Urban Ranger Corps
5908 Swope Parkway
Kansas City MO 64130
Rangers on first of four college tours this summer
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 333-6455
Mission Statement
To help prepare at-risk inner city youth for responsible and productive futures through a program of disciplined work experience and service in their community; leadership development; and individualized planning for post-High School careers.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. J. Erik Dickinson
Board Chair Ms. Yvette Tunley
Board Chair Company Affiliation City of Kansas City, MO
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2003
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement To help prepare at-risk inner city youth for responsible and productive futures through a program of disciplined work experience and service in their community; leadership development; and individualized planning for post-High School careers.
Background Statement

The Urban Ranger Corps (URC) provides youth programming to boys and young men grades 7th-12th, ages 12 to 18, with a unique opportunity to develop the appropriate life skills necessary for them to become successful and contributing members of society. URC operates annually, from June through May, and is broken down into two sessions; a Summer Session (June-August) and a School-Year Session (September-May). Since our founding (2005) we have worked with more than 650 young men; with 100 participants enrolled in the current program year. Ninety (90%) of participants attend Kansas City Missouri public or charter schools. Eighty-six (86%) of participants are from single parent, low income households.

URC utilizes evidence based tools and widespread institutional partnerships to deliver quality projects and activities to our participants. All projects and activities are designed to offset some of the major problems affecting youth in the urban core while at the same time working to upgrade the status of our future human resource pool.
URC makes available to young men opportunities to expand their involvement in activities that will augment their future personal growth and development as members of a worldwide human resource pool. We offer each participant a global view in the content areas of Career & Academic Enhancement, Financial & Entrepreneurial Education and Neighborhood & Community Involvement. What makes URC unique is that for every program season, we evaluate these content areas in conjunction with the greatest needs of our participants. Thus, we develop specific projects and activities that are designed to upgrade each participant’s complete ability to become successful and productive citizens.
URC hopes to infuse a strong building block into Kansas City metropolitan area by offering high impact programming in a small community format that can be seamlessly duplicable. By providing specific and intentional services and activities, each participant will have a greater opportunity to be viable contributors and benefactors of URC and the Greater Kansas City community.
Impact Statement

2016 Accomplishments: 
  • Provided services to 74 young men (12-18)
            --73.4% of students have a GPA of 2.0 or higher
            --32.8% of students have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
            --67.3% of students completed 20 or more hours of community service
            --42% of students completed 40 or more hours of community service
            --73.4% of students attend school regularly (mission no more than 5 days)
            --93.5% of students served completed the program year
  • Implemented our Overcoming Obstacle program where rangers attend sessions throughout the program year on Conflict Resolution (in conjunction with Peace Works and the Center for Conflict Resolution)
  • During the summer a team of rangers worked at Be Free Farms learning about what it takes to run a business, taking care of bees and working in the gardens.
  • Added new members to our Board of Directors, enhancing the diversity of the board.
2017 Goals:
  1. Upgrade and/or enhance the student’s environment in order to foster positive social interaction, improved academic performance and worthwhile community involvement.
  2. Upgrade and/o enhance student’s ability to make positive choices when confronted with opposition, obstacles and life set-backs.
  3. Upgrade and/or enhance student’s relationships with caring adults, providing perspective, guiding their participation in constructive activities and develop a consistent sense of boundaries and responsibility.
Needs Statement

  • 15.6” HD Laptop (3)
  • 8” Apple Ipads (6)
  • Sony HD Video Camcorder
  • 70” LED TV
  • Pull down Projection Screen
  • Video Projector

Service Categories
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core

Our work sites are primarily located within the Kansas City, MO urban core. Those boundaries for are Missouri River to the North; 95th Street to the South; city limits to east and Troost to the west. Other work sites are located throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

This past year has seen several significant additions to the organization:

