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Kansas City’s Most Inspiring Stories

The heart of our mission is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our communities. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some incredible artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with the incredible group below. Check out our favorite stories from across the Voyage family.

Anita Easterwood

Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I enjoyed drawing but was too afraid to pursue it as a career. Even after I received my BA in Art from Kstate, I couldn’t imagine myself pursuing it beyond the degree. With the encouragement of my father, I began to sell my work in 2017 and started my LLC in 2020. Read more>>

ARTIST INC

Artist INC was designed with a primary focus on supporting individual artists by providing knowledge through both mentorship and peer networks. The program is a cohort of twenty-five artists of various disciplines who apply and are accepted into the 8-week long program. Artist INC began in Kansas City in spring 2009 through a partnership of the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City (now ArtsKC), and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Innovation Center who received a LINC Creative Communities grant to establish Artist INC. The program was initiated and developed under the founding leadership of Diane Scott. In 2013, Artist INC became a program of Mid-America Art Alliance which has expanded the program to serve artists in communities across the region and beyond, including communities in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Read more>>

Katie Currid

Our idea was born, as good ideas often are, over a glass of wine. We had marveled at these little trucks for years in Italy — first encountering one in an alley that our car should not have been driving down, which is its natural habitat. We would always point and laugh with glee seeing the Piaggio Apes drive down the road, usually driven by a large man, sometimes two small men, and on one notable occasion, two men and a dog sandwiched between them. When we realized that on top of all the other things we were bringing home from Italy, that the Ape could be one of them, it was a no-brainer — it would be a wine truck. Read more>>

Debbie Dominick

I grew up in a dysfunctional family, with an abusive, alcoholic father. There was domestic violence, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. It wasn’t until I was a Senior in high school that I realized these things were not ok. That’s when I reported things to a school counselor and everything changed. My younger brother and I entered the foster care system. I never returned home after that, and I aged out of foster care after graduation. Somehow I managed to get a good ACT score ( I was in Boys Town Shelter when I took it) and was able to enroll at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. I also found my way into a sorority. Much drinking and partying took place over the next 2 years and I eventually flunked out. After a couple of years of working, I was able to get back into college and eventually graduated with my bachelor’s in Psychology from UNL. I then moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and worked in shelters and group homes for children for 2 years before marrying my husband, Clint. We moved back to Nebraska where I found employment working for the State in child welfare, and then for a private nonprofit advocating for kids exiting foster care. A job opportunity for my husband arose and we moved to Kansas. Read more>>

Jaclynn Beaty

I have always had a passion for photography, but it sparked in high school. I was one of the editors for my high school’s yearbook and once I picked up the camera, I was in love. Throughout the years I would use cameras from my friends or family but could never purchase one for myself, something kept holding me back. In December 2019, my fiance gifted me a camera for Christmas, which was totally a surprise because we agreed to a $30 gift limit for Christmas. Since that Christmas, he has supported me & my growing passion for photography. I started off with taking engagement photos for some friends at work and then I was booking months in advance with strangers I had never met! It has truly been an amazing journey after one full year of pursuing my passion & I can’t wait to see where the next few years will take me!. Read more>>

Forrest McCurren

There are a few particular pieces to my musical puzzle that I recall: One of my first memories is laying next to my Grandma’s feet as she played the Hammond organ at Prairie Chapel Church in Callaway County. I still love gospel hymns. My Papaw, Big Forrest, taught me that Roy Acuff is the king of country music. He still has a copy of his Grand Ole Opry program from going after his high school graduation in 1947. I realized songs could be stories when I was 4 or 5 riding in a car with my mom. She was listening to the title track of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s album, Pancho and Lefty (written by the late great Townes Van Zandt). I could picture the two bandits in “the deserts down in Mexico” and Lefty living in a cheap hotel. Also, I don’t think you ever forget the first time you hear the word “Federales.” Good usage of good words makes for great songs. My mom still exclusively listens to Willie Nelson, and I still believe that the best way to listen to music is on the road, in a car, with the windows cracked just right. If you get the right combination you don’t even need gasoline, the car will just keep going. Read more>>

