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ANNUALREPORT 25 Years Serving in the Heart of Knoxville


TABLE OF CONTENTS 3 Leadership Note 4 Faith 6 Learning 8 Health 10 Events of Note 11 Who We Served 12 We Are Grateful 14 Financials

Trey gives a thumbs-up during while enjoying middle school camp.



A NOTE FROM OUR LEADERSHIP In 1991, Emerald Youth Foundation was officially launched.

What started out as a few kids playing kickball in the parking lot of Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church has grown into a ministry that served 2,103 children, teens and young adults in 2016. We give God the glory for allowing us to be present for 25 years in the heart of Knoxville. Neighborhoods like Oakwood-Lincoln Park, Lonsdale, Mechanicsville, Vestal, Burlington and other areas remain our focus. We are working each day to redefine what’s possible and change the trajectory to help write a better story for young people and their families. We encourage you to take a few moments and read about some of the faith, learning and health outcomes from our work with city kids in 2016. As always, we are grateful for your partnership and investment to raise up promising, Godly young adult leaders for Knoxville.

Doug Kennedy Chair, Board of Trustees

Steve Diggs President & CEO

Emerald Youth Foundation Leadership Board of Advisors Mr. Kent Bristow Mr. Ray Clift Mr. Larry Cox Mr. Ned DeLozier Mr. Steve Diggs Ms. Vanessa Draper Rev. Walter Ghosten Mr. Roger Goins

Board of Trustees

Mr. Stanley Griffin Mr. Matt Hinkin Mr. Doug Kennedy, Chair Mr. Jonathan Mayfield Mr. Greg Meadows Mr. Wardell Milan, Sr. Mr. Bill Myers Mr. Scott Overholt

Mr. Rick Barnes

Ms. Dee Haslam

Mr. Mike Campbell

Mr. Richard Johnson

Mr. Steve Diggs

Mr. Doug Kennedy, Chair

Ms. Kathryn Eggleston

Mr. Jon Lawler

Dr. Keith Gray

Mr. Tim McLemore, Vice Chair

Mr. Doug Harris

Ms. Mary Rimer Mr. Mike Roberts Ms. Mary Frances Tucker Mr. Dennis Upton Mr. Buddy Warwick

Rev. Bob Bean Lifetime Member Ms. Jean Reese Honorary Member

Gov. Bill Haslam Honorary Member Commissioner Larry Martin Honorary Member Bishop James Swanson, Sr. Honorary Member ANNUAL REPORT 2016


841 Youths in Faith Programs



FAITH Since our founding 25 years ago, Isaiah 61:1-4 has been central to our ministry with city children, particularly these words from verses 3 and 4: “…that they may be called oaks of righteousness...they shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.” Yet a young person doesn’t become an oak of righteousness overnight nor does a neighborhood quickly rise up from long-term poverty. And the current reality is that less than 15% of the 12,000 children living in our city’s vulnerable neighborhoods are known to be actively engaged in faith development. Despite such challenges, we remain committed to affecting enduring spiritual transformation. In 2016, nearly half of youth participating in our faith programs regularly attended a neighborhood church. Also, more than 350 children participated in serving others at least once per semester, connecting young people more relationally in their neighborhood and the community at large. Our discipleship curriculum is used for weekly Bible studies in our afterschool program, Wednesday night small groups and worship, and in Sunday School lessons. Additionally, players in Emerald Youth Sports receive Biblical instruction using devotionals through our collaboration with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Ultimately, we envision Knoxville becoming a city where every child in every neighborhood has the opportunity for a full life.



691 Youths in Learning Programs



LEARNING Through learning labs, homework help and subject-specific tutoring, we are redefining what’s possible for our city’s young people as they pursue academic excellence. Emerald Youth’s first learning lab was launched at Mount Zion Baptist Church in east Knoxville during the 2010-2011 school year, and by 20162017, 533 elementary and middle school children at 8 locations throughout the city regularly utilized online learning resources.

Showed Growth in Reading %

57 72%

2010-2011 School Year 2016-2017 School Year

Showed Growth in Math %

63 75%

2010-2011 School Year 2016-2017 School Year

Additionally, high school students connected with our College Street Ministry in Mechanicsville where they received ACT prep, participated in workshops on topics like applying for college and financial literacy, and visited college campuses in East Tennessee. Your generous investment provides our city’s youth with resources to help close academic gaps and chart a successful path to college and beyond.



1728 Youths in Health Programs



HEALTH In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 the apostle Paul reminds us, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” Adopting healthy habits and lifestyles will help our city’s youth in the short- and long-term, ultimately helping them become effective leaders who can renew their communities for years to come. In 2016, children, teens and young adults from neighborhoods around the city engaged in Emerald Youth’s health programs. In fact, 10% more youth participated over 2015, and roughly half of youth participating were connected for a majority of seasons in a sport activity.

