At the heart of The Darryl Gaines foundation is H.O.P.E, helping others pursue excellence. This hope is not just about helping others through financial support; it's about helping them see and follow a path towards success. Hope is not about being perfect. It's about finding a better way.
The Darryl Gaines Foundation seeks to address the challenges facing vulnerable communities, to improve existing youth programs and initiatives, and to provide awareness of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
To develop key partnerships with local business and community leaders;
To conduct camps to promote life skills, health awareness and STEM education;
To strengthen existing community programs and initiatives; and
To provide support with gaining access to scholarships and tuition assistance
Darryl Gaines grew up in the Baltimore Street Projects in Mobile, AL. His parents worked hard to be able to move him and his brothers not far away into a small two-bedroom house. Playing in the neighborhood and visiting relatives and cousins in other project communities and playing in their neighborhoods, gave him a sense of who he was early in life. He always wanted better for his life and his family’s life. This is where he has gotten all the drive, persistence, and determination he possesses. From those humble beginnings, he developed a strong desire to be the best and bring others along with him. His mission in life, both professionally and personally, has been to be successful while at the
same time wanting to help others become successful.
After a visit to his hometown in February, 2017, Darryl noticed that the area he grew up in looked and felt the same. He saw there was still a need for change in the community as he drove through. After speaking with several of the neighborhood children, Darryl felt they had the same urge as he did when he was a child they wanted to do something. When he left, he had a deep seeded feeling that it was time to use the knowledge he had gained, the credentials he had earned, and his network of friends and family to step back into the picture to see if he could make things a little brighter for the children. While there, he met a boy named Kenneth who shocked him by mentioning NASA's recently discovered seven new planets. He was thinking, this child lives in the projects, but he has the awareness and understanding to know about space and the latest news. This was his “calling” to do something to help the children he saw playing and riding bikes on a glass laden parking lot, high-grass curbs, and piles of garbage throughout the community.
Because of that February, 2017 experience, Darryl was moved to develop the "Darryl Gaines Foundation” to address some of the many concerns for underserved communities. The Foundation focuses on improving the community in a respectful, strategic, yet progressive manner that considers the existing infrastructure and services to make them better.