It was the end of another school day when Da'Nall Wilmer, a former elementary school teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools, encouraged the boys in his class to come to school wearing a tie for class pictures. He was stunned to learn that none of the boys in his class owned a tie or knew how to tie one. At that moment, he knew something had to be done.

What began as an idea to provide a necktie for 12 students, blossomed into an opportunity to provide ties for over 500 boys throughout his career as an educator. This would not have been possible without the many donations he received from family and friends. As a result, Mr. Wilmer held a series of workshops to teach students how to tie ties, as well as the importance of being a gentleman and treating others with respect.


"Mr. Wilmer's Well-Dressed Workshop" was a widely successful program that sparked the interest of government officials and various media outlets. As a result, young boys come to school dressed for success each week for an initiative called "GQ Tuesday." 


Mr. Wilmer did not stop there. While recognizing the need for students to reach their fullest potential, he continued to mentor some of these young men and ultimately decided to take his ideas a step further. In 2016, Da’Nall Wilmer founded “BOYS in the GOOD.”


"BOYS in the GOOD" is an after-school youth leadership program that helps boys develop new attitudes, behaviors and ambitions while recognizing the importance of dressing well and being respectful. Boys participate in weekly character education workshops, community service and a number of enrichment opportunities. The purpose of this program is to inspire young men in grades 3 through 5 to reach their fullest potential both academically and socially. All boys serve as leaders of the school community and work each day to fulfill the aims of Giving, Optimism, Originality, and Determination.

The Story Behind The Ties


We believe in the following aims to success:



Recognizing the importance of community service by being productive citizens of our world

  • How we will achieve this aim:

    • Participating in monthly community service efforts

    • Staying well-informed on current events and voicing our concerns to school leaders and government officials



Showing gentlemanly qualities by being respectful to others and seeing the positive in every situation we face

  • How we will achieve this aim:

    • Practicing etiquette techniques and learning how to treat others with respect

    • Participating in character education activities to learn how to manage stress and cope with everyday challenges       



Creating our own path by being responsible leaders and setting positive examples for others

  • How we will achieve this aim:

    • Dressing professionally on a weekly basis for “GQ Tuesday”

    • Tutoring and mentoring younger students in primary grades



Never giving up on our dreams by setting high goals in order to be college and career ready

  • How we will achieve this aim:

    • Practicing effective study habits in order to achieve academically

    • Learning how to plan our career path, write a resume, and apply to a college

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Da'Nall Wilmer

Founder & Executive Director

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James Ravenel

Lead Mentor

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Devin Bowles

Lead Mentor


Meet  Our Boys...

Help Wanted

We are very excited and passionate about this movement, but we need your help! 

Please help invest in our children's future. Guest speakers and volunteers are welcome to visit and support. We would also accept donations of new or gently used ties. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!




Many thanks to the following individuals and organizations that contributed to our program.

Your continued support will certainly help us soar!


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