BOYS LEARNING ABOUT MANHOOD
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
• 58% of all Black 4th graders in the
nation are functionally illiterate & 85% are reading below grade level.
• A Black boy born in 2001 has a 33% chance of going to prison in his lifetime.
• A million Black males are in prison.
• 2.4 million Black children have an incarcerated parent.
• Murder is the #1 cause of death among black young men.
From helping youth
with life skills, to learning social responsibility, Boys Learning About
Manhood, a 501 (c) 3 non profit is dedicated to service. A holistic wrap around mentoring program that addresses the
social, emotional and cultural needs of children ages 5-18. Members of B.L.A.M.
are trained to become mentors, advocates, and role models for the youth within
their communities. Through chapter operated one-on-one and group mentoring
efforts, our members forge relationships that positively impact our greatest
resource: Our Youth.
Our programs focus on
building essential skills needed to become productive, contributing citizens so
that they may be become
self-determined, learn decision-making and life skills while utilizing
community resources. Community Services is a
huge part of our program as well.
B.L.A.M. mentoring techniques are developed using goal setting, parent participation and
cooperation utilizing the following mentoring relationship models:
- 1 to 1 Mentoring
- Group Mentoring
- Tag Team Mentoring
- Peer to Peer Mentoring
Workshops and conferences for children and youth include topics such as:
- Positive Self Identity and
- Life Skills
- Social and Emotional
- Moral Character
- Work Ethic
- Lifelong Learning
The "So Focused" Mentoring Program
The So Focused Mentoring Program provides multiple opportunities for children
to observe leadership skills in action develop awareness of qualities of
civic responsibilities, explore career opportunities through study group
participation and career shadowing, where possible. Civic leadership and
responsibility focuses on the importance of participating in and giving back
to the community. Career exploration focuses on exploring the many options
students have for careers that allow them to take leadership.
B.L.A.M. One on One Program
B.L.A.M. one on one program is the 1 to 1 community based mentoring program
of Groove Phi B.L.A.M. Inc. The program is designed for young men in the 1st
through 12th grades. The goal of the program is to develop young men who
understand the beneficial importance of positive thinking, responsible
personal conduct, respect for self and others, educational achievement and
To accomplish this goal and to help develop a group of future leaders, the
program includes a series of sessions that take place throughout the school
year and summer. During these sessions, volunteer community mentors, tutors
and presenters share their knowledge and experience with the young men on
life skills projects, engage them in athletic activities and accompany them
on group field trips. Young people in this program also engage in community
service projects, serve as peer counselors and compete in academic projects
both locally and nationally. The regular group sessions are planned for the
1nd and 3rd Saturday morning of each month.
Boys 2 Men Program
In cooperation with a targeted local High School, the program identifies
African American males in the beginning of their high school years (9th
grade) and supports them through a four-year process of personal growth and
exploration. Our objectives are to work with parents, public educators and
community organizations to:
1. Guide African American male participants in establishing a clear and
realistic understanding of adulthood.
2. Coach, mentor, and direct African American male participants along paths
of self-exploration, improvement, and development, resulting in discoveries
of latent creativity and a desire to excel.
3. Increase participants', expectations, academic skills, and confidence in
self, family, community and education system.
Phase I: Personal and Social Development – Learning includes an exploration
of knowledge of self, African and African American culture, history and
Phase II: Leadership,
Mentoring and Team Building – Phase II provides mentoring support and builds
on the year 1 foundation, promoting academic achievement and modeling
leadership and team building.
Phase III: Economic Development and Community Service - Promotes the
awareness and development of economic development and cooperation on an
individual, team and community basis.
Phase IV: Development of Career Choices – Phase IV places emphasis on
academic achievement, promotes an awareness of the diversity of career
choices and further cultivates those skills needed to pursue ones dream.
purpose of the Academy is to enhance school performance and to be a vehicle
for African American youth in the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Area that
teaches personal goal setting and leadership skills. The program is designed
to develop youth into leaders by inspiring them to identify personal dreams
or goals and build action plans toward achieving them. Further, the W A was
established by our chapter to provide these youth with the information and
skills necessary for academic success and productive citizenship. Another
purpose of the W A is to provide scholarship opportunities for young people.
Through G PHI B and its partners, WA, participants may apply for a
scholarship in their senior year of high school. The WA provides information
and teaches skills on the following:
- Financial planning
- Health and wellness
- Community service
- Technology education
- Academic enrichment in the
areas of math and science
The WA provides us the opportunity to
collaborate with community leaders, business partners, educators, mental
health professionals, and others seeking to build a stronger community and
develop young minds.
Bless Groove Phi
B.L.A.M. Inc. its Mission, Members and
We are seeking donations to continue
delivering the past successes in the future. Any donation is greatly appreciated, and is
a tax write off.