Promising Practices

The Promising Practices database informs professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life.

The ultimate goal is to support the systematic adoption, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs, practices, and policy changes. The database provides carefully reviewed, documented, and ranked practices that range from good ideas to evidence-based practices.
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Filed under Local, Good Idea, Social Environment / Volunteerism & Charitable Donations

Goal: The program's mission is to bring community members together to provide food for the hungry by promoting sustainable use of excess resources.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health, Teens

Goal: The program aims to develop healthy behaviors, life skills, and a sense of purpose in order to prevent problem behaviors.

Impact: Studies have shown that adolescents in the Teen Outreach Program are at 52% lower risk of school suspension, 60% lower risk of course failure, and 53% lower risk of teenage pregnancy.

Filed under Good Idea, Social Environment / Volunteerism & Charitable Donations, Elderly, Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Goal: The Adopt a Native Elder program was established to build bridges between cultures and between individuals through the native tradition of adoption.

Filed under Good Idea, Economy / Poverty, Children, Families

Goal: The mission of the BackPack program is to provide food to hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.

Filed under Effective Practice, Education / Childcare & Early Childhood Education, Children

Goal: Big Brothers Big Sisters' mission is to provide supportive relationships for young people to assist them in realizing their potential.

Filed under Good Idea, Social Environment / Volunteerism & Charitable Donations, Children, Families

Goal: The mission of the Blessings in a Backpack program is to help meet the nutritional needs of children by providing weekend meals for children and generating public awareness on the issue of child hunger.

Filed under Effective Practice, Education / Student Performance K-12, Children, Teens, Adults, Urban

Goal: The goal of the program is to provide at-risk youth with mentorship and employment skills.

Filed under Effective Practice, Education / Student Performance K-12, Children, Teens, Adults

Goal: The goal of the program is to make a positive difference in the lives of children, primarily through professionally guided one-to-one relationships with caring adults, and to assist them in achieving their highest potential, as they grow to become confident, competent and caring individuals.

Filed under Effective Practice, Health / Access to Health Services

Goal: The purpose is to inform the public of the agency mission, garner support for services and funding and to create volunteer and donation opportunities.

Filed under Good Idea, Economy / Homeownership, Adults, Urban

Goal: ReStore Kansas City was created to be an entrepreneurial, fundraising arm for Habitat for Humanity Kansas City through sales of donated new and used building materials, furniture and appliances. By salvaging useable materials from people who no longer need them, ReStore is saving space in landfills, giving the public affordable materials, and helping to further the mission of affordable housing in the Kansas City area.

Impact: Two stores raised more than $5 million and approximately 60,000,000 lbs. of material were diverted from going into the local landfill.

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