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TABLE OF CONTENTS 3 Leadership Note 4 Faith 6 Health 8 Learning 10 By the Numbers 12 We Are Grateful 14 Financials

AO NOTE FROM OUR LEADERSHIP ur hearts at Emerald Youth are overflowing with all that happened in 2015, and God continues to amaze us in his faithfulness as we reach more and more young people in Knoxville.

We exist to raise up Godly, young adult leaders who will grow in their faith, begin to serve others, and one day reinvest in their city neighborhoods. We work every day toward this goal using a variety of programs and initiatives in faith, learning, and health. Those of us close to Emerald Youth know that every day isn’t a mountaintop experience. Some days turn into long nights when youth and their families find themselves in crisis. But with a strategic and prayerful posture, we’ve come to understand that the work we do in those very situations is on God’s agenda. In 2015, we had the privilege of serving 2,097 children, teens and young adults across our city. We praise God for the opportunity to connect with those young people and their families, yet much work remains: there are 12,000 economically disadvantaged youth in our city – 12,000. Imagine the possibility for Knoxville if we were able to touch each one of those lives! Thank you for all you do – we remain grateful for your meaningful investment in our city’s children.

Doug Kennedy Chair, Board of Trustees

Steve Diggs President & CEO

2015 Emerald Youth Foundation Leadership Board of Advisors Rev. Jim Bailes Mr. Kent Bristow Mr. Ray Clift Mr. Larry Cox Mr. Steve Diggs Ms. Vanessa Draper Rev. Walter Ghosten Mr. Roger Goins

Board of Trustees 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



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

Ms. Mary Rimer Mr. Mike Roberts Mr. John-David Roddy Mr. Dwaine Setzer Mr. Foster Slack Ms. Mary Frances Tucker Mr. Buddy Warwick

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

Gov. Bill Haslam Honorary Member Mr. Larry Martin Honorary Member Bishop James Swanson, Sr. Honorary Member ANNUAL REPORT 2015



HEART & SOUL and with all your STRENGTH and with all your MIND

with all your

Luke 10:27

794 Youth in Faith Offerings


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Children and teens grew in faith through Emerald Youth’s discipleship curriculum – in daily Bible studies, during Wednesday night worship, in Sunday school lessons and during Emerald Youth Sports’ pre-game devotionals. They learned how God used kids like them to accomplish his plans. There were David the shepherd boy, Joseph the spoiled son of Jacob, and Timothy, the young disciple of Paul. Older youth learned about dealing with life’s hard issues through the love of God. And faith led to giving back, as young people connected to the community through a variety of serving opportunities.

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HEART & SOUL and with all your STRENGTH and with all your MIND

with all your

Luke 10:27

The opening of the Sansom Sports Complex made field sports and a premier performance training facility available to city young people.

1566 Youth in Health Programs



145 Emerald Youth Sports teams participated in basketball, soccer, swim, volleyball, track, baseball, and wrestling. Our teams competed in 26 championship events, including the National Junior Olympics! Performance training among athletes increased safety, skills, and ability, and other influences for good health included regular classes in fitness and nutrition. Through Emerald’s partnership with the City of Knoxville’s E.V. Davidson Community Center indoor pool, 358 children learned to swim or improved their swim skills.




HEART & SOUL and with all your STRENGTH and with all your MIND

with all your

Luke 10:27

Learning takes place routinely and in a variety of settings.

690 Youth in Learning Programs



In our afterschool leadership program, children received daily homework help and time in computer learning labs, both of which had a positive impact in 2015: • 75% of the elementary and middle school students showed improvement in their skill level in reading with 44% achieving their growth goals (defined as the amount of growth projected for a child to achieve in one academic year compared to students across the nation). • 83% of those students showed improvement in their skill level in math with 49% achieving their growth goals. • 63% of 3rd graders were on or above grade level in math, 41% in reading. • 40% of 8th graders were on or above grade level in math, 45% in reading. Older students took ACT Prep classes, job-shadowed at area businesses, learned life skills like financial literacy, and visited colleges and universities. Ultimately, we want city children to thrive in their education as they grow into promising, Godly young adult leaders who help renew their communities.



BY THE NUMBERS What Age Groups Are Served?

Pre-School+Elementary 46% Middle School 27% High School 19% Young Adult 8%

Female 53% Male 47%

What is the Ethnicity of Our Young People? 10


Total Number of Children, Teens & Young Adults Engaged in Emerald Youth


16% over 2014

How Many Boys and Girls Participate?

African-American 49% Caucasian 37% Hispanic 8% Other 6%

Sports - 1,366

JustLead - 998

Emerald Youth Sports is a collaboration with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) that engages a greater number of city youth in recreational and competitive sports.

JustLead is our church and community-based ministry that provides after-school, summer, discipleship and mentoring experiences.

