Covid-19 Update: With the spread of Covid-19, The Blue Ribbon Project is following guidance from our local and state government and will be postponing all Volunteer events until further notice. Mirah's Closet and other portions of The Blue Ribbon Project are OPEN by appointment.
Taylor Pyles is a child abuse survivor and the founder of 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.
In some ways, the scene Sunday afternoon in Verona looked like a child’s birthday party.
A picnic table wrapped in pink plastic was crowded with family and members of the community, surrounded by coolers of water and soda. There were decorations of butterfly wings and pop hits playing on a speaker somewhere. Toddlers ran around a playground next to the pavilion. Balloons tied to a park bench, bounced in the wind.
But while everything was cloaked in hot pink, the posters and T-shirts were ominous. Family members were wearing T-shirts bearing the phrase “Justice for Bella” and a photograph of the toddler, wearing a bright pink dress and her hair in pigtails.
This year's Gerber baby has been chosen!
Gerber’s 10th Annual Photo Search winner is Magnolia Earl, who will represent the brand as this year’s spokesbaby.
Magnolia, from Ross, California, was chosen among 327,000 contestants who submitted their photos, videos and stories through Gerber’s contest website.
Magnolia and her family were rewarded a $25,000 cash prize, $1,000 in Gerber Childrenswear, $1,000 from Walmart and phones with a year of free unlimited service from Verizon.
“At a time when we are yearning for connection and unity, Magnolia and her family remind us of the many things that bring us together: our desire to love and be loved, our need to find belonging, and our recognition that family goes way beyond biology," said Bill Partyka, president and CEO of Gerber.
Linebacker Dre Greenlaw overcame a lot of adversity to settle into his role as an integral defensive player with the 49ers last season.
Greenlaw faced tremendous odds off the field, as his youth primarily was spent in foster care. There were plenty of rough times on the field during his four-year career at Arkansas, too.
The team went 6-18 in Greenlaw’s final two seasons of college. In the first season without Greenlaw, the Razorbacks went 2-10 for the second consecutive year in 2019.
Arkansas prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last week had to answer questions about the team’s lack of success.
"I think the last two seasons we had going 4-20 reflected on a lot of our character,” Arkansas linebacker De’Jon “Scoota” Harris said. “It showed that we stuck through hard situations and we had to overcome a lot of adversity that we had to overcome.
“We had to step up as leaders as a team. We had to keep leading the way. I feel like we showed that a lot the past two seasons, and these coaches know that. We just keep doing what we're doing and executing our plans to go out there Saturday and show that we can play at this next level."
Greenlaw faced many of the same questions a year ago, and NFL.com rated him as a seventh-round pick or priority free agent before the draft. The 49ers selected Greenlaw in the fifth round with the No. 148 overall draft pick.
Greenlaw started 11 games for the 49ers. He took over at weakside linebacker when Kwon Alexander missed the second half of the season due to a torn pectoral. Greenlaw made the defensive play of the season when he stopped Seattle tight end Jacob Hollister just shy of the goal line in the closing seconds to preserve the 49ers’ crucial Week 17 victory.
"He's definitely (an inspiration) when you watch him you want to have that type of rookie year,” Arkansas defensive lineman McTelvin Agim said.
Greenlaw remained in the starting lineup for the 49ers three postseason games, including Super Bowl LIV, when Alexander returned to the active roster. He is a key component of the 49ers' future. Harris and Agim said they have leaned on Greenlaw during the draft process to gain insight from a friend who went through it just one year ago.
Said Agim, “He says to be yourself. ‘Wherever you go, just try to focus on making the team and taking it one day at a time, honestly.’"
The Blue Ribbon Project’s Foster Friends team is an instrumental part of the mission of The Blue Ribbon Project. The Blue Ribbon Project works to support abused and neglected children in our community and children in foster care. This program hosts regular events at The Blue Ribbon Project as well as outside venues. As with all positions within The Blue Ribbon Project, this is a volunteer position.The Blue Ribbon Project’s Foster Friends team is an instrumental part of the mission of The Blue Ribbon Project.
