Boys Grow Corp
9301 E 147th St.
Kansas City MO 64149
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (773) 793-5056
Mission Statement
BoysGrow is a Kansas City based nonprofit that uses farming and agriculture to teach entrepreneurism to urban youth.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Gordon Jr.
Board Chair Mr. John Gordon Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Boys Grow Corp
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2012
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer We accept donations via PayPal and mailing checks and are accepting contribution of all kinds.  For volunteer opportunities please contact 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
BoysGrow is a Kansas City based nonprofit that uses farming and agriculture to teach entrepreneurism to urban youth.
Background Statement
BoysGrow was founded in 2010 with the idea that our youth are more capable then we give them credit for. We were under the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City for two years and then in 2012 received our own 501c3 status. BG set out to create a business and let the youth run the business. The business that was chosen was agriculture. We thought there was a variety of opportunities when incorporating youth onto a working farm and allowing them to be a part of that process. The program is rooted in entrepreneurism and allows the youth to create products and have a part in every aspect of the program. We also focus on mentorship, vocational training, graphic design, environment stewardship, public speaking, sales, culinary arts and construction skills. For our first four years we farmed on two different donated plots in Kansas City Ks. Then in 2014 after a successful Capital Campaign and a generous corporate donation, BoysGrow was able to purchase a 10 acre farmstead in South Kansas City. Now we have a farm to call home for future BG classes and are in the process of turning our plot into a commercial farming operation ran by the youth of Kansas City.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments from 2018: 
  1. Successfully implemented our Business Boot Camp Class.  This is a 6 part course specifically geared toward our age demographic and will assist them in the process of launching their class products.  This was a collaboration with UMKC Block School.  
  2. Have successfully raised $850,000 toward our future Farm Kitchen build. 
  3. Proud to boost a 95% retention rate for our youth in the program. 
Goals for 2019: 
  1. Complete fundraising for the new Farm Kitchen and finish the build in 2019
  2. Further develop our Graduate Program with the youth.
  3. Take further steps in our eco-restoration project at our satellite farm located in the old Municipal Farms.
Needs Statement
  1. Funding to assist with additional staff to assist with our new graduate program and summer program.
  2. Resources to complete our full system integration to Salesforce
  3. An additional 250k to finish our fundraising efforts for the Farm Kitchen
  4. Temporary refrigeration needs to get us through the 2019 growing season until the new Kitchen is built. 
  5. A perfect growing season with temps not exceed 90 degrees and weekly light rains. 
Service Categories
Youth Development-Agricultural
Vocational Counseling/ Guidance/Testing
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Cass County
MO - Platte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
BoysGrow, like many small business, started with an idea; incorporating urban youth into a functional farm and creating an array of opportunities and experiences for them. I strongly believe in the power of mentorship, opportunities and hard work. Our young men are allowed to work with professionals in a variety of fields, so at a very young age they can see what it looks like to be a chef, construction worker or farmer. The young men truly work in these fields and play their part in making our farm and program successful. They put in hard work on the farm and are proud to look back on a successful harvest. We challenge the youth by creating a solid work-ethic but put as much importance on developing their business minds and professionalism as well. This is where we believe that BoysGrow has a unique formula for youth development. Our youth are expected to play their role in creating their class product which is sold in area grocery stores. They are challenged to use critical thinking to develop a successful product from the label to the recipe. One of the biggest developments we see is their confidences when selling their products in stores or speaking in public. I continually see the glimmer of pride when a 15 yr old finds his “voice” and ability to sell their idea or product to the public. This confidence can be life changing.
Some of the challenges facing our organization are often centered around weather, teenagers and sustainability.
  • As a farming organization we thrive to not be a hobby farm, but a true farming organization. This allows our youth to see a functional business at work. Like many farmers we often struggle with wet springs, dry summers or equipment failure. While these are set backs we try to allow them to be teaching moments as well.
  • 14-17 yr olds can often change their minds or have a tough time seeing the purpose of their daily work. We take our brand very seriously and continually try to grow the program in a direction that is enticing and educational for our youth. If our young entrepreneurs do not “buy into” the program then it is difficult to see sustainable change within them. We try to accomplish this by putting value on their options and allowing our older youth to guide the younger ones.
  • We are gearing up for our sixth year and have been more aggressive in creating a diverse source of fundraisers and funding streams.
Description BoysGrow Producing Entrepreneurs is a KC based nonprofit that uses farming and agriculture to teach entrepreneurism to urban youth. We have created a small business on our 10 acre farm plot and allow the youth to participate and navigate the program. The youth assist in getting our fresh product in local restaurants stores and each class creates a value added product which is sold in local grocery stores.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Agricultural Economics & Farm Management
Population Served Males
Short-Term Success We have a variety of short-term goals for our youth. We thrive to assist them in future employment by teaching them how to be respectful employees, show up to work on time, dress appropriately, be able to take directions and learn to work with others. We also assist with vocational training that is more specific to these fields; culinary arts, agriculture, sales, construction, and graphic design. We want our youth have a better understanding and working knowledge in one of those chosen fields.
