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City Year
Kansas City

Our staff, alumni, board and partners are committed to building a stronger city by supporting local schools and helping our AmeriCorps members become civic leaders.

Jeff Shafer

Vice President & Executive Director for City Year Kansas City

Jeff Shafer serves as the executive director of City Year Kansas City. In this role, Jeff maintains strategic relationships with Kansas City public schools, City Year Kansas City’s board, corporate and philanthropic partners and the wider Kansas City community.

Raised in Kansas City, Jeff grew up attending Kansas City Public Schools and is a graduate of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy. He then spent 10 years in Chicago, where he received a BA in marketing communications from Columbia College Chicago and first got involved with City Year by serving as an AmeriCorps member from 2010-2012 on the city’s South Side. Jeff then transitioned to the staff team, working as an Impact Manager where he helped develop and coach 26 AmeriCorps members as they provided targeted support to 200 students across 3 Chicago Public schools. Jeff went on to utilize his talent for storytelling as the Grant Writer for City Year Chicago before joining the City Year Kansas City start-up team in 2015.

For the last 5 years, Jeff has served as Development Director. In that role, he has been responsible for the cultivation and stewardship of donor relationships and has exceeded fundraising goals each year. In addition to his impact on City Year, Jeff is involved in the community, serving as a Committee Member for Uncover KC and Board Member for BLOC (Brothers Liberating Our Community).

These talented and dedicated professionals support the success of our students and develop our AmeriCorps members as leaders.

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Our board brings to City Year Kansas City their expertise and commitment to local communities and schools.

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City Year depends on committed public and private sector partners in Kansas City to support our work.

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Students who work with City Year report better academic outcomes than similar students who don't.

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