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,...
ABW’s mission is to rescue at-risk kids in West Charlotte from lives of despair by enriching their physical, mental, and spiritual development.
A Better World, founded in 2001, is a non-profit after-school program that takes a holistic approach to serving kids in Ashley Park and surrounding communities. ABW utilizes small classroom sizes to deliver interactive lessons that complement students’ schoolwork, provides spiritual guidance, and supplies hot meals.
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.
Before her time as A Better World’s Program Coordinator, Kamilah attended Western Carolina University and was a professional track and...
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...
Sheena Harper joined ABW at the beginning of the the 2018 school year. She graduated from Catawba college in 2012...
Brian Miller’s easygoing nature and patience made him an immediate fit at A Better World. Born and raised in Durham,...
Ms. Williams has been a teacher for 16 years-14 in Jamaica and 2 in the United States. Her experience is...
Carol Bates grew up in Cincinatti, Ohio and attended Miami University, graduating with a degree in Library Science. After working...
A Better World Sponsors
Bank of America (Retired)
Attorney & Community Volunteer
Christ Resurrection Church
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (Retired)
Associated Real Estate Advisors
DeVita Kavanagh Dotson, of Northwestern Mutual
Fidelity Investments (Retired)
Duke Energy (Retired)
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.