Jason Cupp

My journey started young and has always been about others. As a young boy, I would organize kickball tournaments in my neighborhood, those that surrounded my childhood home. I loved bonding with people who I met through my paper route, school, family, and neighbors to collaborate in our cul-de-sac for some fun and hanging out. Kids being kids, but some of those relationships are still alive today – some 40 years later. I’ve always had a very strong connection to my family. Growing up, my mom owned the local hair salon, so she knew everyone in town. Everyone lined up on proms and weddings and other celebrations to have my mom and her co-workers make them more pretty for a day. It was so awesome growing up seeing my mom be focused on others. It’s hard to write about her, as she passed away a little over 2 years ago. She was my best friend and taught me throughout my entire life to live it for everyone else but myself. I’m proud to be living her legacy out in my life today. Read more>>

Flip Intl

It started with me with music period, I’m a music lover. No matter what genre if the music is good I’m all in. When I was young, I started a group making music with a couple of friends, making music off instrumental beats. And from there, I also start started messing around with Djing in my parent’s basement using CDs and cassettes, and from there, I started djing friends’ and families’ house parties and before I know it I was djing friends weddings and that’s how I started. Read more>>

Jamie Spinetti and Andie Dyck

It all started with sisters… Andie married Jamie’s brother in 2018 and their fierce friendship started to bloom. Fast forward to the middle of October 2021, Andie asked Jamie if she wanted to start a business together making and selling clay earrings. Just like magic, our business was born. Jamie went on a long vacation in October, so FaceTime brainstorming sessions were incredibly helpful! We each contributed financially to be equal partners in getting the tools and materials we needed to bring our business to life. Our business name is a combination of our last names: Dy for Dyck and netti for Spinetti to create Dynetti Jewelry Co. We decided we needed to build our website and add product photos to represent our brand. Andie already runs a photography business, so she had our first photoshoot details all figured out. On November 11, 2021, we officially launched our website! We collaborate on all of our designs, colors, and prices. All of our jewelry is handcrafted by us; from the clay to the posts, jump rings, and charms, we put it all together to create beautiful and unique pieces to complement any wearer. Read more>>

Jesse Dummermuth and Kayla Thawnghmung

We met through online musician ads on Craigslist in late 2017. We began a four-piece rock band called Amore Et Bellum through the year 2018. In that time, we put out an album and toured the Midwest in small doses. In early 2019, the group dissolved on amicable terms to pursue other projects both personally and musically. After we had reunited in 2021 after 2 years apart we had discussions about the direction and purpose behind our new project. Initially, we had chosen ‘Terraform’ as our official name but it was taken. Kayla pitched ‘Terrasoul’ as a replacement and I loved it. The summer and fall produced over 12 original songs as well as countless covers to mess with. We are now plotting how to navigate the music scene with the pandemic. Read more>>

Julie Gettings

Jennifer Jackson-Rice graduated from the University of Kansas in 2001 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is now a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker in the states of Kansas and Missouri. She began her social work career at Children’s Mercy Hospital, where she spent seventeen years focusing on child/family relationship enhancement, emotional and behavioral struggles, school difficulties, grief and loss, crisis stabilization, and childhood adversities. After Children’s Mercy, Jennifer built the PCIT program at a local private practice where she focused on establishing and marketing this evidence-based treatment program. She also received additional training while at a specialty anxiety practice enhancing her clinical skills in the treatment of children with anxiety. Read more>>

Jamie Redic

I started braiding as a little 9-year-old girl playing in my hair and my friend’s hair. Fast forward a few years and as a sophomore in high school, I started taking clientele doing micros, and sewins. That is where my hustle all began. I continued to take clients while I was attending college at KU and KU nursing school. It was a great supplemental income and really helped me not be a broke college student. I still service many clients that started with me back in my mom’s living room and my dorm room. I completed Nursing School in 2017. I went on to be a school nurse with KCK public schools. I love being an RN and I love serving the community that raised me. While working, I continued to braid and weave after hours and on weekends. Since hair was still a passion of mine in 2018, I finally decided that I would enroll in a part-time Night Cosmetology Program. I attended and graduated from Entourage Institute of Beauty and Esthetics 2020 and received my Kansas cosmetology license shortly after. Going to school taught me so much more about my passion within the beauty industry and allowed me to be able to service my clients beyond just braids and weaves. I can now truly give my clients a full service and educate them on caring for their hair. Read more>>

