Join the Becoming A Man® (BAM®) Network
The BAM Model
BAM Counselors work full-time in schools to engage students in the learning process and equip them with the confidence and skills they need to thrive in school and life.
BAM creates a safe, and supportive space that facilitates positive identity development, healthy relationships, and academic success.
Core components of the BAM Model include:
Men’s Rites of Passage Work
Individual Mentoring and Support
Dynamic Youth Engagement
Young men who participate in BAM are more likely to stay in school, develop healthy relationships, and stay out of the juvenile justice system. BAM’s impact has been validated by a randomized control trial from the University of Chicago Crime Lab.
Join the BAM Network
We’re delighted to know that you’re interested in bringing BAM to your local school district and community.
We look forward to speaking with you and exploring how BAM can help young men in your community thrive. Please note that the program launch process takes 9-12 months.
The following steps will begin the process and Youth Guidance will work with you along the way:
Identify an entry strategy for BAM: We work with you to determine if licensing through a local organization or if direct replication of our program is the right fit for your community.
We seek to partner with school districts that are committed to closing opportunity gaps and building a school culture that promotes success for all students.
Communities and school districts that seek to implement BAM are expected to meet the following criteria
- Identify sources of government and philanthropic revenue to sustain programming;
- Build a network of local champions that will guide and sustain the program;
- Have a clear understanding of the targeted local need and how BAM addresses that need;
- Identify schools that can provide an enabling context for BAM implementation (i.e. access to students during the school day, program space, and collaborative school staff).
BAM Interest Form