Creating a world where villages raise our children through mentoring, empowering them to be successful adults and in turn build loving, compassionate communities. As we influence the thought patterns of our youth we will change the world and create unlimited possibilities.
Ladies and Gentlemen allow me to introduce you to my mentee of over the past 7 years; Police Officer Brandon Tyler Byas. HE DID IT! Detroit has received a gift from God. Brandon is a man of integrity that truly cares about his community and he will do everything within his power to keep the citizens safe.
Brandon became a part of Avengers Youth Mentoring Organization when he was 15 years old. Brandon joined our basketball team and later became a basketball coach at just 16 years of age coaching our 13 & under boys basketball team, winning the championship. Brandon has always had a desire to become a police officer. After failing the police exam 3 times and ready to call it quits, Brandon took the test one more time and became overjoyed that he was able to join the police academy.
I have been blessed to mentor Brandon ever step of the way. Brandon is a prime example that mentoring works!
This month we take pleasure in recognizing our very own, Police Officer Brandon Tyler Byas; A product of Avengers Youth Mentoring Organization.
In late 2009 Edward Dean looked around his Community and found his daughter surrounded by poverty and violence—something that, sadly, the city of Detroit has become iconic for. Edward knew that without writing an expensive check, his daughter would have no safe place to play and learn after school hours. He saw other families with children who had the same problem and realized that it was his duty to create an organization to “take back” or avenge youth from violence they had been born into. The Avengers were born. Since its inception, we have turned heads and grown rapidly, now serving over 500 children. The Organization offers sports programming and life skills education ranging from basketball to entrepreneurship education. In April 2010 “Avengers Youth Mentoring Organization” was officially recognized as a nonprofit 501(c)3 Organization in the 13th Congressional District of Detroit, MI.