Activism is often the result of particular experiences or upon learning about something they passionately believe needs to change. Such was the case in 2003 when a handful of school, business and concerned citizens learned there were area children experiencing dental health problems in our community. The solution involved a coalition of area dentists, school healthcare officials and what would become the StandUp Blue Springs organization, which helped develop and facilitate a new program called Dental for Kids.
From here, StandUp Blue Springs held summits to identify other matters of social or economic importance to the public. With each summit, the result was ordinary people being motivated to achieve common goals in the community, including a dog park, Frisbee golf course, programs that promote healthy eating and physical activities, and more.