About the Founder and POPS Program


Youth Empowerment Speaker, Mentor Specialist, Author, and Founder of the POPS Youth Empowerment Organization for male teens, Tarell Earl began his mentoring journey by journaling and researching topics on the basics life skills for his son Brendan. He reasoned that all his son had to do was read the journal if anything were to happen to him. This was to ensure that Brendan knew more than his father did when he grew up. He didn't want his son to make all of the same mistakes in life that he had made. The more time he would spend with his son, the more he saw other youth not receiving the same knowledge. Tarell then began mentoring in 2003 when he recognized his son’s classmates didn’t have many supportive male role models in their lives. Tarell began to share his knowledge with other organizations, thus the Youth Empowerment Speaker was born. 

Father Figure 

In 2010, Tarell changed the name from My Brother's Keeper Mentoring Program to POPS (Pursuit Of Prosperity Strategies), a life skills mentoring program for male teens. He noticed that due to a large population of single mothers, their sons didn't need another big brother, they needed a father figure.

In 2016, Tarell Earl established POPS INC., a non-profit corporation that focuses on the upbringing, development, education, life skills, and empowerment of male youth. Tarell's logic is to try to reach as many youths as possible in as many forms as he can. These are through youth speaking events, mentoring, video blogs, video talk shows, and scholarship fundraisers. 

Today, Tarell Earl partners with numerous organizations. Tarell says, "He's on assignment in reaching this young generation." Matthew 9:37 says, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few." Tarell says, "There's too much nonsense, and not enough make sense in the world today."

You can see Tarell Earl in video blogs and video interviews where he continues to create opportunities to help empower our youth.