WE BELIEVE IN one-ON-one
The plight of young men of color in this country has reached a crisis level. African American boys and teens are at significantly higher risk for undesirable educational, economic and health-related outcomes. In addition, these young men must deal with the negative perceptions of Black men America thrust at them through media and daily public interactions.
BINGO (Boys Inspired Through Nurturing Growth and Opportunities) is a signature mentoring program of the Bing Youth Institute, a non-profit founded by Former Detroit Mayor and NBA Hall of Famer, Dave Bing. The mission of BINGO is to create a meaningful mentoring experience that will help to unleash the unlimited potential of urban young men of color.
Noting that many young men lack a father figure or significant male role model in their lives,
BINGO prepares these young men to be viable and productive citizens by challenging the negative stereotypes associated with men of color and transforming their minds into seeing themselves capable of greater achievements through the proper motivation and guidance of positive role models. BINGO creates a safe and healthy environment, as well as a life-changing experience for these African American young men to establish and reach their goals and future aspirations. "We see every young man's ability to become a leader and thrive in our community," says founder, Dave Bing.
1. ONE-ON-ONE MENTORING
The BINGO Mentoring program is designed to develop a trusting, caring, and personal relationship between our Mentors and Mentees. We believe every young man should have a positive role model to not only look up to, but have the ability to touch and learn from. Mentoring allows Mentees to receive individual support and attention from their Mentor on a regular/weekly basis. One-on-one mentoring creates an environment and conditions for success. The BINGO mentoring module consists of weekly, one-hour sessions at the Mentee's respective school. Our Mentees are selected by schools through our partnership with the Detroit Public Schools Community District.
2. SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
The BINGO Social Emotional Learning component involves the processes through which Mentees acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage their emotions, set and achieve their goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain healthy relationships, as well as make responsible decisions. We've created our own unique platform to provide relevant and engaging content for our young men while giving them important life skills.
WE THINK WE'RE ON TO SOMETHING.
3. MENTEE LEADERSHIP FORUMS
BINGO Mentee Leadership Forums are designed to help develop our Mentees into strong young men by providing them with the necessary foundation and blueprint for success. BINGO gives Mentees access to information and resources to become future leaders. Mentees learn about career paths beyond sports and entertainment and see relatable examples of excellence from people who look like and grew up in similar environments. BINGO Mentees learn how to align their strengths and talents with passion and purpose. BINGO Mentee Leadership Forums cultivates the greatness and potential within our Mentees.
4. BINGO OUTINGS
BINGO Outings provide Mentees with important exposure to cultural, educational, and social events. Mentees visit and experience culturally relevant institutions as well as gain first hand exposure to career opportunities. These interactions help Mentees broaden their perspectives about themselves and how they view the world around them. The overall purpose of these outings is to leave meaningful and impactful impressions on the minds and lives of our Mentees.