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City Year Kansas City completes service project at W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center

Each year, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of service, City Year Kansas City partners with a local school or community organization for a full-day physical service event. In January 2021, we partnered with the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center and adapted our signature community service event to take place virtually. Over 200 volunteers received painting kits and completed their service projects at-home early this year.

After installation was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and inclement weather this spring, we are proud to announce the completion of our MLK Day of Service project. When the DuBois Center reopens to students this fall, they will be welcomed with images of Black leaders, messages of inspiration, and a beautified learning environment. DuBois Center Executive Director Tamara Clark Sykes says, “Although the devastating impact of COVID during our 2020/2021 school year dimmed the light of our organization, the process and quality of the art we received from City Year and their volunteers for the 2021 MLK Day of Service continues to shine a bright light of inspiration for us today and future generations to come. This was an amazing partnership!”

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About the W.E.B. DuBois Center

Located near City Year partner schools Central Middle and Central High, the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center is a community staple – providing free tutoring in reading, math, and science to local residents ages K-12. For more than 45 years, the DuBois Center has served thousands of students, many of whom attend the schools that City Year serves in.



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