In The Spotlight
Congratulations to Prairie Village PD Chief Byron Roberson:
First Black Police Chief in Johnson County, KS
The Johnson County NAACP would like to thank Chief Byron Roberson for his 26 years of service in the Prairie Village Police Department and congratulate him on his promotion as the seventh Chief of Police for the Department. Some of our members were able to attend the virtual Prairie Village City Council meeting on Monday, January 4th and witness this historic event.
It is our understanding that Chief Roberson is the first Black police chief of any city in Johnson County’s history. And he is also the third Black police chief to be in active service in the entire state of Kansas, according to current records from the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police.
We are proud to have Chief Roberson as a member of the Johnson County NAACP and celebrate his advancement in Prairie Village for the benefit of all, including people of color. All NAACP members in Prairie Village as well as the entire organization pledge to support his success in bringing equal justice to all citizens.
Johnson County recently received a grant to conduct COVID-19 testing in communities of color. The grant has a requirement for the creation of 2 (full-time) or 4 (part-time) Care Resource Coordinator positions to work with communities of color within Johnson County to assist in testing for COVID-19 and to conduct related follow-up work as needed. The link below will direct you to the application for the Care Resource Coordinator position. It will appear to be only one position, but there will be either 2 full-time or 4 part-time positions.
Also, don't be alarmed or discouraged by the preferred requirement of speaking Spanish fluently or another non-English language, stated on the PD, that is to attract Spanish speaking applicants because they will be needed for the Spanish speaking communities.
Please don't delay if you are interested in this position as the deadline for applications is Feb. 26th at 5 P.M.
Johnson County Department of Health & Environment is looking for a qualified candidate to fill the position of a Care Resource Coordinator. This position may be filled as part-time or full-time. The Care Resource Coordinator will connect with Johnson County patients that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to resources that will help them meet their basic needs. Additional duties will include helping identify barriers to vaccine and work with partners to help residents receive vaccine.
Care Resource Coordinator
Covid Relief Funds
Subject: COVID Relief Funds Online Survey | Individuals living/working in Johnson County, KS
Johnson County is engaged in a process to determine how to invest approximately $30 million in COVID Relief Funds into the community. The County has identified six key areas where it wants to make a difference:
Small business assistance
To optimize these funds in Johnson County, we want to understand how COVID-19 has impacted residents, businesses and organizations. Johnson County has partnered with the University of Kansas and All in for Kansas Kids to gather stories from every corner of the county through a simple online survey that can be accessed at the following links.
The survey asks respondents for stories regarding how they are coping or what they’ve been struggling with during the pandemic.
The deadline for the survey is Aug. 24. The timeframe is short because funds must be expended by Dec. 30. These stories will make up one step of a process that will culminate in the development of several proposals to be considered by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.
In addition, we’d appreciate it if you would share this email and survey link with your staff and any of your contacts so that we can secure as many stories as possible.
Director of Local Government Services
Mid-America Regional Council
600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64105
Direct: (816) 701-8207
CURE Epilepsy Education Enrichment Fund Scholarship
CURE Epilepsy, is seeking applications for the Education Enrichment Fund, a scholarship to be applied towards coursework. The scholarship is for any individual living with epilepsy or family members and caregivers of those impacted by epilepsy.
The application deadline is April 15, 2021. Here is a link to the website: https://www.cureepilepsy.org/get-involved/scholarships/education-enrichment-fund-application-2021/
To apply for the CURE Epilepsy Education Enrichment Fund you must:
1. Be a) diagnosed with epilepsy by a physician or b) the immediate family member (parent, spouse, child or sibling) AND/OR caregiver of a person living with epilepsy. Caregivers are defined as any individual who provides unpaid, personal care for a person living with epilepsy.
2. Be seeking to advance your personal knowledge in the field of epilepsy, as it relates to research, health education, or advocacy. Coursework may include online training, training certifications, vocational coursework, academic coursework, or any other applicable courses*. Coursework may be completed at any training center, vocational institution, or academic institution the applicant chooses. *Applicability of coursework is at the discretion of the Education Enrichment Fund Selection Committee.
What do I need to apply for the Education Enrichment Fund?
Information regarding yourself and the institution you plan to attend
Responses to Leadership and Community Involvement questions
500-word essay explaining how your personal connection to epilepsy has shaped you into the individual you are today and how this scholarship will ignite them in becoming an “agent of change” in the epilepsy community
Application Opens: December 15, 2020
Application Deadline: April 15, 2021
Racism is still Happening
Physical gifts can be sent to:
2601 Garfield Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66102
Monetary donations can be sent to:
The Justice fund
Kansas City, Kansas) The family of an 11-year-old survivor of a racially motivated assault will join church members and their attorney for a 1 pm news conference Thursday, September 3, at Empowerment Temple, 2601 Garfield, Kansas City, Kansas.
Nevaeh Thomas of Kansas City, Kansas, was visiting friends Friday, August 28, at a Shawnee apartment complex when a 12-year-old boy who lived in the complex started yelling racist epithets at the girls. All of the girls are Black; the boy is white.
According to Nevaeh and other witnesses, the boy left the scene, returned with a knife and began threatening the girls. He left again and returned with a steel pole, which he used to strike Neveah on the head. The blow left Nevaeh unconscious for three minutes. She spent the night at an area hospital, where she received eight stitches in her mouth. She is currently recovering from a concussion.
Two hours after the assault--after Nevaeh’s family pleaded with Shawnee Police--the boy was finally taken into custody.
“All I want is justice for my daughter,” said Nevaeh’s mother, Brandi Stewart. “She didn’t do anything to provoke this boy. Clearly, he needs help, and we want to make sure he gets the help he needs. The hate needs to stop, and we can all do our part to end it by having talks with our children about racism.”
Stewart also said that her attorney and support group will pay close attention to the justice system—specifically, the District Attorney and police—to make sure they are consistent in their approach to this case and do not treat the boy better or worse than they would a child of color.
Stewart, Pastor Terry Bradshaw of Empowerment Temple, and the family’s attorney, La Ronna Lassiter Saunders, will be on hand during the news conference to make statements and take questions.