Youth City Network
P.O. Box 4444
Kansas City KS 66104
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 428-9964
Mission Statement
Our mission is to utilize the arts to cultivate and develop self-empowerment, community service, higher education, and self-expression within adolescents aged 11-18.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lucretia Sutherlin
Board Chair Ms. Lucretia Sutherlin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Jobs For America’s Graduates
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Our mission is to utilize the arts to cultivate and develop self-empowerment, community service, higher education, and self-expression within adolescents aged 11-18.
Background Statement
  • Surveyed Kansas City, Kansas Area teens about various programs that would keep them involved and out of trouble.
  • In 2009, we started our first open mic scene and talent show scene at Chelsea Plaza Apartments Recreation Room.
  • 2012, founder obtained her Masters in Secondary Education from Rockhurst University.
  • September 2012, Youth City Network was legally recognized as a tax exempt 501c3 organization.
  • Spring 2011, Founder volunteered with organization Unity in the Community mentoring program at Northwest Middles School.
  • September 2011, started group mentoring after school program at Northwest Middle School for 6th graders and hosted an Annual Awards Celebration for students.
  • Our 4 C’s, Culture, Creativity, Communication, and Critical thinking. Our curriculum focuses on Team Building/Leadership, Character Building Self Values, Music & Movement, Poetry/Spoken Word, Visual Art.
  • Volunteered and collaborated with the Kansas African American Commission for a Teen Summit & talent show.
  • 2013 we gained a partnership with Om1 poetry and local high school poetry clubs for better open mic experiences.
  • 2014, gained a partnership with the Turner Recreation and created new name for open mic night to KC Teen Mic.
  • 2015, developed a high school volunteer position for former students in the after school program.
  • 2016, developed Partnership with Urban Scholastic Center to provide transportation and additional programming space.
Impact Statement
2015 Accomplishments:
  • Founder received an award from the African American Affairs Commission dedicated service to Project Unity initiatives to youth and to the community.
  • Art Kansas City Fund Catalyst Grant recipient.
  • November 2015, founder received a Business Appreciation Award from The U Church.
  • Developed partnership with S.I.D.E (Socialization, Interdependent, Development, Empowerment organization that provided us with resources, supplies, and equipment for After School Program and KC Teen Mic.
  • June 2015, KC Teen Mic Team radio appearance on 95.3 KCPZ.
  • Local Teens created the first KC Teen Mic song at SIDE studio mentoring group for radio play and promotional advertising.
  • 2016, developed partnership with local YMCA and the Urban Scholastic Center for KC Teen Mic program.
2016-17 Goals:
  1. Develop and adopt a new creative arts curriculum for the after school program. ( Creative Corner)
  2. Increase our teen participation and attendance by 50% at KC Teen Mic.
  3. Develop a marketing and branding plan to produce quality programming for the organization.
  4. Build a sustainable volunteer recruitment program.
  5. Develop workshops centered on artist development and social change issues for teens.
Needs Statement
  1. Funding- business operations, administrative cost.
  2. 12-15 passenger vans and school bus.
  3. Corporate Business, organization or individual sponsorships for music & sound equipment Snacks & Beverages provided for teens at each event. Prize and reward incentives for youth performers and student ambassadors. 
  4. After School Program Supplies- digital recording equipment, video editing and cinematography desktop/application program, and laptops for (10) students.
  5. Branding & Visibility Campaign Fund- This includes producing short promotional videos our programs. Radio and social media advertisement, T-shirts, banners, and other promotional materials will help bring visibility to our image.
Service Categories
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Our Successes:
  1. Since our program is unique and innovative, many organizations are requesting our services as an added feature for their youth. We’ve gained a partnership with the local organizations and churches to assist with our monthly KC Teen Mic Nights.
  2. We are a volunteer ran program. Our volunteers have invested over 3,000 hours to the after school program which includes preparing lesson plans, being a mentor to students, seeking out resources and support.
Our Challenges:
  1. Volunteer/Staff Retention.
  2. Increase our brand and visibility
  3. KC Teen Mic Night Transportation- Students are not able to attend our monthly events without transportation. Setting up a transportation system that includes busses/ vans with pick up/drop off locations would benefit our program.
  4. Funding for daily operations
Students are enriched by a variety of exercises, including: Team building, acting, and creative literacy through poetry, creative writing and journaling.
Additionally, there are monthly community service projects, and field trips.
Creative Corner Vision/ Mission Statement:
Academic enrichment that provides opportunities for youth to participate in inquiry-based fine arts, performing arts, critical thinking; activities that promote healthy social and emotional development such as peer counseling and positive interactions between staff and youth.
