Urban Ranger Corps
5908 Swope Parkway
Kansas City MO 64130
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 Mr. Kevin Henderson
Board Chair Company Affiliation College Basketball Experience
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2003
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Donations can be mailed to the office or paid via PayPal through our website. We are also appreciative of in-kind donations. Our Wish List can be found on our website or you can contact staff. If you purchase items through Amazon please use Amazon's "Smiles" Program and select URC as the recipient of your gift and we will receive a percentage of your purchase...a two for one deal! Volunteer opportunities are also listed on our website

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 was founded and incorporated as a Missouri nonprofit corporation in July 2003 and is an exempt organization under Section (501)(c)(3) as of March 2005, and classified as a “public charity” under section (509)(a)(3) as of June 2009 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Since its beginning, the Urban Ranger Corps has worked with more than 760 young men, many of whom have gone on to college, joined the military or entered into the work force.
Our objective is to provide activities and resources that assist Rangers to:
• Graduate from high school with an above average GPA
• Set and achieve career and academic goals
• Understand different career opportunities including entrepreneurship
• Get involved in productive neighborhood and community activities
• Gain real world experience and training through paid work experience.
• Choose at least one of the following paths after high school: college or university education, trade or technical school education, military or law enforcement or begin a career (go straight to work).

Impact Statement

2017-2018 Accomplishments: 
 Provided services to 94 young men (12-18); 87.3% of students have a GPA of 2.0 or higher; 18.1% of students have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; 47.8% of students completed 20 or more hours of community service; 96.8% of students attend school regularly (mission no more than 5 days); 96.8% 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.
2019 Goals:
  • Upgrade and/or enhance the student’s environment in order to foster positive social interaction, improved academic performance and worthwhile community involvement.
  • Upgrade and/or enhance student’s ability to make positive choices when confronted with opposition, obstacles and life set-backs.
  • 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

Board members with experience in Fundraising/Event Planning/Social Media; Van to transport rangers to work sites and activities; Laptops and IPads; Volunteers to assist with fundraisers and special events
Service Categories
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

I have known about the Urban Ranger Corps for several years now, have served on their Board since 2012 and am their current Board Chair.
I hail from the same general neighborhood where Urban Rangers headquarters are located, attended junior high and high school in that same area and know what a program like URC means to kids from our urban core. I benefited from similar organizations as a young person growing up on the SE side of Kansas City.
To me URC is a unique and vital organization. They do so much more than offer a summer program during which time rangers can earn a stipend/salary; work with them in school to maintain grades enabling them to move to the next grade level; and help them to look at their futures after high school graduation.
In many ways, our society has shifted towards too many negative influences. As such, Urban Ranger Corps provides a different perspective, intervention and hope to many young men who are members of the program.
Young men, ages 12-18, are given an opportunity to learn about themselves first and then they begin to learn the tenants of leadership skills, self-reliance, hard work, accountability and responsibility which will benefit them the rest of their lives in an ever changing and challenging world.
Program teachers are primarily African-American men who are successful in their own lives and careers and serve as good examples, guides, life coaches and mentors.
Our Rangers are active participants in the community. They give back! They learn about the needs of our community through volunteer efforts – from preparing boxes at our local food pantry, assisting communities with their clean-up activities; helping prepare disaster aid kits for those suffering from a catastrophic event; working on community gardens to help alleviate the “food desert” in the urban core.
Through Urban Ranger Corps, these young men are given the opportunity to look beyond and to dream bigger dreams for their lives, their communities and others.
By supporting Urban Ranger Corps today with your generosity, these young men, in turn, will have greater opportunity to further their lives in very meaningful ways that will result in lasting legacies of excellence for themselves and their (our) respective communities!
Kevin Henderson
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 760 youth we have worked with: 94 percent completed the summer program; 100 percent of those successfully completing our summer program returned to school in the fall; 96.8 percent of this group successfully completed their academic year; 90 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 61 rangers who were high school seniors. 55 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

Tre’Veon Gilyard, 16, has been a member of Urban Ranger Corps (URC) since the summer of 2016. He is a high school junior at Hogan Preparatory Academy and will be graduating in May 2020. Tre’Veon participates on the track team and enjoys reading Manga Comic Books. After graduation, Tre’Veon plans to attend college and pursue a degree in Architecture or Graphic Design.
Tre’Veon has logged more than 100 hours of community service through his time in our program and works one day a week as a support staff at the URC main office. Tre’Veon exemplifies leadership, a strong work ethic and a commitment to being involved in service. He personifies the five qualities of the Urban Ranger Corps Creed: Respect, Awareness of Others’ Needs, Sense of Gratitude, Enthusiasm, and Positive Role Model.

