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Published on Aug 15, 2016
Students living in urban centers can struggle to make sense of the difficult, and sometimes dangerous, circumstances around them. In 2001, Youth Guidance, a Chicago-based advocacy organization launched Becoming a Man, or BAM, to support young men of color navigating difficult life circumstances. A decade later, Youth Guidance founded Working on Womanhood, or WOW, to serve young women of color facing similar challenges. Originally founded in 1924 as the Church Mission of Help to provide programs of assistance for youths in need, today Youth Guidance serves more than 8,500 students annually. Education Week Video recently sat down with students from both programs to get a sense of how they feel about their lives now and their futures.
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