Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
March 27 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
NORTHEAST KANSAS CITY
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Kansas City Public Library – North-East Branch
6000 Wilson Road
Kansas City, MO 64123
The North-East Branch is located in the historic Northeast area – about 15 minutes from downtown Kansas City. In addition to items in English the North-East Library features a wide variety of materials in Spanish: books, magazines, fotonovelas, CDs, and DVDs. There is also a variety of books, newspapers in other languages to support the community.
North-East serves as a community center for the area as well as a meeting place for various community organizations and neighborhood associations.
Coordinator, Education & Career Advancement
PH: (816) 707-3662
C: (816) 808-8807
Wendy Pearson serves as Coordinator for Education and Career Advancement at the Kansas City Public Library. Wendy will provide an overview of challenges presented by digital exclusion in KC, identify who is affected in our communities, and describe initiatives and programs implemented by the Library and its partners to address these challenges.
Wendy Pearson was assigned to the Kansas City Public Library in 2016 as part of a national cohort of twenty-three Digital Inclusion Fellows, a program sponsored by Google Fiber and the Nonprofit Technology Network. Her role was to strengthen the Library’s role in helping KC adults cross the digital divide by building a digital literacy and workforce development program for adult patrons. She established a Tech Coach volunteer program, a foundation for ongoing digital literacy curriculum development and new community partnerships that help the library deliver its mission to immobilized individuals.
Upon the conclusion of the Fellowship term, Pearson was hired as permanent full-time staff at the Library. She now oversees a team of three AmeriCorps VISTAs and continues to build new programs and community partnerships to increase impact of the Library’s programs and learning paths that help adult patrons achieve their digital literacy and professional goals.
Wendy has served her community through a variety of nonprofit roles for over 11 years including fund development, marketing, volunteer management and program coordination. Her passion is to serve marginalized communities through empowerment programs and build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to optimize service to those who need it the most.