A PLACE WHERE POSSIBILITIES EXIST

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For at-risk youth in West Charlotte, the pathway to a better life is hard to find. But it’s not impossible. A Better World exists to deliver help and hope to the kids in our community who need them most.

A Better World Was Founded in 2001

by Pastor Ken Gilliard and Forest Hill Church, who identified the need for a positive, educational, after-school program in West Charlotte. When A Better World began, it served eight students two days a week. Thanks to the tireless work of Pastor Ken and his team, the program now serves approximately seventy students five days a week. The kids who stick with A Better World are, at the very least, guaranteed a positive experience and quite possibly one that will change their lives.

leadership

Pastor Ken Gilliard
Pastor Ken Gilliard
FOUNDER
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Taylor Justice
Taylor Justice
PROGRAM DIRECTOR
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Michael Manning
Michael Manning
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BOARD MEMBERS

KEN GILLIARD
Founder

WILLIAM LIPPINCOTT
CannonCassidy

CATHY PURVIS
Fidelity Investments (Retired)

WENDY SMOLEN
Attorney & Community Volunteer
Board Secretary

SANDY MCCASLAN
Christ Resurrection Church
Board Treasurer

BILL HESTER
Associated Real Estate Advisors

CRAIG MILLER
Spectrum Companies
Board Chair

KRISTINA HITCHENS
Consolidated Planning

DEAN PURVIS
Bank of America (Retired)

DAN MCGEE
Barings

YVETTE PARSONS
Community Volunteer

KIM DEATON
Community Volunteer

THOM KLINGMAN
CBI

CARL FOCHLER
Real Estate Developer

GAVIN SHUCK
Truist Advisory Group
Vice Chair