4 U Academy Director









Brent Carmichael, Director of 4 U Academy  is the father of two boys. One son with Autism he raised as a single father. He is a former professional basketball player, National Youth Violence Constultant and Special Needs Advocate. He has served indiviudals, families, schools and communities over the past twenty years. He received his Bachelors of Liberal Studies from the University of Northern Iowa in 2009.

He has spent the past twenty years organizing,developing, implementind and evaluation educational, social and commuity programs. As a National consultant he has trained many educators, goverenment workers and private citizens on gang prevention, social awareness and autism services.


John Perez - My Mentor

He began is professional work experience with youth as the Assistant Director of Head Start in Rockford, Illinois. After a year, he moved into a position with the Cit of Rockford Mayor's office as a drug prevention coordinator. During his time in the Mayor's office he was responisble for many inner city community programs. He was able to recurit hundreds of community residents for a nine drug prevention committees. He also was the co-orginatior of the Late Night Basketball Program, a violence prevention program that targeted gangs members. Mr. Carmichael was equally committed to the summer enrichment program for neigborhood kids. Also, while employed by the City, he started the WE CARE youth program that brought together young people from differenct high schools to do communit service in the streets of Rockford. 

   Denver. Co - 1997             Dallas, Texas - 2011            Rockford, Illinois - 1992
As a national youth violence consultant, he was very active in facilitating workshops at annual and national conferences. His anti-gang, violence and bullying messages has been implemented in several commuities across the country. Brent has maintined a great working relationship with the National Blacks in Government organization, He has presented varioius workshops in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Detroit, Chicago and Washington D.C.  Other organizations included the National Youth Diversity and the National Baptist Convention both in Denver, Colorado. 

Texas Head Start Conference               Life PTA Member              National Gang Prevention

 In 2003, He was named the Head Coach at Riverdale High School in Port Byron, Illinois. In three years his teams were able to establish Riverdale as a leader in the conference standings, winning back to back 20 win seasons. Winning the conference in 2007 and being named Coach of the Year.


Riverdale High School          QCBA - AAU Champions         Dallas Lutheran High School

       2003 -2008                                     2002                                        Present

 In 2000, He returned to the University of Northern Iowa to complete his degree requirements. Upon graduation his work with the Salvation Army created the opportunity for him to become the orginator/director of Champions of Autism in Des Moines, Iowa. As the project director for Champions he successful facilitated twon state-wide autism conferences and was responsible for the development of the Iowa Spectrum Magazine. As the associated editor of Iowa Spectrum, he helped distrubute the state-wide magazine to over 75 outlets across the state of Iowa. 






               Basketball Highlights


  • Selected to the Quad City Times Newspaper All Century Team -2000
  • United Township Hall of Fame Inductee (Individual -2000) (Team - 2011)
  •  Professional play in USA (CBA) and Overseas – 1986 – 1990
  •  Selected to play game against Olympic Women’s Team – 1984
  • Jersey Retired by the Rockford Lightning Professional Team - 1994
  • All Conference at the University of Northern Iowa – 1981-83
  • Team leader in steals, assists, rebounds and minutes played at the University of Northern Iowa - 1983
  • Illinois High School State Tournament Record 11 Steals One Game – 1979
  • United Township High School Record 14 Assist One Game – 1979
  •  United Township High School MVP - 4th Place State Finish- 1979

       Coaching Highlights


  • YMCA - Capital City College Summer League Coach - Des Moines, Iowa - 2010
  • Conference Coach of the Year - Riverdale High School – 2007
  • Back to Back Regional Finals Appearances-Riverdale High School 2005-2007
  • Back to Back 20 WIN Seasons - Riverdale High School- 2005-2007
  • Alwood Thanksgiving Tournament Champions - 2006
  • AAU – National Champions 8th grade division – Quad City Basketball Academy-2003
  • AAU - National Champions High School division-Quad City Basketball Academy-2005



               Professional Involvement  



  Community fair - Rockford, IL         Shawn Johnson - Iowa             Trin-it-ty 5-7 concert - Iowa