Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center, Inc.
610 E. Shepherd Road
Liberty MO 64068
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Telephone (816) 781-7733
Mission Statement
The mission of Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center (ESMYC) is to provide educational, leadership, and recreational programs that foster character development and create a learning laboratory to help youth help themselves. 
The objectives are met in the following areas of service:
  1. To provide programming for youth not in organized youth groups.
  2. To provide a facility for organized youth groups to carry out their mission and objectives. For example, Boy Scouts, 4-H Girl Scouts, church groups, school clubs, etc.
  3. To provide a facility for the community.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sheila Bruns
Board Chair Mr. Steve Calder
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, American Midwest
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1962
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The mission of Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center (ESMYC) is to provide educational, leadership, and recreational programs that foster character development and create a learning laboratory to help youth help themselves. 
The objectives are met in the following areas of service:
  1. To provide programming for youth not in organized youth groups.
  2. To provide a facility for organized youth groups to carry out their mission and objectives. For example, Boy Scouts, 4-H Girl Scouts, church groups, school clubs, etc.
  3. To provide a facility for the community.
Background Statement
It all began in 1962. An opportunity unfolded that ignited the excitement of Clay County citizens to provide a place for youth. Kemp Woods, Farm Bureau, and Fowler Young, Clay County Extension, called a special meeting of leaders of business, industry, and civic organizations to discuss the idea of supporting a youth center and provide a place for a permanent location of the 4-H County Fair. The idea was met with overwhelming enthusiasm. A Board of Directors was formed.
Mrs. Edna Shepherd, a longtime Liberty resident, donated 60 acres for the Youth Center. The name was changed to Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center in honor of her husband.
In the mid 70’s, an administrative cooperative agreement was established with the University of Missouri Extension Services. This agreement provided administrative staff to assist with Earnest Shepherd's staff. This agreement provided additional support for many years. The agreement was terminated on June 30, 2015 due to budget constraints from the University of Missouri Extension.
Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center is operated by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is comprised of community-minded individuals, youth organization representatives; college professionals; and representatives from local businesses and corporations.
Currently, the facility consists of two multi-purpose buildings, pavilion, shelter house, ball fields, horse arena, A-Frame bunkhouse, caretaker’s home, swimming pool, campsites, ropes course, and trails on 60 acres of land. This piece of green is nestled by I-35, 69 Highway, which is in Liberty, Missouri. The center is not fancy, but it is kid friendly.
Eagle Scouts have helped shape the facility and camp grounds since 1976. To date, we have had 106 Eagle Scout projects completed. Most projects have ranged from building bridges, picnic tables, fences, parking lot perimeters, bleachers and trail restoration. When the need arises, the Eagle Scouts are sought.
Impact Statement

2017 Accomplishments:

  1. The Board of Directors participated in a strategic planning session to put into motion the Youth Center's long range plan for 2018.
  2. The Youth Center focused on increasing sponsorships  in 2017, we increased the support to $7,320.00  Grants were also written for operating and program scholarships that proved to be a great investment by the community. 
  3. Capital Campaign: $5,500.00, bringing the total funds raised to $125,854.52
  4. Construction was completed on a major project earmarked with capital funding.
  5. The Youth Center had 725 volunteers for programs and facility upkeep.
  6. 3 new Eagle Scout projects were completed to enhance the grounds. The total number of youth giving back through this program is 106 Eagle Scout projects. 
  7. Birthday parties were implemented in the fall of 2017. 


