Pastor Ken founded A Better World in 2001 with the vision that giving kids a safe place to go and learn after school, while also helping their families by giving them invaluable tools and resources, would better the community as a whole. Every day, Pastor Ken is mentoring, watching over and teaching the kids of A Better World life lessons that will serve them academically,...
A Better World’s mission is to UPLIFT UNDER-SERVED YOUTH IN WEST CHARLOTTE FROM A LIFE OF ADVERSITY BY ENRICHING THEIR PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT.
A Better World is an after-school program for at-risk kids who live in troubled homes and neighborhoods. We equip them with the skills and confidence to be responsible adults by nurturing their physical, academic and spiritual development. The kids who stick with our program are guaranteed a positive, life-changing experience.
ABW was founded in 2001 by Pastor Ken Gilliard and Forest Hill Church, who identified a need for positive, educational after-school programs in Charlotte. When the program began, it provided eight students with after-school enrichment programming two days a week. Pastor Ken has worked tirelessly with his team to grow the program over the last 16 years and serve the community daily since then.
Anthony was born in Danvers, Massachusetts and attended the University of Maine, graduating with a degree in Journalism in 2016....
Britannia’s spirit and laugh are what make snack and dinner time special for the kids. She has an innate ability...
Beyonka is a South Carolina native who has lived in Charlotte for three years now. She graduated from Clemson and...
Pastor Ken founded A Better World in 2001 with the vision that giving kids a safe place to go and...
DeAndria joined us in February of 2020 and has made an instant impact on our community. DeAndria graduated from Winston-Salem...
Valene has been a teacher at A Better World for two years now. She has a gift for connecting with...
Ms. Kirkpatrick, or Ms. K to the kids, is a teacher at Olympic High School. She enjoys helping the kids...
Carol Bates grew up in Cincinatti, Ohio and attended Miami University, graduating with a degree in Library Science. After working...
A Better World Sponsors
Fidelity Investments (Retired)
Attorney & Community Volunteer
Christ Resurrection Church
Associated Real Estate Advisors
DeVita Kavanagh Dotson, of Northwestern Mutual
Bank of America (Retired)
Past Board Chair
Real Estate Developer
Join Our Team!
Anybody can volunteer to work with kids in A Better World from the hours of 2:30-6:00 Monday-Friday. Volunteers can become a reading buddy, work with kids as a one-on-one tutor or help teachers as a classroom assistant. If you can’t make a weekly commitment, we also need volunteers to assist in our Family Fun nights once a month on Thursdays through the school months from 6-8:30p.