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

 1 North LaSalle Street, #900
 Chicago, IL 60602
[P] (312) 2534900
[F] (312) 2534917
[email protected]
Rebecca Clarkin
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EIN 36-2167032

LAST UPDATED: 11/09/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes



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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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

Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs that enable at-risk children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, to succeed in school and in life. Founded in 1924 as the Church Mission for Help, the agency was originally formed to assist girls in need of shelter, clothing, medical care, financial help, legal assistance and access to educational or vocational opportunities. In 1962, the Church Mission of Help merged with an agency providing legal assistance to young men involved in the courts and became Youth Guidance. Since 1969, Youth Guidance has partnered with Chicago Public Schools to provide its comprehensive, innovative school-based programs that exist as part of the agency today.

Youth Guidance sees a bright and successful future for every elementary and high school student in Chicago, regardless of their background or circumstances. Because we believe that success in school is not only possible but should be achieved and celebrated, we are present in schools to facilitate an environment that engages students in the learning process, and through careful guidance, enables them to realize their full potential and graduate with a meaningful post-secondary plan. Youth Guidance empowers students to become successful socially, emotionally, and academically and to prepare for life during and after high school by promoting the following objectives:

  • Students will experience social-emotional well-being;
  • Students will be engaged in school and succeed academically;
  • Students will practice safe and healthy behaviors;
  • Students will be prepared for post-secondary success;
  • Parents will be engaged in their children's lives and school communities;
  • A strong, supportive school community will develop.

Impact Statement

Over the last school year, Youth Guidance served over 8,600 students in 80 schools through one of three specific service areas: Community and After School, Counseling and Prevention, and Youth Workforce Development. Program activities include academic enrichment, mentoring, violence prevention, counseling, and job readiness. Agency activities are designed to reinforce students' academic curriculum and to strengthen relationships between parents, children, teachers, and school staff. 

In the past year, our youth have shown significant increases in their ability to stay in school, achieve academically, acquire and maintain jobs, and set their sights on post-secondary success. Youth Guidance's Becoming A Man (BAM) program completed its second, two-year evaluation through the University of Chicago Crime Lab with researchers finding that participation in BAM reduces violent crime arrests by 50% and improves school engagement and on-time graduation rates by 19%. These results are highly encouraging and underscore BAM’s transformative positive influence in the face of continuing gun violence in urban areas and the dire reality of poor outcomes for youth from at-risk communities.

Needs Statement

1. Funding for Becoming A Man (BAM) program implementation in Boston Public Schools (BPS) during the 2017-2018 school year. Youth Guidance seeks an additional $15,000 from individual donors and $325,000 from corporate and foundation partners.

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.

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Board Chair Statement


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 4 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)



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



CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Michelle Adler Morrison
CEO Term Start July 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
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

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Award Awarding Organization Year
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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
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 285
Number of Part Time Staff 176
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 298
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 8
Caucasian: 68
Hispanic/Latino: 75
Native American/American Indian: 2
Other: 10
Other (if specified): Multiracial
Gender Female: 215
Male: 246
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


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


Board Chair Mr. Michael Crowley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Michael & Michael
Board Chair Term July 2015 - June 2017
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
Floyd Carroll II Chicago Public Schools 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
Sheila Owens ComEd 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
Dr. Angelique Sallas Clinical Psychologist Voting
Gregory Simoncini Simoncini Strategies 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
Jeffrey Wright GTCR Voting
Elizabeth Yntema Community Leader 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
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: 25
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 10
Male: 24
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


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



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
    Federal -- -- --
    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


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.


Other Documents

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