April 2009 – My Brother’s Keeper of Greater Richmond was founded by Stephan “Coach” Hicks in a small bedroom/converted office with the purpose of bringing needed spiritual resources to African American brothers. There were six men who started the journey to authentic manhood with the desire to be better men, husbands and fathers.
May 2009 – Began volunteering and mentoring men who incarcerated in partnership with Prison Fellowship.
August 2009 – Formed an incorporation with the state.
September 2009 – Facilitated our first class “The Quest for Authentic Manhood.” The Quest is a captivating journey composed of 24 weekly sessions. This series helps men understand their masculine identity and shows them how to make the pursuit of authentic manhood a lifelong priority that is incorporated into the fabric of their everyday lives. It offers a clear definition of what a man is and challenges each man to develop his own personalized manhood plan.
May 2010 – We held our first graduation / Class of 2010 (10 graduates).
August 2010 – Our first “Draft Day”
September 2010 – Facilitated our second class of “The Quest for Authentic Manhood”
February 2011 – Facilitated “Grace Based Parenting”
February 2012 – Launched The Resolution Project in partnership with the Richmond Family and Fatherhood Initiativ eand is based on the Resolution from the movie “Courageous.” Men are encouraged to view the movie and then make a decision about making a pact or resolution to be courageous biblical leaders in their household.
March 2012 – Conducted a workshop at the “Iron Sharpens Iron”Men’s National Equipping Conference held in Fredericksburg, VA
March 2012 – Launched “33 the Series” Volume 1; A Man and His Identity – This project involves six sessions that explore the basic foundations of Authentic Manhood and God’s clear design for men. Starting with meaningful insights into the current state of manhood, it helps men navigate through some manhood realities that have created cultural confusion. It follows by unfolding God’s manhood mandates for all men and offering a clear definition of Authentic Manhood that helps guide men on their journey (over thirty men have completed this volume).
April 2012 – Conducted a workshop at the “Iron Sharpens Iron” Men’s National Equipping Conference held in Richmond, VA
May 2012 – Showed the “Courageous Movie” in partnership with Boaz and Ruth at theFirehouse Cafe. The community was invited out for movie, dinner and candid conversation about manhood (over 50 attended).
June 2012 – Co-sponsor of “The Resolution Ceremony” in partnership with New Life Harvest Church. Men took the “Courageous” Pledge (15 men).
August 2012 – Our second “Draft Day”
September 2012 – Launched “33 the Series” Volume 2; A Man and His Story – Every man’s life tells a “story.” In the pursuit of Authentic Manhood, every man must understand and come to grips with the defining moments and key relationships that have shaped his unique, “Story.” This volume provides men with biblical perspective of their “story.” It equips them to embrace how their past has affected their present and prepare them to deal with whatever the future my hold.
June 2013 – Launched “33 the Series” Volume 3, A Man and His Idols – This volume challenges and equips men to go below the surface, to look deep into their hearts and explore some areas that are all too easy to ignore but that are critical in their journey toward Authentic Manhood.
July 2013 – Launched a manhood class in partnership with theCity of Richmond(Bellemeade/Bellegrove Community) (8 participants).
February 2014 – Filed for non profit status / formed a Board
February 2014 – Established the “Manhood Chronicles” an electronic, monthly newsletter telling the Untold stories of Richmond’s Men. The Manhood Chronicles features a man in our community who is doing the right things for his family and community.
February 2014 – Facilitator of “The Fathers’ Support Group” in partnership with theRichmond Family and Fatherhood Initiative,which helps men engage fully, effectively, and responsibility in their children’s lives.
April 2014 – Nominated as a Finalist in the “Rich Tech” Community Awards in the area of Utilizing Technology Innovation to reach our constituents.
July 2014 – Moved into our new office location at 1618 Hull Street.
November 2014 – Hosted the first annual “Mannys Award Dinner” a yearly event to highlight the Unsung Heroes in the greater Richmond region.
May 2015 – “Hosted its first “Suits for Success” a two-day workshop teaching job search skills, resume writing, job interview techniques, and grooming. Participants received free hair cuts and a business suit.