Last year was a great year for our program, our vision, and our reach to make an impact on “at-risk” youth in four of our major inner cities across the nation. In the summer of 2016, our program was in the heart of the turmoil of disruption, crime, protesting, economic struggle, and racism that broke out in our major cities. We took honor and leadership with the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University along with the U.S. Marines to address and get into the heartbeat of the issue of trust and respect in the cities of Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington D.C.
We have found a way to create trust and respect within the community, by community with outstanding leadership and holistic support. It is a formula that we have perfected over the past decade that gets better with best practices and new challenges of different inner-city cultures. We will use this formula to increase our programming to more of our inner cities and major universities in 2017.
In 2016 our National Office secured a full-time National Director of YIP to support the COO. We have put forth the foundation infrastructure to expand and grow along with a tremendous diverse Advisory Board of Directors that each contributes in vision, time, and support. We are positioned and will be led to go big and become better than we are to have the capacity and capability to reach and impact over 500 at-risk boys in 2017.
Enclosed are the reports from each of our three programs in 2016 for your review, your support, and your awareness. You are part of our team and we are making an impact where others cannot. We are doing it without government funding or support. It is the vision, it is the social responsibility from the community to the community to make a change.
We are all in and we thank you for being all in with us!
Let’s DREAM BIG and BE BIGGER!