Brother Andrew L. Gardner III's bio in his own words.
Meet the Founder and President of Brothers Like Me, https://brotherslikeme.org/
Andrew L. Gardner III (Certified Anger Management and Domestic Violence Prevention Specialist; Associate of Arts in Communication, Theatre and the Arts) is Founder and President of the innovative nonprofit organization Brothers Like Me. Since Fall of 2020, through the organization, Andrew has presented interdisciplinary workshops where he teaches solutions for men who struggle with self-regulation and de-escalation. Andrew helps reduce intimate partner violence by building up men who learn accountability and empathy in hands-on workshops and courses for various audiences.
Andrew has been invited to lead discussions with adjudicated youth, military college cadets, church groups and domestic violence survivors. He is an effective speaker who shares about his struggle to become an instructor and advocate. After witnessing domestic violence growing up, he successfully re-framed and changed habits that led him to have difficult relationships himself. The most innovative aspect of "Brothers Like Me," is Andrew’s use of self-made video dramatizations of difficult conversations between intimate partners; in conjunction with practice using alternative and corrective solutions, as well as constructive de-escalation behaviors.
Between October 2020 to present day, Andrew has trained upwards of 150 men and women on how to manage themselves and grow empathy for partners and family members. Especially remarkable is his ability to talk from experience about ways to accept accountability, ask for forgiveness, and take deliberate steps to build back trust amongst friends and loved ones. Recent clients and workshops include:
Fall 2020 3-Part Series on Origins of Anger and Strategies for De-Escalating Conflict for The My Brother's Keeper Men's Ministry;
October 2020 Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Conversation with Community Survivors (Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church - Mt. Airy and Cheltenham, PA); Winter 2021 Aftercare Evening Reporting Center (Philadelphia, PA); 6-week Course in Anger Management; and the 2021-22 Arts Against Anger Community Video Project (Ardmore, PA).
Andrew and his team at Brothers Like Me are combining their scripting and film skills with his background in theatre. Having acted in stage versions of Shakespeare’s King Lear, Oscar Wilde’s Ideal Husband, and Frank Capra’s Arsenic and Old Lace. Andrew likes to use drama and improv in conjunction with communication, breakdown case studies, and teach workshop participants to see themselves in video dramatizations, where couples argue, then manage to de-escalate and prevent violent conflict. Andrew is available for speaking engagements, consultation, and workshops.
"Life is a one-way destination traveling on moments, meaning you can never go back to the moment before. All you can do is focus on the moment that’s at hand and create better moments until the day you land.”
Full episode scheduled to be released Friday, August 27, 2021.