How Young Men In Kansas City Are Helping Veterans During Summer Break
In Kansas City, a youth organization is delivering assistance and confidence to two very different and very deserving groups. It's called Urban Ranger Corps, and its self-described mission is to guide young men into projects of community service and self-improvement.
This summer, young Kansas City men participating in Urban Ranger Corps like 15-year-old TreVeon Gilyard are dedicating their school break to service projects focused on assisting American military veterans. In partnership with the Veterans Community Project, the Urban Rangers are keeping busy. They're putting together boxes of food. They're painting planter boxes. And they're helping to strengthen the people in their communities.
"This is my city," TreVeon said. "I have to take care of it."
Organizations like the Urban Ranger Corps help participants keep busy during summer breaks, and also enhance the students' experiences during the school year. College trips, volunteering, and job site visits all provide hope and confidence—and bond the young people together.
"This is our family," TreVeon said. "We're all brothers here."