The family of slain Trooper First Class Wesley Brown has announced the creation of a scholarship fund in his name to continue the education and mentoring of youth in his foundation.

According to the family, the fund will be used to continue Brown’s “legacy and vision for the empowerment of youth. One hundred percent of monies donated will benefit the community and members of his founding group, Young Men Enlightening Younger Men (YMEYM), by providing funds towards continuing education.”

YMEYM was started by Brown and his friends “to show the young men in the community that there is a bigger and brighter future ahead of them with unlimited possibilities,” according to the group’s Web site.

Each month, YMEYM meets with the kids enrolled in the program to take a field trip somewhere outside of the community in order to expand the children’s horizons. The group’s mentors stay in touch with the young men in between trips to “encourage them to stay in school, do the best they can in school and in extracurricular activities, respect themselves and each other, and to talk out any conflicts instead of resorting to violence.”

Brown’s work in the community didn’t go unnoticed as many around the state complimented his dedication in improving the lives of young men in Prince George’s County.

“TFC Brown was a remarkable young man,” First Sgt. Rodney Morris, Brown’s commanding officer, said at a June 11 press conference. “He was on his way to becoming a very fine trooper. All he wanted to do is serve his community. If there was an assignment for an event here in Prince George’s, he was one of the first ones I’d display.”

Brown’s family has requested that donations in his memory be made to the TFC W. Brown Memorial Collegiate Youth Scholarship Fund. Donations can be made at any Bank of America branch or online at


George Barnette

Special to the AFRO