Becoming A Man (BAM) & Working On Womanhood (WOW)

  1. Program Provider
  2. Full Description

Youth Guidance & Hope Hangout

Program Summary:

BAM and WOW are school-based strength-based, trauma-informed group counseling and clinical mentoring programs that seek to change the life trajectories of BYMOC and GYWOC in grades 6-12, who have been exposed to cycles of intergenerational poverty, violence, and trauma, in large part due to the racial inequities BIPOC communities in America face. Youth Guidance’s culturally competent school-based mental health and social-emotional models work with students who are at higher risk of school withdrawal and anti-social behaviors, so they can gain the skills and resources necessary to thrive in and beyond school. The COMBAT grant supports four full-time BAM & WOW Counselors in providing trauma-informed group counseling and mentoring services to 210 Hickman Mills C-1 School District students who have been exposed to domestic violence and other traumas, both directly and indirectly.

Counselors will deliver services in a co-curricular format that increases access to mental and behavioral health services for students exposed to traumatic stressors and who face social, behavioral, cognitive, or emotional challenges. Services under this project will operate from June 2021 – August 2021, during which students will have access to weekly group counseling sessions, individual support services, and experiential learning opportunities. The counselors will be delivering services through the Hickman Mills summer school program (8 weeks) and Hope Hangout's summer program (12 weeks) Monday through Friday.

Program Address: 

Hope Hangout (Burke Academy)
11115 Bennington Ave. ● Kansas City, MO 64134

816-589-9641 ● youth-guidance.orgHope Hangout


    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a domestic violence emphasis or component.

    Amethys Place
    » Prevention Programs

    Centers for Conflict Resolution
    » Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

    Child Protection Center, Inc.
    » Child Protection Center

    Community Services League
    » Independence STRIVIN' Initiative
    » Using Physical Exercise To Treat Trauma

    Healing House
    » Melissa's Program

    Hope House, Inc.
    » Hope House Co-Responding Advocacy Program
    » Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program

    Housing Services of Kansas City
    » Trauma First Aid

    Mattie Rhodes Center
    » Violence Intervention & Prevention

    Metropolitan Organization To Counter Sexual Assault
    » Services & Education To Address Sexual Violence In Jackson County

    » Bilingual Hotline Response, Crisis Support & Victim Advocacy
    Reconciliation Services
    » REVEAL Social & Mental Health Services

    Rose Brooks Center
    » The Bridge Program
    » Project SAFE

    Synery Services, Inc.
    » Jackson County BIP & Peaceful Pah Diversion Program

    Youth Guidance
    » Becoming A Man (BAM) & Working On Womanhood (WOW)