The YMCA Boys and Young Men of Color (BYMOC) strategy builds on, and invests in, pathways to success to help boys and young men of color reach their full potential. The BYMOC Strategy ensures 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 promote confidence and growth. Strategic programs in the Capital District include the SHRED Foundation, the Black and Latino Achievers Program, and Teen Nite.
Why We Focus on Boys and Young Men of Color
They are twice as likely to grow up in poverty
They are more likely to live in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty
They are more likely to fall into poverty as adults, regardless of background