Kansas City nonprofit helping underprivileged youth reach their goals

Kansas City nonprofit helping underprivileged youth reach their goals
Published: Oct. 23, 2023 at 1:27 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - The Full Throttle Foundation first opened in January of this year, primarily serving underprivileged youth in the Kansas City Metro.

The organization first started in Overland Park, but the founders, Gina Hoang and Glen Csuimano, decided the move north in order to serve more kids in Kansas City.

“These kids want it, they want the same opportunities, they just don’t have the resources,” Csuimano said.

Full Throttle gives youth access to physical education, fitness training, and nutrition advice, while also introducing kids to mentors who grew up with similar experiences.

“It’s kind of like a small recreational center for them to come here and know the doors are always open,” Hoang said.

The couple has six kids and were both raised in the Kansas City metro. Hoang said she knows how important it is to have a mentor and how difficult it is for kids to get out of the system.

“There’s a lot of people just trying to make it and we are one of those people,” Hoang said.

Throughout the year, Full Throttle Foundation serves roughly 60 kids in Kansas City. The goal is to expand throughout the metro.

“Because of the environment or the area they are from the kids already have a negative impression of what their life is going to be,” Csuimano said. “The more kids we can bring in the more kids we can connect with and try and help get to the next level.”