Our Leadership 

TERRY ATWATER

CEO / Executive Director

After 30 years in the corporate environment, Terry has embraced his lifelong passion of assisting youth in preparation for independent living. Terry is dedicated to assisting youth in the Foster Care System with enhancing their personal skill set by providing a structured, stable and secure environment that our youth can call their home. With housing being the critical component, Terry and his Leadership Team continue to explore housing opportunities to assist individuals who have experienced “life challenges”, yet strive for independence and personal productivity as they reintegrate back into their communities.  

 

Terry has spent many years assisting youth, whether coaching youth football and basketball, as well as founding the C.O.P.E. (Consider Opportunities in a Professional Environment) program, a cooperative effort between KG&E (Currently Westar Energy) and USD 259 (Wichita Public School System) to expose students to guest speakers in various professions. Terry was also a member of the Wichita State University Men’s Basketball Team in 1982 – 83, the Missouri Valley Conference Champions (25-3). Terry has served as an adjunct instructor at Friends University and Baker University in the undergraduate and graduate business programs. Terry never misses an opportunity to share with youth through mentoring, and currently serves as a Mentor/Facilitator at USD 259 schools with Real Men Real Heroes, Inc. and was recently appointed as a Board Member for League 42 Non-Profit Baseball Organization centered at McAdams Park in Wichita Kansas.

 

Terry’s educational background includes an Associate of Arts Degree from Seward County Community College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management, and a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Development/Organizational Development, both from Friends University. Terry believes that environmental exposure is a critical component in developing youth and that formal and informal education is invaluable. In a nutshell, Terry believes that the best “angle” to approach meeting the individual needs of today’s youth is the “try-angle”.

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