After School/Camps/Mentoring

El Centro, Inc. Youth Development Program

Ages 5-18

After-school activities at El Centro, Inc. build self-esteem, reinforce academic studies and keep children on the right path. Evening peer tutoring matches high school and college age community volunteers with youth in need of academic assistance.

Contact El Centro for more details. Se habla espanol.
Administration Center
650 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66101

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls’all girls’where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.

To find a council, visit the website

Guadalupe Center Youth Program

The primary goal of the Youth Program is to provide Westside youth ages five through twenty with organized year-round athletic and recreational programs. Additionally, GCI strives to develop cultural awareness, creative use of leisure time, and interest in community projects.

The Youth Program provides a wide array of activities for interested Westside youth as well as a variety of clubs like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Guadalupe Center
Sacred Heart Youth Center and Gym
814 W 26th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Operation Breakthrough

Ages 6-18

More than 300 children are involved in the after school activities offered at Operation Breakthrough. Some of the services offered include tutoring, homework help, book club meetings, supervised outdoor play, and peer support groups. Operation Breakthrough also provides instruction in special interest areas through a program called “Betsy’s Kids.” This program provides children and opportunity to enhance their talents in karate, computers, sewing, photography, dance, athletics, drama and art.

A summer enrichment program provides children a fun and educational environment when school is out of session. Some of the activities offered include job shadowing with professionals in the community, swimming lessons, field trips, art classes, sports camps, reading programs, community service and performing arts experience.

Operation Breakthrough is a United Way agency which helps children living in poverty reach their greatest potential.

Contact information:
Operation Breakthrough
St. Vincent’s Family Service Center
3039 Troost, Kansas City MO 64109

Salvation Army

After School Community Center
The enrichment program at this community center offers after-school tutoring, basketball, weight room, game room, computer instruction and a quiet place for students to do their homework.

Bellefontaine Corps
3013 E. 9th St.
Kansas City, MO 64124

After School Care
After School Care at Independence offers a variety of activities to choose from, including a computer lab, homework assistance, arts and crafts, music class, bible study, games, sports, girl guards and sunbeams, boys adventure corps and more. Dinner is also available in this program. Note: After School Care in Independence does close during the Christmas season due to a lack of space with other seasonal services.

Independence Corps
14700 E. Truman Road
Independence, MO 64050

Biddy Basketball
At the Olathe Corps, the gym is busy with young basketball players competing in a healthy, supervised environment. The basketball league has 1,300 participants from kindergarten through seventh grade. In the fall, a basketball program is open to younger children, kindergarten through 3rd grade, while grades 4th through 7th meet from January to March.

Olathe Corps
420 E. Santa Fe
Olathe, KS 66061

KEY (Keep Encouraging Youth) Program
This program designed to reach at-risk students from Westport Middle School, meets weekdays after school at the Westport Temple Corps. Activities for both boys and girls include field trips, sports, Bible study, crafts and instruction in a variety of areas, from positive role models. The purpose is to offer these youth productive and fun after-school activities as an alternative to the destructive forces out on the streets.

Westport Temple Corps
500 W. 39th
Kansas City, MO 64111

For more information, visit the website

YMCA Before and After School Programs

Ages 5-12

YMCA Before and After School Child Care offers a curriculum that appeals to children and at the same time teaches confidence, encourages self-expression and enriches social development. Daily topics include character development, health and wellness, homework support, literature and literacy, arts and humanities, science and technology.

YMCA Kids Clubs are associated with school districts in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. In addition to Before and After School Care, YMCA also offers No School Days, Summer Day Camps, Kids Night Out, Kids University, and Aquatic and Sports activities.

Tuition varies slightly between school districts.

People who participate in the YMCA Financial Assistance Program include

  • Youth referred by schools, churches and organizations
  • Adults who are temporarily out of work
  • Individuals who are experiencing financial hardships
  • People on fixed incomes
  • People who are overwhelmed by medical bills

We also provide special assistance to our military personnel and their families.

For more information, contact the YMCA.
3100 Broadway Street, Suite 1020
Kansas City, MO 64111

Boy Scouts

The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.

To find a council, visit the website

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

Ages 5-18

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City provide a fun and safe environment for children between the ages of 5 and 18 to learn, play and grow. The clubs offer enrichment programs for nearly 10,000 youth each year in five core areas: Character and Leadership; Education, Technology and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; Fitness and Recreation; and The Arts.

Membership fees are $15 per school year and $125 for the 10-week summer program. There are five locations serving the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

5101 E. 24th Street
Kansas City, MO 64127
Phone: 816-241-5252
Monday through Friday 2:30 – 7:00 p.m.

16995 E. Dover Lane
Independence, MO 64056
Phone: 816-257-7010
Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

315 South Leslie
Independence, MO 64056
Phone: 816-461-1422
Monday-Friday: 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

3831 E. 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64130
Phone: 816-861-6300
Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.; 2:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday: Special Activites

Wyandotte County (Breidenthal)
1240 Troup
Kansas City, KS 66102
Phone: 913-621-3260
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday&Friday: 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: Special Activities

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

Camp Barnabas

Ages 7-17

Camp Barnabas is a non-demoninational Christian faith-based series of week-long camps aimed at giving children with disability or disease a experience that is fun, restorative, and inspirational. Each term offered targets children with specific physical disabilities, developmental disabilities or chronic illness. Siblings of affected children are also welcome at this camp.

Cost of attendance:
Tuition $600, Registration Fee $50
Camp Barnabas offers limited sponsorships to help offset this burden. We are one of the very few non-denominational Christian camps in the country where children with serious illnesses or disabilities, and their siblings, can attend regardless of their ability to pay.

Camp Barnabas
Rt. 2 Box 131
Purdy, MO 65734
417-886-9800 (Springfield office)

Don Bosco Youth Development Center

Ages 5-20

The Youth Development Center provides a safe and supportive environment for youth to participate in a variety of activities and programs that support education, encourage growth and increase community involvement. The Youth Development Center offers tutoring, summer camps, intramural sports, afterschool programs to name a few.

Contact the Don Bosco Youth Development Center for more information. Se habla espanol.
Youth Development Center
548 Brooklyn, Kansas City, MO 64124