Meet the Founder


 Yolanda Brewer, Ed. D

Founder and Executive Program Director

I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. My educational background consists of the following: Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice/Corrections; Masters Degree in Public Administration-Law; Paralegal Certificate obtained and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership; Minor in Instructional/Curriculum. My published Doctoral Dissertation entitled: The Phenomena of Non-Mainstream Sexual Orientation and High School Retention Rates: A Qualitative Study of Non-Heterosexual Former High School Students, February 2014, is noted under Publication number,3578018. ProQuest document ID number is 1493841480.

While employed as a Chicago Police Officer for 21 years, I was assigned to several community policing districts and units namely: Community Alternative Policing Strategies; Police Agent with the Internal Affairs Division; Juvenile Intervention Support Center by mentoring at-risk youths subjected to being incarcerated in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center; Special Investigation Unit/Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center in which, I assisted in providing services for sexually abused/assaulted children; and a Domestic Violence Liaison Police Officer. 

As the Founder and Executive Program Director of the Band of Law Enforcement Mentorship Program (BLEM), my ongoing mission is to continue in the development of programs geared towards female youth ages 12 to 15. The BLEM program encompasses law enforcement educational skills, life-skills, hands on and an overall well-being of respect for themselves and others, while learning about both the overall academy training and law enforcement expectations of becoming a law enforcement officer.

"A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself."

-Oprah Winfrey