BAM® – Becoming A Man

In 2001, the Becoming A Man (BAM) program was launched in Chicago to help young men navigate difficult circumstances that threaten their future. Program founder Anthony Ramirez-Di Vittorio created a safe space for young men at Clemente High School to openly express themselves, receive support and develop the social and emotional skills necessary to succeed. Now in its 20th year, the BAM program serves more than 8,000 youth in 140 schools.
In 2014, President Barack Obama cited the Becoming a Man program as the inspiration behind My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. The program continues to be a proven success in supporting young men.
BAM launched in Boston in 2017 and in 2019, expanded to Los Angeles County and King County Washington. In 2021, BAM was launched in Kansas City. We are excited to be growing so quickly.