2018 Goals:
  1. The Board of Directors to write and implement Long Range Plans for the Youth Center. 
  2. Capital campaign fundraising efforts to continue working towards $300,000.00.
  3. Hire a full-time Marketing/Administrative staff member. 
  4. Maintain and seek additional area sponsorships and grants to keep cost within reach of  all youth.
  5. Kick off new  off-site school program– Leadership Energizers. 
Needs Statement
  1. Program Sponsorship to keep cost affordable to all participants - $5,000.00   The Youth Center strives to keep cost low.  These funds go towards Program Operational expense. 
  2. Scholarships available to Free and Reduced Lunch Schools (40% - 100%) for Radical Challenge, Leadership Workshop Series, Igloo Challenge.  These schools lack the budget or means (struggling PTA) to support outside field trips -$3,000.00  Funds would enable struggling schools to pay what they can and the scholarship would off-set the real cost. 
  3. General operating donations- The Youth Center runs on a very conservative budget -$10,000.00
  4. 'Serving Generations' Capital Campaign contributions are actually on-going.  The current goal is to raise $300,000.  We have  raised $125,854.52.  The purpose is to continue the legacy of serving youth.  Our facility is kid-friendly.  The facility consists of two multi-purpose halls, pavilion, ball fields, swimming pool, horse arena, A-frame bunkhouse, shelter houses, and trails .   
  5. Facility volunteers: The Youth Center works with organized clubs, youth groups, and business to assist with upkeep.  For example, wood chipping the trails, creek clean up, etc.  
Service Categories
Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
Educational Services
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Platte County
MO - Buchanan
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
For this year's statement, I thought I would include excerpts from our current Board of Directors. These comments are taken from our 55th celebration of the Youth Center. 
What program are you most proud of at the Youth Center? Why?
  • "Radical Challenge because I feel it is a program designed to teach leadership skills and responsible social behavior and is unlike any other program of its kind." - M. Keleher
  • " I am impressed by old and new. I am impressed by the longevity of the Center's friends and supporters. Many of these people have been loyal to the center's mission for many, many years. As for the new, the Center has kept its programs fresh and attractive to each succeeding generation of young people.". - S. Masters
  • " My favorite program to talk about is Radical Challenge. When I mention Earnest Shepherd Youth Center many times I will get a response of, "Oh I (my child) loved the Radical Challenge"and that starts a good conversation about what they experience in our programs." - S. Calder
  • "Most of my fondest memories are in regards to the 4-H fair which was always at Earnest Shepherd Youth Center. I attribute much of my self confidence to those early days when as a young man, I remember Mrs. Shepherd always attending the fair and giving us a word of encouragement and taking an interest in our projects." - R. Raulie
What do you think the board’s greatest impact and challenge is pertaining to the Youth of the KC area
  • "Endeavoring to make the Youth Center self-sustaining so that it can be perpetually available to all youth in the metropolitan area." - M. Keleher
I am in my 26th year of serving as the Director. Our mission is to equip youth to value themselves and others, thus becoming community leaders. Empowering and engaging youth with educational programs is what the Youth Center is about. The reason Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center was originated and the reason it still exists today - can be summed up in one word. Volunteers! Without volunteers and the service they render, ESMYC would not exist.
Challenge and opportunity for growth:
Financially, we continue to stay operational while reaching youth and school budget constraints. The additional support from area grants and sponsorships attributed to that 'closing of the gap'. There is still need in individual, community and foundation support for our program operational expense. The current budget is conservative and always has been. I am particularly proud of how the 2017 budget ended.
Sheila Bruns, Executive Director
Description The Radical Challenge program is an outdoor adventure program (field trip for 5th grade and up) designed to promote teamwork, leadership, and communication. The program places teams of 10 – 12 youth in mental and physical challenges. Staff & volunteers lead each team. This program gives each youth the opportunity to be in a leadership situation in a safe positive environment and to improve their overall team work skills. Those team skills include: listening, trust, communication, patience, flexibility, attitude, etc. After a challenge is complete, each team then reflects on both the positive and the negative of the experience. If they need to improve in a specific area, the team sets a goal for improvement.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success A summative assessment is conducted at the conclusion of the day; however, a formative assessment (the reflection) is handled after each activity. This reflection allows the students to ‘learn as they go’. The youth are also asked to evaluate the program, along with the volunteers. These evaluations are tallied, presented to staff to encourage, modify, and/or enhance the curriculum. Reflective activities emphasize the learning that comes from thinking about the things in which one has participated in, rather than simply doing the activity. Reflection, in general, allows individuals to look back on, think critically about, and learn from their experiences. It may include acknowledging and /or sharing reactions, feelings, observations, and ideas about anything regarding the activity.
Long-Term Success

This adventure program began in 1988. The programs focus on social and emotional (SEL) learning through experiential education. Social and emotional learning describes the process of learning important life skills, interpersonal skills, and pro-social behaviors such as communication, problem solving, emotional regulation, positive self-expression and connect with others, developing leadership skills, and developing better relationships through communication.

The skills taught, developed, and practiced during the workshops are life skills. The workshop’s curriculum introduces opportunities to bring the skills to the forefront to identify, discuss and, when necessary, teach alternative communication methods. 

