Change doesn’t happen overnight. Systemic change at a regional level is a marathon, not a sprint, fueled by consistent efforts from individuals, organizations and officials addressing root causes and actionable solutions.
Our work in Kansas City to address the root causes of violence is no different. During this critical moment in time, our city is surpassing historic levels of violence. Everyone in our community needs to step up and play their part in lighting the fire that fuels change.
The greater Kansas City community is at a critical moment in time. Over the past decade, the Kansas City area has seen escalating violent crime, especially homicides involving firearms. The past three years in particular have been the worst for violence and homicides in the region’s history, with 2023 on pace to be our most violent year on record.