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Serving in the Missouri General Assembly since 2007
Legislative Column for the Week of March 16, 2015


Honoring the Foster Grandparent Program
Shown above, volunteers of the Foster Grandparent Program visit the Capitol to be recognized by the General Assembly for their admirable work with local youth.

For 50 years, the Foster Grandparent Program, established by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal department, has given seniors in our communities the opportunity to impart their wisdom and knowledge to younger generations and serve as positive role models. It’s no secret that children in our urban core often face an uphill battle toward personal success, due to a number of causes. Foster grandparents show these children that those obstacles can be overcome, and that through hard-work and dedication, no goal is out-of-reach.

I’ve long supported this amazing program, and am constantly heartened to hear of how this program is having a positive impact on the lives of youth in our area. Volunteers of the foster grandparent program help children learn to read through one-on-one tutoring; mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers; care for premature infants or children with disabilities; and help children who have been abused or neglected. More often than not, these volunteers are the only source of comfort and caring these children receive. I am humbled by the services these foster grandparents provide.


Tax Assistance Available in Kansas City

The beginning of January marks the start of the tax filing season, which lasts until the April 15 deadline. The state and federal tax codes are exceptionally complicated, and many people need help filing their returns. And, by seeking professional assistance, citizens can guarantee their tax forms were compiled correctly and that they didn’t miss any deductions that may help them.

Next Step KC VITA is offering free tax preparation to most taxpayers earning $53,000 or less at numerous locations throughout the Kansas City area.


Summer Job and Internship Fair for Kansas City Youth

In today’s job market, young people need every advantage they can to secure gainful employment. While a solid education is critical, it’s sometimes not enough. Employers are increasingly looking for individuals with an educational background, but also real world experience. One of the best ways for students to gain that is by using the summer months to work in a summer job or internship program.

To help students find these positions, the Kansas City Mayor’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement is holding the 11th Annual Bright Future Summer Job and Internship Fair on Saturday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to Noon at UMKC Student Union, located at 5100 Cherry St., Kanas City, Mo.



Senator Curls' Biography
Senator Shalonn "Kiki" Curls, a Democrat, represents part of Jackson County (District 9) in the Missouri Senate. She won a special election to the Missouri Senate in February 2011, and won re-election to the Senate in 2012 after having serving in the Missouri House since 2007. <<more

Capitol Office:
201 W. Capitol Ave.
Room 434
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 751-3158

District Office:
4609 Paseo Blvd.
Suite 102
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 923-6000

Affordable Care Act
The federal Affordable Care Act, also known as the ACA, puts you in charge of your health care. Under this law, passed in 2010, you have the stability and flexibility you need to make informed choices about your health. <<more


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