BAM LOS ANGELES
Since its start in LA, BAM has proudly partnered with the Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI), and the Brotherhood Crusade (BC) – two organizations with a combined total of almost 70 years serving the South Los Angeles community.
Together, these three organizations form the BLOOM Alliance (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men), which was launched by the California Community Foundation (CCF).
BAM LA, as part of the BLOOM Alliance has received generous funding, via CCF, from the Ballmer Group and from Los Angeles County, for our work in LAUSD schools.
BAM PROGRAM IMPACT
Students enrolled in the BAM Program are:
arrested for violent crime
high school on time
every $1 invested in BAM
When COVID-19 closed schools, BAM LA’s in-person work was interrupted at a critical point. BAM LA’s Youth Specialists were committed and with a newly-developed virtual curriculum, they were able to continue programming and engaging students until schools re-opened.
BAM LA completed its first full in-person school year in May 2022, and during that time, LA Leadership continued to make inroads into the schools. With some assistance from BLOOM Alliance partners, doors were opened for Crenshaw High School, and Washington Prep/BALA High Schools to begin programming in Fall 2022, as well as our first of many schools in the Compton Unified School District.
MEET OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Executive Director | Los Angeles
With more than 20 years of experience in the field of social service and education, Casswell has provided instruction, professional development and program leadership within organizations that have served more than 8,000 community partners throughout the United States. His experience, consultation and collaborations within the field have included services to youth in the care of the state, homeless and formerly incarcerated youth along with students enrolled in middle and high school settings.
Casswell is a dynamic and innovative leader who believes in service and thrives on empowering individuals while helping them find their purpose through education and/or employment based initiatives. With a strong desire to create positive outcomes for young men, Casswell has taken on the role of Executive Director of our BAM® Los Angeles team in order to establish and elevate the visibility of the program and youth voice in the Greater Los Angeles area.