Theoretical Framework for Experiential Education:

  • “Play, interaction with others, care, and challenges are four major factors that influence how much we are able to learn.” Sprenger M., (1999), Learning and Memory: The brain in action
  • “Human play fulfills the body’s need to express emotions, to bond with others socially, and to explore new learning with challenge, feedback, and success.” Beyers J. (1998), The biology of human play: Child Development

Program Success Monitored By We have served the same 35 schools consistently for the past 20 years. The Executive Director and staff listen and record comments/concerns from participating volunteers and teachers. The staff also lead youth participants through a reflection at the end of each activity. The ultimate goal is for the participants to transfer the interaction into ‘real life’. For example, “Why was that activity a success?” We had fusion. What do you mean by fusion? We were all in it to get it done. We did a lot of loving? What do you mean? Every time we stepped forward on the blocks - everyone just loved it, cheered for each other. We never do that in school. Today, one of the more outspoken kids – listened more. People didn’t leave others out. Leaders spoke up, took control – in a positive way Everyone has their own skill that they are good at. Saw leadership skills in someone you weren’t aware of. Than I can actually lead a group and it not all fall apart.
Examples of Program Success

Summary of 2017 Radical Challenge evaluations:

  • 30% [718 of 2,408] responded: Today was the first day I’ve ever had to be a leader in a group setting.
  • 83% [1,998 of 2,408] responded:” Today was the first chance I’ve ever had to focus on improving specific skills such as patience, compromise, cooperation, etc.
  • 96% [2,308 of 2,408] responded: “We were able to see the skills in other teammates.” 

Description Twelve day camps are offered during the summer. Each week brings a new camp, with a different grade level. The Youth Center offers both scripted camps and themed camps. Scripted camps are all book based. For example, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter Series lead the more popular camps. These series are brought to life by involving the staff and campers in the plot, with Earnest Shepherd twist. Themed camps are camps that move the curriculum. For example, Art camp for Art; Camp Crazee Daze is just every day is a different holiday or decade, etc. The camps run from 9 to 1 p.m. each day. The Youth Center is utilized in the early evenings by community rentals.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success

In 2016, we had 344 youth participate and thrive in our camp experiences. Three core opinions matter to our success: participants, parents, and staff.

Youth participant responses to the questions - “What was your favorite part of camp?"

  • “I love the choices we get to make for the activities.”
  • “Even though I was scared, I tried the zip line and it was great.”
  • “I loved making new friends.”
  • "The counselors are the best.”
  • “I loved everything about camp, I mean everything!”

Parent evaluations:

  • “This camp is wonderful! My daughter was able to build her independence, social skills, and try new things. We will be back for more. The staff is top notch. I sent my daughter with multiple diagnoses. This camp is her first experience. It has been successful. We love it here.”
  • “My daughter paid her way – she asked for birthday and Christmas money, had garage sales and babysat to attend. She loves the staff.”
  • “This is the only camp I am able to afford – that helps me a lot; otherwise, I would have to miss work…for me every dollar counts. WE will be back.” “I like the staff to camp ratio; the camps are small so the kids actually get to know the staff.”

