Deputy Director K.E.Y.S Development
Mr. Salaam at heart is a grassroots advocate for youth and the under-represented. Mr. Salaam is very instrumental in social justice and community building in Baltimore and the state of Maryland. Mr. Salaam himself was victorious in a historic case of injustice in Baltimore City and recent legislation passed during the 2015 general assembly. He has helped build many community development focused coalitions that have lobbied and fought for legislation and policy change, for youth and minority advancement throughout the state of Maryland.
Mr. Salaam has acquired the unique ability of motivating youth, families, and communities to work toward focused collective goals. He attributes his experience with the US Department of Labor as a significant contributor to building this unique skill. Mr. Salaam was charged with working with the business community to create jobs for individuals who otherwise be turned away. Here he found that the best way to engage a employer was create a focused motivation connected to the community in which their business were located. Mr. Salaam often says “Jobs save Lives”.
Abdul Salaam is a partner and founder of K.E.Y.S Development Therapeutic Alliance, a mental health agency that specializes in youth urban development. Along with partners and staff, K.E.Y.S emphasizes the wrap around therapeutic approach incorporating family, community, and therapy into reaching human development and self-actualization. Due to Mr. Salaam’s commitment as a grassroots advocate, K.E.Y.S youth are incorporated into political-social conversations and settings. Mr. Salaam has worked along with and built constitutes with the like of; Cathy Hughes (Radio One), Larry Young and the Larry Young Morning Show, Baltimore City Counsel and (Jack Young, Nick Young, Sharon Green-Middleton), Marilyn Mosby and the Baltimore City States Attorney Office, Mayoral Democrat Elect Catherine Pugh’s administration. Mr. Salaam loves what he does, where he does it, and who he does it with.
Director of Care
Mr. Keith Roles is a dedicated professional who has a passion for helping others. Mr. Roles is native of Baltimore City, where he attended Baltimore City Public Schools throughout his educational tenure. As a young man while attending the prestigious Baltimore City College, Mr. Roles recognized a desire to give back to his community and through helping those in need. Mr. Roles eventually earned his Bachelors of Social Work from Coppin State University and has since dedicated over 20 years of service in the human services and mental health field. Mr. Roles has had the opportunity to develop healthy individuals, families, and communities though establishing Residential Treatment Facilities, Group homes, Foster Care Agencies and Mentoring programs all within the city in which he was raised. Mr. Roles is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc, in which he participates in many community initiatives serving Baltimore City and its surrounding area.
Presently, Mr. Roles is a partner and co-founder of K.E.Y.S Development Therapeutic Alliance,a mental health agency that specializes in urban youth development. Mr. Roles is committed to serving as a dedicated mentor, advocate and community liaison for the youth, families and staff of K.E.Y.S Development. Mr. Roles’ energy and relatability to consumers and their families has natured his ability to strengthen and empower others to build skills necessary to achieve personal goals. Mr. Roles has established working relationships and collaborated with numerous community leaders in his mission of increasing awareness, removing barriers while promoting the need for community based mental health services.
Aside from Mr. Roles’ strong commitment to strengthening families and communities, his greatest joy comes from being a devoted father to his son and daughter.