Long-Term Success
The ultimate long-term goal for the the program is to have our graduates become contributing members in society. They would also assist in supporting BoysGrow in a variety of ways, financially, volunteer hours or working for the program well after their graduation from the program.  
Program Success Monitored By We gauge the success of the program by the retention rate of the current youth that are in the program, the high school graduation rate compared to their peers and by measurable questionnaires for youth and guardians.
Examples of Program Success We meet at 8am during the summer months and one particular morning we noticed a toothbrush hanging out of the back pocket of one of the youth. We thought it was bizarre. Steven, went on to explain that he often had to travel with his mom to work at 11pm and sleep in the car, just so she could get him to work. This drive and dedication to have a job is often evident in our youth who wake up hours before others to take public transportation, skip family vacations, or work in the hot summer months while their peers are on vacation. We recently had a 2012 BG graduate return to speak to our current youth. Jay, a sales executive for a local company, put together a class which he taught the current boys titled, “Noble Workshop.” He said the biggest thing he got from the program was feeling like he was a professional. So he put together a workshop, educating the boys on proper manners at a formal dinner, interview tips, networking tips and other advice.
CEO Comments
As the founder and director of BoysGrow, i strongly stand by our mission and what our program stand for.  I am continually amazed by the youth taking pride in this program and making it their own.  For us that is the pulse of a successful youth program.  The youth must feel engaged and included in the process and have fun along the way.  They must get something out of the program and truly enjoy it.  The relationships the staff has created with the youth and their families is something i have not personally been a part of in other youth programs, schools or after school activities.  This always motivates me to further the organization because ever new class that comes in is simply another batch of BG Family members that will stay with this program forwarder.  
John Gordon Jr.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. John Gordon Jr.
Term Start May 2012
John Gordon Jr. is the Director and Founder of BoysGrow. He started the program in 2010 after seeing the potential positive affects that agriculture can have on a young mans life. He was working in Northern California in the Juvenile Court System and relocated back to KC to launch BoysGrow. He was voted 2009 Missouri Big Brother of the Year through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City, in 2011 was given the Local Hero award by Bank of America, in 2011 he was voted Top 50 Entrepreneurs by KC Magazine, 2014 selected to serve on Mayor Sly James Challenge Cabinet for the city of KCMO and current Steering Committee Member for Heartland Conservation Alliance.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO Experience
Senior Staff
Title Farm Manager
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 85
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-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
We collaborate with numerous organization in the community.  We partner with a variety of restaurants and grocery stores on fundraisers and job placement.  We have a formal partnership with Corner Stones of Care in the Greater KC area.  On our Municipal Farms restoration project we partner with; The City of KCMO, Heartland Conservation Alliance, The EPA, National Fish and Wildlife and The Mo. Conservation Department.  Every year we partner with After the Harvest to donate an abundance of produce to local food shelters.  These are a few of the multiple partnerships and collaborations we have created.  
CEO Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. John Gordon Jr.
Company Affiliation Boys Grow Corp
Term May 2012 to May 2019
Board Members
Mr. Mark AllenCEO, WRS Solutions
Mr. Jim CalcaraFounder, 360 Architecture
Mr. Carlos GomezPresident of the Hispanic Chamber
Mr. John Gordon Jr.Boys Grow Corp
Ms. Heidi HebertBOK
Ms. Mary Kemper WolfKemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Mr. Mike McEnanyVP Small Business & Loans, Commerce Bank
Mr. Ryan MurdockCargill Industries
Ms. Lyneette SiegleArrorney Husch Blackwell
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $350,000
Projected Expenses $345,000
Spending Policy N/A
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$236,171$194,330$179,121
Administration Expense$45,319$29,609$25,594
Fundraising Expense$25,956$17,602$20,137
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.441.301.37
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%80%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,120,829$619,356$538,207
Current Assets$715,202$222,374$154,556
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$25,871$16,807$8,039
Total Net Assets$1,094,958$602,549$530,168
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities27.6413.2319.23
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
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? Yes
Campaign Purpose We are raising money to build a Culinary  Center.  The innovative building will serve four main functions and live on our our farm.  It will provide more office space, a post-harvest handling room, a certified kitchen and an event space. 
Goal $1,000,000.00
Dates Mar 2017 to Feb 2019
Amount Raised to Date $850,000.00 as of Feb 2019
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Other Documents
Organization Name Boys Grow Corp
Address 9301 E 147th St.
Kansas City, MO 64149
Primary Phone (773) 793-5056
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Gordon Jr.
Board Chair Mr. John Gordon Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Boys Grow Corp
Year of Incorporation 2012