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Youth Guidance (Becoming A Man (BAM) Program, Boston)

 50 Milk Street, 16th Floor
 Boston, MA 02109
[P] (617) 514-7300
[F] (312) 253-4917
https://www.youth-guidance.org/bam-boston/
mbetrone@youth-guidance.org
Mackenzie Betrone-Harpst
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INCORPORATED: 1924
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 36-2167032

LAST UPDATED: 04/22/2019
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs that enable at-risk children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, succeed in school and in life.

Mission Statement

Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs that enable at-risk children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, succeed in school and in life.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $27,930,809.00
Projected Expense $27,930,183.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Becoming A Man (BAM)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs that enable at-risk children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, succeed in school and in life.

Background Statement

At Youth Guidance, we believe that no matter what challenges a young person faces, they are more likely to succeed when they have caring adults in their lives. Our highly-trained staff guide kids to overcome life and academic challenges. We meet kids where they are- physically and emotionally- to focus on their education, make positive choices, and graduate with a meaningful plan for their future.

Youth Guidance has served youth in high-risk urban environments for 94 years. The agency is a leading provider of outcomes-driven programs and capacity-building initiatives that engage over 11,000 students annually. The Becoming A Man® (BAM®) program, launched in 2001, is a school-based counseling program that guides young men to learn, internalize, and practice social skills, make responsible decisions for their future, and become positive members of their school and community. BAM provides male students from grades 9-12 with the guidance and tools they need to develop into healthy responsible young men and thrive.

Young men who participate in BAM are more likely to stay in school, develop healthy relationships, and stay out of the juvenile justice system. In a 2016 report, researchers at the University of Chicago Crime Lab found that BAM participants were 50% less likely to be arrested for violent crime than the control group- and 35% less likely to be arrested overall. BAM participants were also 25% more engaged in school and 19% more likely to graduate high school on time. Researchers estimate that society receives $30 in benefits for every dollar invested in the program.

BAM has been lauded as a relatively low-cost and short-term program that produces significant impacts on the lives of young men in high-risk urban communities. The program’s impact has been featured in Psychology Today, Politico, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, and the My Brother’s Keeper “What Works” Symposium at the White House.

With strong support from Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the City of Boston, BAM launched at four Boston high schools during 2017. In its first year, BAM reached over 150 BPS students, helping them build the tools and confidence they need to thrive. During the 2018-19 school year, BAM will double its reach by engaging 300 students in six Boston schools.


Impact Statement

Becoming A Man® (BAM®) successfully launched at four Boston Public School sites during the 2017-18 school year: John O'Bryant School of Mathematics & Science, The English High School, Jeremiah Burke High School, and Dearborn STEM Academy.

BAM Counselors delivered 325 group counseling sessions (called BAM Circles) last year. Each BAM Circle guided youth in the development of social-emotional skills that promote BAM’s six core values: Integrity, Accountability, Self-Determination, Positive Anger Expression, Respect for Womanhood, and Visionary Goal Setting. These social-emotional skills, which include impulse control, future orientation, and conflict resolution, are predictive of a wide range of key life outcomes including academic attainment and justice system involvement.

Among BAM's most recent results: 

  • 94% of BAM participants reported that their relationship with their counselor is important to them.
  • 63% of BAM participants who were deficient (at-risk) in positive values developed those values while in the program. As a result, they demonstrate greater care for others, integrity, honesty, responsibility, and restraint.
  • Among youth who were at increased risk of aggression, 82% experienced a reduction in proactive aggression, meaning that they are less likely to initiate fights and utilize strong-arming tactics. 70% experienced a reduction in reactive aggression, meaning they are less likely to respond with hostility when provoked.
  • 92% of BAM participants report that the program helped them identify strategies to improve their school performance.

  • School attendance rates for BAM students exceeded their school average by 2%, which equates to an additional 3.8 days of instruction per year.

  • 79% of BAM participants had one or fewer course failures, keeping them on-track to graduation.

  • 95% of BAM participants were promoted to the next grade.

  • 67% of BAM participants with suspensions in the prior year had fewer (or no) suspensions while participating in BAM.

Needs Statement

1. Funding for Becoming A Man (BAM) program implementation in Boston Public Schools (BPS) during the 2018-2019 school year. 

2. BAM Advisory Council Members- Youth Guidance seeks leaders from Boston's corporate, philanthropic, and public sectors to provide strategic counsel and feedback on BAM's growth in Boston. Members will also be champions of the program, leading to financial support and strategic partnerships.

3. Strategic Program Partnerships- BAM seeks to engage and collaborate with other community providers that specialize in improving academic and behavioral outcomes for at-risk young men.
 
4. Recruit and hire school based-counselors- BAM Counselors must demonstrate an ability to engage youth, model key program values, and guide youth in the development of social-emotional skills.
 
5. Establish and manage effective partnerships with Boston Public School partners- includes access to program space, access to students throughout the school day, and collaboration with school administrators and staff.
 

