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Taylor Pyles

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Taylor Pyles

Tom "Taylor" Pyles is a child abuse survivor and the founder The Blue Ribbon Project. He has been a police officer with Annapolis Police Department for over a decade and is assigned as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section.  When not working, you'll find him spending time with his family and out enjoying the countryside on two wheels. 

There are four commonly recognized forms of child maltreatment—physical abuse, neglect, psychological abuse, and sexual abuse. The definitions of these types of child maltreatment may vary depending on the State or the locality in which the first responder works. First responders should become familiar with the definitions that apply in their jurisdictions. Additionally, the signs of child maltreatment listed here do not indicate absolutely that child maltreatment has occurred.

The Blue Ribbon Project's Mission is the prevention of all forms of child abuse and provides critical support to victims of abuse and neglect. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is 100% volunteer supported and directly serve abused and neglected children right here in our community. We are currently serving 12 counties within the state of Maryland and the City of Baltimore. We are in the process of expanding to other counties in Maryland (and beyond). 
 
On our website, you will find a variety of resources, articles, and several programs offered by The Blue Ribbon Project that directly serve children who are the victims of child abuse and neglect. You will also find articles and resources for adult survivors who are struggling with the long term effects of child abuse. The Blue Ribbon Project is a collaboration of survivors, victims, and professionals from various fields who are all tied together due to child abuse and it's long term effects. It is this community approach of helping and guiding each other to overcome the obstacles presented to us. Your support is needed in order to serve and help these kids.

We all have an obligation to stand up for the rights of children and to be their voice where it matters.

A video produced by The Blue Ribbon Project

AmazonWishlist A few folks have suggested a great idea for those that want to support the Backpacks of Love program but do not live near the drop off points. We have created an Amazon Wish List that lists several of the items that are needed. It's a great way to purchase the items, get them shipped and then placed into an age appropriate backpack. This list is not all inclusive and will change based on needs...Below is a partial list from our Amazon Wish List

Some things to note:

  • We've shopped according to price. As sad as it sounds, an abused child will be excited over a $5 shirt just as much as a $50 designer shirt. To meet the needs of these kids, it is better to buy 5 inexpensive shirts for muliple packs than it is to purchase a single, super expensive shirt. 
  • Some of items listed come in multipacks. This is more affordable and helps fill more packs. For example, infant bottles come in packs of 3. This allows us to fill 3 infant packs at an affordable price. 
  • Our Wish List is only a suggestion. The items listed are not obligatory and you can choose similar items to go in the backpacks. Because we list a particular shirt, it isn't necessary to purchase that exact shirt. 
  • You will see the same items listed multiple times. if you look closely, you'll see the sizes are different. For example, you'll see a particular pajama listed numerous times. We've added multiple sizes of each to the list. 

Amazon Wish List

 

There are hundreds upon hundreds of drug rehab programs in Maryland that claim they provide the most effective addiction treatment in the country. You can go on the internet and find drug rehab after drug rehab listed with a variety of “recovery claims”.

S137The Blue Ribbon Project is designed to be a community outreach in both the prevention of Child Abuse and a support network for abused and neglected children. At the Blue Ribbon Project, we understand that victims of child abuse carry a burden throughout their lives and the effects of abuse last a lifetime. That’s why we offer a variety of functional outreach programs that directly serve abused and neglected children in our community,  youth in foster care, as well as adult survivors of abuse and neglect. Through our dedication to these children, we remain committed to achieving our vision of raising awareness around child abuse in our communities and acting as advocates for those affected by child abuse and neglect. The Blue Ribbon Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and our staff is 100% volunteer.

The Project...

My name is Taylor. I am an adult survivor of child abuse. I founded The Blue Ribbon Project for several reasons and had several goals in mind. First and foremost was to directly assist children within our community who are victims of abuse, neglect, and child sex assault. These children need us to be their voice and to stand up for their safety. It is our obligation to do so. The Blue Ribbon Project achieves this through several outreach programs that work directly with victims of abuse, as well as work with children who are placed within the Foster Care system.

Another goal of The Blue Ribbon Project is to elevate awareness of child abuse and the prevention of abuse and neglect. While there are many resources available and awareness has grown over the last several years, there are a reported 676,569 victims of child abuse and neglect (2011 Child Maltreatment Report, U.S Department of Health and Human Services). This number is staggering...and unacceptable. 

The Blue Ribbon Project is a collaboration of survivors, victims, and professionals from various fields. It is this community approach of helping and guiding each other to overcome the obstacles presented to us. While we are all in different parts of our journey, we have something to offer each other in support.  The Blue Ribbon Project is developed by you, supported by you, and guided by you. It is YOU who can make a difference in someone's life. The Blue Ribbon Project has grown to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit with programs throughout the state of Maryland.

While we appreciate everyone's support with donations of items as well as full backpacks, we have found that we have an abundance of some items and are completely lacking in others.

We are in dire need of the following items:

  • Children's Bodywash (Both girls and boys).
  • Clothing and pajamas for all ages.

