• Frank Haight: Club director never gives up on kids

  • When the Independence Unit of Church Women United launched its search for a recipient for its third annual Human Rights Award, the ecumenical organization wanted that person to demonstrate the characteristics in  this year’s human rights celebration theme, “Embracing Our Oneness.”

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  • When the Independence Unit of Church Women United launched its search for a recipient for its third annual Human Rights Award, the ecumenical organization wanted that person to demonstrate the characteristics in this year’s human rights celebration theme, “Embracing Our Oneness.”
    Church Women United found that someone in Tyrone Moore, who supervises the two Independence units of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.
    The North Kansas City resident will receive a framed certificate at the celebration on Sunday, Feb. 10. The public is invited to attend the 3 to 5 p.m. event at the Boys & Girls facility, 315 W. Leslie St. A reception follows, and a special offering will be taken during the celebration and shared between the Boys & Girls Clubs and Church Women United.
    Past Human Rights Award recipients are Ken Johnston, former William Chrisman High School teacher, and Barbara Potts, the city’s first woman mayor.
    “We wanted to be able to celebrate the fact that (Tyrone) has given such creative leadership in bringing people of the community together and establishing in the boys and girls ... those values of embracing oneness,” says Marge Troeh, a selection committee member.
    Those close to Tyrone, such as staff member Jeannie Cook, see him as a caring person who helps everybody in need.
    “It’s not just the children (he helps). It’s everybody,” he says, explaining Tyrone wears himself down trying to do “everything for everybody.”
    Then there’s club’s membership coordinator, Tara Nichols, who says Tyrone is a “kind man with a very gentle soul.”
    Tom Cochran, an advisory board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Independence, says he doesn’t know any bigger advocate for kids than Tyrone.
    “He doesn’t talk down to them. He talks with them, he says, adding: “That’s a rare quality these days – and precious.”
    Longtime volunteer Carole Price lauds the honoree for dedicating his adult life to helping kids realize their potential. Describing Tyrone as a calm and compassionate person, she says, “There’s not a doubt in anybody’s mind how much he loves every one of those kids.”
    Tom Cochran agrees.
    “He is clearly a guy who is talented enough to go out into the business world and take on other educational opportunities, “(yet) chooses to be with the Boys & Girls Clubs because he loves kids,” he says. “I think he recognizes making a difference in a kid’s life to be a positive benefit, and so I think what drives him is he loves helping kids and putting their lives on a trajectory that is better than where he found them.”
    As for Tyrone’s legacy, Carole Price believes it will be the kids who’ll grow up, become responsible adults and influence the lives of other kids.
    Page 2 of 2 - “(Tyrone) just demonstrates a good, responsible adult male individual,” she says, “and a lot of these kids need the example that he sets.”
    On the other hand, Tara Nichols believes Tyrone’s legacy will be his refusal to give up on kids regardless of the situation. Like the mother who recently came into the club saying she was taking her disruptive daughter out of the club because she couldn’t get her life together.
    “It brings tears to my eyes,” Tara says, noting the girl was sobbing because she wants to be a club member. “She needs the structure. She’s in trouble at school and she’s in trouble at our club. So when she got another write-up, the mom was done. But Mr. Tyrone is not done. And he will be calling on her, and that little girl will be back. I guarantee you.”
    To the children, Tyrone is more than just a father figure.
    “He’s a mother figure, a father figure, a grandparent figure, a good-friend figure and a great role model,” Tom Cochran says. “His sense of presence in the club is just so meaningful to the kids.”
    Tom doesn’t know who the other contenders were for the Human Rights Award, but he knows this: There couldn’t be a more worthy recipient of the award than Tyrone Moore, who “walks the walk” in his involvement with the many youngsters he so tirelessly serves.
    “His life is an expression of service,” Tom says, noting Tyrone’s life is shameless , because when he finds someone in need, Tyrone doesn’t hesitate to call him or another board member and say, ‘Hey, I’ve got a family, and right now they are just sort of up against it. Is there something you can do (to help)?’”
    “He’s always ready to step up and do something.”
    Our community needs more Tyrones, who are passionate about kids, passionate about helping others and passionate about making a difference in kids’ lives. Thanks, Tyrone, for setting an example. Keep leading those kids and they will follow.
    Retired community news reporter Frank Haight Jr. writes this column for The Examiner. You can leave a message for him at 816-350-6363.

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