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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Management & Technical Assistance, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: restoring our future by giving our youth back their future

Target demographics: our youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2009 -2016

Geographic areas served: South Los Angeles

Programs: gang prevention, mentoring, life skills ,conflict resolution ,and role play

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a group of young men in the community helping the youth to stop the violence. This is a great opportunity to join them in there endeavors.
May God Bless and keep them!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great program for the young youth. it helps the youth deal with the day to day issues they face in life at there level of understanding with the power of free speak and the access of mentors that will give them the guildance and the resources they need to handle day to day in the inner city as a young youth.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Bear for several years and had the pleasure of watching his transformation into an amazing man with his primary focus ensuring that not one child follows in his footsteps. His program provides children with tools to make wise decisions, obtain better grades and study habits, also learn to become productive people. His passion for B.A.B.Y. has provided several at risk youth with opportunities they would have not reached without the assistance of Bear and his organization. I wish you the best and hope you are able to reach every at risk youth to prevent further distruction in our inner cities.

Sincerely,

Felicia Brown, LVN

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is amazing! The children respect him. He cares greatly for every single kids that joins his program, and really goes above and beyond for them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Bear several years ago at a school where I was a Special Ed teacher. At our school, a lot of our students believed that if their parents were in a gang, then they had to do the same BUT Bear taught our students otherwise. Because of Bear's life experiences, our kids wanted to hear what he had to say and most listened to his wise instruction intently. He taught our students to think before they make rash decisions, to realize that they are in charge of their own destiny, and to honor themselves and the people around them. I am so grateful that he helped the students at my old school and will now be helping the students at my new school. As teachers, we drop little powerful seeds of knowledge all of the time to our students - some of the seeds grow and blossom, some do not. I truly believe that what Bear teaches our kids - what seeds he sows - has taken fruit and will continue to take fruit in the future. I am honored to work with him because I know that he saves lives because of what he does. Thank you Bear & Brothers Against Banging Youths!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Bear several years ago and am so grateful for what he and his organization do for some of the students at my school. Knowing Bear, he would help every kid at my school, if he had the time, but he concentrates on the students that need the most help. He provides our students with words of wisdom, stories of hardship, struggle, and success to enable them to have additional tools to use to survive in the "still to this day" discriminatory society. He gives them hope, lets them know that they can be somebody, and doesn't sugar coat the message - their success will come if they work hard, think before they act, and honor themselves. Thank you, Bear and BABY, for all that you do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi im a parent that want to thank brothers against banging youth for working with my son .mr spratley has helped me with son to the point that he has changed our relationship because of his life experiences and sharing this with my son has changed his way of thinking and bow he is making better decisions his school work has improved so much I think the with the talking and the letters from prison telling the kids how they made bad decisions got them locked up for life really woke my son up and now he making good choices thank you Mr Bear

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have inside knowledge of how successful this program is not only in rehabilitating inmates but detering youth from a life of crime or death. This program also provides hands on services for the parents that seek help with their children. This program is being duplicated in different counties in California. Rehabilitated inmates realize the damage they created in their communities and the letters from them is only one way of them giving back to their communities. When released the majority of the rehabilitated ex-felons donate hours to this organization to help the youth and parents. I think that this is an excellent program as well as being very effective.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

brothers against banging youth is a very strong organization that really gets involved with our at risk youth . letters that the inmates write are used in the school setting . their are also books sent out telling our youth about all the bad decisions they made as youth .A lot of the students take this information and use it to help them navigate through the problems that the youth are going through with peer pressure being a 100 times worse than the 90s and 80s so yes I strongly believe B.A.B.Y [brothers against banging youth] is effective organization that will bring about change in our community .bridging the gap between parent and teachers. reducing the recruitment into gangs thus reducing the GANG violence in urban areas.....BRAVO TO B.A.B.Y] Brothers Against Banging Youth keep up the good work save our kids .Taking back our future by giving our youth back their future..........

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I work directly with Lifer inmates in the California prison system and can tell you that, from what I've heard directly from the horses mouth (so to speak) this is just a way for Lifer inmates to write a few letters to get a response letter back from this organization to try and show the Board of Parole Hearings Commissioners that they are a "changed" man and deserve to get out. After their hearings, that is the last this organization ever hears from them again.

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