KANSAS PRIDE PROGRAM
The Kansas PRIDE program is a volunteer-led effort to improve the quality of life in Kansas. PRIDE began in 1970 with a goal to honor the past and create a vision for the future in Kansas communities.
- Communities elect to participate and organize a local PRIDE committee.
- Committee members enroll in the PRIDE program by completing an entry packet available on the PRIDE website.
- Once enrolled, committee members are required to make local government aware that the community is now part of the PRIDE program. A sample resolution is available on the Kansas PRIDE website.
- Community members identify what they wish to preserve, create or improve. Then, working with the resources of K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Commerce, community volunteers identify strategies to achieve their goals.
Kansas PRIDE offers communities:
- Structure to organize and implement community development efforts.
- Technical assistance and training.
- A vision for the community’s future.
- A plan to initiate goals and promote PRIDE to the public.
- Team approach to address community needs through an action plan.
- Self-assessment for better understanding of existing conditions and resources.
- Identification of regional, state, and national resources.
- Quantifiable measurements of successes.
- Evaluations on-site by community development professionals.
- Recognition of achievements. Sustainability of community improvement efforts.
If you still have questions, contact Betsy Wearing, Coordinator of Programs, Communications and New Initiatives for the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 785-452-8888.