|Boston Executive Director, BAM Program|
Building on a proud history of serving at-risk Chicago youth for more than 90 years, Youth Guidance is a leading provider of outcomes-driven programs and capacity-building initiatives, directly serving more than 8,500 youth.
In 2001, the Becoming a Man (BAM) program was launched at Youth Guidance to help young men navigate difficult circumstances that threaten their future. The BAM program 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.
Each session is built around a lesson plan designed to develop a specific skill through stories, role-playing and group exercises. BAM students learn and practice impulse control, emotional self-regulation, recognition of social cues and interpreting intentions of others, raising aspirations for the future and developing a sense of personal responsibility and integrity. BAM has gained national attention, serving as a model for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to support young men and boys of color. Research by the University of Chicago Crime Lab found that the program reduced violent crime arrests, weapons crime, and improved graduation rates.
Youth Guidance sees a bright and successful future for every at-risk, inner-city elementary and high school student in Chicago and is excited about bringing this vision to Boston. Because we believe that success in school is not only possible but should be achieved and celebrated, we are present in the schools to facilitate an environment that truly engages students in the learning process, and through careful guidance, enables them to realize their full potential and graduate with a meaningful plan for successfully managing life. Learn more at: https://www.youth-guidance.org/bam/
After a careful and thorough selection process with key Boston public and private stakeholders, Youth Guidance is excited to expand Becoming a Man (BAM) to Boston, seeking to bring the programmatic success in Chicago to the academic and life outcomes of young men in the Boston Public Schools. Youth Guidance is currently seeking a dynamic and passionate leader to spearhead this expansion, partnering with the Youth Guidance National Office and the Boston BAM Advisory Council to grow BAM’s presence in Boston. As leader and spokesperson for BAM in Boston, the Executive Director will facilitate the launch of programming by raising funds, building brand awareness, hiring team members, and guiding a strategic vision to ensure long term sustainability in the region. Initially serving three Boston Public Schools in the 17-18 school year, and expanding each year to serve nine schools and nearly 500 youth by the 19-20 school year, this is an exciting opportunity to thoughtfully scale a program at the forefront of innovative youth development work.
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to Michelle Adler Morrison, CEO, by utilizing the link below. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Youth Guidance offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.
Youth Guidance is an equal opportunity employer.
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