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Taylor Pyles

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Taylor Pyles

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. 

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  MIRAHS CLOSET BRPoften 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.

By Mail:

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. 


 

Volunteer:

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.

--Volunteer Registration Form--


 Foster Parent:

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.

--Foster Parent Registration Form--


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

--Department of Social Services Worker Registration Form--


Foster Youth:

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.

--Foster Youth Registration Form--


 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

--Court Appointed Special Advocate Registration Form--


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:

--Newsletter Registration--


 

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. 

Child adoption in Maryland occurs when a domestic placement is arranged by a child placement agency, whether a private agency or a government one. The children that can be adopted through the Department of Social Services are usually in foster care.

There are all kinds of families in this world. Some children live with both of their parents, while some live with one and visit the other. Some children might live with their grandparents, and some stay with a foster family. There are foster programs in the United States, to provide kids with a safe and caring home, when they don’t already have one.

Child Sex Offenders

Sexual violence is a serious problem, and it has devastating consequences. The challenge we face in making our society safer includes, an understanding of the offense risk and patterns, as well as resources. It is this knowledge that can inform our decisions on reporting, investigation, sentencing, and more.

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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...