Blu Collar Group, Inc.
15621 W. 87th Street Pkwy #446
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
  • The vision of an organization that offered adequate love, resources and mentoring to kids began back as a child. Growing up in poverty with no male mentors and adults being subdued to poverty and unable to give a leadership presence.
  • 2011, Founder, Keith, pursued further education from Kansas City Kansas Community College to DeVry University in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • In 2012, we adopted the name Blu Collar Group to represent the important blue collar jobs/careers that may go unnoticed or scarce in our area. This year we founded and established Articles of Incorporation with the State of Kansas.
  • Summer 2012, the passion, vision, increased experience, and further education combined forming the distinct mission and core values.
  • 2013, business plan was completed and secured a business checking account.
  • 2013, founder volunteered with Youth Volunteer Corp of Kansas City as a grant writer and built a positive relationship with the founder & president David Battey – who later educated Keith on the generals about non-profit business.
  • Beginning of 2014, the current logo was created through a partnership. Also, one counselor and two success coaches from DeVry believed in the Blu Collar Group vision and stepped in to act as current Board of Directors. 
  • Summer 2014, a business structure, evaluation, & recruiting process were implemented, independently. (Revised business plan)
  • End of 2014, began consulting with an Accountant and Business Consultant Firm.
  • March 2015, Blu Collar Group legally recognized as 501c3 tax exempt through the State of Kansas.
  • June 2015, plans to adopt program services in effect. (ACT Work keys, Love and Logic, and community projects.)
  • November 2015, received first grant. Donation drive plans in effect for young homeless teens for Q1 2016. Also, now accepting volunteers through our “path to engagement” process.
  • November 2015, began volunteering at Turner High School. Volunteering for 25-35 kids in the J.A.G. program, freshman to seniors – in total 20 volunteers recently signed up, awaiting our interview process to aid in mentoring.
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
  1. Start-up Funding – funding for the business expenses, operations, and our programs.
  2. Management and Advisor consulting
  3. A donated vacant lot, warehouse and/or building – with office space we can build upon and solidify a presence in the community.
  4. Diverse volunteers – in cultures, backgrounds, ages and business professions.
  5. Stationary equipment and two donated vans – for travel and daily business operations. (i.e., 5 phone business line, 5 I-pads, 20 laptops and/or desktop computers, 20 comfortable seating arrangements, 2 projectors, 2 cordless portable color printers, scanners and fax machines, 5 branded banners, adequate learning and training tool for the youth, security on & around the premises, free metro bus cards for the youth, also a rewarding retention system.)
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 information, mentor and discussion group where middle and high school students, and mentors participate in a structured program of support system. Middle and high school students participate in HYPE fun daily lesson plans. 
Category Education, General/Other Curriculum Development
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success When visiting Turner High School’s J.A.G. program, the boys and girls exhibits positivity while engaged in discussions, assignments, and reflections on career opportunities. Having an energetic hype spirit and being engaged into their wants and needs makes them happy. Some have requested Blu Collar Group return more frequently.
Long-Term Success
To show youth to think consciously about society. Become strong, independent and effective men and women that control their own lives and career paths, while investing into community through volunteerism.
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 in effect.
Examples of Program Success
“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
Description A job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high performance workforce. An awesome resource that helps students succeed in a variety of career paths.
Category Employment, General/Other Youth Job Training & Employment
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success We expect our targets behavior to increase positively while gaining career exploration options. Conditions may change due to awareness of current hindering factors. – I.e., discrimination, family stressors, etc. Knowledge of career development will empower the youth and volunteers to become conscious of positive lifestyles and career advancement options. Targets initially will be satisfied although a strong push to become very satisfied will be planned through surveys.
Long-Term Success
For young adults to acquire the necessary tools to obtain a Platinum ACT National Career Readiness Certificate. A nationally recognized work skills credential.
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 in effect.
Examples of Program Success “BCG is one of the best organizations out there. Ace Thompson has always been there from the get go. Before BCG was even started he was my mentor. He has helped me through a lot in my life and I have been out of trouble for a few years now. As long as you want the help from this organization then there is nothing holding you back! Thanks Blu Collar Group!”
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 2016
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 12
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
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 ------
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Blu Collar Group, Inc.
Address 15621 W. 87th Street Pkwy #446
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