It’s Friday morning and I’m not sitting with this year’s Fellows sipping coffee, disseminating scripture and discussing how to fuse our theology with our day to day choices in the workplace, living in community and how we seek the common good of Kansas City. This can only mean one thing. We’ve finished another year of the KC Fellows and we are prepping for our 5th year to start in early September.
In our 4th year of the Kansas City Fellows:
- We continued to recruit Fellows from outside the midwest: North Carolina and Tennessee (and the both liked KC enough to stay after the Fellows year is finished).
- We continue to recruit Fellows from pipeline schools: Kansas State, Dordt University, Sterling College and John Brown University
- Six new companies employed Fellows: College Park Family Care, Examinetics, Made to Flourish, eShipping, KVC Behavioral Health and Skillpath
- For the first time we had Fellows with Criminal Justice, Social Work, Pre-med and Industrial Engineering majors
- Six of our Fellows have chosen to remain in Kansas City and continuing working in the jobs we helped them find
- More than 30 local marketplace professionals, from a variety of sectors, shared their work and faith integration with our Fellows
Our 5th class of Fellows is also already coming together as:
- Fellows from new schools have committed to join us expanding our reach: Wichita State and Tabor College
- Graduates from Kansas State, KU, Sterling, Dordt University continue to apply, while we build strong partnerships with new schools: Truman State and the University of Tulsa
- With 10 Fellows committed for next year, we already have employment secured for half of them.
- New companies continue to want to employ KC Fellows: Lockton, Intrust Bank and Christ Community Church.
The summer months are a time of evaluation of the year past and planning for the year coming up. We can always find ways to do what we do just a little bit better. Thankfully we have a boat-load of people who help us do what we do well! Whether it’s our awesome employers, our Roundtable dinner hosts, mentors, Lunch & Learn presenters, or host families, this year we had over 150 different people who helped invest in the lives of the KC Fellows!!! We can’t thank you each enough.
If you strive daily to integrate your faith into your work, into your life in community and it drives you to help our city become a better place for all…we’d love to hear from you. If you’re interested in getting involved in the KC Fellows there a number of ways you can:
- As an employer: We currently have talented Fellows with degrees in Industrial Engineering, Graphic Design, Advertising and Marketing , Communications, and Corporate Finance that need employment.
- As a mentor: do you like the idea of investing in the life of a young adult and helping them grow professionally and spiritually?
- Lunch and Learn presenter: come and share what you do for work, how you came to faith and how you integrate the two on a daily basis.
- Roundtable Dinner Host: do you like having people over, meeting new people and sharing good food? Host our Fellows for a dinner and tell your story.
- Host Family: some of our Fellows move to KC and know no one except the other Fellows. Be a home away from home for someone new to KC.
- Recruiting: Want to see a KC Fellow from your alma mater? Help us get connected with your school.
The Kansas City Fellows was born out of a desire to help young adults transition well from college into the rest of their lives: one of the most difficult transitions a person has to make. Our desire is to help them become marketplace leaders, whose faith is fully integrated into their work, life in community and how they influence and shape the city. Margaret Mead, a mid-century cultural anthropologist, is quoted as saying, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” The goal of the KC Fellows certainly makes Margaret Mead’s declaration a potential reality!!
“ I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first dayuntil now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:3-6