Current Year Recipients


The Mission of Amethyst Place is to support women, recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their children by providing safe, drug-free housing and individualized services to promote healthy families. We help at-risk, low-income families overcome significant trauma and develop essential life skills. The Vision of Amethyst Place is that families will successfully transition to drug-free, independent housing and healthy community living.



Girls on the Run Serving Greater Kansas City is dedicated to inspiring girls to live healthy, joyful and confident lives. Girls on the Run provides transformational, physical activity-based, youth development programs for girls in 3rd-8th grade. Girls participate in a 10-week curriculum where physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to unleash confidence through accomplishment. Girls on the Run serves 4,500 girls per year in the Kansas City metro area.




Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child (EPEC) is a 501(c)3 organization which utilizes an innovative model to address homelessness and generational poverty through its principal program, The Grooming Project, a certified pet grooming school in Kansas City, Missouri. Our students, single mothers with a history of trauma and homelessness, are given a clear pathway out of poverty through hands-on job training in the high-pay, in-demand trade of pet grooming, along with much needed support services to address their unique histories, circumstances, and needs. Training in pet grooming is supplemented with classes in budgeting and soft skills, case management, and job placement services. The comprehensive nature of The Grooming Project program gives students the skills, experience, and support they need to break the cycle of poverty and change their children’s futures quickly, moving from homelessness to self-sufficiency in under two years.



Rightfully Sewn creates jobs and opportunities for women in Kansas City through the business of fashion. Our eight-week Seamstress Training Program opens up the possibility of full-time, well-paying employment for at-risk women, something that is difficult and necessary for escaping harmful situations. The program covers safety, machine maintenance, and basic and intermediate sewing and alteration skills on conventional and industrial sewing machines. There are more than 100 open seamstress positions in the Kansas City region. Our vision is to lay a path to a contemporary version of Kansas City’s 20th-Century golden era of garment design and manufacturing.



Wildwood Outdoor Education Center believes that learning and growing outdoors matters. Wildwood provides unique, transformative summer camp experiences to children across the Kansas City area. Campers spend a week catching frogs and fish, singing camp songs, swimming, canoeing across the pond, and reading and learning in an immersive, supportive camp setting.  More importantly, campers learn to overcome challenges, gain independence, increase their problem-solving confidence, and build relationships. They achieve measurable outcomes leading to lifelong personal and economic success. Instead of summers spent indoors, Wildwood opens the opportunities of the expansive outside.



WEN was founded in 1986 to meet the employment needs of low-income women in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. With a focus on self-esteem and personal responsibility, WEN is dedicated to preparing women with training, resources and support they need to realize economic self-sufficiency.




The mission of Young Women on the Move is to empower girls to create a more vibrant, healthy and peaceful world. Our holistic approach to adolescent health and wellness begins with building trusting, caring relationships with the youth and families we serve. A majority of the girls we serve in this large, urban community are under-served, minority, and living in poverty. Our goal is to instill hope, knowledge and skills as they pursue health in mind, body and spirit and become resilient and self-sufficient adults. We help girls move beyond childhood traumas, low expectations, and negative belief systems to become resilient and self-sufficient. Our leadership development program prepares girls to advocate for healthy change for themselves, their peers, and community.