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 betsy@danehansenfoundation.org, or 785-452-8888.