Long-Term Success
The camps provide a safe venue for kids to be kids as they meet new friends, try new activities, create masterpieces and become a community for a week.
Our counselors serve both as coaches and leaders. They model interpersonal skills. These skills involve fostering social competencies, learning to work and connect with others, and developing better relationships through communication.
The academic term for what we do is summed up by the following quote:
Dworkin et al. (2003) study on growth experiences found that youth activities are important arenas for forming new connections with and learning about peers. These activities provide a place for adolescents to meet and learn about peers who would normally be outside their existing network. Adolescents experience affiliation with interethnic, increased empathy and understanding, and experience loyalty to and intimacy with peer’s who are different from them in ethnicity, race and social class.
Program Success Monitored By
  • We monitor success by our repeat customers. The Youth Center has families that grow up in our summer program. Most of the counselors are former campers.
  • The summer camps success are based, also, upon the feedback we get from parents, participants, and staff.
  • Daily assessments are conducted by staff to ensure that children are involved, behavior issues are handled consistently, and outreach plans to children who are not evolving with the group.
  • The curriculum is very fluid – meaning plans and activities are modified based upon the participant’s ideas, reactions and weather.
  • The most incredible validation of the camp was given in monetary form. One parent wrote a check for $5,000. She stated that the quality and energy by the staff all summer is fantastic. She loves the mission and the staff at Earnest Shepherd Youth Center so she and her husband decided to donate. In this economy a donation like that is immeasurable!!
Examples of Program Success
Excerpts from parent evaluations:
Camp Crazee Daze:
  • ‘My daughter has mild autism, and this was the 1st year we felt that she was mature enough for a camp like this. Although, Dad still worried, I was sure that ESMYC was the place for her. Y’all have always done well with balancing fun AND safety. This summer has been no exception. I am so pleased with Annie’s participation and her bravery at doing the log bridge. That was a huge deal. She had a terrible fear of heights develop last year. At one point, she was even terrified to walk upstairs! She’s come along way. Thank you for being a part of her progress. We look forward to attending camps here over the next few years.’
Adventure Camp:
  • ‘It kept her active, both physically and her imagination.’
  • “Thank you so much for your spirit, kindness and energy.’
Art Camp:
In response to the question, “How did camp impact your child?” ‘It worked his right brain since he is left brain.’
Description The Youth Center provides facilities for organized youth groups to carry out their objectives.  Our facilities provide the perfect backdrop for day camps, Boy Scout training and overnights, horse practice, ball fields, and the Clay County 4-H Fair
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
Over the years, the Youth Center has played host to all three organizations - Boy Scouts, 4-H, Girl Scouts, school clubs.  The facilities provide a safe environment to carry out objectives and make memories. 
In 2016, 360 Boy Scouts used our facility for overnights, leadership training, and the completion of the 3 more Eagles Scout project. Two of the five scout troops participating had leaders that grew up in scouts and came to the Youth Center as youth.  This fact supports our mission to serve generation upon generation.
The 4-H program had 145 youth participate in county projects (robotics, dog obedience, and horse training) at the Youth Center.  The Youth Center had played host to the Clay County Fair for 50 years.
Long-Term Success
Educators and youth policy advocates continue to report that participation in extracurricular activities and other youth programs are productive uses of adolescents's time.  The underlying thought is that the more adolescents are involved in structured activities, the less time they will have in problematic behavior.  These programs do not simply distract youth from negative behavior and tendencies but offer immeasurable opportunities for youth to develop and foster intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. 
87% of boys who participate in scouting for more than 5 years attribute their self-esteem development to the programs offered.
Research states that youth involved in 4-H, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are:
  • 3.3 times more likely to give back to their community as adults
  • 2 times more likely to attend college
  • Have significantly lower drug, cigarette and alcohol use
  • Report better grades and higher levels of academic competencies
  • More likely to see themselves as leaders
Program Success Monitored By The success of the program is monitored by usage.  The Youth Center continues to provide space for these youth organizations. We do not keep an active record of outcomes but serve as a partner with each organization in providing a place to learn and grow. 
Examples of Program Success "Boy Scout Troop #272 has camped at the Youth Center for 20 plus years. I finished my Eagle Scout project - which was a safety service for the Radical Challenge program.  It was the last placed I camped as a scout and many years later, I have brought my three sons here to camp with their troop.  How fitting it is to bring them to a place I hold dear to my hears."  Bill Quasa
