2021 Summer Showcase

On August 4th, 2021, HALO held the 2021 Summer Showcase! Hosted by Kansas City Program Facilitator Alayna Howard, and the program team, this event celebrates and showcases the HALO youth artwork created after a Summer of developing their passions and talents in different Learning Center Summer programs.  Even with the difficulties of COVID-19, we have continued to persevere and pulled off a …

August Volunteers Of The Month

HALO is so thankful for the efforts of every single one of our volunteers. We are inspired by their love, passion, and willingness to serve. Every month, we get the honor of choosing volunteers from both Kansas City and Jefferson City to recognize as our volunteers of the month. Read more about them and the impact that they make on …

July Volunteers of the Month

Our Kansas City volunteer of the month is a Kansas City local fashion designer, Whitney Manney! She has been teaching sewing classes to HALO youth in the Kansas City Learning Center this Summer. Whitney has volunteered with HALO for seven years and throughout that time has served in so many ways from the giving of her time to donating her …

Mother’s Day – Part 2

Check out part 2 of our Mother’s Day series! We spoke with HALO Kansas City Program Facilitator Alayna Howard about her role with HALO and what being a part of the HALO family means to her. Q: What brought you to HALO and made you interested in this role? A: I started as a volunteer in 2014. The first impression …

The Power of Trauma Informed Yoga

Entering into the Spring season means that it is a time when we can take a step back and focus on various areas of self-care. One of the most powerful outlets for self-care for our HALO youth is through attending trauma informed yoga and meditation classes at the HALO Learning Center.   According to healthline.com, a traumatic event is an …

HALO Staff Training: Helping Our LGBTQ Youth Thrive and Survive

At the end of June, we were lucky to welcome Officer Kim Shaw-Ellis, who serves as the LGBTQ and Diversity Liaison for the Kansas City Police Department, into our headquarters for a training session on inclusion. As an organization, a portion of the youth population we work with identify as part of the LGBTQ community, and we want our team …

HALO Celebrates Father’s Day

In honor of Father’s Day, we would like to highlight some of the important men involved in our HALO Kansas City program. These strong fathers and father figures make a huge impact on our youth.DEREK YU – Derek has been volunteering with HALO for over a year and a half now. He consistently attends art workshops to serve our youth …

Summer 2019 Kickoff

Summer means no school, lots of sunshine, and new programming! We cannot wait to get things started in the Learning Center. The life skills we will focus on are perseverance in June, and respect in July. Last Summer We asked our HALO kids what healing meant to them and focused our workshops around what they told us. We were fortunate …