Winning Numbers


Soccer Players


Basketball Players


Volleyball Players


Youths in Performance Training


Children Learned to Swim

Across the city, 158 sports teams competed in numerous athletic events.



EVENTS OF NOTE Emerald Youth Foundation’s annual breakfast always includes a focus on prayer, and the 2016 event was no different. Cheryl “Shelly” Taylor Page, law professor at Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law, and Steve Diggs, president and CEO of Emerald Youth, encouraged attendees to pray for our city’s young people – to rally around them as leaders in our community – and to intercede on their behalf. Page closed the breakfast by leading guests in a meaningful time of prayer and the chorus of “Amazing Grace.”

Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes joined golfers in support of the Emerald Youth Golf Classic presented by Regal Entertainment Group. The tournament is an annual highlight that raises money for our ministry with children throughout Knoxville. Coach Barnes thanked the golfers for their generosity to Emerald Youth and encouraged them to keep giving back to their community – like all good Vols should!

The Emerald Youth Foundation Legacy Dinner served as kickoff of our 25th anniversary celebration, complete with the joyful voices of the Emerald Youth choir. Legacy Award recipient Renda Burkhart shared about being good stewards of our God-given gifts and investing in the next generation, especially children in the heart of Knoxville. 10


An Emerald Youth Story I connected with Emerald Youth in the early 1990s through a friend while we were students at Fulton High School. While I was blessed to be raised by parents who gave me a strong spiritual foundation – we served and worshipped at Greater Warner Tabernacle Church in east Knoxville – I also grew closer to God and gained an even deeper Biblical understanding through my time with Emerald Youth. So many dedicated adults, including Emerald’s president and CEO Steve Diggs and his wife Sabrina, were kind to us. We were always treated well and could talk about “real life situations” with them. I was encouraged and held accountable, learned a servant’s heart, and given wisdom to make good decisions. Emerald Youth was a game changer in my life. Today, I live and work in Atlanta as a media personality and business owner, and each day, carry with me the lessons learned all those years ago at Emerald.

- LaTashia LeeAnn Foster

WHO WE SERVED How Many Boys and Girls Participated?

What Age Groups Are Served?

What is the Ethnicity of Our Young People?

Female 52% Male 48%

Pre-K+Elementary 39% Middle School 31% High School 26% Young Adult 4%

African-American 40% Caucasian 38% Hispanic 8% Other 8% Multiracial 6% ANNUAL REPORT 2016



Hundreds of individuals, churches, businesses and philanthropic organizations supported Emerald Youth’s work in 2016. We appreciate each and every gift, including the generous support highlighted here. In Memory Of

Raymond Ambrochowicz Gracie Louise Anderson Ruby Baldock William Banks Marie Banks Cheryl M. Beckett Jaxon Dakota Best Xavier Bingham Violet Goodman Burks Ken Burns William Billy Butler, Jr. Phillip C. Carter James R. Chandler II Marie Coffey Clarence E. Cox Family Willie M. Cox Family Zaevion Dobson Laurie Pelot Gooch Merriel Goodman Sandra Hatcher Marjorie Hoosier-Lyke Charles Jackson Kenneth Jackson Ralph Johnson Paul Kelley David Lakins JaJuan Latham Gordon E. Lay Norma Leahy Charles Lewis Jim Lewis John Lindsey Lillian Stern McCurdy Dwight McCurdy, Jr. George H. Morris Barbara Jo Nabors Phllis Nelson Kyle Overton Michael Wayne Pearson Pat Prator Shoni Reyes Barney Rhyne Sister Elizabeth Riney



Marsha Cox Robbins Eddie Roberson Jerry Roberts Glen Rumery Margery Rumery Hubert Rust Doris Rust Jane Sawyer Allene Shipley Ryan Shoup Lawrence Simpson Paula Smartt Lib Stevenson Pat Stonecipher Becky Thornton Nancy Tilley Theresa Trundle Robert Watson, Jr. Frank Ernest Welkner Bronson Williams Roosevelt Williams, Jr. Susan Woods Don Wyrick

In Honor Of

Joan Aiken Diane Bailes Jim Bailes Gretchen Beal Bob Bean Carol Beilharz Larry Bjorkland Mary Sue Bjorkland Renda Burkhart Jama Campbell Michael Campbell Faith Carpenter Kyle Carpenter Betty Catron The Causeys Mr. and Mrs. Nick Cazana The Cerones Art Clancy Sue Clancy