Description This is a field trip program designed to use character education with team-building activities.  The Youth Center works with elementary counselors and home school association's curriculum to provide a workshop that youth strive to attend based upon conflict resolution and promoting actions of respect.  The target population is 3 and 4th graders. 
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
In 2016, the Youth Center had 77 students participate in the program.
  • 100% comprehended the three catch phrases and could identify where the principles were used during the workshop.
  • 85% of the students could actively identify team building skills in themselves and others.
  • 90% of the students agreed that being patient is something they need to improve upon.
Long-Term Success
This program is a culmination of a six week program led by school counselors centered around three catch phrases:
  • "You can do it, yes you can first you have to make a plan."
  • "Everything's better when you do it together."
  • "Satisfaction guaranteed, when we help our team succeed." 
Assessment is hard to define, but schools who have utilized this program do see significant decreases in:
  1. Grade level discipline issues
  2. Improved attendance 
  3. Engagement in pro-social behavior
  4. More skills at resolving interpersonal conflict
  5. More concern for others
Program Success Monitored By
  • Tammy Bunch - Topping Elementary, Annie Riggs - Notre Dame de sion, and Sheila Bruns
  • The program is tracked through communications between school counselors and Youth Center staff.
  • Student evaluations
  • Staff evaluations on effectiveness 
Examples of Program Success
What was the hardest thing about working together as a team?
  1. Listening to one another (49)
  2. Not getting mad when your idea was not accepted(16)
  3. Getting along with each other (45) 
What areas do you feel your team improved upon during the workshop?
  1. Everybody tried (49) Everything's better when we do it together.
  2. Everybody was encouraging (37) Satisfaction guaranteed, when we help our team succeed. 
  3. Listening to one another (28) You can do it, yes- you can first we have to make a plan.
Description The Leadership Workshop Series serves to help youth discover and develop different methods of leadership.  The goal is to increase youth confidence by placing them in leadership situations and teaching them how to work together. The Youth Center partners with area middle schools - specifically targeting students who are not in Student Council.  Working with school counselors, the Youth Center is determined to give non-traditional youth the opportunity to understand that being a leader is not just about being popular.  The workshop breaks down stereotypes, teaches students about understanding their peers and challenges them to set goals to positively change their school environment. 
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
In 2016, The Youth Center had 461 participants.  By the end of the workshop, students will have experienced the following objectives.   
  • 100% of students will be able to identify and practice leadership styles - Each student involved participates as a solo leader or co-leaders. This allows personal and peer reflection on pros and cons of both styles.
  • 100% of the students will be able to identify and practice team building skills in an instructional environment.  Occasionally, emotions are heightened with  experiences.  If the situation manifest negative interaction. The activity is ceased.  Perspective and insight are discussed with the team given a change to respond in a more appropriate way. 
  • 100% of the students will be accountable to 'see the skill' in their fellow teammates.  
  • 100% of the students will be able to reflect -verbally and written- on their experience to transfer the knowledge gained to everyday situations.  
Long-Term Success
The workshop activities create microcosms of leadership and social situations that facilitate the discussions, understandings, and practice of key elements of leading.  Key elements of awareness and improvement also include: communications, listening, respect, promoting actions of respect, cooperation, teamwork, support, trust, risk and responsibility. 
100% of the youth are asked to serve in a leadership role throughout the workshop series.  
Research shows that youth involved in leadership programs increase in the following areas:
  1. Personal Adjustment - a positive increase in personal self efficacy. Self efficacy defined as one's capacity to organize and execute the sources of actions that are required in certain situations.
  2. Social competencies - sensitivity to others, assess and explain in peer situations.
  3. Adult-Youth connections - learn from adult interaction, accepting of experiences and development of supportive situations. 
Program Success Monitored By The tools used to monitor success are teacher evaluations and staff assessment.  The students are led through formative oral assessments after each workshop.  They also are given the change to journal. Their journals purpose is for the students to reflect and monitor their own growth. 
Examples of Program Success
Journal Excerpts from 8th graders:
How does this Leadership training change the atmosphere in the classroom?
  • "Being a team player is a challenge for me. I work through it by stopping for a second, thinking about how much it matters if I’m in charge, then I just go with what the leader says. I discovered that sometimes other people have equal ideas or sometimes better ideas than us."  Sheridan P. 
  • "Work on: I can become a better leader by coping with change better, and working better with people I don’t like.  I just went with the flow of things when something bad or unexpected happened.."  Ryan W. 

