Covid-19 Update & Flooding: With the spread of Covid-19, The Blue Ribbon Project is following guidance from our local and state government and will be postponing all Volunteer events until further notice. In addition to this, The Blue Ribbon Project recently experienced a significant flood to the lower floor of our building. Repairs are being made, however, this has made some of our rooms inaccessible. Mirah's Closet and other portions of The Blue Ribbon Project are OPEN by appointment.
Taylor Pyles is a child abuse survivor and the founder of The Blue Ribbon Project. He has been a police officer with Annapolis Police Department for over a decade and is assigned as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section. When not working, you'll find him spending time with his family and out enjoying the countryside on two wheels.
Stacy McCormack grew up in Anne Arundel County where she attended Meade High School. She graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland. She remains a big Terp fan and tries to catch as many football, basketball, lacrosse games as she can. She loves coaching and can often be found (and heard) on the sidelines of her kids’ games. She is never without her Coca-Cola and hanging out with her family.
Amanda's biography and photo are coming soon.
The Blue Ribbon Project was founded by Tom "Taylor" Pyles. Taylor entered a career of broadcast radio after graduating high school. In 2003, Taylor joined the Annapolis Police Department in communications capacity. He later was hired as a sworn officer within the department. In 2010, Taylor moved from the Patrol Division to take a position within the Criminal Investigations Division. Taylor primarily investigates violent crimes and any crimes against children. He is also a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate with Anne Arundel County, working as an advocate in the court system for children in foster care.
Andrew C. White, a senior partner with Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin, White, is a former Assistant United States Attorney who served as a Senior Litigation Advisor to the Clinton
Independent Counsel in the Monica Lewinsky investigation. Andy has over 25 years of experience trying civil and criminal cases of all kinds. He has coordinated hundreds of
complex federal criminal investigations and has tried over 400 state and federal criminal trials, including over 30 federal jury trials.
Volunteering is an incredible important part of our society and affords people the opportunity to really give back to their community and make a huge difference in the lives of others. Since the founding of The Blue Ribbon Project, that "community approach" to supporting children in our community who are neglected and abused has been an important principle. The Blue Ribbon Project is a 100% volunteer organization, even up to the executive director. It is the hard work of volunteers that truly make a difference in the lives of children and we need your help to continue to build and to further our mission to help these kids. Through this hard work by volunteers, The Blue Ribbon Project has grown from one county in Maryland to covering multiple counties in Maryland.
The Blue Ribbon Project currently has an opening for a Volunteer Coordinator. This volunteer position plays an important role in our organization by helping to manage others that wish to volunteer for The Blue Ribbon Project. This is a great opportunity to help build our volunteer program from the "ground up". The Volunteer Coordinator position, while volunteer, would be the same as a Management or Leadership position. The Volunteer Coordinator works very closely with other members of The Blue Ribbon Project. This is a team effort and you would be a big part of that team. We all support each other to further the mission of assisting these children in our community. We also know that life happens and it’s oftentimes difficult fill a fully volunteer position. We will work with you on a flexible, as needed, basis.
The Blue Ribbon Project is a 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization based in Annapolis, Maryland. We are committed to both the prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and as a support network for youth in Foster Care, adult survivors of child abuse and child sexual assault. The realities of child abuse is not an easy subject and it takes a special person to work in this field. It isn’t for everyone (and that’s OK). Our staff members, including the Volunteer Coordinator, must have a strong passion for the mission of The Blue Ribbon Project.\
I've been wanting to start a blog for awhile...not because it's the "cool" website thing to do, but wanted to give you a glimpse into the behind the scenes stuff that involves The Blue Ribbon Project and why we do what we do...I'll share my full story in a later post but wanted to give you a little background so you have a better understanding...Back in the 1980's I entered foster care due to physical abuse. Eventually, I aged out of the system. Fast forward many years when I became a police officer and then a detective.
Thank You for your support of The Blue Ribbon Project and offering to volunteer. You will receive a confirmation via e-mail. We recommend you register for our website (if you haven't done so). We regularly send out e-mails with volunteer opportunities as they arise or upcoming events. We also post these upcoming "Volunteer Days" on our website and announce them on our Facebook page. With your website registration, you can easily sign up for opportunities by logging in. Thank You again for your support and for being a part of The Blue Ribbon Project!
In it's continuing mission to support foster youth, we have launched a separate website called FosterLink. FosterLink is an on-line community comprised of foster youth, former foster youth, as well as various professionals from the community. You'll find a wealth of information and resource articles on a variety of personal topics.
Please take a moment to visit the FosterLink website at www.fosterlink.org
CHESTERTOWN — Children who are entering foster care in Kent County due to abuse or neglect will have belongings to call their own, thanks to the Backpacks of Love program.
Tom “Taylor” Pyles, a detective with the Annapolis Police Department and founder of the nonprofit The Blue Ribbon Project, gave a presentation Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Kent County circuit courtroom.