Community Partners

Kauffman Scholars has established a network of postsecondary schools (four-year, two-year, and technical colleges) that are partnering with our program’s leaders and students. These schools offer our scholars ongoing support services, such as tutoring, coaching, and mentorship to improve their chances to successfully complete a college degree.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

BBBS logoThrough an ongoing partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, Kauffman Scholars works to match students with mentors in the local community. Mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters are college graduates who can help a Scholar:

-Explore college major and career aspirations  
-Attend college visits  
-Study for upcoming exams  
-Prepare for what to expect in college  
-Network and job-shadow  

Although not mandatory, all Scholars are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

Big Brothers Big Sisters - ACES

In conjunction with its traditional mentoring program, Big Brothers Big Sisters also offers the ACES program, which focuses on college and career mentoring. As a participant in this program, Scholars are matched with adults who offer a variety of resources and support them on their path to college and career success. Supports include:

-Individualized support through professional staff
-Goal setting
-Personal, scholastic and professional development workshops
-College planning
-Campus tours
-Career explorations
-Access to internships/employment opportunities
-Job shadowing
-Career development

Career Village

“careerKauffman Scholars partners with Career Village to provide an online platform where students can ask career-related questions that are answered by real people sharing their experiences. Scholars can ask questions anywhere, anytime, and are directed to professionals with relevant experience. All of the advice is indexed and searchable, allowing students to get answers to their questions and also learn from their peers. Career Village provides Kauffman Scholars with a career resource to make better-informed decisions about their future through high school and college.


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Donnelly College

DonnellyCollege logoDonnelly College provides numerous resources for Kauffman Scholars both at the secondary and postsecondary level. Donnelly College provides Kauffman Scholars with the facilities to host after-school ACT Prep for high school students during the academic year.

Kansas City Kansas Public Schools

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The Kansas City Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) have been quality silent partners for numerous years, and we are excited to announce that we have engaged in a formal partnership with this community cornerstone.

KCKPS students that participate in Kauffman Scholars are afforded opportunities unlike their peers. KCKPS collaborates with us via college and career readiness initiatives through co-sponsored events like The Kansas City Youth Opportunity Fair. KCKPS provides access for Kauffman Scholars participants and coaches to meet and to foster academic and personal growth.

Kansas City Public Schools

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The Kansas City Public Schools are invaluable parters in our mission and vision. Scholars enrolled in Kansas City Public Schools are afforded with college readiness opportunities such as college preparatory curriculum, Advanced Placement, International baccalaureate Diploma, A+ Scholarship, ACT Prep courses, and counseling, just to name a few. Through our partnership with KCPS, Coaches and Advisors collaborate with KCPS staff members to bring student support services to Scholars in grades 11 and 12. 

Kaplan ACT Preparation Services

Kaplan logoKauffman Scholars partners with Kaplan to provide ACT preparation services for high school students. These courses take place after school and focus on ACT content-building and test-taking skills.

Foundations is a course offered to students in grade 11. It focuses on the content knowledge tested on the ACT. Classes are held Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the academic year.

ACT Complete is a six-week course offered to all juniors during the spring semester. The focus of the course is on ACT test-taking strategies. Classes are held Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Missouri College Advising Corps

MCAC logoThe Missouri College Advising Corps (MCAC) works in many of the high schools in which Kauffman Scholars operates. Through our partnership, we team to bring students the most well-rounded college advising both in-school and after-school to ensure each student has a community of supporters who understands how to match them with a best-fit college. 

My Majors

My Majors partners with Kauffman Scholars to assist in identifying majors that best fit Scholars. Through their online platform, Scholars can access student-friendly assessments that match Scholars with possible majors, career fields, and college options.

Pages & Chapters

Pages and Chapters logoPages & Chapters aims to provide support, resources and encouragement to urban families of Kansas City in an effort to foster critical literacy skills. Pages & Chapters and Kauffman Scholars partner in literacy initiatives that provide opportunities for Scholars and parents to give back to the community.