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BAM National Expansion

The National BAM Advisory Council champions growth of BAM in under resourced communities across the country. The Council’s goals are to:

  • Champion BAM with public, philanthropic and private sector leaders, leading to financial support and strategic partnerships to expand nationally.
  • Represent Youth Guidance’s expansion of BAM in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and the Seattle area as models for other cities to improve the lives of young men.

Becoming A Man (BAM)

Youth Guidance’s Becoming A Man (BAM) program is a nationally recognized school-based group counseling and mentoring program that guides young men in grades 7-12 to learn, practice, and internalize social-emotional skills, make responsible decisions for their future, and become positive members of their school and community.

The program has been found by two randomized controlled trials by the University of Chicago Crime Lab to:

  • Increase high school graduation rates by 10-20%
  • Reduce violent crime arrests by 45-50%
  • Achieve an estimated return on investment (ROI) of $30 for every $1 invested in the program.

Building upon its nationally-recognized impact on student behavior and success, BAM is growing nationally and will serve 8,470 across 4 cities in the 2019-20 school year.

Members of the National BAM Advisory Council will include diverse business, governmental and philanthropic leaders with the relationships and experience to garner governmental and financial support for BAM’s programs in our existing and future cities, as well as the Chairs of each local BAM Advisory Council.

Time commitment includes three (3) 1-hour meetings per year via teleconference. Any additional time would be associated with recruiting founding national members, making introductions, and representing BAM externally with media, elected officials & education leaders on a national stage.

BAM Program Sites

Chicago - 0
7,370 young men in 124 schools
Boston - 0
550 young men in 10 schools
King County - 0
275 young men in 4 schools
Los Angeles - 0
275 young men in 5 schools

National BAM Advisory Council Officers

Additional Information

  • For more information about the Youth Guidance Board of Directors, please contact Chief External Affairs OfficerRebecca Clarkin.