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Clay County Voters Take Note: Investing in Kids Now Pays Dividends in the Future
On August 8, Prop One on the Clay County ballot gives voters the chance to significantly improve the lives of Clay County kids. Prop One creates a Children's Services Fund utilizing a ΒΌ cent sales tax. The Fund is managed by an independent citizen board and is a responsible approach that increases capacity, tackles tough issues and keeps tax dollars at home to help Clay County kids.

Highlighting the need and benefits:
  • Clay County children are turned away from needed services each year because the capacity does not exist to serve them. For example, Synergy annually turns away about 200 youth in need of transitional housing. 
  • Issues like drug use, child abuse and juvenile crime put our families and neighborhoods at risk. 
  • Early intervention reduces these tough problems in the short-term and produces a return of $12 for every $1 spent by decreasing future health care, imprisonment and other social welfare costs.
  • Children's Services Funds have had great success elsewhere in Missouri-with counties that have adopted the fund seeing rates related to school dropout, juvenile crime and teen pregnancy decrease by an average of 50%.
The measure has grassroots support across the community by voters that value neighborhood safety, responsible spending and family values, including Terry and Linda Ward--longtime Clay County residents and advocates for young people. You can read their thoughts on the matter in their guest commentary in the Kansas City Star. We hope you will join Synergy in supporting Prop One on August 8!
News & Events
Kathleen Madigan is Standing up for Synergy!
We are excited to announce that Kathleen Madigan will headline our 11th annual Stand up for Synergy fundraising event on Saturday, November 4 at Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa! She is one of the most renowned comedians of her generation, and is sure to give our guests an evening to remember. Sponsorships are now available and going fast!  Don't miss the stand-out event of the year--save your seat at Stand Up today!

Calling All Golfers 
It's not too late to join the fun at our annual golf tournament! Join us at Staley Farms Golf Club on September 18 and Swing Fore Synergy! Many levels of sponsorship as well as individual and team registrations are available! Our thanks to presenting sponsor Mosaic Life Care!

Back to School 
As we prepare to send our young clients back to school in a few weeks, we could use your help to get them off to a great start.

Like all kids, our clients are anxious to look their best as they head back to school. Your donation of a gift card from Walmart, Target, Gordmans or Burlington Coat Factory will enable us to meet the varied size needs of our clients, and give them the luxury of shopping for a new outfit and shoes to get them off on the right foot. Gift cards can be mailed by August 6 to Synergy at 400 East Sixth Street, Parkville, MO 64152 ATTN: Tara Syndergaard. You can email Tara for more details.  Thank you!
Ice Cream helps Beat the Heat during Power Outage
Our thanks to the generous soul who was so kind earlier this month when one of our shelters suffered a partial power outage. Upon learning about the outage, an anonymous donor donated a trip to Baskin Robbins to help clients and staff beat the heat. What a thoughtful gesture, and a rare treat for clients who have been primarily focused on survival.

Girl Scouts Giving Back
Our thanks to Girl Scout troop 1840 whose members completed their bronze award project by dedicating 250+ hours at our Children's Center. Way to go girls!

Check out Synergy's children's center in this month's issue of Northland Neighbors (pages 10-11).

New Support Group 
LGBTQ youth make up about 40% of the youth homeless population nationally, and a comparable portion of the youth population served at Synergy's Youth Resiliency Center. As such, we are always looking for new and effective ways to provide support for the unique needs and challenges they face. This month, we are launching a new support group for LGBTQ+ youth called GLOW-Growing and Leading Our Way. Additionally, many of our youth staff are also attending a two-day training later this month about supporting LGBTQ youth through advocacy and programming.
Robin's Wrap-up
Dear Friends,

This has been a year in which politics has colored and impacted everyone no matter one's party or political point of view. It has been a year in which the importance of an individual vote and the collective consequence of our elections has been underscored and illuminated from every direction.

It has also been a year that has demonstrated that even in these angry times, thousands of people can overcome division and use the ballot box to change the lives and futures of our community's most vulnerable children and youth. In November 2016, 60% of all voters in Jackson County joined together to pass the Children's Service Fund. Democrats and Republicans, men and women, young and old put aside divisions, and voted to introduce a small sales tax to benefit children and youth across the county and thereby possibly change their lives forever.

And the good news continues. Despite the ranker and hostility we all confront daily, the Clay County Commissioners made the heartfelt unanimous decision to place the Children's Service Fund on the ballot in Clay County for a special August 8 election. These days there do not seem to be too many profiles in courage, but the willingness of Clay County's leaders to stand up for kids deserves our thanks and our appreciation.   
Voters across Clay County will have the opportunity to vote yes for Prop 1 on August 8 and become the tenth c ounty in the State of Missouri to put their pennies together to change the lives of kids and families. Synergy joins with all of the agencies and programs struggling to meet the needs of children in Clay County to thank our Commissioners for their leadership, and to urge everyone to vote yes for our kids - it is an investment that will return dividends for generations to come!
Robin Shanberg Winner
Executive Director
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