We believe civic infrastructure starts in the neighborhood, and that by animating communities, we can bring about social and political changes that would otherwise not exist.

The Kansas Animator Network (KAN) is the place where Kansans who seek to create equity, passion, and compassion in their communities connect with one another, learn asset-based community development (ABCD) and take action to strengthen their neighborhoods from the inside out.

Who Is KAN For?

KAN attracts an audience with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and ideals, but they also share key things in common:

KAN is for you if…

  • You are a Kansas connector, civic leader, community organizer or simply an individual Kansas resident who loves their community.
  • You have a devotion to local and global reform.
  • You seek to bring about social and civic animation in communities that otherwise don’t experience much civic participation.
  • You are a true believer in ABCD (asset-based community development).

AND YOU WANT…

  • To meet with other like-minded individuals that share your passions.
  • To get trained in community building and be commissioned to do work in your small town or local community.
  • Learning tools to strengthen your community from the inside out.
  • To be part of a greater network across Kansas of people and organizations doing good work.

The Kansas Animator Network will help you achieve each and every one of these things, and help you make your dreams for local reform a reality.

Dr. Tori Gleason
Dr. Tori Gleason
Animator and LGBTQ+ Advocate
Northwest Kansas

I looked forward to each week for the amazing speakers, the skill sets and tools, the hands-on learning. We became a family. The Kansas Animator Network helps you add the tools to your toolbox to make Kansas what we want it to be while giving you a community of people who really care about you.

KAN Animators & Learning Cohorts

KAN is organized in learning cohorts where Animators will network with leaders from across the state and in their region, learn the principles of Asset Based Community Development, begin to form allies, and take action in their local setting. 

Animators are considered extended staff of The Neighboring Movement and are compensated for their time. At each new step of the Animator Pathway, they will be invited to continue their work by deepening their connections and action in their local setting. Animators are paid about $15/hour for their time and can choose to stop at any point or do the entire pathway.

How To Get Involved in KAN

01.
Join a Cohort

This includes two in-person Saturday workshops and six weeks of online gatherings for networking and learning. Animators will be expected to commit to a total of 4 hours a week.

02.
Neighbor W.Y.L. (Where You Live)

Completed with a group of 2-4 animators, participants will apply the knowledge gained through the cohort and lead small groups of community members through lessons and activities. This includes meeting your neighbors, discovering assets of your community, and community building projects.

03.
Community Engagement

Animators can choose between a variety of tools and partners to begin building a team of allies and taking action in their local setting.

04.
Voter to Voter

Using the peer-to-peer tool from The Voter Network we will encourage all Animators to help get out the vote during election seasons.

2021 Kansas Animator Network Cohorts

In 2021 we will have cohorts in Southwest, Northwest, Southeast, and Northeast Kansas.

Starting soon:

  • Southwest KS Cohort starts June 6, 9:30am-12:30pm in Dodge City, KS
  • Northeast, Northwest, and Southeast KS Cohorts forming soon in Wichita, KS

To share with your friends or apply for your spot today.

What KAN Alumni Are Saying

One of the best ways to understand the Kansas Animator Network is to hear from our Alumni. You can listen to an interview with three of our 2020 KAN Cohort members on our podcast or check out the bios below. 

Blanca Soto
Blanca Soto
Dodge City

“One of the most natural connectors we’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Blanca is an immigrant born and raised in Mexico whose experience shaped her into the advocate she is today. She has worked as an organizer for Kansas Appleseed and RuralOrganizing .org. Since her time in the Kansas Animator Network Blanca was appointed as a Dodge City commissioner where she continues to have a strong impact on her community.”

Dr. Tori Gleason
Dr. Tori Gleaons
Sports Chiropractor
Northwest Kansas

“She is an advocate for LGBTQ+ health and rural healthcare. Since participating in the Kansas Animator Network Tori has continued to share her experience as a trans person in rural Kansas as a speaker and panelist. Tori is a beacon of safety and joy for LGBTQ+ people in western Kansas. Here is what Tori said about her time in KAN, “I looked forward to each week for the amazing speakers, the skill sets and tools, the hands-on learning. We became a family. The Kansas Animator Network helps you add the tools to your toolbox to make Kansas what we want it to be while giving you a community of people who really care about you.”

WHERE ARE KANSAS ANIMATORS TODAY

You’ll be in good company in the Kansas Animator Network, joining a network of Animator Alumni across the state. See some of the areas already represented by a KAN alum.

  • Dodge City
  • Garden City
  • Liberal
  • Allen County
  • Crawford County
  • Labette County
  • Montgomery County
  • Ellis County
  • Sherman County
  • Thomas County 
  • Geary County
  • Pottawatomie County
  • Riley County

Ready to Change Your World?

Fill out the quick application for one of our upcoming cohorts and learn more ways to bring about the positive change you dream of for your community.

KAN Frequently Asked Questions

Does KAN cost anything to join?

Kansas Animator Network does not cost anything to join. In fact, Animators are considered extended staff of The Neighboring Movement and are paid about $15/hour for their time.

How much time will I need to commit?

Animators commit to 3-5 hours a week.

What will I learn?

Animators learn how to find the assets in their communities, how to engage with local stakeholders, and learn from people doing it in their communities.

What will I do?

Animators will partake in community building by creating allies in their area, building asset maps, and mobilizing around hyper-local interests. They are encouraged to take action around their interests, and the community assets.

READY TO TRANSFORM YOUR COMMUNITY?

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