CEO Statement

For me, it was a mentor who made all the difference. Growing up, I was often told that I'd only be in two places: dead and in jail. But I had a mentor who came into my life and gave me an opportunity. My mentor saw something else, he saw leadership.

BAM Boston or Becoming A Man is designed to meet youth where they are, in the moment they are in, and work to counsel and mentor them for a more positive outcome. All the research suggests that male mentoring is critical early in a young man's life and also during important life transitions. BAM fills that gap and provides black male role models that our youth can relate to. Our youth see themselves reflected back, and you cannot underestimate the impact or the value counseling and mentoring programs like BAM provide.

Shawn Brown
Executive Director of BAM Boston, a Youth Guidance program  

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- North Dorchester

Youth Guidance's Becoming A Man (BAM) program will be implemented in four Boston Public Schools during the 2017-2018 school year, including:

  • John O'Bryant School of Mathematics & Science
  • The English High School
  • Jeremiah Burke High School
  • Dearborn STEM Academy
     

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Becoming A Man (BAM)

Becoming A Man (BAM) is a school-based counseling program that guides young men to learn, practice, and internalize social-cognitive skills, make responsible decisions for their future and become positive members of their school and community. BAM is designed for 9th-12th grade male students who exhibit a combination of academic and social risk factors- truancy, low GPA, old for grade level, behavioral problems- associated with dropping out.

 
BAM offers group counseling and mentoring to develop social-cognitive skills aligned with six core values: Integrity, Accountability, Self-Determination, Positive Anger Expression, Respect for Womanhood, and Visionary Goal Setting.
 
BAM develops specific skills through stories, role-plays, and group exercises. BAM participants learn and practice impulse control, emotional regulation, and recognition of social cues. Through goal-setting and regular accountability check-ins, BAM raises personal responsibility and aspirations for the future. 
Budget  $800,490.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Males Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 

Following one year of participation in BAM, young men will experience: 1) improved social-emotional well-being, 2) greater school engagement, 3) higher academic attainment, and 4) increased utilization of safe and healthy behaviors.

  • Social-Emotional Well-Being: BAM participants will develop key internal assets and skills, including positive self image, emotional regulation, personal responsibility, empathy and friendship towards others, goal setting, and self-efficacy.
  • School Engagement: BAM participants will improve their school attendance, participation in the classroom, and demonstrate persistence in their education.
  • Academic Attainment: BAM participants will improve their grades, GPA, and stay on-track to graduate on time.
  • Utilization of Safe and Healthy Behaviors: BAM participants will experience a reduction in suspensions and arrests while participating in the program.
 
Program Long-Term Success 

 Young men who participate in BAM are more likely to stay in school, develop healthy relationships, and stay out of the juvenile justice system. A multi-year impact evaluation from the University of Chicago Crime Lab found that: 

  • BAM participants are 50% less likely to be arrested for violent crime- and 35% less likely to be arrested overall;
  • BAM participants are 25% more engaged in school, measured by gains in GPA, school attendance, and persistence;
  • BAM participants are 19% more likely to graduate high school on time.

Researchers estimate that society receives $30 in benefits for every dollar invested in BAM, based on the program's impacts on crime alone. 

Program Success Monitored By   Youth Guidance's Evaluation and Quality Improvement team conducts progress monitoring and outcomes evaluation for BAM. Data is collected through validated pre-post assessments (i.e. Developmental Assets Profile, Holistic Student Assessment), participant surveys, and data collected directly from external partners (Boston Public Schools).
Examples of Program Success   

William Jackson lost his father to violence near the end of middle chool. Following this loss, William’s interest in school diminished. According to his mother, “He started to associate with groups that he shouldn’t hang with, was out late at night, and began acting crazy.”

After connecting to Mr. Stinson, a BAM counselor at his school, William realized its okay to talk to others about how he’s doing physically, mentally, and emotionally. According to those around him, William began to build self-efficacy. “Before BAM, I didn’t talk to people about my problems, I kept them all in,” said William. “But now I can express myself and talk about what I’ve been through without being ashamed. I feel like I can do more.”

William’s grades have increased and he’s applying to colleges. William looks forward to school so that he can attend BAM. “If it weren’t for Mr. Stinson, my son would be dead,” said Ms. Jackson. “I don’t want him to be a statistic, but to be known for good things.”


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Michelle Adler Morrison
CEO Term Start July 2010
CEO Email mmorrison@youth-guidance.org
CEO Experience

With more than 20 years of experience in management and program development, Michelle Adler Morrison champions Youth Guidance’s mission to help at-risk children overcome obstacles, focus on their education and succeed in school and life. Her expertise includes child and adolescent growth and development, evidence-based approaches to addressing youth violence and trauma, resiliency, nonprofit leadership and educational reform. Under her direction, the agency has expanded its programs and garnered national support. Mrs. Adler Morrison holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is also a devoted wife and mother of three children.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Shawn Brown Executive Director, BAM Boston

Shawn Brown joined Youth Guidance as the Executive Director for BAM in Boston in April 2017. In this role, Mr. Brown provides overarching leadership and management for the Boston site, which is the first installation of the BAM program outside of the city of Chicago. Working in collaboration with the National BAM Director, Mr. Brown engages in long and short-term planning for Boston, which includes strategic plans, operating strategies, budgeting, and financial management. He also ensures compliance with grant contracts and licensing agencies, and serves as a catalyst for the growth of BAM by leading fundraising and development efforts in Boston.

