YMCA Boys and Young Men of Color Strategy
The YMCA Boys and Young Men of Color (BYMOC) strategy builds on, and invests in, pathways to success to help boys and young men of color reach their full potential.
- They are twice as likely to grow up in poverty
- They are more likely to live in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty
- They are more likely to fall into poverty as adults, regardless of background
Through the Boys and Young Men of Color strategy, Ys are providing safe spaces for young leaders to express themselves, nurture their unique identities, and learn important life skills from caring adults. Hear firsthand from participants and practitioners about the impact of this work.
- Impact their attitudes toward education
- Empower them to believe in their capabilities
- Prepare them with the skills to achieve academic success
- Create experiences and environments that strengthen social-emotional competencies
- Support character development across the Y’s core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility
Boys and Young Men of Color Strategy Goals
By 2024, the BYMOC Strategy seeks to achieve the following outcomes for 10,000 boys and young men of color across 100 cities across the U.S.:
- 70% of participants will access high-quality, nurturing and more culturally responsive neighborhood environments
- 75% of participants will have stabilized and improved grades by reducing suspensions and improving school attendance
- 100% of participants will have completed pre- and post-assessment for social-emotional learning
- 75% of participants will access high quality post-secondary and career-ready pathways
The YMCA welcomes people of diverse backgrounds, ages and abilities to participate in everything we have to offer. Communities are stronger when everyone feels valued.