• 655 in Soccer

• 496 Students in Learning Labs

• 419 in Aquatics • 189 in Basketball

• 486 Youth in Wednesday Night Activities

• 180 in Volleyball

• 211 Children in Music Offerings

• 149 in Performance Training

• 47 Fellows ANNUAL REPORT 2015



Hundreds of individuals, churches, businesses, and philanthropic organizations supported Emerald Youth’s work in 2015 – we are grateful for each and every gift! These pages include highlights of the generous support. Please visit our website at to see a comprehensive list of all 2015 donors. In Memory Of

Jack Anderson George Archer Terry Bayless Evangeline Bertram Mike Burkhart Phillip Carter Cecil Courtney Zaevion Dobson Patricia Evans Bob Evridge Merriel Goodman Charles Gray Elizabeth Jackson Paul Kelley JoAnn Krusenklaus Jeannie Lakins Kevin Lamb Biddy Leahy Norma Leahy Ruth Leggett John Lindsey Hugh Livingston Willie McIlwain M.B. McKinney George Morris Tommy Newcomb Dexel Parton Ed Pasley Sister Elizabeth Riney Kevin Roberts Glen and Margery Rumery Ryan Shoup Johnny Slocum Steve Sheldon Wanda Thomas Patty Thompson Loyce Thress J. Raymond Tindall Marvin Turner



In Honor Of

Jim and Diane Bailes Gretchen Beal Bob and Frances Bean Carol Beilharz Nathan Bevelhimer Samuel Bevelhimer Mary Sue and Larry Bjorkland Mike Campbell Mr. and Mrs. Robert Campbell Tyler Carey Cory and Nancy Carmichael Kyle and Faith Carpenter Betty Catron Nick Cazana Larry Cox John Crooks Alix Dempster Steve Diggs Dr. David Durbin Jeffrey and Brittany Eastridge William Farnham Quana Fields Fulton High School Students John Gargis Roger Goins Jimmy and Dee Haslam Michael Haynes Neil, Katie, and Eva Heatherly Nathan Henry Dr. Charles Huddleston Emma Jean Huddleston Rocio Huet Inky Johnson John Kelley Michael Kelley Norma Kelley Tyler Kelly Sheelove Knowles Ella Katherine Kuhlman John Lacey, IV Jackie Lane

Fred and Faye Langley Sherri Lee James Ley Lindsey Meadows John and Zulette Melnick Kip Miller Dr. Mike Miller Dr. Tom Morgan Mount Zion Baptist Church Oakwood Senior Living Center Jeff Ottaviano Miles Plumlee Mason Plumlee Darryll Rasnake Clark and Rachel Reyes Family Mary and Ron Rimer Betsy Roberts Mike Roberts Dr. and Mrs. Alex Robinson Evan Rogers Kate Salsbury Van and Anice Sanks Bill and Elisabeth Sansom Shara, Sam and Emma Shoup Rhonda Steele Mr. and Mrs. John Testerman Dr. Chris Testerman Ann Marie Tugwell Dr. John Vannoy Charles Wagner Libba and Jim Wall West Knox Warriors Lacrosse A.C. and Doris Wilson Rev. Grady and Ottalee Winegar Mrs. James Wright Dr. Tom Zarger

In Kind Gifts

All Occasion Catering Avalon Golf & Country Club Buchanan Paint Company Bush Brothers and Company Chick-fil-A Cherokee Health The Chop House City of Knoxville, Parks and Recreation Dept. Cumulus Media Knoxville Dayton’s Pest Control Dean’s Restaurant and Bakery Echelon Florist Emerald Avenue UMC First Trust Flat Creek BBQ Franklin Templeton Investments

Gentry, Tipton & McLemore Graham Corporation H.T. Hackney The Iaomai Center Knoxville Expo Center Knoxville Focus Knoxville News Sentinel Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic Lamar Laurel Church of Christ MetLife Mount Zion Baptist Church New York Life NovaCopy Ohio National Financial Services Pilot Flying J Popeyes Printedge Regal Entertainment Group RIVR Media Sansom Family Foundation Shopper News Stellar Visions and Sound Titan Self Storage Transamerica True Grip and Lighting Virginia Avenue Ministry 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 music- related learning experiences.



FINANCIALS 2015 Total Unrestricted Income Total Expenses Cash at End of Year


$3,175,506 $3,239,702 $ 150,304


$3,190,888 $2,892,716 $ 342,181

$2,662,293 $2,632,675 $ 214,614

The above figures are unaudited. Emerald Youth Foundation’s audit, prepared by Mitchell Emert & Hill P.C., will be available in late 2016 at




33% 8% 27% 15% 43% 15% 27% 13% 6% 7% 4% 2%


68% 70% 20% 18% 12% 12%

Functional Expenses from 2013 to 2015 $2.50 $2.25 $2.00 $1.75


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

2013 Programs



2014 Mgmt. & Gen.

2015 Fundraising ANNUAL REPORT 2015



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