Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The HALO Learning Center and Gould Evans Team Up for the Westport Art Faire!

HALO youth here in the Learning Center are getting very excited about having their artwork featured in this year's Westport Art Faire! In honor of their 40th year, Gould Evans of Kansas City has been teaming up with the Learning Center to provide fun and inspirational art workshops where HALO youth can create pieces to be displayed during the Faire. 

HALO youth's paintings, drawings, and other art pieces will be on display at Gould Evans 4041 Mill St. location. Gould Evans staff have also invited HALO's young artists to attend the opening of the art show on September 5th. 

HALO is so grateful to Gould Evans for giving our youth this amazing opportunity, and we can't wait for the Faire! Be sure to stop by Gould Evans (4041 Mill St., Kansas City, MO) Sept. 5th - 7th to see our youth's wonderful artwork, and like us on Facebook at ! And scroll on down to check out these great photos of the art in progress! 






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Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Independent Swag" Fashion Show 2014 Highlights!

The Kansas City HALO Learning Center's “Independent Swag 2014: Be YOUnique, BeYOUtiful, Be YOU”, fourth annual youth fashion show was a night of philanthropy, fashion, and fun, supporting homeless and at-risk youth from Kansas City residential centers. Here are some highlights from this year's event:
  • 45 HALO youth participated in Fashion Creation workshops!
  • 30 HALO youth walked the runway!
  • 3 summer workshops helped with the Fashion Show - Sewing & Fashion Design taught by local fashion designer Whitney Manny, Cosmetology & Inner Beauty taught by Paul Mitchell the School of Overland Park, and Improv! 
  • 40 upcycled outfits created from thrift store finds! 
  • 45 tie-dyed BeYOUunique t-shirts created!
  • 40 volunteers
  • 150 attendees
  • 17 sponsors
  • Raised over $10,000 to support HALO Learning Center youth programs
Check out these great photos from the event, and to learn more about the HALO Learning Center - Kansas City, visit us at or like us on Facebook at . Watch this quick video for more Fashion Show fun  !

Special thanks to our sponsors the Terrace on Grand, Hallmark Cards, The Connell Family, The Bicknell Family Foundation, The Krueger Family, Katie Van Luchene and This is KC, Lamar Advertising, Project Runway’s Season 8 contestant Valerie Mayen, Whitney Manney, Paul Mitchell the School, KC Bier Co., Clear 10 Vodka, Band Wagon Merch, Archer Foundation, Ambitious Pixels, and Scott Reynolds Photography! 

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

HALO Youth and Volunteers are Busy Prepping for the Fashion Show!

With the fourth annual Fashion Show THREE days away, HALO youth and volunteers are quite busy! Today, youth came to the Learning Center to tie dye shirts and upcycle clothes for the show.  Upcycling consists of finding an ordinary piece of clothing and revamping it into something fabulous.  For example, today, one youth glued pearl beads on a shirt to spell her name.  HALO youth and volunteers are having a BLAST. We cannot wait for the show this Friday! The show is from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Terrace on Grand, 1520 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108.  To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, visit

Here are some awesome photos of today's workshop.  We can't wait to see you at the show!


Finishing touches on the sewing machine!


Putting elastic on her skirt. 


Tie dying!