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Cities across the United States have expressed interest in exploring and bringing BAM to local school districts. After a careful mutual selection process with Boston Public Schools, in 2017, Youth Guidance announced its piloting of the BAM program in the city of Boston!

The pilot program, now expanding to more schools, seeks the same nationally-recognized outcomes, for young men of color at risk for poor academic outcomes and/or involvement in the juvenile justice system, as BAM has achieved in Chicago. Research by the University of Chicago Crime Lab has found that BAM reduces violent crime arrests by 50% and increases on-time high school graduation rates for youth in under-resourced communities.

Under the leadership of BAM Boston Executive Director Shawn Brown, BAM is now serving about 150 young men at the English High School, the Jeremiah Burke High School & Dearborn STEM Academy shared campus and the John O’Bryant School of Mathematics. Future plans include expansion to nine Boston schools by the 2019-20 academic year to support more than 450 young men.

Building upon Youth Guidance’s BAM program’s success last year, we have now launched into two new Boston schools: East Boston High School and Tech Boston Academy. As a result, BAM is growing to serve 300 students – we call scholars – across Boston’s DorchesterRoxburyJamaica Plain, and East Boston neighborhoods during the 2018-19 school year. And to deepen BAM’s impact, Boston Public Schools recently announced a two-year funding commitment that will grow to serve 450 students by 2020. Great news!

The BAM Boston team is supported by the Youth Guidance National Office in Chicago which includes the BAM Training Academy and the areas of Program Evaluation, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Communications and Development.

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BAM Boston is made possible through a wonderful partnership with Boston Public Schools and with philanthropic support from Strategic Grant Partners (SGP), The GreenLight Fund and the Boston Foundation. To ensure sustainability, a BAM Boston Advisory Council has also been implemented. Each council member has a strong desire be actively involved in solving the issues inner-city youth face, and will devote his or her time, talent and expertise to the current and future work of the Boston program.  Members include:

  • Thaddeus Miles, Director of Community Housing, MassHousing (Chairman)
  • Kate Barrett, Director of Development Strategy, Upstream
  • Turahn Dorsey, Former Chief of Education, City of Boston
  • Christyanna Egun, Senior Dir. of Boston Partnerships, Equity, & Inclusion, MA General Hospital
  • Emerson Foster, VP, Human Resources, Sodexo
  • Latoya Gayle, Phenomenal Moms, Boston Public Schools
  • Dr. Charles Grandson, Interim Chief Academic Officer, Boston Public Schools
  • Matt Hamilton, Managing Director, Summit Partners
  • Conan Harris, Interim Senior Vice President of Policy and External Affairs of College Bound Dorchester
  • Hon. Leslie Harris Retired Judge, Massachusetts Trial Courts
  • Allan Kiser, VP and Compliance Officer at Fidelity Investments
  • Melissa Luna, Executive Director, GreenLight Fund
  • Makeeba McCreary, Chief of Learning and Community Engagement, Museum of Fine Arts
  • William Morales Commissioner of BCYF, City of Boston
  • Ed Powell, VP of Community Engagement, Justice Resource Institute
  • Barbara Sullivan, Director of Education, Strategic Grant Partner

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