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Explore the Pro Deo Youth Center Capital Campaign Case Statement

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Case Statement

The proposed 7,000 sq foot new building will allow Pro Deo Youth Center @ The Wesley Place to expand programming activities to serve more teens in grades 8 through 12, as well as partner with mental health professionals to deliver counseling to families in need of those services.  Costs associated with new building construction include such things as ground work, construction materials, architecture, engineering, permits, furniture, fixtures and equipment.

Pro Deo Youth Center - Capital Campaign Goal Update

Ways You Can Help

Honor Someone Special

Donations can be given in honor or in memory of someone who would have benefited from the services Pro Deo provides or who would support Pro Deo’s impact. Honorary and memorial gifts will be commemorated on Pro Deo’s virtual giving wall on the Wesley Place website and can be viewed by supporters across the United States and around the world.


Naming Opportunities

The Wesley Place holds many special places such as counseling and tutoring rooms, Maker Space, Entertainment Zone, outdoor recreation area, podcast studio, patio/garden/meditation space, event space, kitchen/dining areas, study pods and Upper Hangout and Lower Hangout spaces – all of which have naming opportunities attached to them. Please contact Pro Deo to discuss your interest in naming opportunities.


In-kind Support

Opportunities to provide products or services that will help us reach completion of our goal is important to the campaign. In-kind opportunities include landscaping and irrigation, basketball court, picnic tables, benches and outdoor seating, outdoor and indoor signage, parking lot paving and striping, storage equipment, fire extinguishers, audio/visual equipment, HVAC, bathroom fixtures, 3D printers, small and large appliances, podcast equipment, flooring, furniture, gaming equipment, and more! Please reach out with products or services you may have to offer!



Pro Deo encourages donors to consider making this project the beneficiary of your gift of stock or your Required Minimum Distribution. Please consult with your investment professional.


Participate in your employee gift-matching program

Some employers offer gift-matching programs, which means they’ll match the amount of

your donation up to a certain amount. This can effectively double your contribution.

Check with your HR department.

  • Program Volunteers (semester commitment recommended)
    Every day after school, Pro Deo Youth Center provides after school programs and tutoring. Our goal is to give all Lee’s Summit teens a safe place to go where they can be loved, valued, and equipped for change. Program volunteers serve after school by leading workout classes, teaching life skills, contributing to small groups, doing art projects, and by being a consistent loving adult in the teens lives. If there is a healthy living or lifestyle skill you’d like to share with our teens please contact staff with your ideas. Requirements: at least 21 years old, volunteer application submitted, background check completed
  • Presenter/Activity Leaders
    Volunteers who have a special talent or skill that they would like to share, teach, or lead can do so by completing the Volunteer Presenter/Activity Leader form. Presenters are asked to prepare a 30-45 minute interactive or hands-on activity that is appropriate for high school age students. Depending upon the number of students participating, the presenter may be asked to do the activity twice. For example, the first group of students would be with the presenter from 3 to 3:50. Then, the activity could be repeated with a different group of students from 4 to 4:45 p.m if desired. This would ensure smaller group sizes. Suggestions for activities can be found in the Volunteer Handbook. A Pro Deo staff person will always be present when the activity leader is with the students.
  • Extra Hands
    Individuals who serve in the role of Extra Hands generally are not here to lead an activity rather they are here to assist staff by being an extra set of hands, ears and eyes. You may assist in group activities if needed, but you will also be there to build relationships while having conversations with teens. If you see or hear something going on with the teens, report those instances to staff. We appreciate Extra Hand volunteers who are willing to volunteer on a regular basis, whether it is once a week, twice a month or whatever works best for your schedule.
  • Drivers
    We are always looking for more volunteers to help us transport teens. Transportation is always one of the biggest barriers that keeps teens from being able to attend Pro Deo Youth Center and we would like to reduce that barrier as much as possible. After School drivers will arrive at Pro Deo Youth Center at 2pm, drive one of our 15 passenger vans to the designated local high school and bring those teens back to Pro Deo. We are also seeking volunteer drivers to help transport teens home after programming at 5pm.
  • Tutors
    Skilled tutors are what makes our Tuesday/Thursday Homework Room possible. This volunteer position will work one on one with a teen or assist a small group of teens if they are working on the same project.
  • Corporate, Church, or Group Volunteers
    Groups can volunteer in two ways: teen interactions or one-day/short term projects. Teen interactions include anything from providing Friday night dinners, sponsoring a fun evening outing, planning a holiday party, or even just organizing games or activities for our teens to do during after school programming. One day projects can include facility projects such as cleaning, outdoor work, organizing the supply closet or any other project suggested by a staff member.
  • Community Service Hours/Court Ordered Hours
    Teens or other individuals may volunteer with Pro Deo for community service hours. Projects include cleaning, organizing, doing office work, or other tasks needed to assist staff.

Support from the Community

Wesley's Story

Pro Deo Youth Center at the Wesley Place will impact youth for generations to come. The Wesley Place is named after Jane and Bob Rutherford’s son, Wesley. The Rutherfords feel strongly that Wesley would have really found a place to “fit in” at Pro Deo, had it been available when he was a teen. Pro Deo is a place where all teens can feel loved and supported and know that they really matter.

Amy Cox

The Goal for the Capital Campaign

Dr. David Buck

Partnership with Lee's Summit R-7 School District

Bill Baird

Mayor and the City of Lee's Summit Supports Pro Deo

Amy Cox

A Model of Excellence for Teen Centers

Ashley Curtiss

Pro Deo is the Light in the Community

Amy Cox

Teens are Important to Lee's Summit

Capital Campaign News

Pro Deo Youth Center - Capital Campaign
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