REAL MEN REAL HEROES

316-202-5358

2333 E. 21st St. N. Suite 5, Wichita, KS 67214, USA

contact@realmenrealheroes.org

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2008 PRESIDENT'S SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT

ABOUT US

The Real Men Real Heroes concept was developed in Wichita, Kansas late in 2006 by Wichita Philanthropist, Barry Downing and his children’s Projects Manager, Polly Basore. Their belief was that there was a need to create something to counteract the damaging effects of young men living in a society that exposes them to media images that seemed to portray black men as either criminals or successful only in the fields of pro sports or entertainment.

 

From this was born the concept introducing local black youth to real men in their community who were everyday heroes. In March 2007, Basore invited two dozen members of the community to form an advisory committee to shape what became The Real Men Real Heroes Project. Initially nominations were sought from the public to identify men who qualified as exemplary role models. Nominations were then reviewed by the advisory committee and subjected to formal background checks.

 

A group of 32 men were then invited to join the project, taking on the role of being identified as a Hero in the community. The heroes immediately began serving youth by visiting classrooms and other venues around Wichita. In May 2008, President Bush recognized Hero Buddy Shannon with a Presidents Call to Service Award during a visit to Wichita. With the pilot project complete, the Heroes in June 2008 set out to form a board and establish their own non-profit organization.

OUR MISSION

Male role models empowering youth

to help build strong communities.

OUR PARTNERS

Real Men Real Heroes is grateful for the support we receive from the following community partners and benefactors:

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MEET THE BOARD

JOSE OCADIZ

Board Member

Wichita Fire Department - Captain of Fire Prevention Division

MICHAEL WILLIAMS

Board Member

Fidelity Bank - Retail Vice President

ANTHONY LEEKS

Board Member

Spirit Aerosystems - Manager of R&D

Manufacturing Technology

DEREK MORGAN*

Board Member

FAA - Deputy Director

*Mr. Morgan is serving in his personal capacity

ROBERT MOODY

Board Member

Martin Pringle Law Firm - Attorney

PAUL CRUZ

Board Chair

Wichita Police Department - Public Information Officer

EBONY CLEMONS-AJIBOLADE 

Board Vice Chair

Westar Energy - Economic Development Manager

LASHONDA GARNES

Secretary

Wichita State University -

Community Development Manager

MARGARET SPAIN-CLARK

Board Treasurer

Spirit AeroSystems - GSCM Business Operations 

WAYNE BELL*

Board Vice President

Wichita SBA - District Director 

*Mr. Bell is serving his personal capacity

COURTNEY BENGSTON

Board Member

Wichita Community Foundation - Director of Strategic Initiatives

JOEL DAVIS

Board Member

Adams, Brown, Beran, Ball & Chad - Data Analyst

CAREEM GLADNEY

Board Member

Cargill- Business Manager

JONATHAN MCROY

Board Member

Air Force, Director of Programs

MEET THE TEAM

KYLE

ELLISON

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

  • Kyle Ellison

JANEACE BLUMA

PROGRAM MANAGER

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