Board of Directors

Dr. John E. Guns

Founder, Chairman

Bracy Taylor


Sharon W. Grant


Sonjanique Guns

Assistant Secretary

Programmatic Leadership

Dwayne Thomas

National Executive Director

Sharon Banks

National Director of Program Developement

Committee Members

Johnathan Bishop


J. Scott Cotton


Terrance Freeman

Barbara Johnson

The National Climate:

Trayvon Martin is shot and killed by George Zimmerman. Anger, frustration, mistrust and disillusion are pervasive in many minority communities. African American young men are dying at an alarming rate and many of their deaths are unnecessary. The world is filled with a deep sense of lost and many are trying to understand how we got here. This is the context by which Operation Save Our Sons was born. It was birthed during a time of racial turbulence and community disconnect. Now, while most would suggest that this was nothing new, we saw the dynamics shifting and felt some collaborative community response was in order. The need for partnership was paramount so out of the obscurity of the collective pain came Operation Save Our Sons or OSOS as it is affectionately known.

As the founder of Operation Save Our Sons I never expected it to become what it has become. Truthfully I saw it as a singular event in May of 2012 birthed from a conversation with Pastor Arthur Jackson of Miami Gardens, Florida.  Yet out of one conversation came not just an organization but also a movement.


The Work:

In partnership with other groups we seek to impact young men. Over the 4 years we have developed meaningful partnerships with schools, government, law enforcement, business, fraternities and community based non-profits to meet the needs our the Young men. We have sought to build bridges for the sake of our sons. OSOS values partnership and thus great energy is invested in WORKING TOGETHER. We understand that isolation breeds competition and with so many invaluable lives hanging in the balance we can't afford to work against each other.  We are grateful for our past and present partners:


Duval County Public Schools

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Police Athletic League

Edward Waters College

Community in Schools

Community Foundation

Catapult Academy

Ribault Full Service Schools

Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce

Junior Achievement

Mayors Office

State Attorney

Florida Blue

Advance Disposal

100 Black Men

Kappa Alpha Psi

Alpha Phi Alpha

Various Churches


Each partner has proven to be committed to the same goal, the empowerment of African American young men.


Our National Plans:

Operation Save Our Sons plans to develop program modules while partnering with existing community based after-school programs in every major city in America. These programs will target boys from ages 6-18. We will also train after school program staff to implement Operation Save Our Sons curriculum designed for each age group, while working one-on-one with the targeted age group through mentor-ships, ensuring our objectives are met.

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