We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony “Brotha Anthony” Glover and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anthony “Brotha Anthony”, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to be intentional about providing young men lessons in which will either be critically needed to know or possibly utilized as an outlet, throughout their journey towards and during their Manhood.
Many young men I’ve worked with since I the beginning of my journey as a mentor come from single-parent homes, raised by only their Mother. This inspired me to serve as a “Community Uncle.” I wanted to another positive male figure alongside the great Men in my circle who have been doing the same.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’ve been a part of a great organization by the name of “Fight For Life, No Excuses” since 2017. We run a Mentorship called S.O.N.S. (Saving Our Noble Sons) and I’m currently still a part of the organization. Most of the program is classroom settings.
During the process of starting my business, I wanted to take the route of everything being outdoors and hands on. This way, their would be an add to the variety of opportunities for young men in our community get involved with.
I eventually decided to focus solely on life skills training. Things my Father taught me or I taught myself as a Man I’m which I could pass on to the boys in my community. Four lessons immediately spoke to me; Auto Care, Charcoal Grilling, Fishing and Wood Working.
It’s has been going amazing with just these four lessons, but I’m excited to add on different lessons in the future as Useful Hands PHX continues to grow.
It has been grown from great support from my community spreading the word and believing that I am doing something that can have a great impact on the boys in our community. It’s not always easy, as I’m constantly striving to find ways to improve and grow. I want to be the best version of who I am and what my business provides and that takes great consistency and hard work. But I have strong motivation in my Wife and two Daughters who push me. I’ve learned during my journey that there is always something I can do to improve and a new level to reach.
I want the world to know that my business is also my legacy. And in my legacy, community empowerment means a lot to me and I dedicate much of my contributing into that the best ways I can.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend were in town for a week, I’d be excited to take them see several things. Some of my favorite places as Robinson’s Horse Ranch in which I’m a volunteer to, a hiking trail on one of Phoenix’s beautiful mountains, Harold’s Chicken, Straw & Wool Hat Store, Sage & Stardust and Grassrootz Book Store.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Britt Glover of Sistas Seeking PHX