About Us

Who We Are

The K-12 Initiative is a health careers pipeline program that serves over 200 middle and high school students in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools USD 500. The program provide hands-on STEM learning through mentoring, small-group labs, exploration of technology and film, integrated real world problem solution building, gardening, one-on-one internships, research and more. The K-12 Initiative is housed at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the University of Kansas School of Medicine and is partnered with the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, and Kansas City Kansas Community College.


Our mission is to increase the number of URM students into higher education in health and STEM careers.


K-12 Initiative invisions a world where your healthcare provider and STEM professionals look and come from the communities they serve.

At Our Core

Value I: Diversity

Minority populations are not well represented in health and STEM careers and therefore many students are not able to see themselves in their interested careers. By having a diverse staff that reflects the students, students are literally able to see themselves in those roles.

Value II: Inclusion

Inclusion is not only making sure that everyone is respected and able to share ideas, it also means that everyone is included in the decision making process and that they have a voice.

Value III: Activism

It is always important to be aware of what is happening in our community and to speak up about issues that affect us and those around us. When we rise up together, we can accomplish great things and encourage others to speak up.

Value IV: Skill Development

Through a real-world learning inclusive curriculum students explore topics and workshops which relate back to their community and personalized needs of students. This empowers and creates a space for students to be active change-makers in their communities.