The Founder


BYSM was founded by Angela L. Bryant, a native of Syracuse, New York.

A single parent at the age of 19, Bryant personally experienced the various challenges of a young, single parent and understands the importance of having someone by your side to help you through the tough times. In fact, if it weren’t for the support of family, friends and even strangers, it would have been extremely difficult to achieve her academic goal as well as survive on a daily basis.  It is that support that fuels her desire to help other economically and socially challenged young, single parents.

After completing her Bachelor of Science degree at Oakwood College, Bryant entered corporate America as a Business Analyst and worked for large corporations such as Freddie Mac and WorldCom/MCI.  In 2001, she left the traditional workforce and founded her singing ministry, Sounds4thesoul, a ministry that uses a inspirational music and spoken word to inspire and motivates audiences.

In 2006, Bryant founded the nonprofit, By Your Side Ministries, Inc. in response to the massive need of support for unprepared, young mothers and their dependents as well as her wanting to fulfill her promise to God to reach back and help someone like herself achieve their life’s purpose. In addition to helping young single moms, Bryant extends her support to developing youth ages 13-19 as they transition from youth to young adults. And if that isn’t enough, her desire to meet the needs of orphans and widows in third-world countries that have so much less than those in the USA, has expanded her organization’s mission and vision.

In 2009, Bryant earned her MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources and in 2018 she became a licensed real estate agent in the DC Metro area. Both of these achievements are just another expression of Bryant’s passion to serve others.

A Message from the Founder:

Welcome to the By Your Side Ministries, Inc. (BYSM) website, a non-profit organization driven, dedicated and determined to make a difference by Believing, Instilling, and Investing in You!

It is our desire that your navigation experience will compel you to do one or more of the following:

  • Apply for the Program (moms)
  • Sign up as a Mentor
  • Sign up as a volunteer (administrative, presenters, chaperones, etc.)
  • Sign up as a financial partner, donor, Sponsor, and
  • Spread the word about By Your Side Ministries!

BYSM strongly believe in the old saying that “It takes a village to raise a child”.  And that is especially true for single-parent homes.

In a society where life challenges are extremely overwhelming, not only to the adult population but especially to our youth–our future–it is our obligation as a community and as a nation to work together to nurture, correct and mentor the under-privileged—specifically the single-parent families.  

The overall mission of BYSM is to assist young single parents and their dependents, youth/young adults, and third-world country orphans in discovering, pursuing and fulfilling their life’ purpose one day at a time. All they have to do is BELIEVE!

So if you believe that you can make a positive impact in the life of another, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! Volunteer and/or partner with us today and help us make a difference!

Angela L. Bryant