Hellrayza Jones

I started out as a drummer on the snare for my fifth-grade marching band and played in only one parade and one practice before realizing band wasn’t for me. I quickly taught myself how to play set and began playing for my church choir. Doing high school, I would often freestyle with others and jot down lyrics. I started recording and producing songs after high school and have been doing so for 10+ years. Today, I am CEO of my own label and producing/engineering for others. Read more>>

Becca Blackburn

I started Becca Blackburn Photography over 8 years ago after dreaming of being a photographer for a long time. Shortly before that, I decided to invest some time in taking photography classes at the Kansas City Art Institute. After completing those classes, I launched my business. Throughout the first few years of my business, I realized that photographing families is what brought me the most joy, so I focused on that. I love getting to know a family, helping them feel comfortable and at ease while in front of my camera, and capturing the true personalities of their children in a session. Continuing a relationship with the families I photograph is one of my favorite parts of my job. I love seeing their children grow and change year after year and hearing their family’s stories from the past year. I have had opportunities to capture families celebrating with lots of joy as well as families cherishing every moment they have as a parent walks through cancer treatment — both are such an honor. Read more>>

Alexis Harris

I’m the owner of Leawood Nutrition in Leawood, KS. I’ve been doing this business for over 2 years and I absolutely LOVE IT. The reason why I started to open a nutrition club is that these products have changed my life so I wanted to show others that this could change their life too, rather If it’s losing or gaining weight, needing energy just about everything. Owning a nutrition club is absolutely amazing. I get to know my customers and they get to know me, majority of them sit at the bar for hours with me just talk away and I just love getting to know everyone! Before I started to open a business, I was getting my BSN & decided on the last year of my clinical I was opening a business. It’s probably the best thing I ever did because I get to bring my kids, yes they’re nutrition club babies!. Read more>>

Joseph Smolack

I started re-selling limited edition clothing and sneakers when I was 15, I wanted a way to generate early income, and set myself up for a successful future. I moved to Toronto when I was 16, this is where I discovered a sneaker store called Kenshi Toronto, I met the team there and was a customer at the store for several months. I eventually applied for a job in the store, the owners told me I was too young. The following Black Friday, I came to say hi to everyone there, I saw the store was very busy, I also noticed there were only two employees in the store to deal with all of these customers. Without being asked I stepped in, I started selling to customers on the sales floor. I sold 10’s of thousands of inventory within my half-day there, I was hired at the end of the workday. This was the start of my career, this experience taught me to be ambitious and think outside the box. I continued to work with the store, and I met lots of influential and connected people throughout my time there. Throughout all of this, I was posting fashion-related content on social media, I grew a following and community online, I am still growing it today. Read more>>

Teresa Dirks

Growing up in the rural quasi-south, near the Mississippi River, around seamstresses, quilters, gardeners, and farmers, I learned to love nature, nurture, growing, cultivation and making. This made me. Creative. My name is Teresa Dirks and I am a KC based artist, poet, and painter… I am a former environmental educator and art educator, originally from rural Southeast Missouri about 2 hours north of Memphis, TN. I lived my first three decades as a small, town gal. I have always felt deeply and known my desire was to do something with my hands, but I didn’t come to paint until I was in my thirties. That was three decades ago which is unbelievable. Yes, that puts me in my sixties, but I am just getting started. Don’t let these natural highlights fool you… Betty White and Judy Chicago are on to something… wink, wink. Read more>>

Marci Payne

I’ve always been a natural encourager with a heart for people and a mind for seeing patterns and solving problems. I’ve known I wanted to be a counselor or therapist since I was in my last year of high school. But I had no idea I would end up being my own boss too! I feel like each step I took to get to where I am today has been a stepping stone. I started off working for others. But the more I learned about the business of private practice, the more I really wanted to run the business in a way that felt aligned with my own vision. I also tried on several niches working with a variety of ages and client issues until I found my calling. I love that as my own boss, I get to change course when I feel called to try something new or work with a different population of clients. Although I love the freedom, it definitely took finding the right kind of support and training to get to a place where my practice was growing. Read more>>

