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Becoming A Man (BAM) and Working On Womanhood (WOW) are nationally recognized social-emotional learning programs that equip students with confidence and skills they need to thrive in school and in life.  

Youth Guidance is proud to partner with Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and the City of Dallas to deliver BAM & WOW in six DISD schools.


We are thrilled to partner with all our schools as they are instrumental to our work and mission.

BAM & WOW Programs will be operating in the following Dallas ISD Schools:

David W. Carter High School Skyline High School
LG Pinkston High SchoolSouth Oak Cliff High School
North Dallas High SchoolW.W. Samuell High School

Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs, like BAM & WOW, that enable youth to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, to succeed in school and in life. Youth Guidance is a leading provider of outcomes-driven programs and capacity-building initiatives, directly serving more than 13,000 youth across Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Seattle, Los Angeles, and London.

Our specific and strategically developed delivery areas are counseling & prevention, community & afterschool programming, and youth workforce development.

The Youth Guidance Dallas Team is supported by the Youth Guidance National Office in Chicago which includes the BAM & WOW Training Academies and the areas of Program Evaluation, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Communications and Development.

Becoming A Man  

BAM guides participants as they learn, practice, and internalize six core values: Integrity, Accountability, Self-Determination, Positive Anger Expression, Respect for Womanhood, and Visionary Goal Setting

Working On Womanhood

WOW improves the social-emotional competencies of participants through exploration of five core values: Self-Awareness, Emotional Intelligence, Healthy Relationship, Visionary Goal Setting, and Leadership.

Going The Extra Mile

Do you have a story about WOW or BAM at your school? Would you like to recognize a staff member?


A 2019 Report from Mayor Johnson’s Task Force for Safe Communities proposed recommendations for non-law enforcement solutions to crime and violence in Dallas. One recommendation of the report is for school-based social-emotional learning programs, like BAM & WOW, that teach youth to pause before they act, through mindfulness, emotional regulation, responsible decision making, self-awareness and relationship skills.

In response to the Mayor’s Task Force for Safe Communities Report, Youth Guidance has partnered with Dallas Independent School District and the City of Dallas to deliver BAM & WOW in school communities experiencing the highest rates of juvenile violent crime. This work is funded, in part, through a grant from the Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.