As a youth growing in New York, Brian found his home in the streets with a local gang. It was not until he was faced with serving 35 years in prison that Brian made a decision that would change the rest of his life.
Through his faith and the support of his family, Brian was able to overcome his past and start a journey that would lead him to found M.A.D. Expressions; an organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth stay out of the streets through involvement in the arts. Looking back, Brian realizes his motivation was to create an organization that would not only answer the community' desire for creative programs that focused on artistic form, but would also collaborate with existing programs to meet the needs of every student. With the encouragement of mentors, teachers and spiritual leaders, Brian graduated with an Associate’s Degree from Mitchell Community College and immediately went on to complete his Bachelor’s Degree from Gardner-Webb University. He received his Master’s Degree in forensic mental health counseling in August 2013 and is currently pursuing a PhD. Brian works as a Regional Former Offender Specialist for the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
A Message From Brian
During my personal transformation, I began guiding and assisting individuals by empowering them to look beyond their circumstances. Through the support of my mentors, the ability to share my experiences and former lifestyle encourages others to change. What began as a dream of ‘Making a Difference’ has transformed into my reality. I encourage you to get involved in making a difference in your community. I hope to speak to you soon.