2017 Highlight: Becoming A Man
In June 2017, Boston Public Schools brought Becoming a Man (BAM), a nationally recognized program that provides school-based group counseling and mentoring services to young men of color, started in Boston.
Founded in Chicago in 2001, BAM teaches valuable life skills in at-risk communities. Researchers have found that BAM programming has increased on-time high school graduation rates and decreased arrest rates for the students it serves. BPS is the first district outside Chicago to incorporate the BAM program.
“In the City of Boston, we are expanding pathways to success for young men of color,” said Mayor Walsh. “BAM is a national model that has proven to yield positive results by offering valuable mentorship and support, and I am incredibly proud to mark another milestone in our efforts of opening doors of opportunity for our young men who will now have access to an expanded network of services.”
Boston Becoming a Man began its school-based group counseling and mentoring work in September 2017 with 150 young men at four high schools across the district. To learn the full story, you can see the official launch video here or you can read the city’s official press release.