At the NorthPoint Foundation, we believe in the power of community and the profound impact that a positive role model can have on a young person’s life. When we heard Kakeland’s heartfelt desire for a strong male role model for her boys, we knew that we had the opportunity to make a lasting difference. Kakeland’s wish was simple yet profound – she wanted her boys to have strong male role models who could provide guidance, support, and inspiration as they navigated the challenges of growing up. Jack and Owen immediately raised their hands, eager to take on this important role.

They understood the significance of being there for these boys, not only as mentors but also as friends. They committed to spending one day a week with Kakeland’s boys, and from the very beginning, they made a genuine connection. They engaged in activities like playing basketball, helping with homework, and just being there to listen and provide guidance. While this mentorship relationship is still in its early stages, the potential for positive impact is already evident. The boys have had the opportunity to come to the office and experience a world of amenities they may not have had access to otherwise. They played ping pong, used the golf simulator, and had the chance to see a different side of life. These experiences not only brought joy but also broadened their horizons. But the impact goes beyond office visits. Jack and Owen have taken the boys on various adventures, from watching sports games to going to Sky Zone. They’ve cheered for their favorite teams, laughed at the thrill of watching bull riding, and created memories that will last a lifetime.

These experiences are not just about having fun; they are about expanding the boys’ perspectives and helping them discover new passions. Kakeland has noticed significant changes in her boys since the mentorship began. Owen and Jack have played a pivotal role in boosting their confidence, and their vocabulary has been expanding as they engage in meaningful conversations and activities with their mentors. During the summer, when Kakeland’s work schedule made it challenging, Jack stepped up by taking the boys to summer camp, ensuring they had a safe and enriching experience. The journey of Jack and Owen with Kakeland’s boys is just beginning, but the positive impact they’ve already had is undeniable. As these boys progress through grade school, middle school, and high school, they will have not only mentors but also friends who believe in their potential and are committed to helping them succeed.

At the NorthPoint Foundation, we believe in building strong communities, and this story exemplifies our commitment to making a difference, one life at a time. We look forward to witnessing the continued growth and transformation of these young boys as they embark on this remarkable journey with their mentors. Together, they are shaping a brighter future filled with hope, support, and endless possibilities.

Natasha Rickel

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Meet our dedicated Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Natasha, a seasoned professional with a flair for strategic brand management and integrated marketing. With an impressive background in spearheading innovative initiatives for the largest privately-held industrial development company in the US, Natasha brings a unique blend of expertise in communications, content creation, and digital strategy. Holding an M.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications with a focus in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Kansas, Natasha is committed to driving growth and shaping impactful brand narratives. As a board member and active member of KC IABC and the Content Marketing & Communications Manager for NorthPoint Development, Natasha plays a crucial role in our mission to enhancing the lives of children in our communities.