Warriors’ Ascent
1600 Genessee Street; Suite 306
Kansas City MO 64102
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 800-9276
Mission Statement
Warriors’ Ascent is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Kansas City, Missouri founded and run by veterans to help veterans, service members, and first responders that are struggling with PTS. Our five-day program, currently run once a month, strives to give our attendees the tools they need to heal and tend the mind, body, and soul. Through meditation, mindfulness, fitness (yoga), nutrition, and cathartic rituals borrowed from ancient warrior traditions we aim to put our attendees on the path to self-healing where they are empowered to take control of the quality of their lives while offering a sense of community and kinship with those sharing similar experiences. Attendees pay nothing to attend other than travel costs to and from the facility.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael Kenny
Board Chair Mr. Mike Rounds
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Kansas
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Warriors’ Ascent is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Kansas City, Missouri founded and run by veterans to help veterans, service members, and first responders that are struggling with PTS. Our five-day program, currently run once a month, strives to give our attendees the tools they need to heal and tend the mind, body, and soul. Through meditation, mindfulness, fitness (yoga), nutrition, and cathartic rituals borrowed from ancient warrior traditions we aim to put our attendees on the path to self-healing where they are empowered to take control of the quality of their lives while offering a sense of community and kinship with those sharing similar experiences. Attendees pay nothing to attend other than travel costs to and from the facility.
Background Statement Warriors’ Ascent was founded as The Warriors’ Hope Project in 2014 in Kansas City by Adam Magers and Jay Waldo (two Iraq war veterans) and began doing business as Warriors’ Ascent shortly thereafter. Our name was officially changed in December 2016 to Warriors’ Ascent.
Impact Statement
Last year, we trained 98 veterans and first responders last year running eight 5-day cohorts out of the Heartland Center. Anecdotally, numerous alumni of our program have told us that their relationships with family, friends, and coworkers have improved dramatically thus impacting lives beyond that of the individual participant. We’ve collaborated with KU MED to collect survey data on our participants psychological and emotional well being as it relates to PTS with the intent of furthering research and developing better solutions. We currently administer our own survey instruments at the beginning, end, and after our program to establish a psychological baseline for every student and measure the efficacy of our program in terms of “ease of suffering” in accordance with the symptoms outlined in the PCL-5 checklist from the National Center for PTSD. We received an award from KCPD for having trained over fifty of their law enforcement officers dealing with PTS. We have an alumni committee that continues to meet monthly, many of whom serve as mentors for each new cohort of students.
 
This year, we will run eleven cohorts with the goal of training 125 or more veterans and first responders and will continue to collect data to ensure quality control/assurance of our program. We’d like to resource our “Expanding Limits Expeditions” where alumni can continue the healing process by participating in challenging outdoor activities (hikes, climbs, camping, biking) that test their limits and enhance personal growth. We want to make our alumni and aftercare network more robust by resourcing monthly activities (possibly nationwide) for our graduates that continue to foster healing, growth, and community.
Needs Statement
Top 5 most pressing needs:
  1. Funding: It costs approximately $30K per month to run our program or approximately $2000 per applicant. We would like to expand our offering nationally, specifically the Warriors’ Ascent Academy of Healing, which would require additional funding to export our program to other locations beyond the Kansas City area.
  2. Facility: We would also like to embark on a capital campaign starting FY18 for a dedicated training facility. We currently rent space for the week at Heartland Center subject to their availability, which is limited during peak periods, summer in specific. We’d like to build a facility of our own so that we can run more cohorts throughout the year and help more veterans and first responders. We’d also use this facility to train staff and providers so that we can expand our program nationally.
  3. In-kind donations: licensed therapists, yoga instructors
  4. Advertising: TV, radio, magazines, newspaper
  5. Pro bono help: CPA, attorney
Service Categories
Mental Health & Crisis Intervention NEC
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
National
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Statement from Executive Director: We served 98 veterans and first responders last year but impacted many more lives by virtue of the improved relationships our participants experienced with their family, friends, and coworkers. We recently received an award from KCPD for training over 55 police officers that are dealing with PTS and who are now able to better perform their duties. Funding is always a challenge but we have some great partners to include Veterans United, KC Royals, and Lamar Hunt Jr. (Mavericks Hockey). That said, developing a coherent program with a predictable yearly schedule predicated on ephemeral funding streams is difficult at best. With regards to applicants, our word-of-mouth marketing among first responders in the KCMO Metropolitan area, many of whom are veterans, is strong resulting in many participants who are referred to our program by other officers in their department. However, it is difficult to reach veterans who have been separated from the service for some time and are not part of an affinity group (PD, FD, EMS, VFW, American Legion, etc) because those dealing with trauma often isolate themselves from support groups. Our goal is to partner with the various veteran service organizations (to include the VA, VFW, DAV) in order to better capture that evasive client base and perhaps receive funding support as well.
