President Obama has invited Youth Guidance’s Becoming a Man (B.A.M.) program back to Washington D.C. to kick off a new White House initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper.” Three B.A.M. students from Hyde Park High School, along with B.A.M. Lead Supervisor, Marshaun Bacon, and Youth Guidance Board Member, Stuart Taylor, will visit the White House Thursday and Friday. The President’s initiative will support young male minorities by bringing foundations and companies together to find ways to keep young men in school and out of the criminal justice system. Read more about the President’s initiative and the B.A.M. program’s involvement in the Washington Post.
The B.A.M. program is a school-based counseling, mentoring, violence prevention and educational enrichment program that promotes social, emotional and behavior competencies in at-risk male youth. B.A.M.’s curriculum addresses six core values: integrity, accountability, self-determination, positive anger expression, visionary goal-setting and respect for woman as each value related to personal and academic success. A study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab found that the program reduced violent crime arrests for participants by 44% over the control group. The B.A.M. program now serves more than 1,750 students in 39 Chicago Public Schools and 2 community-based sites.