Sep 12, 2019
Paul Gray interviews Rasheed Sami, Motivational Speaker and counselor of BAM: Chicago’s Becoming a Man (B.A.M.) school-based social emotional support program helps at-risk young men in middle and high school navigate the difficult circumstances that threaten their futures. The foundation of B.A.M.’s model is the creation of a safe space in which boys are free to explore the challenges in their lives. By teaching young people to “think about their thinking,” B.A.M. participants develop a future orientation, and the skills necessary to resolve conflicts, express themselves positively, practice integrity in their daily interactions, and set ambitious goals for their futures. B.A.M. “circles” are one hour clinically-based group sessions that meet as a 12-15 student cohort once per week over a two year period and work through a curriculum that incorporates aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy, youth development and mentoring.