In the heart of our country, lies a bunch of givers, read more about our finalists below!
Ad-Hoc Group Against Crime
This organization deserve to receive this BCG Award because there is a need in this KCMO community for Ad-Hoc and they are certainly available for the people of Kansas City to utilize when there is the need. The homicide rate in Kansas City is very high and there are a lot of grieving families out there in need of comfort. Ad-Hoc help full fill this need with monthly Survival Meetings. This helps the family members cope with their lost. When a child is missing or just run off Mr. Alvin Brooks and his staff take the time and talk to the family members.He even get on the radio and do a plead for their safe return. The Ad-Hoc office is a resourceful place for answers to all most any question including police complaints, reporting drug activity or when a family ask for Prayer Vigil they are always their to assist. When a family cannot pay for the burial of their love one the Ad-Hoc will do the best in their ability to help the grieving family out. So, please consider this deserving organization your wonderful BCG Award Thank you and may God Bless.
RUBIES Inc. has made a significant mark on Kansas City, MO. Taking the time to empower and cultivate young ladies through community based initiatives like “Hard Rock to a Gem” and “No Boys Allowed”. These programs target the different difficulties encountered during the journey to womanhood. Taking the time to explain, or help young ladies to define, what it is to not be afraid of your potential and have the courage to dream vividly. RUBIES Inc looks to help flourish a young lady into a well rounded global woman. Taking into account the importance of exposure to different cultures, the need for mentorship and the great role education plays in opening doors and bursting through glass ceilings. RUBIES Inc saw the need for a program that wasn’t ubiquitous and impersonal, but tailor made for young ladies who needed someone to see them.
Kelly Adolph along with her artist Brian O’Neal created a not for profit organization in Michigan dedicated to eradicating homelessness. She single handedly took all the steps needed included filing and completely the paper necessary for the organization to receive its exemption. Kelly dedicates countless hours, days, months and years to helping those in need. With success in placing several families with children in homes, she works closely with each of them to ensure their success in regaining a life of self sufficiency. Who better deserving of a change maker and what organization better deserving of Midwest Non Profit more than Kelly and DOF.
Emmett Till Legacy Foundation
The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation dedicates and prides itself in creating a legacy of hope and in recognizing the achievements of our youth and adults. This organization has launched The National “Never Again” Movement and Pledge, created in hopes to have all generations from across the world that are conscious of the rise of racism, hatred, and modern day lynching and it’s impact on the youth for generations to come. They ask youth the following questions: What are they willing to stand up against and what are they willing to stand up for? This movement and pledge prevents these injustices and crimes from happening.We shall never forget what has happened and never allow it to happen again.
They have created:
“Hear My Voice Are You Listening?!” a youth rally to give students a chance for their voice to be heard in the community. ETLF also gives out scholarships to youth to further their education in honor of Emmett Till and co supports/promotes An annual HBCU College Tour.
They also produce “Loving From The Inside Out” a powerful life changing Women’s Empowerment Symposium in honor of Mamie Till Mobley, Emmett Till’s Mother, where they honor other Women of Courage.
What they are doing is wonderful and it’s part of our history.
Youth With a Positive Direction
In 1989 Mrs. Walker is the founder and CEO of Youth With a Positive Direction, where her mission is to encourage and train young people to live positive and productive lives in the inner city, by resisting negative influences and accentuating the positive through mentoring, peer leadership, life skills, computer technology, artistic activities, performing arts, instrumental music classes, and the utilization of community services. The program has been going strong since it’s inception. Please visit their website at www.ywapd.com
Through out the years Mrs. Walker and this program have touch so many young peoples lives, and helped change the direction of the youth. They help them with there homework, family problems, peer pressure, anti drug and alcohol programs, and anti-violence. This program lets the kids channel there energies into something positive. It teaches the kids to feel good about themselves, and that they can have a better life for themselves. Mrs. Walker is also the Chairman of the local Cease Fire organization. She is all about helping children. She is the Black version of Mother Teresa. She volunteers countless hours day after day, to YWAPD after school program and never tires of helping those in need. Mrs. Walker deserves to be the winner of the Non-profit Organization of the Year for the midwest region.