About Us

I AM MENtality is a Baltimore based non-profit organization

We serve the population ages ranging from 5 to 18 years. Our focus is helping youth combat the challenging circumstance Baltimore youth are faced with.

We offer a principle driven philosophy that causes a change in the trajectory of the life of our participants. Deeply rooted in a servant leadership based curriculum our services touch the mental, physical, emotional and social facets of our participant’s lives. I AM MENtality Youth Male Empowerment Project was birthed in January of 2016, founded by Darren Rogers.

Information + Application = Transformation (I+A=T)

Mentality uses this method of engaging to get each participant to their personal goals.

What We Offer

We offer a counseling service that supports youth who suffers from social, emotional issues such as depression, behavioral issue, adjustment challenges (New environment, loss of a family member or relationship) ADHD, OCD and educational disparities. We connect our participants with licensed clinicians and doctors to facilitate the needs of each particular client.  Each participant is allotted rehabilitation goals in efforts to overcome any presenting challenges.

The tools we use to get the job done are family, and individual therapy, support groups, behavior modification training, communication and socialization skills training, boundaries and limitation sessions, anger management, conflict resolution training, confidence & character building groups.

We also offer a leadership development academy which offers these courses: leadership skills, conflict resolution, anger management, effective public speaking, professionalism, financial literacy, history, health and wellness, and etiquette and manners.

Meet Our Staff

Darren Rogers

Darren is the Program Director and is responsible for youth development & teaching the Leadership courses.

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Asia Rogers

Asia is the non-profits secretary and teaches the professionalism course of the leadership academy.

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Michael Jackson

Michael is the teacher of financial literacy course of the Leadership academy. He also is one of our fitness coaches.

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Ebony Gross

 Ebony is the Tutor for I AM MENtality. She has true passion for education and enriching the lives of our youth.

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Darren Rogers is a Baltimore, Maryland native born in 1982. As a husband and father of two, Darren understands the value of a strong family foundation and how your foundation as a child shapes your future. With the background being raised by a single, teenage mom in the heart of Baltimore City, Darren decided that he wanted to be the mentor that he desired in his youth. His passion for mentoring the youth in the Baltimore Community has led him to pursue a degree in Social Work at Baltimore City Community College. Because he also understands the importance of having multiple skills and certifications, Darren is also a Certified Truck Driver with a Class A license; he also has a license in Therapeutic Behavior Management, Conflict Resolution, Anger Management, Common Diagnosis for Adults & Children, Community Integration, and Childhood Growth & Development. In his mission to better the lives of our youth, Darren is also a licensed Treatment Foster Parent.

Darren has over 8 years of experience as a Therapeutic Behavioral Services Counselor. He has worked with several Baltimore based PRP companies like T.E.A.M., Reclaiming Our Children & Community Project INC., and Changing Turn Community Healthcare Services. He has also worked as a School based Mentor for the Baltimore Curriculum Project. All of these positions have given Darren the skills and confidence to create the non-profit I AM MENtality Leadership Program in 2016. This program is a true passion of Darren’s where he is able to reach several young males ages 5-17 and help guide them into the path of manhood though skills in hygiene, leadership, financial literacy, interpersonal skills, fitness, etc. Darren plans to change his city one male at a time through his genuine desire for greatness in others.

Asia Rogers is a Baltimore, Maryland native born in 1984. Her passion for fashion and beauty evolved as she grew up leading her to pursue a degree in the fashion field. Asia attended the University Of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) where she majored in Fashion Merchandising and learned the dynamics of the Retail Industry, the techniques of sewing, textiles and garment construction. While at FIT, Asia majored in Advertising Marketing Communications and got a chance to get firsthand experience in the Fashion Industry. Asia then graduated from UMES with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and an Associate’s degree in Advertising and Marketing from FIT in 2006.

Post College, Asia put all of her knowledge and credentials in these various areas to work. In taking her knowledge of Fashion Merchandising, Asia began working in the retail corporate industry. In 2007, Asia started working for Jos. A Bank Clothier as an Assistant Planner in Men’s Sportswear. Three years later, she accepted a position at Under Amour in the Retail division as a Footwear Allocation Analyst. Her combined experience opened up the opportunity for Asia to take on a position Lifestyle Retailer, DTLR in October 2013 as the Women’s and Kid’s Footwear Buyer. She has now transitioned into the Buyer of Women’s Apparel, Women’s Footwear and Accessories. In her 10 years of professional experience, Asia has developed a passion for helping and mentoring youth to get to their desired career paths through professional development training, college admission assistance and providing first hand industry advice. While her fashion career has been very fulfilling, she prides her most purposeful job at home as a wife and mother of two girls.

Michael J. Jackson. At the young age of 35 (at the creation of this bio), he is a father of two beautiful girls, an 8-year-old, and a 1-year-old, and has been married to an amazing cosmetologist and entrepreneur for going on 8 years. As an ‘07 graduate of Coppin State University, he’s advanced in his career to become the owner of A Little Faith Accounting & Tax Services, LLC and currently works with the State Department of Education as a Financial Compliance Auditor Lead.

With a 5th degree black belt in karate from the Riley Hawkins Avengers Karate Club, he’s contributed to many volunteer organizations including but not limited to the Riley Hawkins Avengers Foundation, I Am Mentality Youth Male Empowerment Program, and a community church, B3 “Building Better Believers”.

He has taught karate to boys, girls, men and women from ages 3 to 65 for over twenty years at no cost and continues to do so to this day. His laid back and giving personality attributes to him being trusted by not only his peers, butby his seniors, juniorsand his accounting and tax clients. He has a heart for giving, leading and mentoring. He believes we can change the future by pouring into as many children (and any coming behind him) as possible. “Everybody can be a teacher, whether you’re teaching what to do or what not to do; everybody can be a teacher.”

He has worked with Mr. Darren Rogers with the I Am Mentality program since its inception in January 2016. Michael has brought an air of loyalty and dedication to help move the program forward offering his assistance to Mr. Rogers whenever and however requested.

In the summer of 2015, he assisted with the launch of a new community church named B3 in the Glen Burnie area. In the spring of 2016, he gave his life to Christ at this new church and has since grown in the faith at this same church as they have moved to a larger location in the Lindale community.

With the above mentions, Michael follows a strict discipline of being physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy. He continues his karate and martial arts training to remain physically fit. Teaching others and constantly learning keeps him mentally fit. Speaking to God through prayer and listening to God through reading the Bible, attending church regularly and spreading the Word of God to others is his way of staying spiritually fit. These attributes help to make him a grounded and humble individual.

Ebony Gross graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 2006. Upon graduation she attended Coppin State University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2010 and a Masters of Arts in Leadership in Teaching with a concentration in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. (STEM) from Notre Dame of Md. University in 2015. She has six years of experience teaching, reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies to students in grades 1st through 5th in Baltimore City Public Schools.

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