Metropolitan Community College is offering scholarships and training for up to 40 people that can lead to jobs as a:

  • Customer Contact Professional/Customer Service Representative (Classes Start Dec. 9)*
  • Certified Nurse’s Assistant (Classes Start Dec. 9)*
  • Green Maintenance Technician (Classes Start in January)**

Ongoing training is also available in computer literacy.

Be sure to attend the informational session, which is open to the public, on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Green Impact Zone (4600 Paseo Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64110) to find out more. While there, you will also learn about offerings from the Green Impact Zone Institute for Preparation and Prosperity.

Contact Arletha Manlove at amanlove@marc.org or (816) 936-8804 for more information.

* Must be 18 years old or older and have basic computer literacy to qualify for these training opportunities.
** Must have high school diploma or GED, be 18 years old or older and have basic computer literacy to qualify.

It’s tough enough to get a job in these economic times and it’s even tougher for those who don’t have access to reliable transportation. A primary goal for The Green Impact Zone is to help increase employment rates in the area (which is as low as 50 percent in some locations).

As a part of this effort, The Green Impact Zone will host “Opportunity Road,” a transportation fair, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the Green Impact Zone office (4600 Paseo, Kansas City, Mo.) to help show residents how alternative modes of transportation can help them extend their job search and get them where they need to go while saving money.

Local transit agencies and resource programs will be on hand to talk with residents about mobility options and ways to save money on transportation — the second-largest expense for most households.

The fair will stress to residents how they can don’t need a car to get where they need to go (a common misconception in today’s society). The Green Impact Zone wants residents to see that commuting to jobs across the metro is possible with different modes of transportation access.

  • Learn about bus routes operated by The Metro and The JO that connect to Green Impact Zone neighborhoods. Get answers to questions about planning a trip or riding the bus. Tour a hybrid MAX bus. Ride along on a JO bus route to see where new shelters, signs and a transit center are being planned for the Shawnee Mission Parkway corridor.
  • Find out how to register with the RideShare Program to search for carpool matches. Pick up tips for getting the most out of a carpool arrangement. Learn about RideShare’s Guaranteed Ride Home service that commuters can use in case of emergency.
  • Get information about how to commute safely by bicycle from RevolveKC.
  • Enjoy free refreshments and door prizes!

The Green Impact Zone is seeking mature 12- to 18-year-old young people who live in the zone to participate in our second annual NEXUS program. The seven-week camp runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, from June 20 to Aug. 5, 2011.

  •   Learn how to become an entrepreneur
  •   Create your own business plan
  •   Go on fun and exciting field trips to “green” businesses in the Kansas City area
  •   Establish leadership and team-building skills
  •   Market your business and compete for funding opportunities.
  •   Earn community service hours for graduation

Learn more at a parents’ meeting this Saturday, June 18, starting at 10 a.m. at the Green Impact Zone office, 4600 Paseo, Kansas City, Mo. For more information, contact Cokethea Hill, chill@marc.org or 816-936-8807. See our website for more information.

We are working hard every day to help build a brighter and cleaner community that our residents are proud to live, work and play.

This past weekend the Historic Manheim Park Neighborhood Association hosted its semi-annual Neighborhood Cleanup. The cleanup was followed by a community cookout. Manheim Park residents were joined by over 25 members of the Hyde Park neighborhood, Rockhill neighborhoods, University of Kansas students and members of the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

As summer approaches, residents in Manheim Park took action to improve and beautify their neighborhood by cleaning up vacant lots, removing tires and planting in the neighborhood community garden. The Green Impact Zone worked in partnership with Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhood Housing Services to provide dumpsters for the neighborhood clean-up event.

Helping people and neighborhoods build their own capacity to make a difference is a key strategy in the Green Impact Zone. Historic Manheim Park plans to have their next neighborhood clean-up in July 2010.

The Green Impact Zone will host a rain garden workshop and demonstration this Saturday at 48th & Volker Blvd. http://bit.ly/cw3qE3

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 5, when the Green Impact Zone will host community event at Paseo High School, 4747 Flora, from noon to 4 p.m.

Residents can learn more about Green Impact Zone opportunities for job training, home repair, home ownership, weatherization and more — and enjoy a special guest entertainer.

Shuttle service will be provided from the zone office at 4600 Paseo. For shuttle reservations call 816-936-8805.