  • "This training has and will further help in my confidence to talk to others and to share ideas. For future projects and presentations I will be confident and won’t mind in sharing ideas to further help others and myself. I won’t be as quiet." Peyton S. 

  • "If people have different ideas on how to do something, figuring out which one to use. ‘Truth’ you can lead without taking control of the group." Jake B. 

CEO Comments
The Youth Center was delighted to serve over 3,805 youth in 2017. The Board is proud to reach youth from diverse backgrounds. Youth served come from organized youth organizations and Youth Center programs -  360 Boy Scouts, 200 4-H, and 3,245 youth from programs offered by the Youth Center.  
The main challenge ESMYC faces with most of our programs is being financial 'with in reach' to area schools while being operational sound.  
ESMYC works with schools who cannot afford to come by seeking out business through grant writing.  The Youth Center has been somewhat successful in reaching out to area businesses/foundations to donate the cost for the school to come. This service is offered to certain schools who fit the 65% free and reduce lunch range. Additional schools would like this assistance; however, with only one full-time staff to write grants it does not make it possible. The goal for 2018 is to expand the staff to work on marketing and sponsorships. 
The Youth Center occasionally will offer programs at a low price the school can pay. For example, the Igloo Challenge program is offered to one school at a reduce rate due to the school's lack of funding.  The Youth Center should technically increase the cost, but the board values serving these youth. 
ESMYC is currently striving to maintain the current price of programs.   
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Sheila Bruns
Term Start Nov 1992
Sheila Bruns began working for the Youth Center as the full-time Site Director in 1992,  Her title changed in 2015, with the restructuring of the organization, to Executive Director.  The restructuring consisted of creating Executive Director position fully funded by the Youth Center. Her title changed, but the position and duties did not.
She has a Master’s in Education – Curriculum and Instruction. She received her graduate degree from University of Missouri – Kansas City. Sheila’s undergraduate work was in Recreation Administration. She received her degree from Brigham Young University. Sheila has developed countless programs for the Youth Center personally - and some with programs through collaboration with colleagues. The programs consist of: The Leadership Workshop Series, Safari Challenge, ten scripted summer camps, and Igloo Challenge. She also revamped the popular Radical Challenge in 1997 to meet the needs and produce educational outcomes for students and schools. These outcomes include the participant’s recognition and development of social and emotional learning.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 12
Volunteers 725
Paid Contractors 2
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 13
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 11
Male 2
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
The Youth Center works with schools to provide screened volunteers to assist with programs.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
"I have been associated with Earnest Shepherd Youth Center since 1990.  At that time, I served as a Program Director for a summer camp that rented buildings from the Youth Center.  I came in 1992 as full-time Director.  I attribute my longevity to the fact that I am given the freedom to create programs, work with talented individuals in creating and improving programs. Seeing youth make memories, enjoy being children by interacting in unique activities brings me joy. As all non-profits, my job overlaps everything from planning programs to moving gravel to delivering community programs.
I am here to teach and inspire youth to think as they become leaders and recognize their potential. 
Working with a supportive and dedicated board that understand the mission of the Youth Center helps with the challenges we face and will face in the future.
The community involvement and support also offers an incentive to be a part of this organization.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Steve Calder
Company Affiliation Retired, American Midwest
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2019
Board Members
Ms. Ginny Boyer Community Volunteer/Girl Scouts
Mr. Steve Calder Retired, American Midwest
Mr. Don Carlyle Self-employed CPA
Mr. Dail Hobbs Community Volunteer
Mr. Mike Keleher Self-Employed Attorney
Ms. Pat Knauss Self-Employed, Knauss Consulting
Mr. Stan Masters Self-Employed Attorney
Mr. Robert Raulie ZEP Chemical
Mr. Jim Smith Edward Jones
Mr. George Townsend Central Baptist Theological Seminary
Ms. Ann Waterman Optometrist
Mr. John Woods Farmer/4-H
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 30%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Human Resources / Personnel
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments The board went through a strategic planning session in November. The board has committed themselves to design and define their roles and the overall structure of the board system. 
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $186,909
Projected Expenses $186,408
Endowment Value $450,000
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$95,392$107,074$101,785
Administration Expense$48,284$9,775$8,937
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.481.401.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses66%92%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$325,315$256,914$210,703
Current Assets$303,375$256,914$210,703
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$325,315$256,914$210,703
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountNorth Kansas City Hospital $48,029Liberty Giving Circle $30,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountWilliam T. Kemper Foundation $20,000Individual Donor $5,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose The 'Serving Generations' campaign focuses on renovation and construction. The renovation aspect of the campaign addresses buildings used for youth programming. Each of the buildings targeted were constructed in either 1974 or 1976. Maintenance and improvements have been implemented over the years; however, the Youth Center needs the community’s help to revitalize these buildings to ensure the legacy of serving youth continues. The goal is to reach $300,000.00. To date, we have raised $125,845.00

Projects include: Timber Picnic shelter; Shepherd Hall Porch, Woods Hall flooring, Holt Shelter House, Arena Shelter House.

Each project focuses on the need of structural support and exterior/interior improvements - Woods Hall (39 x 74), Shepherd Hall Porch(15 x 39), Timber Lodge (17 x 21), Arena Shelter House (15 x 15), and Holt Shelter House (19 x 25). These facilities are used for youth programming by Youth Center participants and outside organizations.
Goal $300,000.00
Dates Jan 2015 to July 2018
Amount Raised to Date $125,845.00 as of Jan 2016
Organization Comments The Youth Center completed their second full year without the partnership of University Extension.  A sponsorship program continues to off-set the loss of revenue. Additional programs were added as well.  The board was thrilled to serve 3,805 youth from KC metropolitan schools and communities. The Youth Center is headed in the right direction, but they still need to increase support through sponsorships and grants to assist with the operational expense.  They are grateful for the 812 volunteers that labor with their facility maintenance and programs. In 2017, we closed the gap on expense to income significantly.  The plans for 2018 are to utilize reserve funding to assist with another full-time employee to lift the entire challenge of organizational management off the shoulders of the Executive Director.  
Organization Name Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center, Inc.
Address 610 E. Shepherd Road
Liberty, MO 64068
Primary Phone (816) 781-7733
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sheila Bruns
Board Chair Mr. Steve Calder
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, American Midwest
Year of Incorporation 1962