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Young Men United strives to provide blueprint to success
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Pictured at a recent Young Men United Christmas dinner are, from left, Paul Ramsey, Charlie Boyd, Martin Bracey, Robert Wood, Howard Henny, Miss Tennessee Teen Odaysha Ramirez, Donald Crisp, Rita Ramsey, Nelson Ramsey, Doug Milner, and Jimmy Haley.

If you’re building a house, you need a blueprint to be successful.

Young Men United member Donald Crisp says the same philosophy applies when preparing plans for life. You need a blueprint.

“We want to give kids the tools for success,” said Crisp. “Our mission statement is building character for life.”

To hammer home that theme, Miss Tennessee Teen and WCHS senior Odaysha Ramirez was the guest speaker at the annual Young Men United Christmas Dinner. Ramirez told the children in attendance that it takes work to achieve goals and not to shy away from that challenge.

About 15 children attended the Christmas party. They were treated to a meal, a visit from Santa, and gifts.

“The kids were definitely excited to see Santa,” said Crisp. “This is the one event we do yearly to give back to the community.”

Young Men United, a 501(c)3, was established in 1998. Despite its 20-year existence, Crisp says members are still working to get the word out about their organization.

“After 20 years, I still have people come up to me and say they don’t know anything about us,” said Crisp. He said anyone who would like to make a donation can do so at: Young Men United, P.O. Box 7073, McMinnville, TN, 37111.