Octavia Walker

The Bouji Collection started in Smyrna, GA in my three-bedroom apartment sitting on my floor wondering what I was going to do next. I knew that I wanted my own boutique but I didn’t have the right resources so I learned from my Aunt that has her boutique in Georgia. I watched, learned, took notes, and started with 400.00 with a langurary line in February 2021. I sold my first item and made my first $50.00, mind I was a single mom with two kids that just moved to Georgia with no steady income, I was living off my savings. once I sold my first item I said let me get some clothes and see how that goes, so I got connected with some great vendors which we are really close friends to this day. In my second month, I made about I say $500.00 selling clothes from my living room floor from my phone and accepting payments through my cash app. Read more>>

Zackaria Clay

I started when I was younger around 15-16, I had begged my mom for a job because I had seen all my friends getting paid. She then told me to make money doing what I love to do at the time which was playing in makeup and sketching out clothes. I then have grown as an entrepreneur and making money doing what I love which is makeup and fashion. Read more>>

Nikki Richardson

I am one of the many stories you’ve heard throughout this pandemic. I was working at a bank trying to move up the corporate ladder when the coronavirus pandemic hit. I started working from home and then soon after (as everyone knows) America was shown the video of the murder of George Floyd and I watched the world erupt in protest. The combination of all of these events really got me thinking about where I’m applying my energy and my skills and I started to pull back from creating corporate projects and started working on community projects instead. The next thing I knew, I was making a petition on change.org, getting 1,000 signers, and speaking at rallies all in about two weeks. While talking with other organizers I started hearing some concerning facts about KCKPD and a slew of unsolved homicides strongly connected to former KCKPD major crimes detective, Roger Golubski. And finally, I ended in the KC Star as a victim of police misconduct when I was ticketed for fleeing and eluding police while I was asleep in my bed. This experience completely changed the trajectory of my profession. By the fall of 2020, I was banned with a great group of people and we formed what is now known as Justice for Wyandotte. Read more>>

Kody Reeder

As a kid, I grew up in a music-oriented family. It was pretty early on that I knew I wanted to play music and stringed instruments always intrigued me. They were the only instruments that weren’t played in my family and that was something that made me want to learn guitar. After picking up the guitar around 15 years old, I played in a couple of different bands through high school which eventually opened up some doors later on. I started playing professionally in 2014 when I was 23. I traveled multiple weeks throughout the year playing in different cities through various events. I loved every minute of it. Touring with 4 of my closest friends will always be something I cherish. In 2018, that chapter came to an end. There was a lot of change happening for me that had negative impacts on my life. I was in a place where I didn’t know what was next for me. No longer playing music, moved to a new city, took on a new role in my career. It was a lot happening at once. Read more>>

Margaret Chamas

I suppose the origin was really a grade school field trip to a teaching farm, where my city-kid self fell in love with the farm and the lovable, inquisitive goats especially. My sister and I started going to summer camps there and declared to my (IBMer and anthropologist) parents that we wanted to be farmers. They enrolled us in dairy goat 4-H, not knowing what else to do… and things just escalated from there. I studied animal science in undergrad and grad school, which found me in the Midwest working mostly with cattle and grazing research – trying to link animal, plant, and soil health and performance. I’ve worked a handful of positions since coordinating on-farm livestock research and organizing field days and conferences, managing an educational farm’s livestock and leading school tours, serving as the agriculture extension agent, and sharing 4-H responsibilities in a rural county in Kansas. Read more>>

Jasmine Rosario

I am a spoken word artist, known as “JRose”, born and raised in Queens, NY. My love for Hip-hop inspired me to start writing poetry over 20 years ago. In 2015, I decided to take my poetry from paper to the stage and since then I’ve been featured on stages all over New York and the US, such as The Nuyorican, Inspired Word NYC, Bronx Poetry, Spoken Words, and many more. I worked really hard by not only practicing my craft but also watching those that inspired me. After stepping on a few stages, I worked up enough courage to start hosting my own events and that’s when all the magic really started to unpack. Read more>>

Samantha Compton

I have divorced about 14 years ago and suddenly found myself trying to support my kids and myself as a single Mom as well as learn how to manage life as a single person. I had only worked part-time jobs after my kids were born so I had been out of the job market for quite a few years. I struggled greatly financially. At one point, we lived in a pop-up camper in a friend’s driveway until I could find a place to live that I could afford. Fast forward a few years and I ended up interviewing with a major financial firm after a friend recommended me because of my people skills. She said, “they can teach you everything else you need to know.” They ended up hiring me and that began my new 10-year journey in a career as a Financial Advisor. I have learned more and grown more than I could ever have imagined. A little over 5 years ago, I moved to an Independent Fiduciary Firm in downtown Lee’s Summit called Wise Wealth. Now, I specialize in helping singles and couples who are within 5-10 years of retirement create and implement a written retirement plan so they can feel confident in their ability to retire as they complete their working years. Read more>>