  1. We have increased our capacity from the original 12 rangers in 2005 to serving 100 rangers this program (June 2017 – May 2018).
  2. We hired a Success Coach who is responsible for ensuring that our young are achieving their individual career goals, are attending school on a regular basis, are achieving or maintaining a 2.3 GPA, and are fulfilling their commitment to providing 20 hours of community service to the community.
  3. We added the Overcoming Obstacles program which teaches our rangers life skills and conflict resolution
  4. We have added several new members to the Board of Directors, each of whom brings their individual skills/talents to the organization.
For over 80 percent of our rangers, the Urban Ranger program is their last and best chance. It is with great pride (and thankfulness) that rangers – who might have lost hope or been lost in the system - are staying out of harm’s way and graduating from high school and prepared to pursue rewarding and promising careers with valuable life skills. At least 95 percent are staying in school and we can boast a 100% graduation rate for this year’s senior rangers. Going to college and junior college, or enrolling in technical training programs, with some entering military service or direct employment are no longer dreams but reality. Some rangers who have gone onto college are returning to serve as assistant adult Team Leaders and mentors. We are also exploring new ways to engage the boys and provide other extra-curricular opportunities to further enhance their experience. Our goal of bringing “hope” to the young men is being accomplished one young man at a time.
Yvette Tunley, Board Chair

The URC program is broken down into three main areas of focus:


  • Career & Academic Achievement  The primary function of the Career and Leadership Development component is to provide activities and resources that will enhance a ranger’s ability to (1) understand self and human characteristics, (2) build communication skills, group interaction, and team building (3) gain basic concepts of leadership theory and organization.
  • Financial & Entrepreneurial Education component has been designed to provide rangers with an opportunity to capture the “American Dream” by introducing them to the basics of financial literacy entrepreneurship.
  • Neighborhood and Community Involvement component represents “civic responsibility, getting rangers involved with community service activities, encouraging them to see the world in different ways and put their own family experiences and values into a wider context.


Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success

Of the more than 570 youth we have worked with: 85 percent completed the summer program; 100 percent of those successfully completing our summer program returned to school in the fall; 98 percent of this group successfully completed their academic year; 89 percent of rangers in their final year of high school graduated on schedule (vs. a 57.2 percent graduation rate for Kansas City MO public school enrollees.

Long-Term Success

Since 2007, we have worked with 46 rangers who were high school seniors. 45 one of them graduated high school and went on to college, the military or entered the work force.

Program Success Monitored By

URC’s annual program is designed to assist boys and young men discover their individual talents, skills and abilities while guiding them successfully from childhood to adulthood. Our ability to ascertain the effect and/or level(s) of impact the program has within their lives and the community as a whole will increase the productivity of URC in the urban core for years to come. The primary concern is to be able to determine if on-going program activities are having a progressive and positive effect on the participants. 

We utilize the Apricot Client Management/Tracking System to verify, document, and quantify activities and their effects. This system is utilized in all facets of our program and designed to be updated and maintained by the Success Coach.
Data will be gathered to conduct controlled observations of rangers in a longitudinal manner. The progress, success, and shortfalls of every participant in the program will be collected.
Examples of Program Success

ROBERT DAYS graduated in May 2015 from the University of Missouri, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration emphasis in Marketing, and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Robert is currently an employee for AT&T in retail. In the future he would also like to begin to take advantage of his entrepreneurship minor and create his own entertainment marketing company.

Robert has had a long tenure with the Urban Rangers starting the program in 2007. He has been active each summer with the Rangers since that date, with his most recent position being the Assistant Program Director and Team Leader in the summers of 2014 and 2015. Robert appreciates how the Urban Ranger’s program has allowed him to become a leader in his community and set the foundation for his work ethic that he still takes advantage of today. Robert has expressed an interest in serving on our board as a way of “paying it forward.”

CEO Comments

The work to be done in the urban core of our communities is paramount and must continue to include youth from childhood through adolescence and pre-adulthood.

The Urban Ranger corps gives priority to the developmental pieces surrounding a so-called “lost generation” of boys and young men. Our perspective is, as this generation of boys and young men mature, a void grows in their lives that leave them less proficient and interested in productive and worthwhile activities. Our task is filling this void with viable activities that will promote boys and young men to utilize their time to become involved in positive endeavors that will continue throughout most of their lifetime.

The URC model is designed to work as a comprehensive community based system that promotes and shares ownership of its program success with the entire population of Kansas City. All programs and activities are designed to offset some of the major problems affective youth in the urban core while at the same time working to upgrade the status of our future human resource pool. Our vision is to infuse a strong building block into our city by offering high impact programming in a small group format that can be seamlessly duplicable. By providing specific and intentional services and activities, each participant will have a greater opportunity to be viable benefactors and future contributors of URC and the Great Kansas City community.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. J. Erik Dickinson
Term Start July 2012

J. Erik Dickinson joined the Urban Ranger Corps as Executive Director in July 2012, and was named President upon the retirement of Founder and President, Fr. John Wandless.

