We are dedicated to encouraging and assisting men in their transition
to becoming functional husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers.
MEN are at the heart of My Brutha's Keeper
MEN who have faced adversity.
MEN who face daily challenges.
MEN who need resources to get their lives on track.
My Brutha's Keeper was established to provide a variety of supportive services to underserved men and youth of color. We believe everyone has the ability to transcend the barriers into which they're born and to motivate one another to live purposeful lives.
Inspired by the personal stories of struggle, perseverance, and the ultimate triumph of Darrell Wallace Jr., M.A., founder of My Brutha's Keeper, our organization aims to create a brotherhood of support—through education, outreach, and mentorship—to help these men become leaders within their families and the community at large.
At My Brutha's Keeper Inc., we promote initiatives and raise much-needed funds to assist men in our community who need it most. We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about some of the most pressing issues facing men of color today.
Please join us by supporting our efforts to make a measurable difference in the lives of others.
“If you want to make a difference in the lives of the people you lead, you must be willing to walk alongside them, to lift and encourage them, to share moments of understanding with them, and to spend time with them, not just shout down at them from on high. Mentors build mentors. Leaders build leaders. When you look at it closely, it’s really one and the same thing.”
Former NFL Coach
ONE STEP AT A TIME...
At My Brutha's Keeper, we address the many issues that plague men of color in an effort to find meaningful solutions and help them create productive lives.
Our goal is to strengthen our clients through individualized case management services, including:
referrals to supportive resources
parenting and social-emotional programs
BUILDING FUTURE LEADERS...
"It's easier to build strong children than repair broken adults."
It's imperative that we encourage and reinforce the healthy development of our youth to ensure they are prepared to build a brighter tomorrow. Through education and mentorship, we work directly with families, communities, and other local partners to empower young people to successfully transition to adulthood.
PAY IT FORWARD...
Our outreach initiative aims to assist those in our community who cannot help themselves in several ways:
We offer educational and social activities—at no cost to our community members.
We strengthen relationships within the community by offering programs and solutions meant to improve neighborhoods.
We work with young people to create successful leaders and positive role models for the future.
“In recognizing the humanity
of our fellow beings,
we pay ourselves
the highest tribute.”
Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993)
The first black U.S. Supreme Court justice
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Calming. Comforting. Reassuring. These are some of the words often used to describe Darrell Wallace, the brains—and heart—behind My Brutha’s Keeper. In fact, it's Darrell’s peaceful temperament, even in the face of chaos, that affords him the ability to calmly find collaborative solutions to stressful problems.
“I believe everyone deserves to be treated with unconditional respect and care," Darrell says, "and I believe that everyone is innately good and should not be imprisoned by a single, negative action or situation.”
A life-long resident of Anne Arundel County (but a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan!), Darrell was the first of his parents’ children to graduate college. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with a concentration in Children and Family Counseling) from Frostburg State University (2015) and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Bowie State University (2018). Today, Darrell is the father of three beautiful children and says that being able to provide for them, nourish their development, and help them to become strong, engaged, positive people is his top priority. “My children are my world.”
The 360-Degree Village Approach
to Mentoring Black Males
by Dr. Larry Walker
excerpted from Ebony.com
I enjoy mentoring young Black men because the proverb “each one, teach one” means everything to me. My experience has taught me that mentees frequently teach you more about life than you could ever learn listening to a motivational speaker or watching a documentary. Having a mentee is a life-altering experience. For example, I tutored a high school student who struggled with his reading. He was frustrated because teachers and family members doubted he would ever learn to read. Over a two-year period, we worked together to improve his reading, self-confidence, and ability to navigate life’s challenges.
Similar to other Black males, he needed someone who believed in his greatness. I can’t take credit for his improvement. With enough support, our men can learn to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or dive into the deepest sea. Potential is only limited by society’s negative stereotypes.