youth http://kcur.org en Boys Grow Teaches Kids Business Skills Through Farming http://kcur.org/post/boys-grow-teaches-kids-business-skills-through-farming <p>At a farm in Kansas City,&nbsp;Kan., a group of young men from are developing their entrepreneurship skills through farming. Boys Grow, a non-profit agency, works with these kids to develop business skills as they sell their agricultural commodities.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we talked to two of these boys about their experience with Boys Grows and their hopes for the future.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:08:22 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58626 at http://kcur.org Boys Grow Teaches Kids Business Skills Through Farming KCPD To Step Up Plaza Patrols For Summer http://kcur.org/post/kcpd-step-plaza-patrols-summer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not a new problem in Kansas City: Large groups of teens flock to the Plaza on summer weekends, and they don’t always follow the rules.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City Police Department&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Central Patrol Operations Sgt.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Greg Williams says the plan this summer is to take a harder line if teens are violating any city ordinances.</span></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 12:45:27 +0000 Elle Moxley 55446 at http://kcur.org KCPD To Step Up Plaza Patrols For Summer Reciting Poetry Helps Kansas City Teens With Vocabulary, Self-Confidence http://kcur.org/post/reciting-poetry-helps-kansas-city-teens-vocabulary-self-confidence <p>Stacy Lafontant is nervous. The 16-year-old junior at The Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts is about to step up to the podium to do something she’s never done before in public: Recite poetry.</p><p>“I’m going up in front of a lot of people,” she says, “and there might be kids that are better than me; I might forget the words.”</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:25:34 +0000 Lauren Kirby 52165 at http://kcur.org Reciting Poetry Helps Kansas City Teens With Vocabulary, Self-Confidence What Options Do Kansas City Youth Have For Entertainment? http://kcur.org/post/what-options-do-kansas-city-youth-have-entertainment <p>For the 21+ crowd, Kansas City is full of entertainment choices. For youth however, the city lacks age-appropriate venues.</p><p>Recurring disturbances involving youth on the Plaza and other entertainment districts have caused the city to tighten the citywide curfew ordinance for youth. But the Kansas City area lacks all-ages venues and entertainment options for the city's youth.</p><p>On today's <em>Central Standard</em>, we discuss what activities are available to youth in Kansas City, and some initiatives and ideas that would expand those options.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52124 at http://kcur.org Brownback Rolls Out Controversial Kansas Reading Program http://kcur.org/post/brownback-rolls-out-controversial-kansas-reading-program <p>Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is rolling out a program aimed at boosting reading proficiency among Kansas students. State reading scores are generally near the top of national rankings, but the administration believes Kansas can do better.</p><p>A child advocacy group says it's a laudable goal, but its members aren't happy that t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he initiative will be funded by taking $9 million from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF).</span></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:36:55 +0000 Stephen Koranda 47074 at http://kcur.org Brownback Rolls Out Controversial Kansas Reading Program Kansas Child Deaths Lowest On Record http://kcur.org/post/kansas-child-deaths-lowest-record <p>A new report shows the number of child fatalities in Kansas in 2011 was the lowest on record. Those records date back to 1992, when the Child Death Review Board was established.</p><p>The annual report from the review board says 391 children died in Kansas in 2011. Of those deaths, 230 were due to natural causes. Almost two-thirds involved babies who died in their first month of life, m<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ost of those deaths were due to premature birth and congenital conditions. </span></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:09:31 +0000 Bryan Thompson 46886 at http://kcur.org The Practice Of Gender-Conscious Parenting http://kcur.org/post/practice-gender-conscious-parenting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine your young son tells you he wants to play with </span>Barbies<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Or that he prefers a purple backpack to a blue one. Perhaps your little girl tells you she doesn’t want a doll for Christmas, but would prefer a monster truck. Would you be uncomfortable?</span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:54:43 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 46763 at http://kcur.org The Practice Of Gender-Conscious Parenting Children Of Meatpackers Dream Big, Cultivate Opportunity http://kcur.org/post/children-meatpackers-dream-big-cultivate-opportunity <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Not yet 9 a.m. on a warm fall day, freshmen Binh Hua and My Nguyen are in protective goggles, long hair pulled back, ready for their chemistry class in a Garden City Community College lab.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:37:58 +0000 Peggy Lowe & Abbie Fentress Swanson 46020 at http://kcur.org Children Of Meatpackers Dream Big, Cultivate Opportunity Grandview Cheerleading Gym Empowers African-American Girls http://kcur.org/post/grandview-cheerleading-gym-empowers-african-american-girls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the National Cheerleading Association, more than 3 million Americans participate in the sport. But cheerleading is no longer just about </span>pom-poms<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and whipping crowd spirit into a frenzy, it has evolved into a bona fide sport where many athletes — as they are now considered — train year-round.