This week on Sprouts:
President Obama launches a new effort aimed at empowering boys and young men of color, a segment of our society that too often faces disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success.
B.A.M. (Becoming a Man) is a dropout and violence prevention program for at-risk male students in grades 7-12. B.A.M. offers in-school programming, in some cases complemented by after-school sports, to develop social-cognitive skills strongly correlated with reductions in violent and anti-social behavior.
Each session is built around a lesson designed to develop a specific skill through stories, role-playing and group exercises.
Participants learn about and practice impulse control, emotional self-regulation, reading social cues and interpreting intentions of others, raising aspirations for the future and developing a sense of personal responsibility and integrity.
The after-school sports component reinforces conflict resolution skills and the social and emotional learning objectives of the in-school curriculum.