Mr. Dickinson has more than 25 years of experience in management and development of youth with the Boy Scouts of American and the YMCA, including executing fundraising campaigns and special events; training and motivating staff; recruiting and motivating top level volunteers; preparing budgets; planning and providing programs; marketing and public relations; and building relationships with institutions, organizations, neighborhoods and the general public.
Erik is a native of and attended schools in Kansas City, Kansas. He holds the BA in Personnel Administration (University of Kansas, 1991).
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Fr. John Wandless Jan 2003 - Dec 2012
Senior Staff
Title Program Director

Lynn Johnson joined the Urban Ranger Corps team in the fall of 2013 as Program Director. Lynn’s primary responsibility is to build a successful program model and lead goal-oriented teams while overseeing the delivery of quality programs and services.  Lynn has 25 years of service in youth development, including work within areas of education, leadership, mental health, juvenile delinquency, and emergency family support. He has served in such capacities as an After School Program Coordinator/Tutor for the Economic Opportunity Foundation in Kansas City, KS; Program Director at Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City; Manager of the National Teen Program for Camp Fire USA (Kansas City); and most recently as Director of the Youth Development Center at Don Bosco Centers (Kansas City).  

Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 30
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 98%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 3
Caucasian 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 1
Male 3
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

URC has formed partnerships with: The Step Ladder Program, an internship program with the Blue Springs Police Department; a Community Gardening Program with the Historic Northeast Community Association; Habitat Restoration, a program with Kansas City’s Parks and Recreation Department to clean up green areas of the city; two young men work at Connecting For Good (a local nonprofit providing computers to low income families); and Kids in the Kitchen - a weekly cooking class through the University of Missouri Extension. Our newest initiative is Overcoming Obstacles where rangers attend sessions throughout the program year on Conflict Resolution (in conjunction with Peace Works and the Center for Conflict Resolution) and Etiquette Training.
Every summer the rangers have an opportunity to participate in the Tour of Hope - African-American businessmen who give tours of their businesses to our rangers and talk with them about career possibilities.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Yvette Tunley
Company Affiliation City of Kansas City, MO
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2018
Board Members
Ms. Jacquelyn Blake Enterprise Bank and Trust
Mr. Nicholas Clasen U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mr. Derek Gale Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City
Mr. Miles Gill Morgan Stanley
Mr. Kevin Henderson College Basketball Experience
Mr. Chester Hishaw Hishaw Construction
Ms. Tonya Lovelace City of Kansas City, Missouri
Ms. Christina McConnell The Thin Pencil
Mr. Jason Parson Parson & Associate
Ms. Lisa Peacock Burke Counseling and Consulting
Ms. Pamela Potts Mersoft Corporation/ICO Impact Div.
Ms. Davina Santimano Optiv Security Inc.
Mr. Joe Sweeny Country Club Bank
Ms. Joi Tillman Assurant Employee Benefits
Ms. Yvette Tunley City of Kansas City, Missouri
Dr. Rebecca Wates University of Kansas Medical Center
Mr. Doug Weishar Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Asian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments

Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $528,000
Projected Expenses $522,350
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 9/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$48,791$62,719
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$46,285$69,243$54,271
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$369,788$345,947$396,944
Administration Expense$101,866$113,458$99,721
Fundraising Expense$33,532$33,842$38,400
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.500.960.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%70%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%7%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,069,138$193,574$186,999
Current Assets$334,209$167,509$153,665
Long-Term Liabilities$142,000$20,000$0
Current Liabilities$14,319$18,549$12,585
Total Net Assets$912,819$155,025$174,414
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities23.349.0312.21
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets13%10%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Hall Family Foundation $26,400
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Impact KC $25,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --United Way $15,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
The challenges we face we increasing our donor base.  We have an established donor base but need to reach out to the younger generation to engage them in events/activities raising their awareness of the organization with a goal of obtaining their financial support.
URC now has new board members who are active on our marketing and development committees, giving us more opportunity to reach out to the younger generation in ways other than mailings and special events.
Organization Name Urban Ranger Corps
Address 5908 Swope Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64130
Primary Phone (816) 333-6455
Contact Email urcinfo@urckc.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. J. Erik Dickinson
Board Chair Ms. Yvette Tunley
Board Chair Company Affiliation City of Kansas City, MO
Year of Incorporation 2003