Youth Development

Encouragement Unlimited, Inc.

  • Lincoln, NE
  • www.encouragement.webs.com

Mission Statement

Encouragement Unlimited, Inc. is a 501 C 3 tax exempt organization founded by John Leonard Harris in 2002 as a public service to provide motivational, educational, and community-based services for individuals from all walks of life. The organization seeks to make a difference in ways that allow people to move past barriers and toward success.

When asked what we do, our answer is simply this, "We take away people's excuses."

Encouragement Consulting Services provides consultation and programs that help organizations to achieve their mission and objectives in "encouraging" environments that allow people to grow and flourish personally and professionally.



THREE PILLARS OF THE ORGANIZATION


PARTNERSHIPS

Encouragement Unlimited, Inc. seeks to partner with other charitable and community-based organizations and agencies whose mission is to serve those in need. The plan is not to duplicate services, but rather to enhance the great work that is already being done.

Clyde Malone Community Center, Salvation Army, Food Bank of Lincoln, Lincoln Public Schools, Men's Wearhouse, John Baylor Test Prep, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Nebraska Healthcare Association, Lied Center for Performing Arts

PROGRAMS

Encouragement Unlimited, Inc. provides educational, motivation and inspirational programs (e.g., workshops, mentoring and inspirational concerts) to reach its target populations, as well as the broader community.

Help Network, Encouraging the Arts, Back to School Supplies Party, Ada Robinson Educational Scholarship, ACT Preparation Assistance, "Dress to Impress" Suit Drive, Manhood 101 Conference for Boys

POSTCARDS

Encouragement Unlimited, Inc. believes that the more encouragement a person can get, the more productive the person can be. With that in mind, the organization has developed a postcard project that sends weekly "words of encouragement" to any person who requests it or who is referred to us. The ultimate goal with this project is to create an "army of encouragers" who regularly send "encouragement" to the people who need it most.

Encourage 1000 Postcard Campaign (challenging 1000 people to encourage 1000 others)

Main Programs

  1. ENCOURAGING THE ARTS
  2. NO MORE, NOT HERE ANTIVIOLENCE PROGRAM
  3. DRESS TO IMPRESS SUIT GIVEAWAY
  4. ENCOURAGMENT CONSULTING
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Encouragement Unlimited seeks to partner with organizations and agencies throughout the country in order to assist them in providing the services that make a difference for people from all walks of life.

ruling year

2003

President since 2014

Self-reported

Mr. John Leonard Harris Sr.

Keywords

Self-reported

Charitable public service, educational and community need-based programs for youth, low-income, families and disadvantaged.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Encouragement Unlimited's primary objective is to make a difference in the lives of people from all walks of life. We endeavor to make encouraging and inspiring others to be better, productive and successful a way of life.

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Also Known As

Encouragement Unlimited, Inc.

EIN

81-0605441

 Number

4253338203

Physical Address

1701 N. 22nd Court

Lincoln, 68503 1114

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Leadership Development (W70)

Management & Technical Assistance (P02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

ENCOURAGING THE ARTS

Encouragement Unlimited, Inc. is offering individuals and families the opportunity to attend Lied Center events. We will have several opportunities throughout the year.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

None

Budget

Program 2

NO MORE, NOT HERE ANTIVIOLENCE PROGRAM

Youth focused anti-violence initiative which desires to teach alternatives to violence and healing for the victims of violence in all forms.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

None

Budget

Program 3

DRESS TO IMPRESS SUIT GIVEAWAY

Annual partnership with the Men's Wearhouse "National Suit Drive" offering men new and gently used clothing in order to make the best possible impression when looking for employment. Also, offer job skills workshop prior to suit giveaway.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Male Adults

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

Program 4

ENCOURAGMENT CONSULTING

Offering professional consulting services to business, education, community and religious organizations with the goal of helping to create "encouraging" environments for people to succeed.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The goal of organization is to impress upon people in all realms and spheres of life that we gain more as a society when people are able to realize their goals and have others who will be partners in the process. We want to build an "army of encouragers," people who every day make a conscious effort to add and offer encouragement to others (verbally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially).
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We have several methods of sharing our message.
    1.) Our HELP NETWORK allows us to hear from people in need and match them with those who are able to help.
    2.) Our Entrepreneur Support Program allows us the opportunity to offer Android tablets as a way to provide new business owners with a way to be portable and receive payments online.
    3.) Our Ada Robinson Scholarship Program allows us the opportunity to provide financial support to students seeking higher education.
    4.) Our ENCOURAGEMENT WRISTBAND program allows us the privilege of sharing our message (ENCOURAGE SOMEONE TODAY!) with people around the world.
    5.) We mobilize people of like interest to share their time helping one another in the ways that are helpful, meaningful and productive.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Encouragement Unlimited seeks to partner with organizations and agencies throughout the country in order to assist them in providing the services that make a difference for people from all walks of life.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Encouragement Unlimited, Inc.

Leadership

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President

Mr. John Leonard Harris Sr.

BIO

John Leonard Harris is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Dramatic Arts. He received his Masters degree in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

For nearly eight years, Mr. Harris served as the Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In August 1998, Mr. Harris resigned his administrative position to follow his heart and a call to work with youth in Lincoln's low-income communities. For the past four years he has worked with a Christian youth ministry called City Impact, Inc., working primarily with middle school and high school age boys.

Mr. Harris is the founder and principal consultant for Harris Consulting Services. He is a talented facilitator and presenter who regularly conducts diversity and cultural awareness presentations for colleges and universities,school districts, businesses, community centers and religious organizations across the country.

Mr. Harris is an award-winning author, actor, and singer. In 1993 his article, "The Portrayal of the Black Family in Prime-Time Network Television", published in the Journal of Intergroup Relations, won the Article of the Year, award from the National Association of Human Rights Workers. He has written several important papers and articles on issues related to race, media,
gender, racial identity and cultural diversity. He has worked actively as a volunteer for a number of organizations including: Coach Ron Brown's ICAN
Camps, Lincoln Action Program, Lincoln Community Corrections Center, M.A.D. DADS, Malone Community Center, Nebraska Family Council, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Salvation Army and YMCA.

Mr. Harris is an active member of Christ's Place Church in Lincoln where he works with a variety of church ministries (worship, evangelism, and social ministries). He is a frequent speaker at Christian men's and youth events. Mr. Harris has been married to his wife, Charlene, for 20 years and has four children, Preston, Shannon, Joanna and John Jr.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Marvie Sullivan

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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