Jasmine Jones

I’ve always enjoyed writing and talking about things that I found interesting. When I was younger, my mom bought me a journal and I would write stories or just random thoughts. I had no idea that it would lead to me writing for my own website or having my own radio show. I love listening to the radio, so when I was asked to be a guest for a program on KKFI back in 2015, it was a no-brainer. From there, I started volunteering for the same show I was formerly a guest on and the host ( Donna Wolfe) was nice enough to take me under her wing and teach me everything I know now about radio and how to run a show. Fast forward to the present day, and I host a show called “Next Step Forward.” The show highlights millennials in the KC metro that are using their businesses, talents, activism, etc. to promote positivity in the community. It airs every 1st Thursday of the month on 90.1fm KKFI. The show has allowed me to feed into my curiosity of people and life in general, but also talk about subjects that are educational, yet entertaining. Read more>>

Michelle Brown

I retired from a previous career in the performing arts, and at 50 years old, needed another adventure. I love good food, growing sustainable food, sourcing locally, and the creativity that is inherent in the culinary field. I enrolled in JCCC’s culinary program and began training and planning The Chive, Simply Good Cafe/Market concept. When my son, Nolan Brown, decided to enter the craft brewing industry as a brewer, the concept of a microbrewery in partnership with a farm-to-table, locally sourced cafe came to be. We heard Grandview was interested in having a microbrewery in town, so we researched the possibility of locating our concept there. We found a good location and began the planning, design, and build process. We opened in August 2020 and had no idea what challenges were ahead of us because of COVID. It has been a rough road. Our persistence has carried us through and we are open, growing, and have fulfilled our concept in a very unique way. We have a beautiful space, indoors and outdoors, great locally sourced food, amazing local beer, and a growing number of great customers. Read more>>

Heather Inez Benoit

My entire creative journey has been one full of magic and a patchwork of experiences often hard to believe. I began dancing with the Kansas City ballet as a child and have always found freedom in movement as well as inspiration in all types of music. Jewelry making, more found its way into my life approximately 17 years ago. While in a garage, catching up with an old friend from high school, we found a box and decided to explore its contents. It belonged to his grandfather who had passed years before. He spent most of his life making and selling jewelry authentic to his Native American heritage. I was gifted the box by my friend and from there developed a passionate love affair with turquoise, silver, and gemstones of all kinds. In 2017, I began the new year with a single resolution: “give yourself permission to be an artist”. Unfortunately, I had never even taken an art class of any kind outside of photography and journalism in college. But I bought a small canvas and a starter pack of acrylics and I painted something.  Read more>>

Nina Winter

My passion for slow living, specifically the Slow Fashion & Slow Food Movements, inspired me to create two different businesses in Wichita, KS. My love for sustainable fashion & everything handmade lead me to create TISSU Sewing Studio in 2014, an inspiring “sew-space” where students of all ages & walks of life can learn to sew, design & upcycle their own garments. Or create a fashion collection and recreate their favorite wardrobe pieces. The sky’s the limit! Everyone is encouraged to take a much-needed break at the studio – from their phones, social media, technology, stresses of modern living – in order to reconnect with their imagination, innate creativity & learn how to make with their hearts & hands. Originally born in Vietnam, I am a Kansas native. I graduated with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Fashion Design & Merchandising (2011) from the Academy of Art University (San Francisco). My time studying in San Francisco was a turning point in my fashion career, as the sustainable & eco-conscious city opened my eyes to the industry’s harmful contributions: textile waste, inhumane working conditions, greed, ego, excess. Read more>>

Mariah McReynolds

Being the youngest of my mother’s kids and one of the oldest out of my father’s children growing up was tough. Especially in such a tiny town, I had huge ambitions. While only knowing a handful of my siblings, I still have yet to meet over half of them on my father’s side. Being raised by a single mother showed me how unglamorous life could be. Yet, she pushed me into my modeling and acting career at the tender age of seven, By the time I was eight, I was signed to Hoffman International Model and Talent Agency. Previous to that I had taken the Kids Klub course, these were the highlights of my childhood. Struggling to remain in contact with my father put a big strain on my heart and in my mind. Life became tough, Being in the limelight saved my innocence. Due to financial hardship, my mother couldn’t afford to continue my talent training on her own so I wasn’t able to pursue on to Kids Klub Pro. I put a pause on modeling right before I entered eleventh grade. Fearing it would bring unwanted attention to me plus insecurity, I made a very tough decision. My body was changing so was my outlook on life. Read more>>