CEO Comments

Thank you for making 2017-18 season yet another incredible time for the Urban Ranger Corps! This year marked the thirteenth year for the organization having served a total of 761 boys and young men. This past season we served 94 students and currently on track to serve 100 students in the current 2019-2020 program year.
My dedicated team, led by Lynn Johnson, Director of Operations, has done an incredible job at expanding our outreach while strengthening our programs and services. With our mix of work experience, community service training, summer stipends, and a focus on career planning and achievement in high school, we now have a proven model of youth development, for teenage males living in high risk factor, inner-city neighborhoods. We will once again focus on programs and activities that 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 generation. I’m looking forward to what 2018-19 will have in store.
A few program highlights include:
• New partnerships with Veterans Community Project and Turner Construction
• New initiatives being launched with URC parent volunteers with the Parent Academy Workshop
• Expanded program reach through the Success Mentors Initiative with Kansas City Public Schools; going from serving two middle schools and one elementary school in 2017 and adding a second elementary school in 2018
• Expanded partnerships with the City of Kansas City Missouri’s through the Love Thy Neighbor Project
Our ongoing focus is to keep our overhead low while increasing our services to the boys and young men we serve, and you truly make this possible! URC is stronger than ever due to our continually expanding programs and a community that comes together to donate time, resources, and talent in support of our important mission.
J. Erik Dickinson

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 30 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).
Former CEOs
Rev. John WandlessJan 2003 - Dec 2012
Senior Staff
Title Director of Operations

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 3
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 30
Retention Rate 98%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 4
Caucasian 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Male 4
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; Love Thy Neighbor, a program helping Kansas City seniors in two districts fix up homes to avoid/resolve code violations; and Kids in the Kitchen, a weekly cooking class through the University of Missouri Extension; Kansas City Public Schools working with middle school students helping them develop three fundamental skills on which all other skills can be built: communication, decision making, and goal setting. Every summer the rangers participate in the Tour of Hope. African-American businessmen give tours of their businesses to our rangers and talk with them about career possibilities.

Every summer the rangers participate in the Tour of Hope and meet African-American businessmen who give tours of their businesses and talk with them about what it took them to achieve their career goals.

Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Kevin Henderson
Company Affiliation College Basketball Experience
Term July 2015 to Jan 2020
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Dr. Rebecca Wates
Company Affiliation PRA Health Sciences
Term Jan 2014 to Mar 2020
Board Members
Ms. Jacquelyn BlakeMazuma
Mr. Casey CulbertsonFinkle & Williams Architecture
Mr. Raymond DakeSiro Smith Dickson PC
Ms. Jamie DavisAmerican Multi-Cinema, Inc.
Mr. Derek GaleJewish Federation of Greater Kansas City
Mr. Kevin HendersonCollege Basketball Experience
Ms. Jennifer L"HeureuxWestside Housing Organization
Dr. Tyjaun LeeMetropolitan Community College - Penn Valley
Ms. Tonya LovelaceCity of Kansas City, Missouri
Ms. Christina McConnellThe Thin Pencil
Ms. Rachel ParrishLavish Hospitality & EPIC Innovative Events
Mr. Jason ParsonParson & Associate
Ms. Lisa PeacockBurke Counseling and Consulting
Ms. Pamela PottsMersoft Corporation/ICO Impact Div.
Ms. Crystal RandleGEHA
Mr. Joe SweenyCountry Club Bank
Ms. Joi TillmanAssurant Employee Benefits
Dr. Rebecca WatesUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 12
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, 2018
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $518,500
Projected Expenses $518,495
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 9/30/2017, 2016, 2015: 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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$19,000$0$48,791
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$76,237$0$0
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$88,864$46,285$69,243
Revenue In-Kind--$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$391,331$369,788$345,947
Administration Expense$103,111$101,866$113,458
Fundraising Expense$35,618$33,532$33,842
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.972.500.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%73%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,026,337$1,069,138$193,574
Current Assets$310,524$334,209$167,509
Long-Term Liabilities$127,466$142,000$20,000
Current Liabilities$15,305$14,319$18,549
Total Net Assets$883,566$912,819$155,025
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities20.2923.349.03
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets12%13%10%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

URC is a community based entity that promotes and shares ownership of its programs with the entire population of the Greater Kansas City Area. Moving to the “next level” requires that all URC programming be designed to intentionally offset some of the major problems affecting the metropolitan area youth while at the same time working to upgrade the status of the human resource pool. This is an essential ingredient for URC’s future that will ultimately infuse a strong building block into the overall success of the Kansas City metropolitan area. To accomplish this task the following must happen:
  1. Development of a public relations and social media campaign to promote the program and to garner the support of the public.
  2. Securing the funding needed (public and private) to operate the program in a comprehensive and unfailing manner across multiple states.
  3. Create strategic linkages with other entities in the community that are committed to supporting the enrichment of “urban youth” and the long-range development of URC programming.
  4. Devise a partnership with a national program model that is used to create an ancillary process designed to augment learning in URC specified program areas. The intent is to facilitate future growth and success derived from proven curricula and existing products that would enhance the overall impact of the URC organization within the Greater Kansas City area.
  5. Incorporate a mental health program component that would include cognitive behavioral therapy. The rate of depression among today’s boys is shockingly high, and statistics now tell us that boys are up to three times more likely than girls to be a victim of a violent crime (other than sexual assault) and between four to six times more likely to commit suicide.

Other Documents
Ranger Profile - Tre-Von Gilyard2019View
Ranger Profile - Cannen Hill2018View
Marketing Brochure2017View
URC Outcomes Banner2017View
URC Program Banner2017View
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 Mr. Kevin Henderson
Board Chair Company Affiliation College Basketball Experience
Year of Incorporation 2003