“Restoring the urban community through group mentorship, leadership, training and spiritual guidance”
B.R.U.H. is guided by the principle that all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, family dynamics, nationality, or past failures, deserve a chance at a bright future.
Through our group mentoring efforts, virtual workshops, trainings, leadership, and spiritual guidance, we encourage and equip our youth to discover and develop their unique talents, achieve in academic settings, social settings, and rise above any circumstance that is detrimental to their becoming thriving, productive and engaged adults.
Mission: Restoring the urban community through group mentorship, leadership training, and spiritual guidance.
Vision: Through our mentoring services, we desire to make personal connections that will inspire those in the urban communities to discover who they are, develop their strengths, and overcome their challenges.
Brothers Restoring Urban Hope, Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit mentoring based organization that was founded in 2005. While in undergraduate school at University of South Carolina Upstate, B.R.U.H. founders Antonio Boyd and Victor Durrah, Jr. noticed that a number of the high school students they worked with lacked the positive racial identity, soft skills, and social capital they felt were essential to their success in life. Thus B.R.U.H. was formed to create a community-based and volunteer led organization committed to exposing students to avenues of success regardless of socioeconomic status, family dynamics, nationality or past failures using the connected scholars program curriculum.
Connected Scholars is a research-informed course designed to meet the needs of high schools, colleges, and universities interested in implementing a mentoring program for its students. Instead of matching students with assigned mentors, students are trained to understand the value of building their social capital and then, learn and practice networking and relationship-building skills to expand their social networks. The goal is for young adults to develop life-long skills that will benefit their academic, professional, and personal lives.
Today, under the leadership of Executive Director Victor Durrah, B.R.U.H. partners with many organizations and volunteers to provide mentoring services to youth in Upstate South Carolina.
Who we serve:
Elementary through middle school students through our community based programs. Our curriculum based program is for young adults seeking direction and guidance in their lives. Our base of students hails from the Upstate of South Carolina and we partner with all youth serving organizations and churches.
• Recruit cultivate & motivate volunteers to become mentors
• Provide soft-skill workshops geared towards professional development
• Provide Connected Scholars Group Mentoring Program
• Provide MLK Day Leadership Basketball camp
• Host yearly College Summit Enrichment programs
• Provide virtual mentoring services
• Serve as advocates for youth mentoring organizations
• Black History Reading Initiative
• Coaches 4 Character Field Trips
• Moderator of Community and Thought Leadership Forums centered around relevant community issues