YOUTH GUIDANCE IN WASHINGTON DC

History/Background

Youth Guidance and JPMorgan Chase have combined their signature programs, Becoming A Man and The Fellowship Initiative, to deliver a comprehensive counseling, mentoring, and postsecondary readiness program that empowers young men of color with the tools and confidence they need for personal, academic, and career success.

The joint program, branded the The Becoming A Man Fellowship Initiative (The BAM-FI), supports District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) students starting from 9th grade to 12th grade. The BAM-FI program launched in March 2022, serving ninth grade students across four DC high schools: Dunbar High School (Ward 5), Eastern High School (Ward 6), H.D. Woodson High School (Ward 7), and Ron Brown College Preparatory High School (Ward 7).

Becoming A Man® program (BAM®) is a school-based group counseling program that guides young men in 7-12th grades to learn, internalize and practice social cognitive skills, make responsible decisions for their future and become positive members of their school and community.

BAM integrates clinical theory and practice, men’s rites of passage work, and a dynamic approach to youth engagement.

The Fellowship Initiative (TFI) is a partnership between Youth Guidance and JPMorgan Chase designed to expand economic opportunities for young men of color.

We are building a diverse community that develops a pipeline of young men of color who excel academically, graduate high school, persist in college and are equipped to lead change in their communities.

Our program is designed to support fellows in expanding the skills, knowledge, experience, networks, and other resources they need to succeed academically and professionally.

BAM PROGRAM IMPACT

Students enrolled in the BAM Program are:

50%
less likely to be
arrested for violent crime
25%
more engaged
in school
19%
more likely to graduate
high school on time
$ 30
in societal gains for
every $1 invested in BAM

WASHINGTON, DC

JPMorgan Chase is our seed funder. They provide successful implementation support for Youth Guidance programming in addition to providing career mentorship opportunities. District of Columbia Public Schools is a key partner for The BAM-FI, supporting participant recruitment, retention, and providing school facilities for programming.

Additionally, the program partners with postsecondary institutions, such as Howard University, and employer partners to create college and career pathways. MENTOR Maryland-DC also provides training for volunteer career mentors and facilitates strategic introductions to grow community engagement.

MEET OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

B. J. Paige

Executive Director | Washington, DC

Dr. BJ Paige is a nationally recognized Workforce Development Leader, specializing in empowering secondary and postsecondary youth. With a diverse skill set as a Motivational Influencer, Master Workshop Facilitator, Author, and Career Coach, he has earned numerous accolades for his dedication to serving at-risk and underserved youth and young adults.

As a Washington, DC Native, BJ was recently honored with the Inaugural Social Justice Trailblazer Award from the Washington Commanders and G-Unity Foundation, the DMV 48 Men of Power award, and the Greater Washington Community Foundation Emerging Leadership Award. His commitment to the community has been further recognized through awards such as Top Forty Under 40, The Maryland General Assembly Official Citation for Community Commitment, and the Citizen of the Year from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Dr. BJ Paige's impact extends beyond accolades, as he desires to contribute to the society in various ways.

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