Since 1990, Lynn has tutored, mentored, and counseled boys and young men from many different backgrounds and circumstances. Like many of them, he was also a child from a single parent, female dominated household. Although Lynn’s mother did an outstanding job caring and providing for him and his three sisters, the absence and influence of men who lead their families left him unsure about what it meant to be a man. He believes this same uncertainty has become more prevalent in the lives of boys and young men today and understands first-hand the negative impact an absent father can have on a child’s life.
Lynn’s mission is to help boys and young men grow into caring, responsible, and productive adult men. He is committed to creating clear pathways to access and harness opportunities for young people to extend their abilities, strengths, hopes and dreams beyond the boundaries of the neighborhood. Lynn also works to find more innovative ways to get more adults involved in mentoring boys and young men.
Lynn is a native of Kansas City, KS where he graduated from Washington High School in 1989. He attended Kansas City Kansas Community College, where he earned an Associate of Arts in Graphic Art and Design and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1996.
In January 2020, Lynn celebrated 30 years of service to children and youth. Within that timespan he’s worked with some of our nation’s top youth serving organizations, including Boys and Girls Clubs, Camp Fire and YMCA, where he’s led, managed, and designed high impact youth program initiatives. In 2000, Lynn facilitated the expansion of Camp Fire’s Teens in Action program nationwide into at-risk neighborhoods in Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX and Orlando, FL. Lynn has built a career in the nonprofit sector as an advanced program, organizational and operational management expert. In 2007, he started Johnson Development Group, LLC providing operations, management, and business development consulting services. His proven leadership and experience have been utilized in more than 100 combined schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations across Kansas and Missouri state lines.
Currently, Lynn’s expertise are instrumental in the growth and impact of the Urban Ranger Corps (URC) of Kansas City, MO. URC provides at-risk boys and young men ages 12 to 18 with a unique opportunity to develop the appropriate life skills necessary for them to become successful and contributing members of society. Since 2013, Lynn utilized evidence-based tools