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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. 

volunteeringVolunteering is an incredible important part of our society and affords people the opportunity to really give back to their community and make a huge difference in the lives of others. Since the founding of The Blue Ribbon Project, that "community approach" to supporting children in our community who are neglected and abused has been an important principle.  The Blue Ribbon Project is a 100% volunteer organization, even up to the executive director. It is the hard work of volunteers that truly make a difference in the lives of children and we need your help to continue to build and to further our mission to help these kids. Through this hard work by volunteers, The Blue Ribbon Project has grown from one county in Maryland to covering multiple counties in Maryland. 

The Blue Ribbon Project currently has an opening for a Volunteer Coordinator. This volunteer position plays an important role in our organization by helping to manage others that wish to volunteer for The Blue Ribbon Project. This is a great opportunity to help build our volunteer program from the "ground up". The Volunteer Coordinator position, while volunteer, would be the same as a Management or Leadership position. The Volunteer Coordinator works very closely with other members of The Blue Ribbon Project. This is a team effort and you would be a big part of that team. We all support each other to further the mission of assisting these children in our community. We also know that life happens and it’s oftentimes difficult fill a fully volunteer position. We will work with you on a flexible, as needed, basis.

Please take a moment to look at the attached Volunteer Coordinator job description sheet.  Interested candidates should complete a Volunteer Leadership (Level 2) application (link below). Additionally, interested candidates should submit a resume by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Additionally, if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to e-mail us. 

The Blue Ribbon Project is a 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization based in Annapolis, Maryland. We are committed to both the prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and as a support network for youth in Foster Care, adult survivors of child abuse and child sexual assault. The realities of child abuse is not an easy subject and it takes a special person to work in this field. It isn’t for everyone (and that’s OK). Our staff members, including the Volunteer Coordinator, must have a strong passion for the mission of The Blue Ribbon Project.\

Volunteer Coordinator Job Description Sheet

Volunteer Leader (Level 2) Application

 

 

I've been wanting to start a blog for awhile...not because it's the "cool" website thing to do, but wanted to give you a glimpse into the behind the scenes stuff that involves The Blue Ribbon Project and why we do what we do...I'll share my full story in a later post but wanted to give you a little background so you have a better understanding...Back in the 1980's I entered foster care due to physical abuse. Eventually, I aged out of the system.  Fast forward many years when I became a police officer and then a detective. 

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Wednesday is the Huntington Police Department's first full day of investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy.

Mariya Jones and her boyfriend Aaron Miles, both of Huntington, are being charged with child abuse resulting in death.

Emergency responders were called to their home in the 1800 block of 7th Avenue for a cardiac arrest.

According to the criminal complaint, EMS said when they showed up, the boy was already dead and cold to the touch.

Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli tells WSAZ officers have collected several pieces of evidence from the home to build their case. He also said that evidence shows several people knew the alleged abuse was happening prior to the child's death.

"We have already found, even though it's very early in this investigation, that there are people who were aware that abuse was taking place in regard to this child," Ciccarelli said. "The failing is they did not report it."

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT WSAZ NEWS CHANNEL 3

 

 

 

Thank You for your support of The Blue Ribbon Project and offering to volunteer. You will receive a confirmation via e-mail. We recommend you register for our website (if you haven't done so). We regularly send out e-mails with volunteer opportunities as they arise or upcoming events. We also post these upcoming "Volunteer Days" on our website and announce them on our Facebook page. With your website registration, you can easily sign up for opportunities by logging in. Thank You again for your support and for being a part of The Blue Ribbon Project! 

 

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Governor John Kasich is expected to sign off on new legislation that will help teens who are aging out of foster care become more successful adults. Right now, when foster children turn 18 they face a sharp cut-off of resources and support, resulting in many of them becoming homeless. This new legislation would extend support services until age 21.

genericphoneMandated reporting laws in Pennsylvania might seem complicated, but really, the state wants anyone with a concern about a child's safety to report it.

Larry Richardson, longtime president and CEO of the York YMCA, was arraigned Thursday after being charged for allegedly failing to report a 2014 case of alleged child sexual abuse at the YMCA's Camp Spirit in East Manchester Township, according to charging documents.

Richardson told investigators that he followed the law in not reporting the incident to authorities and that it was a case of "sexual exploration" between two 12-year-old boys, documents state......

READ MORE AT YORK DAILY RECORD (YDR.COM)

downloadFormer U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's lawyers declined on Saturday to directly address sexual abuse allegations from federal prosecutors, who asserted that he molested at least four boys decades ago when he served as a high school wrestling coach.

Hastert, 74, faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when sentenced later this month for his guilty plea in October to a federal charge of illegally structuring large bank withdrawals in small increments to evade currency-reporting rules.

As part of that plea, the former Republican speaker of the House of Representatives admitted paying $1.7 million in cash to someone he had known for decades as hush money and compensation for unspecified wrongdoing toward that individual.

READ MORE AT REUTERS

 

First name of the foster child
 
Last name of the Foster Child:
 
 
 
Enter the name of the primary Department of Social Services Worker
 
If the foster child has a Court Appointed Special Advocate, please enter the CASA's name.
 
 
 

In it's continuing mission to support foster youth, we have launched a separate website called FosterLink. FosterLink is an on-line community comprised of foster youth, former foster youth, as well as various professionals from the community. You'll find a wealth of information and resource articles on a variety of personal topics.

Please take a moment to visit the FosterLink website at www.fosterlink.org

 

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria) has introduced AB 2359, the Foster Parent Bill of Rights. This bill is an effort to consolidate and clarify the rights of all caregiver members of a foster, adoptive, or resource family, or kinship guardian. This legislation seeks to enable California’s foster parents to be more proactive, which not only benefits caregivers but also protects the children whom they care for, who are often already vulnerable.

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Upcoming Events

December 7th 4:00pm to 7:00pm: ‎Fence & 'Deck The Halls' Holiday Clothing Drive in Millersville: Join us at Fence & Deck Connection in Millersville as they support The Blue Ribbon Project. More Info...


December 8th 2:00pm to 4:00pm: Volunteer Day: A day when volunteers come in to help sort donations and build Backpacks of Love. More Info...


December 14th 10:00am to 2:00pm: Speak Up...Speak Out Child Abuse Awareness Training: Join us for this free Child Abuse Awareness Training Program for Professionals More Info...


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