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Summer Learning Collaboration Opportunities with Kansas City, Wyandotte Students

For research faculty members interested in addressing broader outcomes or departments interested in recruitment opportunities, Kansas State University has been invited to partner again this summer with Kansas City Kansas Community College, or KCKCC, in providing summer learning to students, ages 8-18, in the Kansas City Kansas School District.

Called “Kids on Campus,” the goal of the KCKCC program is to expose, enrich and empower students ages 8-18. This summer camp provides a comprehensive program with a mixture of physical, mental, emotional and social activities taught by educators and industry professionals in a safe environment. This program fills a critical need in the community, as the school district will not be providing summer school for students.


K-State faculty and staff can support the camp in multiple ways, including providing a series of lessons/modules during the camp. As in 2018, there will be a K-State Day each week and K State will appear as a sponsor on the website, T-shirts and on camp materials.

Details are as follows:


June 10 – July 19 (6 weeks) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Target Audience

Students enrolled in USD 500, ages 8–18 (5th through 12th grade)


Based on 2018 data, approximately 250–325 students enrolled each week:

Ethnicity: 45% Hispanic, 65% African American and 10% Caucasian

Ages: 50% Grades 3-5, 40% Grades 6-8 and 10% Grades 9-12

Gender: 60% male, 40% female.


All programming takes place on the KCKCC Campus.

The program is heavily underwritten by KCKCC with fees and potential philanthropic support. Students pay $79 per week or $569 for the six weeks — included are lunch, snacks and transportation to, from home and for field trips. Community organizations or agencies, like the Health Department, Parks and Recreation or the Federal Reserve also underwrite activities and field trips. The college has an agreement with a public housing facility and KU Thryve, to provide summer programming to students enrolled in their programs.

The camps are fully staffed by KCKCC personnel including multiple camp counselors, most of whom are Americorps members. Guest speakers and facilitators need not worry about managing students.

Proposed Involvement/Opportunity

K State Olathe staff will facilitate arrangements for K State faculty members or graduate students to provide outreach activities. Activities are standard 50-minute blocks, which can be combined for longer activities, and can be grade-banded (grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.) KCKCC is also interested in field trips to the Manhattan Campus; field trips work best on Fridays.

Themed Weeks

This summer, the camp is organized by career theme, allowing for more intensive career exploration and opportunities for deeper understanding of disciplines. Academic units are encouraged to consider providing multiple days of programming, perhaps in conjunction with a field experience.


Week 1 | June 10-14

Theme: Arts – including fine, performing arts and culinary arts

Week 2 | June 17-21

Theme: STEM and Technology/coding

Week 3 | June 24-28

Theme: Construction/Manufacturing

Week 4 | July 1-3

Theme: Human Services/Hospitality Management

Week 5 | July 8-12

Theme: Environmental/Animal Health/Agriculture/Horticulture


Week 6 | July 15-19

Theme: Architecture and Engineering


All Weeks June 10 - July 19

ACT and Academic coaching opportunities for approximately 25 high school students.


How to Participate

To particpate in one of the weeks, contact Laura Loyacono, director of community and education engagement at the K State Olathe campus, at loyacono@ksu.edu.



Laura Loyacono

Laura Loyacono

Director of Community and Education Engagement