Boys and Young Men of Color

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Boys and Young Men of Color

Vision Statement

Boys and young men of color live in a different America—an America that both sees and treats them differently, resulting in a unique set of barriers to reaching their full potential. At the Y, we believe that all youth deserve the opportunity to thrive. That’s why we’re committed to building sustainable pathways for success through the YMCA Boys and Young Men of Color Strategy (BYMOC).

Launched in 2018 by the YMCA of the USA, the Boys and Young Men of Color Strategy works to ensure equitable outcomes for boys and young men of color ages 11-17 by removing systemic barriers, providing relevant services and support systems, and creating nurturing environments that provide confidence and growth.


The Boys and Young Men of Color strategy is designed to improve  outcomes for boys and young men of color by:

  • Reducing school truancy and chronic absenteeism
  • Improving graduation rates
  • Helping to establish career pathways ensuring economic mobility

By 2024, the national Boys and Young Men of Color strategy seeks to achieve the following outcomes for 10,000 boys and young men of color:

  • Access to high-quality, nurturing, and more culturally responsive neighborhood environments for 70% of participants.
  • Reducing suspensions and improving school attendance, resulting in stabilized and improved grades for 75% of participants.
  • Completed pre- and post-assessment of social-emotional learning for 100% of participants.
  • Access to high quality post-secondary and career-ready pathways for 75% of participants.


Check out some of the programs, initiatives, and partnerships that support our local BYMOC strategy:

Y Achievers

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Teen Mental Health

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Areas of Focus
For Social Responsibility

Belonging & Community Building

• Help them build healthy relationships with peers and adults.
• Foster their positive cultural- and self-identity.
• Support opportunities for community connections and civic engagement.

Character Development

• Create experiences and environments that strengthen social-emotional competencies.
• Support character development across the Y’s core values of honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility.

College and Career Readiness

• Create pipelines to connect them with post-secondary education and meaningful jobs.
• Provide work-based learning experiences, financial education, skills development, career and college opportunities, as well as resource navigation opportunities.


• Impact their attitudes toward education.
• Instill belief in their capabilities.
• Prepare them with skills to achieve academic success.

Health & Well-being

• Help them develop healthy physical and eating habits.
• Teach them about lifestyle changes that can prevent chronic conditions in adulthood such as diabetes and heart disease.
• Combat their experiences with food insecurity.

Meet Our Boys and Young Men of Color Committee:

Adrianne Hobbs, Senior Vice President

Amanda Wilkinson, Association Director of Youth Development

Christina Bellamy, Executive Director

Crystal Little, Associate Executive Director

Donna Bigham, Chief Financial Officer

Doug Sarver, Vice President of Human Resources

Jemarion Young, Executive Director

Joyce Tompkins, Vice President of Membership

Kamal Shaw, DEIB Coordinator

Natalia Flores, APR, Senior Marketing Director

Niambi Goings, Executive Director

River Lewis, High School Initiatives Manager

Sue Glass, Chief Executive Officer