Blu Collar Group, Inc.
8446 Maurer Rd #928
Lenexa KS 66219
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 237-4513
Mission Statement
Blu Collar Group’s mission is to expose at risk youth, ages 12-23, who lack vital resources to successful career exploration options.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Keith Thompson Jr.
Board Chair Mr. Keith Thompson Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Alliance Data
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2015
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Blu Collar Group’s mission is to expose at risk youth, ages 12-23, who lack vital resources to successful career exploration options.
Background Statement

Research proves that our research (need) statement addresses a series issue (for citizens, communities, governments, society) and merits flexible funding. On a larger scale, if the traditional Education System is not producing fully prepared graduates to enter post secondary education/ technical training or labor force then vast numbers of students either dropout school and/or attempt to enter the workforce inadequately which unbalances and saturates the labor market creating even more employment competition. This creates a strain on employers too, investing in methods to recruit and hire qualified employees from the same area of high dropout and low graduates. Making family income-sustainable jobs difficult to acquire without necessary qualifying skill training or school credentials. Which subsequently creates bigger issues in unemployment, raised taxes, school closures, and poverty overall.  

Our Project H.Y.P.E. program understands the overall importance is to help these youth re-engage into education using Project-Based Learning, enroll in post-secondary education, vocational, career training programs or start a career. This program will provide skills development, work experiences, and youth development. Funding our plans will aid in reducing the number of high school drop outs, increasing graduation baselines, and guide more skilled students successfully into the workforce. Ultimately, reducing the total social burden of ($4.745 trillion) by teaching Economics and adequately training at risk or underserved youth in low-income neighborhoods. Feeding more and more entrepreneurs and innovators into our community who will one day create an even bigger impact, which can all begin from our programs platform to shine light on youth social issues.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments: 
  1. Turned a senior project from DeVry University into a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization recognized in the state of Kansas. Currently serving the KC area.
  2. Funded business development independently.
  3. Established a strong meaningful mission, vision, & specific market focuses.
  4. Created a marketable logo.
  5. Partnered with a young man, Cody 16 years old, and his business CNott Designs to build our website.
 
Goals:
  1. Develop a mobile structure of daily operations.
  2. Create a strong network of contacts with the community, local businesses, organizations, unions, and (initially) the Wyandotte County school district.
  3. Build a recruiting and mentor training system.
  4. Strengthen our Resource Development and Fundraising Strategy.
  5. Establish an effective monitoring system to protect the youth, volunteers, and mentors collectively.
Needs Statement In the U.S., the number of disengaged youth (those not actively engaged in school or the workforce) between ages 16-24 is currently at least 6.7 million. Several root factors are transforming a social issue into a vast economic cos t to cultures, the government and society in whole. Disengaged youth comprise 17% of individuals aged 16-24 and represent a total social burden of $4.745 trillion. It is imperative that our organization offer our Project H.Y.P.E. (Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence) Program which is focused around (Mentoring + Project-Based Learning + Internship) using a Project Management format which is adjustable and can be tailored for any needed curriculum not offered in regular public schools.
Service Categories
Educational Services
Youth Development Programs
Vocational Counseling/ Guidance/Testing
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS
MO
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Our Successes:
Thus far all of our successes are credited to business development that participants put their blood, sweat, tears, and time into creating. Instead of carelessly wasting money on contractors, consultants, accountants and business guidance, founder Keith Thompson Jr. took his questions to DeVry technical school and learned as much about business as possible with investing his own time and money. That “learn it yourself” attitude created vision that people wanted to help see through. Independent thinking landed Blu Collar Group the best thing possible, “ownership”. Now with developing support and building contacts we soon established and acquired our own:
  • Business plan
  • Fundraising and Resource Development plan
  • A marketable logo
  • 501(c)(3) status
  • A mission and vision statement
  • Board of Directors
  • A growing contact list
  • Social media presence
  • Partnerships through MoU
  • Currently volunteering with the J.A.G. Program in Turner High School
Our Challenges:
  • We seek assistance with resources to fight against negative elements in our community
  • Start-up funding for daily operations
  • Obtaining our own building or facility
  • Acquire adequate equipment for learning
  • Partnering with local schools, businesses, and other organizations
  • Retaining kids and volunteers
  • Transportation
  • Parent or guardian engagement
  • And securing sponsorship and/or donors
The challenges are being addressed in split duties.
  • Executor Director and Board of Directors are *actively seeking help through possible workforce development contacts in Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri. *developing strong connections in school districts. *Also ensuring adequate resources.
  • Executive Director and Board of Directors are *tackling marketing H.Y.P.E. to ensure adequate funding by attracting potential funders and/or donors. *Economic development research in process.
  • Volunteer Staff act as advocates for B.C.G. spreading the word of our services and vision.
  • Our contacts can supply *vans for transportation help strengthen connections in school district.
  • Retention solutions and tools system used here will be from Achievers.com. It is an employee reward and recognition platform we will use to retain valued mentees and volunteers.
Programs
Description
The central program of Blu Collar Group. A custom-designed curriculum that focus primarily on mentoring + Project-Based Learning + internship for middle and high school urban boys/girls ages 11 – 18; also, young adults ages 19 - 24. This age group is particularly vulnerable to situations of problematic, poverty bound and unequipped for maturity. Although a perfect time for our HYPE Service learning to be effective. The preparation is slightly different at each level but the goal remains the same:
  1. Empower and re-engage youth back into attractable educational learning
  2. Offer hands on, transferable, real-world career exposure
Services include:
  1. Mentoring
  2. Project-Based Learning
  3. Internship
Category Education, General/Other Curriculum Development
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Short-term Results