Programs
Description
Warriors’ Ascent is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Kansas City, MO founded and run by veterans to help veterans, service members, and first responders that are struggling with PTS. Our five-day program, run 8 to 11 times a year, strives to give our attendees the tools they need to heal and tend the mind, body, and soul. Through meditation, mindfulness, fitness (yoga), nutrition, and cathartic rituals borrowed from ancient warrior traditions we aim to put our attendees on the path to self-healing where they are empowered to take control of the quality of their lives while offering a sense of community with those sharing similar experiences.
  • Tending the mind: Mindfulness/meditation.
  • Tending the body: Yoga, nutrition, trigger point release, mobility, and functional movement.
  • Tending the soul: Set core conditions of unconditional positive regard; Warrior rituals: catharsis, ceremony for the dead, leap of faith.
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health Treatment
Population Served Veterans, ,
Short-Term Success Using the PCL-5, a 20-item self-report measure from the National Center for PTSD that assesses the symptoms of PTSD, we establish a psychological and emotional baseline for each client upon arrival. We also ask questions centered on lifestyle habits (diet, exercise, sleep, status of supportive relationships) to correlate these habits with their psychological and emotional state. We have them take a similar exit survey to see if there are incremental improvements. After 21 days post graduation we administer another anonymous online survey (via SurveyMonkey) to determine whether our participants have adopted the lifestyle habits we’ve taught them to heal and tend their mind, body and soul while also gaining insight to their emotional wellbeing using the same PCL-5 survey instrument. All survey data shows a statistically significant improvement in all categories of the instrument symptom scale.
Long-Term Success We’d like for our clients to experience an “ease of suffering” by implementing the holistic practices we’ve taught them. These would be lifestyle habits and mindset (mindfulness/meditation, yoga, proper nutrition, exercise, being involved in supportive relationships/community, artistic expression, etc) that they learn and experience the value of at the Academy of Healing and continue to practice for the rest of their lives as they continue their journey to healing. Ultimately, we want our clients to be self-sufficient having learned the practices necessary to heal and tend the mind, body, and soul. We also want our participants to be a part of the Warriors’ Ascent alumni community and know that they have this supportive network to reach out to at all time.
Program Success Monitored By Warriors’ Ascent uses an outcomes based evaluation logic model, survey instrument, testimonials, and alumni feedback to determine the efficacy of our program and to conduct quality control and quality assurance of our curriculum. We use the PCL-5 assessment survey from the National Center for PTSD to establish an emotional and psychological baseline for our participants upon entry into our program. They take a similar survey at the end of the program. We follow up with a 21-day post cohort survey as well as a 6-12 month survey to determine whether the effects are lasting. The surveys also measure lifestyle habits (exercise, mediation, diet, supportive relationships, etc) in an attempt to correlate personal habits with emotional and psychological wellbeing. We will know if our program is successful by showing a statistically significant “ease of suffering” in our participants as measured by the PCL-5 scale.
Examples of Program Success
  • “I'm reborn! I have started habits that I am staying focused on incorporating in my daily life. I got so much out of this! It was truly life-changing and life-saving.Thank you so much for helping me see what is possible. I feel like this is only the beginning.”
  • “I had learned about many of the various aspects WA provided, but going through the program it really connected all the dots and gave me that AHA moment. It has created a solid foundation/baseline that I continually lean on when I feel lost along my journey.”
  • “This experience was indescribable, I have no words for how this experience has not only changed but saved my life!!!!”
  • “I am aware of how to help myself now and when I feel stressed or there is drama I am able to step back, meditate and get centered, and then deal with the issue. The program saved my life!”
  • “ I have a completely new mindset on life and don't know how I would have lived this happy without this course.”
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Michael Kenny
Term Start Mar 2016
Experience
Mike Kenny is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (YG 1993) and retired from the US Army in 2015 as a special forces lieutenant colonel with over 22 years of service to the nation. He’s served in a variety of positions from platoon leader, SFODA commander, SFODB Commander, Task Force Commander, and as the Special Operations Liaison to numerous US Embassies throughout the Pacific Command. As a graduate of the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), he’s served as a lead planner for Special Operations Command, Pacific and as an instructor at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. He currently serves as the executive director for Warriors’ Ascent.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Outreach Director
Title Marketing Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 12
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mike Rounds
Company Affiliation University of Kansas
Term Mar 2016 to Mar 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Tony Hofmann City of Overland Park Public Works
Mr. Chris Maglich Principal Securities
Mr. Steve Martin Retired
Mr. Mike Rounds University of Kansas
Mr. Tanner Smith Miller Group
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
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 $450,000
Projected Expenses $440,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 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 Year201620152014
Program Expense$192,533$18,981--
Administration Expense$82,083$0--
Fundraising Expense$44,495$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.984.40--
Program Expense/Total Expenses60%100%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$63,346$67,772--
Current Assets$61,385$67,772--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$3,320$0--
Total Net Assets$60,026$67,772--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities18.49----
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountVeterans United $60,000 ----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDecon Labs $60,000 ----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpencer Duncan Make It Count Fund $20,000 ----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Warriors’ Ascent
Address 1600 Genessee Street; Suite 306
Kansas City, MO 64102
Primary Phone (816) 800-9276
Contact Email info@warriorsascent.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael Kenny
Board Chair Mr. Mike Rounds
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Kansas
Year of Incorporation 2014