Wichita Collective Impact Initiative

Together, we are creating a more equitable place to learn, work and succeed.

The Wichita Collective Impact Initiative brings together the community, nonprofits, businesses and government entities to focus on educational success and workforce readiness, beginning in the 67214 ZIP code.


Why focus on 67214?

  • 67214 is the poorest ZIP code in Kansas
  • Average adjusted gross income in 2018 was $27,906
  • 19.6% had an income below $10,000
  • 39.2% are not currently in the labor force
  • Of those 25+ years of age, 25.3% did not complete high school
  • 24.8% of the population does not have health insurance coverage
  • 43.6% of the population is Black or African American; 24.8% is Hispanic.


Through volunteerism, shared expertise and financial grants, we will achieve collective impact that strengthens equity through educational success and workforce readiness.

Educational Success
  • Increase access to quality early childhood education
  • Improve third grade reading
  • Improve seventh grade algebra
  • Increase graduation rates
  • Improve teacher representation
Workforce Readiness
  • Increase number of students engaged in ready-to-work programs
  • Increase diversity and number of jobs created
  • Improve local post-secondary enrollment
  • Reduce mid-career departures


At this time, the 2023 summer grant application has closed. Grantees will be announced April 10, 2023.


Funded through a $2 million gift from Wichita-based Cargill Protein North America, Wichita Collective Impact is a three-year initiative led by United Way of the Plains, Greater Wichita YMCA and the Public Policy & Management Center at Wichita State University.

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United Way of the Plains logo.
Greater Wichita YMCA logo.
WSU Public Policy and Management Center logo.


For more information, contact LaWanda DeShazer, Senior Program Director for the Greater Wichita YMCA, at lawanda.deshazer@ymcawichita.org or (316) 776-8176.