These workshops, particularly valuable to community leaders, activists and motivated citizens who want to see change in their neighborhoods, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 3601 S. Sterling Ave., Independence.

The workshops will cover different topics each night, and they are presented by the staff of the Kansas City Healthy Kids Initiative organization. You'll learn the skills and resources to lead and form coalitions to accomplish goals to improve the health and safety of children in your neighborhood: For example, do you wish there were more public playgrounds in our neighborhoods? Wouldn't it be great to have a community center near to us? How about a kid's bike club or hiking club? Wouldn't it be nice to have a local farmers' market in our neighborhood? How about more community gardens or nutrition classes for kids?

Oct. 30 topics: Understanding our city’s food systems from seed to plate. How can we assure everyone has access to fresh, affordable food; What is the “Built Environment?” How do neighborhood amenities like sidewalks, bike lanes and community centers can improve the health of our children; How can you speak out for what’s needed in your neighborhood?

Nov. 6 topics: Developing Advocacy – Speaking out for our schools and communities to create healthier spaces where we live, work, play and go to school; Communications – How can we build bridges and not walls with the people in our neighborhoods? What are some techniques we can use in newsletters, e-mail and social media? What works in other neighborhoods?

These workshops are free and open to the public. For questions, and to register, call Sara at 816-356-6986 or email For more information, visit