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After a careful mutual selection process with Boston Public Schools and support from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Strategic Grant Partners, and the GreenLight Fund, BAM Boston launched in Fall 2017. And the program has since grown to serve 10 schools and 550 young man across Cambridge and Boston. 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. Read how BAM transformed this 9th grader’s life, click here.

Under the leadership of BAM Boston Executive Director Shawn Brown, BAM is now serving 550+ young men. Recently, BAM has expanded across the Charles River to serve scholars in Cambridge Public Schools.

  • Brighton High School
  • Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
  • Charlestown High School
  • Dearborn STEM Academy
  • East Boston High School
  • English High School
  • The Jeremiah E. Burke High School
  • The John O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science
  • Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
  • TechBoston Academy

We are thrilled to partner with all our schools as they are instrumental to our work and mission.

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.

To donate directly to BAM Boston, please click the button below.

BAM Boston is made possible through a wonderful partnership with Boston Public Schools (BPS) 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 their 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
  • Ramon DeJesus, Director of Diversity Development, Cambridge Public School District
  • Corey Harris, Chief Accountability Officer, Boston Public Schools
  • 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, Executive Director, Boston School Finder
  • Dr. Charles Grandson, Chief Equity & Strategy 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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