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HOW WE EMPOWER THE COMMUNITY

           PENNY MILL MISSION AND GOALS
The mission of Penny Mill Incorporation is a non-profit organization that focused on bringing the various ethic groups together to empower our communities with their own cultural differences. Moreover, to empower one another of the important of our differences as people. Plus to show our young people, that we are all very necessary in our world, our cities, and our communities. How we are able to do this is to collaborate with various businesses to help make it possible to have these events free to the public. Our winter event; is to have a community for at least 60 to 70 children from different backgrounds. Our emphasis is to make sure none of the children are placed on the same team that they know one another. This event will be scheduled for a date between December 26th - January 1st annually.

 Program Goals And Strategic Plans:
      
Goal #1 - Annual  "Community  Empowerment Event"  – Many individuals in dire need of assistance feel threatened and intimidated by the bureaucratic structure of many of our governmental and social agencies and therefore fail to tap into their services. Consequently, the person’s needs and the needs of their families go unmet, perpetrating a cycle of hopelessness, despair, poverty and crime. The purpose of the Empowerment Event is to link persons in need of assistance with organizations which may be of help to them in a casual and less threatening environment. In order to accomplish this goal, we work with entities such as the Police Department; the Health Department; Kansas City and the neighborhood associations, as well as many other agencies. Penny Mill can be an instrument to change a street, change a block and ultimately change an entire community. 

 Strategic PlanPenny Mill will serve as a catalyst in the inner city for collaborating and identifying the many resources available in our community and bringing them together.  The Plan involves sponsoring an outdoor fun filled day where government agencies, social, churches, community groups and businesses will host booths (tables) containing literature about their organization and other for attendees.  Persons in need of the organization’s supplies and/or services will be to sign-up for services on the spot.  Also, music, puppeteers, storytelling, positive rap, family games and light refreshments will be available that day in order to enhance the festivities and increase attendance.  
 
 Goal #2 –Grade Watch Incentive Award Program (GWIP) 

 A future goal of Penny Mill is to motivate and encourage at risk socially disadvantaged youth to raise their grades, stay in school and achieve their highest potential. 
 
Strategic Plan- The high school drop out rate in our communities is reaching an all time high.  Youth without a proper education are prime candidates for gangs, and other .   Many of these youths have the intellectual to succeed and become productive citizens in our community with just a little motivation and direction.  The program proposes to work with schools in order to identify students who have the potential to succeed but may be slipping through the cracks.  Specifically, The Grade Watch will utilize monetary and non-monetary awards such as , televisions and other products to motivate youth to focus on improving their grades and stay in school.  The program’s pilot initiative a 1 to 3 grade level increase by those children participating in the program.                   Benefits:  The program is fun, competitive and rewarding, all of which appeal to youth.  In addition, it teaches students important goal setting skills and helps the student remain focused on their education.  
The Penny – Our goal is to collect one million pennies, which equates to $10,000.  Although this is not a substantial amount of money, it will be used as seed money to finance the cost of The Annual Awareness Fair, as well as, assist in providing the monetary and non-monetary awards for the Grade Watch Incentive Awards Program. 



















For additional information regarding Penny Mill Inc. 
contact:  M. Merritt at, (816) 204-0428 or
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