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Kansas PRIDE Program

Vibrant Communities with a Positive Future


To promote an enhanced quality of life for citizens of Kansas communities through education, leadership development and recognition.

The Community Capitals Framework

The Kansas PRIDE Program, from the assessment pairings through Kansas State Research and Extension, to the awards system, is based on the Community Capitals Framework, which encourages communities to identify their assets, and work to invest in those areas for positive community impact.

What is the Kansas PRIDE Program?

The Kansas PRIDE program is a volunteer, grassroots effort to improve the quality of life in local communities. Each Kansas community is unique and shares a common bond: a rich heritage based on self-reliance and community pride. Since 1970, the Kansas PRIDE program has assisted and encouraged communities to prepare for the future by building on their past and forming a vision of the future. The goal of PRIDE is to help maximize community and economic development efforts by encouraging all groups to coordinate and work collaboratively for community betterment.

Since 1970, the Kansas PRIDE program has assisted and encouraged communities to prepare for the future by building on their past and forming a vision of the future.

For over 50 years, the PRIDE program has grown and evolved, like our Kansas communities, to help meet their ever changing needs. The constant challenge to remain viable and provide a high quality of life can be achieved through the comprehensive PRIDE approach. PRIDE involvement can cover a wide range of activities to meet commonly identified community needs. Through participation in the community development planning process, Kansas communities have worked to involve youth in community betterment projects, retain grocery stores and cafes, develop community celebrations, implement recycling programs, establish food pantries and social services, and a myriad of other projects to improve the local quality of life.

The Kansas Department of Commerce, K-State Research and Extension, The Kansas Masons and private sector companies and associations, which operate in Kansas, partner together to make the PRIDE program successful.

Building Better Communities

The Kansas PRIDE Program is a partnership of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Masons and Kansas PRIDE, Inc.

Kansas PRIDE is dedicated to serving communities across the state to encourage and assist local government and volunteers in making their community a better place to live and work.

Through the PRIDE program, local communities identify what they would like to preserve, create, or improve for their future. Then, working with the resources of K-State Research & Extension and the Kansas Department of Commerce, community volunteers pull together to create their ideal community future.

Benefits of Participating in Kansas PRIDE

  • Structure to organize and implement community development efforts.
  • Technical assistance and training.
  • A vision for the community's future.
  • A plan to initiate goals and promote PRIDE to the public.
  • Team approach to address community needs through an action plan.
  • Self-assessment for better understanding of existing conditions and resources.
  • Identification of regional, state, and national resources.
  • Quantifiable measurements of successes.
  • Evaluations on-site by community development professionals.
  • Recognition of achievements. Sustainability of community improvement efforts.

To learn more about the Kansas PRIDE Program, we invite you to look through the resources and links available at this website, or contact PRIDE Staff.