Youth Moving Forward’s (YMF) mission is to encourage youth to achieve their utmost potential by building supportive relationships, academic confidence, work readiness skills, entrepreneurship knowledge, and basic life skills.
We believe young people can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
After years of working in the non-profit field with young adults from urban communities, Darnell decided in 2019 to venture off on his own. He is now the Founder and CEO of Youth Moving Forward, a mentor program and resource center. In obtaining the position of Executive Director, Darnell understands the importance of mentoring and the influence it possesses on the future of youth and paving the way for the generation to come. Throughout the years of working with youth, Darnell truly believes in the power that having a mentor not only makes a difference in the lives of young adults but also witnessing the transformative relationships that were developed through mentoring. Darnell stands on the belief that “one must not only mentor but be a model and live a lifestyle that youth can mirror.” Ultimately, the mentees will not only follow what they are told but what they are shown as well.
Darnell was born and raised in Seaford, Delaware, but has lived in Rhode Island for over 13 years. He is the father of a 9-year-old daughter, with whom he enjoys spending every minute of his free time, going on adventures, and exploring the outdoors. Darnell loves traveling to different cities trying different foods and sightseeing. He also enjoys cooking and considers himself a self-made chef, with his very highly requested traditional soul food dishes. Darnell enjoys family gatherings surrounded by good food and creating memories with his loved ones.
Along with his background and education, Darnell takes great pride in stepping into his new role as Executive Director. Darnell will be designing programs to help young adults make changes mentally, behaviorally, financially, and emotionally. The goal of Youth Moving Forward and the programs that will be provided will be to empower every young adult to shift their perspective from being marginalized to overcoming the status quo. This will help build their self-confidence and also create opportunities and solutions that will last a lifetime.
Elliot Hardy - Assistant Director
Leatha Robinson - Treasurer
Robert Robinson - Board Chair
Lajuan Allen - Vice Chair
Shaun Mark - Secretary
Glenda Robinson - Committee Chair
Naomi Mark - Board Member
Evelyn Stanley - Board Member