HALO Children Learn to Express Emotions Through Poetry

Children at the Kansas City Learning Center individually presented the poems they wrote at HALO’s recent Spoken Word workshop. Volunteers from the Kansas City Art Institute presented on spoken word poetry and how to go about creating it. The poems our children created touched on issues like abuse, mental illness, police brutality and the future. Children can use this empowering medium …

Former HALO Child Returns to Teach HALO Youth Professional Development

Tiana first came to the HALO Learning Center three years ago, where her hard work was rewarded with a scholarship provided by one of HALO’s partners. After beginning college in the fall, she returned to HALO- but this time as volunteer and workshop facilitator, teaching HALO youth professional development. Tiana, along with her classmates from The University of Central Missouri, …

HALO Children Focus on Emotional and Spiritual Self-Care

At HALO, we provide love to children who need it the most by teaching them the importance of self-care. Last week, we concluded the second workshop of our three-part series at the Kansas City Learning Center, focusing on emotional and spiritual self-care. The HALO children learned what emotional and spiritual self-care entails, participated in self-talk activities and even decorated journals …

HALO Summer Youth Shine in Showcase Celebration

On July 28, HALO Kansas City Learning Center held its 6th Annual Summer Showcase Celebration, and we want to thank everyone who attended and those who volunteered to celebrate the art made by our youth. We want to give a special shoutout to Jukeboxx Media for helping design media and promotions for our HALO Kansas City Summer Showcase Celebration.  This event would …

HALO Summer Showcase is THIS Thursday

Please join us Thursday, July 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to celebrate the HALO Kansas City Learning Center! HALO supporters, volunteers, board members, and the community are celebrating the amazing progress and achievements of our homeless and at-risk youth. The Summer Showcase will feature a variety of youth performances as well as artwork with accompanying audio files from the youth explaining …

Our Frogs have Perseverance

Throughout June, HALO aims to teach our youth about perseverance through a variety of projects. HALO youth at Kansas City Learning Center had to practice perseverance through origami projects this week. The youth started out very enthusiastic about the project and began folding paper without help from the HALO staff. After some experimenting, many decided they wanted a little guidance …

HALO Kansas City: Life Skill of the Month – Time Management

[slideshow_deploy id=’518911′] The HALO Learning Center youth are practicing our April Monthly life skill, Time-Management! In one of our weekly art and life skill workshops, youth ages 6-10 years old practiced managing their time with a multi-step art project using animal silhouettes. First, youth got to watercolor a background of their choice, keeping in mind that this would be the …

Volunteer of the Month – April

Our Volunteer of the Month for April is Tomomi Suenaga! Tomomi has been a volunteer in the HALO Learning Center – Kansas City since October 2015, and has made a huge impact in a short amount of time. Tomomi began volunteering with HALO’s therapeutic art workshop at Spofford Home, a residential facility for children under 6-12 years old. Tomomi’s compassion, dedication, …

HALO Kansas City – March Update

HALO Kansas City just finished another semester of their iEmpathize workshop – a program designed to get youth talking about negative versus positive relationships, and how to tell the difference. Through a series of videos, discussions, and activities, HALO youth were taught to identify manipulation and exploitation, but also healthy relationships and resources in their area. Empathy was also a big part …