The Clark Family Dave Collins Kirby Collins Larry Cox The Cox Family The Craigs Cheryl Deaver Alix Dempster Abby Diggs Adam Diggs Sabrina Diggs Steve Diggs Jane Dominick Madjoel Douglass Kevin DuBose David Durbin Lauren Eargle The Eargles Brittany Eastridge Jeffrey Eastridge Janet Everett Mr. and Mrs. William Farnham Farragut Animal Clinic Ken Ford Sylvia Ford The Gambles Cheryl Goins Roger Goins Ballard Hall Debra Lynn Hall Steven Hall Clairanne Hann Ed Hann Shawn Hedrick Nathan Henry Matt Hinkin Rachel Hopper Charles Huddleston Emma Jean Huddleston The Huttons Lee Hyde Susan Hyde Dewitt Ingram The Jacks Family

Johnson & Galyon Jack Jones Norma Kelley Renee Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Kelly Sandy Knap Jill Kyle Jackie Lane Faye Langley Fred Langley Sherri Lee Janet Lefort Julianna Lefort Mr. and Mrs. James Ley Derrick Long Lonsdale Community Children Al Lyones Jerry Lyons Amanda Bell Madison Tyler Maples Della Mason Jack McCrary Karen McKenzie Greg Meadows John Melnick Zulette Melnick Mike Miller Charlene Mischlich Joe Mischlich Madison Moreland Dr. and Mrs. Tom Morgan Mike Morrison Mount Zion Baptist Church The Nolans The Norrods Jeff Ottaviano Mike Phillips Marshall Plumlee Mason Plumlee Miles Plumlee Sophie Pumariega Fran Ray Clark Reyes Family Mary Rimer Ron Rimer Bert Ritchie Jennie Ritchie Betsy Roberts Dash Roberts Debbie Roberts Chandler Rosecrance David Rosecrance Bill Rukeyser Elisabeth Rukeyser Dwayne Sanders The Sansom Family Nathan Sapp

Tom Seay Emma Shoup Sam Shoup Shara Shoup Lauren Smith Myleigh Smith Shirley Stanberry The Tilleys James S. Tipton Ann Marie Tugwell John Vannoy Bill Villany Trish Villany The Walters Family The Weissingers Mrs. James Wright Dr. and Mrs. Tom Zarger

In Kind Gifts

Above the Rest Balloon and Event Designs All Occasion Catering Always in Bloom, LLC Mitchell Brophy Cherokee Health Systems City of Knoxville, Parks and Recreation Department Cumulus Media Knoxville Dayton’s Pest Control Nathan Dunn East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Emerald Avenue UMC Fairview UMC Faith Promise Church Flat Creek BBQ Gentry, Tipton & McLemore, P.C. Graham Corporation The Harrell Family HM&D Truck Repair H.T. Hackney Johnson University Brian King Knoxville Expo Center Knoxville Focus Knoxville News Sentinel Lamar Advertising Company Laurel Church of Christ Mount Zion Baptist Church OrthoTennessee Pellissippi State Community College Popeyes Printedge RIVR Media Sansom Family Foundation

Scripps Networks Interactive Second UMC Shopper News Nathan Sloan Stellar Visions and Sound Target Titan Self Storage True Grip and Lighting Virginia Avenue Ministry Wakefield Workouts WATE WBIR WRJZ

Special Funds

The Emerald Youth Foundation Fund, managed by East Tennessee Foundation, was established by the trustees of the Katherine C. Roddy and J.P. Roddy, Sr. Foundation and provides scholarships to Emerald Youth Foundation young people. The Epps Memorial Fund is in memory of Mr. and Mrs. G.F. Epps. The fund was established by Morris and Wanda Epps and supports the general operations of Emerald Youth Foundation. The John Reese Music Fund is in memory of Mr. John Reese and supports Emerald Youth Foundation’s work to engage youth in a variety of musicrelated learning experiences.



FINANCIALS 2016 Total Unrestricted Income Total Expenses


$4,345,557 $3,920,736


$3,818,627 $3,636,102

$3,261,051 $2,920,025

A complete copy of Emerald Youth Foundation’s annual audit by Mitchell Emert & Hill, P.C. is available online at



2013 8% 2016 43% CONTRIBUTIONS+GRANTS 85% 27% EARNED INCOME 7% 13% IN-KIND 5% 7% OTHER 3% 2%

2013 70% 201618% 12% PROGRAMS 68% MGMT. & GEN. 16% FUNDRAISING 16%

Functional Expenses from 2014 to 2016 $2.75 $2.50 $2.25 $2.00 $1.75


$1.50 $1.25 $1.00 $0.75 $0.50 $0.25 $0.00

2014 Programs



2015 Mgmt. & Gen.

2016 Fundraising

Amyrical, right, and Emerald Youth staff member Auggie Moultry, at elementary camp. ANNUAL REPORT 2016



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