Dar'tavous Dorsey is the Associate Director of Strategic Engagement with the Crime Lab and Education Lab. Dar'tavous Dorsey is a lifelong Chicagoan. A product of Chicago Public Schools, studied Recreational Sports Tourism at U of I and Mental Health at Chicago State University.
Dar'tavous spent the last four years as a "West Region Supervisor" at Youth Guidance’s Becoming A Man (BAM) program. Through weekly group sessions and the support of trauma-informed counselors, BAM provides leadership programming and mentorship to over 7,000 young men from under resourced communities in the Chicago area. Dar'tavous serves as a mentor to 26 young men and supervised eight trained BAM Counselors, who in turn serve hundreds of young men across nine high schools. Since joining BAM in the Summer of 2015, Dar'tavous has personally mentored more than 500 young men, working to support their social, emotional, and academic development through life skills, college, and career programs. Through his work with BAM, Dar'tavous observed a gap in the needs that were specific to young men of color. As a result, Dar'tavous launched the EYE Lead Foundation in March of 2019. The EYE Lead Foundation seeks to fill that void for young men of color and expose them to excellence and provide them with leadership opportunities to change the narrative of their communities. EYE seeks to increase academic awareness, encourage post secondary & pathways, including the promotion of HBCUs, job readiness, address violence, and youth homelessness and hunger. Dar'tavous is a proud member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, and 100 Black Men of America-Chicago, Inc.