Curriculum & Focus:
Team Building/ Leadership, Character Building/Self Values, Music/Movement, Poetry/Spoken Word, Visual Arts, Theater/Acting)
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
Youth in program have identified what kind of leadership style they have and how they want to positively influence others. We encourage students to learn what make them unique and figure out who they are and what type of personality they have. Since being in the program students find ways to improve their relationships at home or with their friends.
Allowing the teens to develop or share a talent has given them an opportunity to know they can succeed at anything.
Long-Term Success
Students will enter our program starting in the 6th grade until the 8th grade. When they reach high school, students will have the opportunity to come back as volunteers. As volunteers they will be given community service hours to assist them with job, internships, and college enrollment. In addition, we intend to track and follow students while in high school by holding quarterly workshops with students.
While in the program as 6th-8th grader we will instill problem solving and goal reaching strategies to become young leaders in their community. With our well rounded approach in our curriculum and lesson students will develop talents and skills to prepare them for high school and life skills.
Program Success Monitored By
  • Volunteer mentors have evaluated each student’s leadership and creativity by rating scales at the beginning of the year. The creativity rating scale examines eight key areas fluency, originality, elaboration, flexibility, imagination, individuality, individuality, acute sensitivity, and inquisitiveness. Volunteer mentors will evaluate the students’ progress using the rating scales. Students are expected to remain and improve with an 80% or better at the end of the program year.
  • Performance & Participation: Students will work on various creative pieces such as poetry, song writing, dance, acting, and visual arts. At the end of the school year each students will be asked to present an individual talent and join in on a collective piece with other students for the Annual End of the Year Awards Celebration. Students will be given awards.
Examples of Program Success
  • 80% of our students in the program indicate that their self-esteem has increased since joining the program.
  • 90% of our kids indicate they have gotten better at their specialized talent and skills because of the program.
  • 70% of students indicate they have developed new talents since joining the program.
“YCN is the best. It has helped me a lot. We have had great experiences. We have a lot of fun games. YCN has taught me how to write better. If YCN was not here, I would not have met new people. Also, the shout outs are great. During the shout outs we get to say what we have done. My Tuesdays would be very boring if the program wasn’t here.” -6th grader in Creative Corner
Description This program encourages teens to use their gifts and talents in a positive way and to make a difference in their own lives and community. At least 10-15 teens from each of the High Schools in KCK attend our Teen Mic Nights.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
Teens that attend the event have gained better communication skills and improved in their talents especially spoken word techniques. Various high school poetry clubs sponsors bring their students to the event. Student practice and develop their creative skills throughout the month and come to perform at our events.
Teens that are normally shy, have low self-esteem, and are not involved in activities on their school campus come to our events. These students not only come to share their talent but voice their opinion on topics of discussion.
Long-Term Success Teen Mic Nights will be one of the biggest teen night life events in Kansas City, Kansas. At least 10-15 teens from each of the High Schools in KCK will attend our Teen Mic Nights. Eventually, we will hold event bi-weekly to keep consistent growth. Over 60 teens each event will come to support their peers and perform on our stage. Various talent agencies and artist will come to seek out teens that have a drive to go further than our stage.
Program Success Monitored By
  • Sign in sheets will be posted at each event to track the number of guest at each KC Teen Mic Night. This will help us notify members of future events and assist with the attendance increase.
  • Surveys have been given to teen and adult guest that have participated in our event to improve the entertainment experience.
  • KC Teen Mic adult team will conduct bi weekly meetings to review and implement procedures for KC Teen Mic success.
Examples of Program Success
Jayce, 15 year old, came to our Teen Mic Night nervous and shy. He didn’t want to perform. Our volunteers urged him to try. He did! It was amazing! Since then, he has been coming to all of our KC Teen Mic Night performing his best dance moves he has practiced at home.
“My son has benefited greatly from his experience working with the leadership of YCN. They are a positive force in the community and Kansas City in general for all youth. They encourage teens to use their gifts and talents in a positive way and to make a difference in their own lives and community”- Mother of Jayce
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Lucretia Sutherlin
Term Start Sept 2010
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 6
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Lucretia Sutherlin
Company Affiliation Jobs For America’s Graduates
Term Nov 2012 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Ms. Ra'Shane Hamby T-Mobile
Ms. Gayle Lee Donnelly College
Ms. Monica Portley Northwest Middle School
Mr. Montae Richardson Cerner
Ms. Lucretia Sutherlin Jobs For America's Graduates
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $11,000
Projected Expenses $8,500
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financial documents.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,153----
Administration Expense$0----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.70----
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$257----
Current Assets$257----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$257----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Youth City Network
Address P.O. Box 4444
Kansas City, KS 66104
Primary Phone (913) 428-9964
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lucretia Sutherlin
Board Chair Ms. Lucretia Sutherlin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Jobs For America’s Graduates
Year of Incorporation 2009