Dylan Trigg

I first got into videography in college. A friend, Daniel Xaysongkham, had gotten into photography and videography and he talked me into giving it a try. From there, I constantly had a camera in my hand. Straight out of college I went to work for an Agency and over the course of 4 years, I worked my way to social media marketing director. While working at this agency, I still was able to slowly grow Triggered Media to the point where it could become my full-time job. Now, Triggered Media has a focus on helping small businesses with creating engaging content for their websites and social media channels. Read more>>

Stephanie Hopkins

I started coordinating as a side hustle in 2007 for “travel money” because I always loved weddings… and I’ve always loved to travel and my extra money always went towards trips. In 2015, when I became a new mom, I decided I wanted to quit my corporate job to pursue my business full time. To offer some flexibility as a mom I wouldn’t have had in my previous job. It took about 10 months to get my business to a full-time status that replaced my old salary but it’s been the absolute best decision of my life!. Read more>>

Angela Shepard-Coats

I’ve taken pictures for as long as I can remember. On my first trip abroad, I took 15 rolls of film, don’t judge lol, and within 2 weeks had to find an outlet for more. It really became a passion with my late husband. When he retired from the British military our goal was to have a small B&B and portrait studio in the south of France. He died before that came to life so I decided to do it. My name, Evening star, is what he called me. He said to me he had found his way home. I am eclectic. I don’t always do what other people think I should do. I want someone to look at what I do and have that little part in them wanting to be that person. I love designing sessions for people because playing dress-up and pretending for even just a moment should NOT be just something that only children do lol. I love to capture other styles as well such as maternity, family, and landscape but there is something about seeing something, and the whole world blossoms from that one idea. Read more>>

Jennie Bourquin

About five years ago, I wrote a story about a caterpillar at a coffee shop one afternoon. The story was an idea I had for many years, which came out completely different than I thought it would on the page. I think I like how it actually turned out, better than my original plan! After looking at the completed story, I thought it could be a children’s book! I connected with a talented artist friend of mine, and we launched a Kickstarter campaign to self-publish it. One month later, we met our goal, and then we had the books printed! When all of this was happening, I was a 3rd-grade teacher. I had to find pockets of time to complete the publishing and I found myself wishing I had more time to devote to writing. Last year, I decided to take a leap and quit my teaching job to allow myself more time to write. Currently, I have been helping my husband with his media production company and writing website content. During pockets of time, I have been writing a blog and working on a couple of other writing projects. Read more>>

Courtney Masterson

For nearly 15 years, my partner and I have helped landowners and non-profits protect and improve the natural landscapes of Kansas and Missouri – prairies, woodlands, wetlands, and waterways. Our passion for this important work grew up from volunteering with local environmental conservation groups like Kansas City Wild Lands (KCWL). Led by Linda Lehrbaum, KCWL has protected hundreds of acres in the Kansas City Metro, providing important habitat to wildlife in a harsh, developed landscape. The partnerships developed between KCWL, state agencies, local municipalities, schools, and volunteers demonstrated to us how a community could encompass the strength and knowledge to create valuable change. Eight years ago we moved to Lawrence so that I could attend graduate school. We immediately sensed a great need for this type of work and, maybe, more importantly, a strong community gathered to tackle a common problem. We felt compelled to bring people together to protect the beautiful natural areas here, in the valley of the Kansas River.  Read more>>

Alexandria Adams

I started my youtube channel and my t-shirt business during the height of the pandemic in 2020. I, like other folks, wanted to do more than work a 9-5 job. I wanted to create, inspire and lead by example, so I knew that meant stepping out on faith and leaping. Even though I was scared, I’m so happy that I didn’t let my doubts & fears overpower my actions. Now currently, I’m sitting at 20,000 youtube subscribers and a growing t-shirt business. I decided to choose myself and I haven’t stopped since. Read more>>

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