One Heart Kansas City Mentoring Initiative

The One Heart Project is a national collaborative initiative that provides mentors, education and training programs, and ancillary elements to incarcerated and probated youth, to equip them with the necessary tools and life skills.

The One Heart Kansas City Mentoring Initiative is designed to reach youthful offenders in the metro Kansas City area, as well as statewide in Kansas and Missouri.

The One Heart Project

Providing incarcerated and at-risk youth a second chance.

A FORGOTTEN POPULATION More than 2 million teens are arrested every year in the U.S. Some 200,000 of them are incarcerated during a given year.

  • 85% come from fatherless homes.
  • 60% come from poverty.
  • 53% have incarcerated family members
  • 45% have reported being victims of abuse.
  • 40% are under 16..
  • 70% will be arrested again, most within 6 months of release.

One Heart Project pilot programs have produced significant attitudinal and behavioral change, and dramatically reduced recidivism rates.

One Heart Project
What One Heart does is a true demonstration of how unconditional love can transform individual lives.

Tied to the One Heart Movie

Audiences will be activated to action!

Based on true events, ONE HEART tells the inspirational story of how a seemingly meaningless Texas high school football game changed lives on both sides of the ball. The game – described by ESPN’s Rick Reilly as “The oddest game in high school football history” – matched private school power Grapevine Faith and the Gainesville State School, a maximum-security juvenile facility, whose players constantly battle hopelessness and despair. On the remarkable game night, spurred by Faith Coach Kris Hogan’s mass email, thousands from the community show up to cheer for Gainesville, and the game that once meant nothing becomes the game that means everything. Reminiscent of The Blind Side and Remember the Titans, ONE HEART presents human drama that moves and inspires, and demonstrates how a simple act of unconditional compassion produces a powerful and lasting impact.


At the conclusion of the film, audiences will be driven to engage in the One Heart Project, through a) text messaging, b) a free smartphone app, and/or, c) the One Heart web portal. They will then be geolocated, and directed to a service provider partner in their local community so they can participate in the initiative.

Background video that shows the inspiration for ONE HEART, a feature film which is targeted for national release in fall of 2018.
One Heart Project

Images from the upcoming ONE HEART movie.

The Program

One Heart Kansas City Mentoring Initiative

The One Heart Kansas City Mentoring Initiative will reach a minimum of 100 juvenile offenders in Kansas and Missouri in year one. In ensuing years the number of juveniles reached will increase each year.

Participants, ages 14-19, will come from within various counties in both Kansas and Missouri – those in secure facilities, as well as from those on probation. The project combines individual mentoring matches with proven emotional intelligence/life skills curricula. Initiative partners include, Juvenile Justice Ministries, other Kansas and Missouri based community partners, Sagamore Institute, and Baylor University.

Outcomes will focus on improvements in social competence, integration, attitudinal and behavioral change, improved scholastic efficacy, increased self-esteem, and reduced recidivism. The project also holds the potential to help policy makers rethink current approaches to gang activity, youth violence, and juvenile justice.

The One Heart KCMI will be the city-based model that will be built to scale and replicated nationally upon release of the One Heart movie, to impact adjudicated youth in communities across the U.S.


Below is a partial listing of organizations collaborating with One Heart and the Kansas City Mentoring Initiative
Kansas City Chiefs
Baylor University
I firmly believe that mentoring is the key to helping our troubled youth. This is what we need to do as a society.
Honorable Sam Brownback
Former Governor, State of Kansas

Contact Us

We want to hear from you

Contact us any time

To send us a message, use the contact form on the right and someone from our team will get back with you as soon as possible. If you would like to participate in various aspects of the One Heart Project please complete the form below.

One Heart Project

  • P.O. Box 92790
  • Southlake, TX 76092
  • P: 817.427.4621

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