Mr. Brown brings a strong passion for mentoring high-risk youth populations and more than 20 years of experience in the fields of youth development and nonprofit leadership in Boston. Formerly, he served as Executive Director of Diamond Educators Mentoring, an organization dedicated to improving academic performance of low-income and at-risk youth, and has established effective partnerships with Boston Public Schools and community providers. Brown received a Nonprofit Management and Leadership Certificate from Boston University’s School of Management and a BA in Sociology from Merrimack College.

Awards

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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Illinois Collaboration on Youth

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation 2017

Collaborations


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 322
Number of Part Time Staff 87
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 250
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 10
Caucasian: 66
Hispanic/Latino: 66
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 16
Other (if specified): Multiracial
Gender Female: 192
Male: 217
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. John Raitt
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Partner, President & CEO of Harris Associates, LP
Board Chair Term July 2017 - June 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Susan Benton Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd Voting
Phil Bierman Deloitte Consulting, LLP Voting
Kevin Coleman Edelman Health Voting
Michael Crowley Michael & Michael Voting
Joan Evans Prosper Road Foundation Voting
Rodrigo Garcia Illinois State Treasury Voting
Mark Gerstein Latham & Watkins Voting
Georgianna Gleason Episcopal Charities and Community Services NonVoting
Larry Green LAGLAW Voting
Marcelo Halpern Perkins Coie, LLP Voting
Georgina Heard State of Illinois Voting
Torrence Hinton Peoples Gas Voting
Edward Lance IV Loyola University Voting
Ann Lennon Accenture Voting
David Marquardt Ernst & Young LLP Voting
Marco McCottry Uber Voting
Peter McNitt BMO Harris Bank Voting
Jim Mills Sprint Voting
Scott Myers World Sport Chicago Voting
Jennifer Naber Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker, Levin, and Tominberg, Ltd Voting
Matthew Parr Morgan Stanley Voting
Richard Patterson Community Volunteer Voting
John Raitt Harris Associates, LP (Retired) --
Paul Reilly U.S. Trust Voting
Harry Rosenberg Jr JPMorgan Private Bank Voting
Lisa Schrader Uber Voting
Tara Simon Ulta Voting
Gregory Simoncini Simoncini Strategies Voting
Fabian Souza Exelon Voting
Travis Sullivan Boeing Voting
Stuart Taylor II The Taylor Group Voting
Dana Thompson Lurie Children's Hospital Voting
Douglas Walker Stewart Adair Shumate, LLC Voting
Audrey Williams-Lee Hyatt Hotels Corporation Voting
Jeffrey Wright GTCR Voting
Vicki Znavor CIBC Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Kate Barrett GreenLight Fund Boston Voting
Turahn Dorsey City of Boston Voting
Latoya Gayle Boston Public Schools Voting
Conan Harris City of Boston Voting
Leslie Harris Massachusetts Trial Courts (Retired) Voting
Makeeba McCreary Boston Public Schools Voting
Thaddeus Miles MassHousing Voting
William Morales City of Boston Voting
Barbara Sullivan Strategic Grant Partners Voting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 8
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 27
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 11
Male: 25
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $27,930,809.00
Projected Expense $27,930,183.00
Form 990s

2016 YG 990

2015 YG 990

2014 YG 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audited Financial Statements- 2016

2015 Audited Financial Statements- 2015

2014 Audited Financial Statements- 2014

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $15,297,599 $17,691,080 $11,849,837
Total Expenses $16,412,203 $12,766,384 $9,855,098

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $7,065,020 $7,417,049 $6,454,324
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $7,065,020 $7,417,049 $6,454,324
Individual Contributions $4,786,514 $7,819,552 $3,373,504
Indirect Public Support $23,332 -- --
Earned Revenue $2,730,793 $1,820,910 $1,722,748
Investment Income, Net of Losses $11,147 $10,568 $8,487
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $668,695 $620,503 $228,043
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $12,098 $2,498 $62,731

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $14,040,074 $10,995,992 $8,317,587
Administration Expense $1,744,998 $1,294,612 $1,161,335
Fundraising Expense $627,131 $475,780 $376,176
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.93 1.39 1.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses 86% 86% 84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% 3% 4%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $9,090,209 $10,378,286 $5,343,854
Current Assets $8,758,793 $10,077,478 $5,053,763
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $1,076,046 $1,240,235 $1,133,838
Total Net Assets $8,014,163 $9,138,051 $4,210,016

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 8.14 8.13 4.46

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

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