To passionately empower youth to improve their lives by accepting personal accountability and to continuously strive toward the goal of achieving their full potential,
“one degree” at a time.
Heartland 180, Inc.
In 2013, Rev. Jonas Hayes observed a need for prevention programming for disadvantaged underperforming youth in the community. With his experience with the 180- degree curriculum as a pastor in California and has helped start the Delta 180 program in Mississippi, Rev. Hayes began looking for partners and board members to help make his vision of a 180-degree program here in the heartland. Rev. Hayes reached out to Kansas Department of Corrections Juvenile Services about the program and curriculum.
The Director of Community Based Services reached out to Maximilian Mendoza, a juvenile justice advocate and governor-appointed member of the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Mr. Mendoza became one of the four founding executive board members of the newly formed Heartland 180, Inc., a non-profit organization, which assists disadvantaged youth and young adults to achieve academic success and live to their full potential.