  • Students are actively involved in Project-Based learning and in their communities economics
  • Students attend program/school consistently
  • Schools are engaged with families and communities
  • Children are ready to enter school or the next level with self-motivating skills
  • Families are increasingly involved in their childrens education Individualized Learning Plan
Long-Term Success

Long-term Results

  • Students succeed academically and entrepreneurially
  • Students are socially & emotionally competent, and supported
  • Students are healthy
  • Students live & learn in a safe, supportive, and stable environment
  • Communities are desirable places to live
  • Communities are revitalized
  • Students become productive innovative entrepreneurial citizens and thinkers
  • platforms are innovated to reach vast targets for our services
Program Success Monitored By The program’s success will be determined by attendance, performance, and review surveys. Also, in place we have an evaluation and a comprehensive evaluation process conducted by Founder/CEO.
Examples of Program Success
Social media feedback:  
“BCG is an amazing program set to help youth in our community. Keith Thompson left a long lasting impression on the students in my class.” – Valued partner
 
“This group is on its way to turning KC upside down! Can’t wait!” – Valued partner
CEO Comments

"I am pleased and very confident in how the Project H.Y.P.E. program has been established. Countless times I received feedback from kids, parents and school teachers about how unbalanced the traditional education system has become since I were in school. Our flexible reform to education will be exciting!"

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Keith Thompson Jr.
Term Start Jan 2012
Experience Keith Thompson Jr. was born mid '80s to two teenage parents who both come from big families. As a child his mother raised him on tough love. Considering his stressors - family issues, poverty, guidance, addictions, unstable homes and financial stability he could always make people laugh by his funny character and big smile. Keith promised himself to become strong enough to overcome the pitfalls that could hinder his growth. He gained popularity through his academic achievements, basketball skills and socializing with no one group of teens. In addition, he was known for his entrepreneur ambition, completed graduation requirements and received his diploma carrying a 3.7 G.P.A. With diploma in hand from KCK Community College, next he enrolled in DeVry University to obtain his Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration. In 2012, while preparing for his senior project Keith linked his life experiences with the technical training of business and created Blu Collar Group, Inc.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Executive Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 20
Paid Contractors 0
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 Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Keith Thompson Jr.
Company Affiliation Alliance Data
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2017
Email Kthompsonjr2@yahoo.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Michael Coleman Combined Insurance
Ms. Alicia Hollis KCKPS U.S.D. 500
Mr. Keith Thompson Jr.Alliance Data
Ms. Amber Tolbert Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $4,000
Projected Expenses $1,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financials.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$300----
Administration Expense$0----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses11.42----
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$50----
Current Assets$0----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$50----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Blu Collar Group, Inc.
Address 8446 Maurer Rd #928
Lenexa, KS 66219
Primary Phone (913) 237-4513
Contact Email blucollargroup@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Keith Thompson Jr.
Board Chair Mr. Keith Thompson Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Alliance Data
Year of Incorporation 2015