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MABARI BYRD

Founder/Owner

Mabari is a Philadelphia native, who is one of 7 children, and split his childhood growing up in both the North Philadelphia and Germantown sections of the city. After years of struggling to overcome his personal struggles as child and influence of the "street life" as a teenager and young adult, Mabari found himself living a lifestyle that took him, some of siblings, and many of his close friends down a dark and dangerous path. Mabari decided after spending time incarcerated as both a juvenile and adult, and becoming a new father of a newborn babygirl, that his and her future was undoubtedly worth making significant life changes he desperately needed to turn things around for him and his new family. Through self-determination, hard work, personal commitment, support of family and friends (old and new), and as he describes "The mercy of God," Mabari set off on a life-changing journey of self-growth that many of his friends and family describe as transformational.

Fast forward to now, over a decade later, Mabari has a diverse background in the fields of behavioral health, education, youth development, program design, and social justice and environmental advocacy. He’s traveled across the country sharing his story and speaking for the underrepresented to bring awareness to the socioeconomic and environmental injustices disproportionately impacting underserved communities. He’s spent time in the classroom educating youth, leading and mentoring AmeriCorps crews, working on local and national campaigns for social and environmental causes, serving children and adults with special needs, working to reduce barriers for returning citizens, and coaching youth sports. As of recent, he's join Temple University's Healthy and Safe Schools Initiative as a Trauma Specialists, developing and facilitating trauma-informed training for local educators, parents, and community leaders. Mabari values genuine partnerships and culturally competent approaches to helping others, and is passionate about inspiring younger generations to not be afraid of taking calculated-risk, leading with transparency, and being true to who they are in all aspects of life. Mabari stays grounded through prayer, volunteering, and his commitment to constantly seek personal growth as an evolving man, striving Muslim, and proud #Girldad.