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
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 2017: 
  1. For the last two classes of BoysGrow we are proud to have an 85% graduation rate.
  2. We are proud to have our BG product brand introduced into all KC area Hy-Vee grocery stores.
  3. Proud to be partnering with the city of Kansas City, Mo. on revitalizing the old municipal farms plots.
Goals for 2018: 
  1. We plan on implementing a year-round construction class where the youth can build, market and sell a personalized rustic furniture line.
  2. We plan on creating a Bee class geared toward the youth who have an interest in Beekeeping and want to work with our hives.
  3. We plan to develop a culinary handbook that will give our culinary students references on what they have learned and are cooking.
  4. We would like to create a more robust BoysGrow Graduation Program, which will assist in further mentoring and vocational training.
Needs Statement
  1. Funding to assist with additional staff to assist with our new graduate program and summer program.
  2. A reliable delivery vehicle for our fresh product from farm to restaurant.
  3. Assistance and resources to assist with our website.
  4. Volunteer assistance with future farm dinners.
Service Categories
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition NEC
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.
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
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Farm Manager
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Paid Part-Time Staff 5
Volunteers 85
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 Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. John Gordon Jr.
Company Affiliation Boys Grow Corp
Term May 2012 to May 2018
Board Members
Mr. Mark Allen CEO, WRS Solutions
Mr. Barry Brandstetter Cargill Industries
Mr. Jim Calcara Founder, 360 Architecture
Mr. Carlos Gomez President of the Hispanic Chamber
Mr. John Gordon Jr.Boys Grow Corp
Ms. Heidi Hebert TIAA-CREF Financials
Ms. Mary Kemper Wolf Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Mr. Mike McEnany VP Small Business & Loans, Commerce Bank
Ms. Lyneette Siegle Arrorney Husch Blackwell
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $260,000
Projected Expenses $270,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$179,121$148,018$40,409
Administration Expense$25,594$25,494$123,403
Fundraising Expense$20,137$16,946$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.372.651.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%78%25%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%4%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$538,207$454,213$128,883
Current Assets$154,556$97,694$128,883
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$8,039$8,141$10,342
Total Net Assets$530,168$446,072$118,541
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities19.2312.0012.46
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
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? 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 $100,000.00
Dates Mar 2017 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised to Date $465,000.00 as of Oct 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
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