We have an abundance of the following items and there is no need (right now) to purchase more:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Stuffed Animals

There are many ways you can help and support our Backpacks of Love program.  We can use every little bit of help in creating and filling these backpacks. Here are just a few of the ways a person or organization can help helpsupport the project.

  • Create a Facebook Fundraiser: The Blue Ribbon Project receives a tremendous amount of support from Social Media, especially Facebook. If you are active on Facebook, one of the easiest ways to support The Blue Ribbon Project is to create a fundraiser. The bonus here is Facebook does not deduct any fees or have additional charges Facebook Fundraisers. 100% of the donation goes to The Blue Ribbon Project. To start your own Facebook Fundraiser, please visit our Facebook Fundraiser Page 
  • Shop for Necessities: While shopping at the grocery store,  pick up an essential or two from the list. Even the smallest of items will make it into a backpack and make a world of difference. One does not have to donate an entire backpack, nor does there have to be a large financial donation.  Once you have purchased a few items, place them in a bag and drop them off at any of the drop off locations. Please take a look at our What's in a Backpack page to see what necessities are included in backpacks.

  • Purchase a backpack and fill it with love: What most of our donors have been doing (and is working very well) is to get an age appropriate backpack. Begin filling this backpack for a child of that age and gender.  For example, a smaller pink backpack would be appropriate for a younger girl. In here, you might include a child's toothbrush (in girl's colors) and children's toothpaste. A book for a younger girl such as a coloring book and crayons. A plush toy for a girl of that age.  Perhaps a few pairs of underwear made for a girl of that age as well as pajamas and socks. You may also include an outfit should she need a change of clothes (and yes, shopping for age can be nearly impossible). Please feel free to add a few items that are not on the list. Then drop off your backpacks at any of our convenient drop off locations. If you wish to create a pack and are not sure what is needed, please take a look at our What's in a Backpack page.
  • Make a donation and have a backpack purchased and filled on your behalf: The average cost of a backpack can run between $30 and $50, however, this cost can fluctuate depending on age and amount of donated items. Please feel free to make a financial donation for us to purchase and fill a backpack on your behalf. On our Donation Page, you will find a comments section. Here, you can specify the age and gender of the pack you would like for us to fill (or leave it up to us based on needs). This is a great option for those that are not local but wish to help as well as those that are too busy (or too far) to shop and drop off a backpack. 

  • Rally your Troops: Organize your business, church group, social group, school, or community organization to assemble backpacks. This is a great project for family based organizations and supporters of children. If you wish, we can come to your organization to speak about the program and present sample backpacks.  We have presented the program to several church groups and community associations and we'd be more than happy to speak at yours. This is a great way to get the word out, support the program, and bring attention to the prevention of child abuse.

  • Shop our Amazon Wish List: A few folks have suggested a great idea for those that want to support the Backpacks of Love program but do not live near the drop off points. We have created an Amazon Wish List that lists several of the items that are needed. It's a great way to purchase the items, get them shipped and then placed into an age appropriate backpack. This list is not all inclusive and will change based on needs...Please check our Amazon Wish List for more information
  • Make a Financial Contribution: The Blue Ribbon Project is a non-profit  501(c)(3) charitable organization. 100% of your donation goes to supporting these children being placed into care and your donation is tax deductible. We are a 100% volunteer organization so there are no paychecks going out. Our space is donated so there is no rent to be paid. There is nothing more frustrating then donating to an organization just to learn that only a small percentage went to the cause you were supporting. If you donate $50.00, that is $50.00 in necessities and backpacks. If you wish to make a financial contribution to support our programs, you can  visit our GoFundMe Page. You can also donate by credit card or paypal right here on our website by visiting our Donation Page.  The Blue Ribbon Project has applied to be an 501(c)(3) and our status is pending.

Please remember YOU are a part of The Blue Ribbon Project and make these things possible. Please share any ideas and suggestions you may have. We welcome these suggestions.

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Members & Volunteers

Upcoming Events

 

January 26th, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Volunteer Day: Join us for another volunteer day where we sort donations for Backpacks of Love and Mirah's Closet. More Info...


February 6th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm: Leadership Team Information Session: Looking for a great Volunteer Opportunity? Join us for this Information Session to learn more about our Leadership Team. More Info...


February 8th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm: Speak Up...Speak Out Child Abuse Awareness Training: Join us for this free Child Abuse Awareness Training Program for Professionals More Info...


 March 12th, 7:00 pm: RED Day 2020 With Keller Williams Flagship of Maryland-RED Day 2020 | Caps vs Red Wings‎ Fundraiser: More Info...


April 11th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm: Speak Up...Speak Out Child Abuse Awareness Training: Join us for this free Child Abuse Awareness Training Program for Professionals More Info...


 April 26th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm:  Fourth Annual Blue Ribbon Project Open House and Family Fun Day: Join us for our annual Open House and Family Fun Day! More Info...