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 2009, Bryant earned her MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources. She is currently a licensed real estate agent in the DC Metro area.

Bryant resides in Northern Virginia with her daughter, Sydni.

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:

  • Sign up as a Mentor or Mentee
  • Sign up as a volunteer (administrative, presenters, chaperones, etc.)
  • Sign up as a financial partner/donor, and/or
  • Spread the word about By Your Side Ministries!

We here at 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 in setting and accomplishing life goals, as well as, discover and fulfill their divine purpose by getting them to 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