After Foster Care

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Black male teenager casually dressed with backpack talking with an adult black male in striped shirt and khaki pants standing in front of a building with a mural.
Photographer: Marc Carter
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Marc Carter
CASA of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties teen advocates work to prepare children aging out of the Kansas foster care system.

Trained advocates provide support and resources for young Kansans about to face life on their own.

Volunteers in CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties' Teen Advocacy Program work with teenagers to achieve two crucial goals for future success, graduating high school and making a plan for the future whether that is college, career training or entering the workforce.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.