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Divine Bradley (born October 9, 1982) is a motivational speaker, community leader, entrepreneur and founder of Team Revolution, a youth-led community service organization based in New York City, New York.
Bradley was born Andujar Alexander Bradley on October 9, 1982 in Belmopan, Belize to parents Alger Bradley and Debra Pratt-Miller. Bradley’s father was the CEO of Toucan Industries, a match producing factory and bottling plant in Belmopan, Belize. He was also an esteemed sports commentator, entrepreneur and socialite before his death in 2004. His mother is a veteran school-teacher. Before he was a year old, Bradley and his mother, immigrated to the United States settling in Crown Heights, NY. They eventually moved and he spent his youth growing up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, New York|Brooklyn, NY.]] Throughout his teen years he attended Boys & Girls High School in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, NY where he was mentored by then principal, Frank Mickens.
At age 17 Bradley resided in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn. He noticed there was a lack of safe places for the young people in his neighborhood to meet. It was then that he opened a community center in the basement of the family home. The center focused on keeping youth off of the streets and encouraging them to be involved in the community by carrying out community service initiatives. Over time the number of members outgrew the home and they needed a larger meeting place. Because of the need for space and the expansion of the programs being offered, Bradley founded the New York based non-profit organization Team Revolution. The teamrevolution.org website describes itself as an organization focused developing community leaders and social entrepreneurs by providing “self-development programs, community service projects and an empowering educational environment…” to youth in disadvantaged communities. Bradley and his team put together a fund raising drive in an effort to secure funds to expand the organization. The task netted over $20,000 in less than two weeks. The funds were used to secure larger space for the growing non-profit. As the organization continued to grow, so did the programs offered. Bradley went on to develop programs within the organization such as The Bank, which boasts a curriculum focused on educating teens in the areas of Economic and Financial literacy; the Fellowship Academy, an institution intended to teach young people to make changes in their communities for the better; and the L.E.A.D. program that translates to “Leadership Etiquette and Development” which aims to develop young people into successful youth leaders.
Bradley has been involved in several ventures, being featured in many campaigns developed by well-known companies, including:
Bradley was designated as a Polo Ralph Lauren ROLE “MODEL” for its G.I.V.E. Campaign. Bradley’s image and quote’s have been used to promote the brand on such platforms as: commercials, apparel, in store promotions, online, magazine covers, billboards, packaging and posters. Bradley designed the Trademarked Graffiti G.I.V.E Tee and thousands were sold world-wide. 100% of the profits were donated to the purchaser’s charity of choice. Bradley’s Team Revolution & POLO Ralph Lauren created a Limited Edition Member’s Jacket and other products. 100% of the proceeds went to Team Revolution, for its upkeep and continued development.
Bradley was also hired as a creative consultant by RODALE Publishing and the Ralph Lauren Cancer Center to arrange a team of youngsters who would create the content of the Better Health Book-a-Zine Project.
Bradley was a campaign spokesperson for PEPSI’s ‘Refresh Everything’ project. Bradley was also hired by Pepsi as Training Consultant & Outreach Coordinator for a six city tour throughout Chicago New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami. Bradley’s image and story was printed on million’s of Doritos’s bags.
Awards and Recognition
Bradley was a 2007 recipient of the esteemed Golden Brick Award in the category of Community Building for his efforts with Team Revolution and within his community. He was a recipient of Bank of America's Youth Entrepreneur of the year Award. Bradley was honored by (then) NY Senator Hillary Clinton at her 7th Annual African American Heritage Celebration for his achievements. He was a 2002 recipient of the Mayor’s Volunteer Service Award in New York City, presented by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for his efforts in the founding of Project F.O.C.U.S
The Hip Hop Project
Bradley was a subject in the film, ‘The Hip Hop Project’ in which Bruce Willis was the Executive Producer.