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Equipping youth with workforce & life skills to thrive.

Our Vision

Provide a safe, caring and equitable space for youth and families to be equipped with life skills, workforce skills, and entrepreneurship development. Empowering them to thrive in their life’s purpose. 

Our Mission

  • Provide a safe environment where people are loved and accepted 

  • Equip youth and families with life skills to thrive

  • Empower individuals to walk in their purpose

 
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TZone Backstory

Transition Zone was founded by Jacqueline Buycks, a wife, mother, grandmother entrepreneur and most importantly a servant of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jacqueline has had the great pleasure of working with youth for over 40 years—as Youth Group Leader and teacher for over 35 years in church and as a Restorative Practices, Mediator and Conflict Resolution Facilitator (for the Center for Conflict Resolution) in the Kansas City School District, Hickman Mills, Center, and Raytown School Districts, along with many other Charter Schools in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area.

 
While working in various schools in the Kansas City Community Jackie noticed a prevailing overlooked need—sufficient workforce/life skills and entrepreneurship training and the lack of opportunities for gainful employment for youth in the urban core. Most youth lack the necessary skills to even approach a potential employer for a job application, let alone a job interview or even the knowledge to sustain, persevere and endure workforce challenges. After much prayer, research and collaboration, Transition Zone was born!

 

Our Values

Love and Acceptance 

Community and Justice

Hard Work and Fun

 

The Team

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We have been blessed with a wonderful, loving, and caring team of individuals who are passionate about equipping youth with the necessary skills to thrive in life and in the workforce.

 

Youth will gain hope, feel more independent, and have the confidence to further their development with a sense of responsibility. High school graduation rates will increase, reducing the risk for involvement in criminal activity, the juvenile system and the school to prison pipeline.

 
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Jackie

Buycks

Founder/
CEO
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Dianah

Shields

 Administrative Assistant
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Judy

Heath

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Teacher

Board of Directors

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Jackie

Buycks

President
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Tracy

Bentley

Vice
President
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Lynne

Shipley

Secretary
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Fred

Griffin

Treasurer
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Samantha
May

Marketing Executive

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Samantha
May
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Marketing Executive

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JoAnn

Griffin

Board Member

Judy

Heath

Board Member
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Garry

Buycks

Sr.

Board Member

DONATE TO TRANSITION ZONE

Your generous donations help to fund our yearly budget of $133,000.00. This gives youth a safe space for learning various career opportunities. They’re supported by loving and caring adults throughout the year. Families, neighbors and our community experience the benefit of youth contributing to society in a healthy way using their beautiful God-given gifts and talents.