KC United! Summer S.T.E.A.M. Camp

Director:  Mrs. Twoana Sheppard, LMSW Clinical

Community Partners: Afterschool Alliance, KC Stem, KCKCC, ThrYve, Community Health Coalition (H.E.A.T. Cab) , KU Department of Applied Behavoral Sciences, Y.W.O.M. (Young Women On the Move)


Mrs. Sheppard serves as the Director of the Mary Ann Flunder Summer S.T.E.A.M. Sports & Arts Camp. The camp serves as our ongoing promise to Mrs. Mary Ann Flunder (March 8, 1934-March 24, 2016) whose tireless community activism engaged urban youth and teens to focus on getting their education. Especially when it came to going on to college. Areas of development include: SEL (Social Emotional Leaning), T.H.I. (Trauma Healing Institute), Abstinence Until Marriage (sex, drugs, alcohol, bullying and violence) and Adaptive Leadership (Kansas Leadership Center, Wichita, Ks) 

Mrs. Sheppard believes that "sports and the arts serve to allow KCU! to make connections with students...where they are. Our goal is to then engage them that every aspect of their lives are impacted in a positive/holistic way. All the while equipping them at a higher level to compete in the classroom as well as on the field/court". 

KCU! initially started the summer sports and arts camp in 2016 with 6 young men. In 2017 we expanded to 29 participants (boys and girls). In 2018 KCU! partnered with KCKCC and our scope expanded to over 120 participants (elementary, middle and high school)

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2019 Camp Highlights!

  1. 6 weeks of rigorous STEM, SEL, Critical Thinking, Adaptive Leadership, Physical Activities, Art design (*all age appropriate) 

  2. Full partnerships with: The Urban Scholastic Center, Young Women On the Move and KCKCC Kids On Campus

  3. Healthy  breakfast, lunch, snacks

  4. Weekly outings to emphasize the STEM learning

  5. Impactful speakers to encourage and give our participants the desire to DREAM BIG!

  6. Hands on community engagement project

  7. Free sports camps: June 15th (P.A.L. Police Athletic League/ Will Shields Sports Camp/ 9am-2pm/ Bishop Ward HS, KCKs), June 29th (Annual Darryl Stuckey sports camp, 9am-2pm, Bishop Ward HS, KCKs)

  8. Transportation pickup to Sumner Academy and delivery back to original site

  9. End of year banquet and celebration!