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2023 Shining Star Award Honoree:
Ryan McClarty

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At the age of 24 Ryan McClarty started one of the most known Christian hip-hop record labels in central California (Christ Like Records) opening for acts such as Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, James fortune, West Morgan, No malice, Bizzle, Bryan Trejo, Social Club and many more. Throughout the years Ryan McClarty also known as KAY0 has been heavily involved in the community of Fresno CA, 

particularly in his work with the Fresno Police Department (FPD). He has used his music, ministry, and cultural impact to build a positive relationship with Fresno PD, creating reform, building awareness, and positive relationship between the ethnic communities and the Police Department.


After completing seminary at Angelo's Biblical Institute, Ryan served at a group home as a youth life coach for KYJO Enterprises. Ryan then became a youth mentor for the Hand in Hand organization mentoring youth in Fresno Unified School District. During that time Ryan was given the honor of serving on the panel for the PBS special Black America MLK with former Fresno Chief of Police Jerry Dyer (now Mayor of Fresno) and California Chapter President of BWOPA (Black Woman for Political Action) Dezzie Woods Jones.


Over the years Ryan has received many awards including two consecutive awards in 2017 and 2018 by the Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life organization and the Fresno Police Department for being one of the youngest and the most dedicated persons advocating for community policing and a healthy relationship between the police department 

and the South West district and  community.

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