</span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 43521 at http://kcur.org Grandview Cheerleading Gym Empowers African-American Girls Immigration: A Grown-Up Subject For Young Readers http://kcur.org/post/immigration-grown-subject-young-readers <p></p><p>The newest book by Kansas City author <strong>Angela Cervantes</strong> tackles a tough subject: what happens when immigrant families are torn apart.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cervantes' approach is different: the book is written for a young audience aged 8-12, and tackles a topic difficult and </span>all-too-familar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to many of her intended readers.</span></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:44:34 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 42646 at http://kcur.org Immigration: A Grown-Up Subject For Young Readers 'Boys Grow' Program Changes Lives Through Growing Food And Making Ketchup http://kcur.org/post/boys-grow-program-changes-lives-through-growing-food-and-making-ketchup <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Growing and eating local food isn’t just about health for one Kansas City group.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Their farm fields are fertile ground for developing responsibility and shaping young lives, and the group’s leaders hope to harvest more than just tomatoes.&nbsp;</span></p><p>When you grow up in the city, chickens aren’t something you see every day, but 13-year-old Malek Looney is getting to know them well.</p> Sun, 26 May 2013 22:17:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff 37342 at http://kcur.org 'Boys Grow' Program Changes Lives Through Growing Food And Making Ketchup Best Children & Youth Books Of 2012 http://kcur.org/post/best-children-youth-books-2012 <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">It’s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday… it must be even tougher when they’re home for winter vacation.&nbsp; But technology might just help this time around: perhaps you can even convince your child to turn off the video game and pick up a Kindle...or a Nook… an iPad or even (yes!)&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">paper</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">…and&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">dig deep into a great story</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">If you're looking for a really good present for your son, daughter, or other kid in your life, consider <strong>the gift of reading</strong>.</p><p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 01:00:00 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 29296 at http://kcur.org Best Children & Youth Books Of 2012 Balancing Competition And Fun In Youth Sports http://kcur.org/post/balancing-competition-and-fun-youth-sports <p>More than 52 million young people around the country participate in organized sports, according to the National Council of Youth Sports. Many parents see it as a way for kids to get physically fit, and learn teamwork and discipline. And a lot of parents like to see their kids win, too. But how important is winning? And how much pressure should parents and coaches put on young people to be the best athletes they can be?</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:51:08 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Zack Lewandowski 19949 at http://kcur.org Balancing Competition And Fun In Youth Sports Teenage Playwright Wins National Competition http://kcur.org/post/teenage-playwright-wins-national-competition <p>Thirty years ago, legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim might have sensed that the pool of up-and-coming playwrights was a bit lacking.</p> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 21:19:38 +0000 Steve Walker 9742 at http://kcur.org Teenage Playwright Wins National Competition Best Children & Youth Books Of 2011 http://kcur.org/post/best-children-youth-books-2011-0 <p>It&rsquo;s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday&hellip; it must be even tougher when they&rsquo;re home for winter vacation.&nbsp; But technology might just help this time around: perhaps you can even convince your child to turn off the video game and pick up a Kindle...or a Nook&hellip; an iPad or even (yes!) <em>paper</em>&hellip;and <strong>dig deep into a great story</strong>.</p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 9382 at http://kcur.org Best Children & Youth Books Of 2011 Film Review: "Young Adult" http://kcur.org/post/film-review-young-adult <p>In <strong>Charlize Theron&#39;s</strong> Oscar-winning role in &quot;Monster,&quot;&nbsp; she played a serial killer whose unbridled rage was targeted on others. In her new film, &quot;<strong>Young Adult</strong>,&quot; she&#39;s also very convincing - and perhaps more unlikable -&nbsp; as a woman whose hurt is mainly turned inward.</p><p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 15:58:18 +0000 Steve Walker 9141 at http://kcur.org Film Review: "Young Adult" Young Dems Face Apathy on Campus http://kcur.org/post/young-dems-face-apathy-campus <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53cf63dc579b2-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53cf63dc579b2-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53cf63dc579b2-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-932333.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – Almost daily polls show a tough uphill battle for Democrats for this election. It's a sea change from the enthusiasm for Obama two years ago, which was especially strong in younger voters.</p> Mon, 01 Nov 2010 16:40:33 +0000 Alex Smith 7226 at http://kcur.org