When children are removed from their home or other unsafe environment and placed into Foster Care, they lose everything that is familiar to them. They often come into care without any personal items. In 2015, The Blue Ribbon Project launched its Backpacks of Love Program to provide emergency essentials to children the moment they enter the foster care system. Our Backpacks of Love contain essential necessities for kids of all ages who are entering the system. Each backpack is designed to be gender and age specific. These backpacks include such things as a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, children's soap/body wash, children's shampoo, changes of clothing for the child's age, personal clothing (underwear, socks, pajamas), and age appropriate books and toys.
There are several methods of contacting The Blue Ribbon Project.
Contact Us On-line: Our website utilizes and on-line ticketing system. This is generally the best method of contacting us.
The Blue Ribbon Project
P.O. Box 1736
Edgewater, MD 21037
By Phone: 1-800-757-8120 Please note that we are a 100% Volunteer organization and our offices are not staffed full time. Please leave a message and one of our volunteers will return your call promptly.
The Blue Ribbon Project’s Community Outreach and Events team is an instrumental part of the mission of The Blue Ribbon Project. The Blue Ribbon Project receives numerous requests for someone to visit their organization and speak about The Blue Ribbon Project and the programs/services that we offer. This public visibility and the community support it builds is important in supporting the mission of The Blue Ribbon Project. As with all positions within The Blue Ribbon Project, this is a volunteer position.The Blue Ribbon Project’s Community Outreach and Events team is an instrumental part of the mission of The Blue Ribbon Project. The Blue Ribbon Project receives numerous requests for someone to visit their organization and speak about The Blue Ribbon Project and the programs/services that we offer. This public visibility and the community support it builds is important in supporting the mission of The Blue Ribbon Project. As with all positions within The Blue Ribbon Project, this is a volunteer position.
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The Blue Ribbon Project is currently seeking dedicated individuals to be a part of it's Leadership Team and work specifically with our Backpacks of Love and Mirah's Closet Programs. Backpacks of Love are backpacks that contain emergency essentials for children who have to be removed from an abusive or neglectful environment. Backpacks of Love are age and gender specific and cover newborns to 17 years of age. A Backpack of Love is delivered to the child when they are being removed for their safety and prior to entering a foster home or placement. Mirah's Closet continues this support by working to meet the continuing need of these children. Foster Children and Youth visit Mirah's Closet and "Shop" for free for any essential items and ongoing needs. This includes items from seasonal clothing to toiletries to toys & books.
The Blue Ribbon Project uses a short registration process to assign a registrant to a particular "group" to our website. This "group" is dependent on what one's role is and what information one is seeking. Please choose from the below list the "group" that best defines your role. It's important to note that a registrant can also be part of multiple groups. Please see the bottom of this page for instructions on joining multiple groups.
If you wish to register as a volunteer, please use this form. Once registered, you will receive updates to upcoming volunteer days and other volunteer events. Additionally, when you are registered, you can easily sign up for for a volunteer day by logging in.
Foster Parents should register using this form. When registered for this group, you will receive updates that are specific to foster parents, guardians, as well as foster youth. These updates may include such things as events, training, presentations, as well events that foster youth may attend.
Department of Social Services Worker:
Please use this form if you are a worker with Department of Social Services. Users within this group will receive updates specific to Department of Social Services. These updates may include such things as special events, training, presentations, holiday and Foster Youth parties and events (to attend with your assigned youth) as well as other events
If you are a Foster Youth, please use this registration form. When registered for this group, you will receive updates specific to foster youth. These updates may include such things as our Aging Up...Not Out programs, events, holiday or Foster Youth parties, and other events.
Court Appointed Special Advocate:
Please use this form if you are a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Users within this group will receive updates specific to CASA's. These updates may include such things as special events, training, presentations, holiday and Foster Youth parties and events (to attend with your assigned youth) as well as other events
Newsletter & Updates:
If you wish to subscribe to our general newsletter about news, upcoming events, training, presentations, or other public events, please use this form:
As mentioned earlier, a registrant can be part of multiple groups. For example, perhaps you are a Court Appointed Special Advocate but would also like to register as a volunteer. You can do so by first registering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Once registered and logged in, please visit the Volunteer Registration form. When you are logged in, this form will be pre-populated with your information. Just hit the submit button and you will be added to the extra group.