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Youth Guidance’s BAM® (Becoming a Man®) is BAM 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. Students who participate in B.A.M. are more likely to stay in school, develop healthy relationships, and
stay out of the juvenile justice system.