BROTHERS STANDING TOGETHER

WHO ARE WE?

Brothers Standing Together (BST) is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2009 to help decrease neighborhood violence in an effort to contribute to a safe environment for children and families beginning with serving our youth.

BST began as a dream of its founder, Raymond Richard, who was inspired by his own experience in growing up in the former Cabrini Green housing projects. He realized how different his life would have been if he had a mentor to teach him when he was a teen what he had learned the hard way about the value of education and that violence is not the answer. As a result, a desire to help others avoid his mistake arose and BST was born.

BST’s vision is to see a complete cessation in violence and all people living happy, healthy, and whole lives.

Today, in order to achieve the vision, BST partners with various organizations to create and offer programs such as Overcoming Obstacles Seminar Series, job placement through Labor Temps, internships, and mentoring programs for young men. We also host community awareness and outreach events which stress the importance of education and provide opportunities for unifying the local neighborhoods through family friendly, legal aid, and records relief events. With the help of our alderman, the community park district, and other local churches and organizations, we are able to achieve our goal.

Our Numbers

1
Brothers Saved
1
Team Memebers
1 %
Loved

WHO IS…

Raymond Richard?

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Brothers Standing Together was launched in 2009 by Raymond Richard, who was inspired by his own experience in growing up in the former Cabrini Green housing projects. He realized how different his life would have been if he had a mentor to teach him when he was a teen what he had learned the hard way about the value of education and that violence is not the answer. As a result, a desire to help others avoid his mistakes arose and BST was born.

In 2009, I founded Brothers Standing Together, a non-profit organization whose goal is to help decrease neighborhood violence in an effort to contribute to a safe environment for children and their families.  Our goal is to change the mindset of our youth so that they can become productive members of society.  We are actively working to reduce violence by bringing awareness to our youth and the community at large.  With an open mind and holistic approach, we are certain that this involvement will help bring light to the problem and create solutions that will make, and keep, the community safe.

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