On February 12th, Hyde Park Career Academy senior Julius Robinson, Becoming A Man (BAM) Director AJ Watson and Supervisor Marshaun Bacon traveled to Washington to participate in the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) National Community Challenge Convening. The White House event brought together community leaders from across the nation to discuss system and program level approaches that improve outcomes in education and employment for young men of color. BAM was cited as a positive program for improving social skills and academic performance. Julius was a crowd favorite, speaking candidly about how his participation in BAM since the 7th grade has transformed his vision of himself and his future. For MBK program developers his recommendations were to always include emotional supports, one-on-one mentoring and extra-curricular activities in their initiatives.