Success with At-Risk Students


Backyard Games of America is very proud to introduce one of our first scholarship recipients:

Kristin Nicole Alexander, Masters of Science, Professional Counseling

She reviews_1is a PhD candidate in Chemistry at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Kristin is a hardworking and ambitious student. BYGA is proud to support Kristin in her efforts to succeed.

See Kristin’s “Thank You” message here!

“Dear BYGOA, I cannot say thank you enough for your generous and continued support in my academic endeavors. I was the 2010-2011 scholarship recipient while pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at Marquette University. With the support of BYGOA, I was able to cover the cost for books and other college related recourses. The support of my donors not only helped me financially, but they encouraged me to keep going when I felt like giving up. As a former scholarship recipient it has motivated me to pay it forward to those I come into contact with. In 2012, I obtained my Master’s degree in Counseling and I am currently working toward a PhD in Global Training and Development. I am working as a high school Chemistry teacher in Milwaukee, WI and starting my own business. Upon the completion of my doctorate degree (December, 2017) my aim is to increase the economic development in Milwaukee’s low-income areas by assisting community members develop local businesses and providing vocational and technical training to students at the high school level. As a member of the BYGOA family, I look forward to being on the other end of the spectrum paying it forward.”

~Kristin Alexander (2010-2011 Scholarship Recipient)


William Garard Godwin

A native of Jackson, Tennessee, reviews_2William is an alum of Georgetown University, graduating magna cum laude from the College with a B.A. in Sociology. He received the Department’s Hoggson Award for Excellence in Sociology. At Georgetown, he was elected a Harry S Truman Scholar, was selected as both a John Carroll and Patrick Healy Fellow, and spent his junior year abroad at The London School of Economics. He continued his education at The University of Chicago Law School, graduating in 2010. In May 2015, William obtained a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from The Chicago Theological Seminary, with a concentration in the intersection of religion, law, and politics. In 2011, he wrote a book entitled, Blue America’s God: Reflections on Faith and the Future of Progressive Politics.

William is an attorney, real estate broker, entrepreneur, community/external affairs consultant, and award-winning public speaker. He is External Affairs Officer for Communities In Schools of Chicago. Previously, he has served as External Affairs Director at One Chance Illinois, an educational policy firm, and GEMS World-Academy Chicago, a startup K-12 independent school headquartered in Dubai. Previously, he served as the Associate Vice-Chancellor of Workforce & Economic Development in the City Colleges of Chicago’s district office, managing workforce partnerships. William is a member of the Illinois Bar, the Chicago Association of Realtors, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the South Shore Chamber, Inc. and the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention. In 2015, he launched beluxlife.com.

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