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.