The GRO Community Overview

GRO Community (GRO) is a community-based organization providing positive social impact within the Roseland community of Chicago. GRO is dedicated to helping boys struggling with behavior challenges and men who are/or recently involved with the judicial system.


Our Priorities

  • Decreasing Gun Violence within communities of color.

  • Provide intense high-quality mental health services.

  • Equipping boys and men within high risk communities with wrap around services.

  • Creating change with a self-sufficient model and funding stream.

Our Vision

Boy become self-sufficient men, and broken men become change agents within their communities.

Our Mission

“Molding boys and repairing broken men.”


Aaron Mallory


Aaron Mallory is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of GRO Community. Aaron founded GRO Community to assist males, particularly males of color that are often misunderstood and outcasted within our society. Aaron has over ten years in the field, working with specifically African American males with diverse behavior challenges. Aaron has provided direct service work at UCAN within their transitional living shelter for young adult males, HRDI as a child and adolescent therapist, and Youth Advocate as an advocate. Aaron has served in leadership roles at HRDI as the Clinical Supervisor within the Child and Adolescent Department and Clinical Director at Heartland Alliance, READI initiative.

Aaron obtained his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Aaron is also a licensed clinical social worker under the state of Illinois regulatory board.