2016-2017 Centurions Legacy Project: Turn the Page KC

MISSION: Turn the Page KC is an organization started in 2011 by Mayor Sly James whose mission is to mobilize the community to achieve reading proficiency at grade level or above for all third graders in Kansas City, Missouri.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Centurions has helped transform Turn the Page KC’s Early Learning Hub, which will serve as a multi-purpose space to provide parents of birth through five-year-old children resources to support early literacy and healthy childhood development.

The transformation of the Early Learning Hub included remodeling the inside and outside of the existing building. Specifically inside, Centurions added new paint colors, large wall graphics, new office carpet and baseboards, new appliances, cabinetry, casework, furniture, office equipment and baby changing stations in the restrooms. 

Outside, landscaping was done in the front and back, street signage and large graphic images of KC landmarks were added as well as a free library near the sidewalk and new paint added on sign poles

2015-2016 Centurions Legacy Project: Phoenix Family 

Summary of Project: Centurions will be working at Phoenix’s East Hills location.  The project consists of updating their facilities that support their HIKE program, which provides individualized reading instruction to low-income children. 

2014 - 2015 Centurions Legacy Project: Amethyst Place

Amethyst Place

Amethyst Place works to provide safe and supportive housing to women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their children. More information about the organization can be found at www.amethystplace.org.

The Legacy Project for 2014/2015 will consist of renovating the basement where childcare takes place, creating awareness of the Amethyst program within Kansas City, and developing partnerships with local businesses.  The remodeling the basement will result in a safe, fun, and inspirational play space for children when their moms go to work and school.  Volunteer hours will be used for the demolition and construction of the basement, furnishing the remodeled space, collecting donations, mentoring programs for the mothers, and playing games and eating pizza with the kids.

2013-2014 Centurions Legacy Project: Gillis Center


Gillis serves children and families through campus-based and community-based services. Campus-based services include residential care and special needs education for emotionally and behaviorally-troubled boys and their families. Community Based Services include crisis intervention and reunification programs extended to families in their homes. Gillis works with families as they learn the effective parenting and life skills that will enable them to live together in healthy, nurturing and self-sufficient homes.

The Legacy Project for 2013/2014 will focus on designing and building a grilling deck, provide a grill and grilling accessories as well as volunteer time throughout the year. The volunteer hours will be used to teach the young men how to grill and just "hang out" as one would do with their family and friends. Many of these young men have never experienced nor learned the importance of leisure time.  

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