BBF L.E.A.D – Teens and Young Adults
BBF L.E.A.D – Youth is a year-round program serving ages 13 to 24. The program has a dual focus—pre-vocational, post-secondary education, and academics. Students participate in a variety of activities addressing social, emotional, health/fitness, and recreational needs. Field trips and community service activities are also planned.
Youth graduating from high school are eligible to apply for a BBF Memorial Scholarship for college study or vocational training.
For more information and to schedule an appointment to enroll your child, contact the following:
BBF L.E.A.D Teens and Young Adults primary goals are to:
- Provide a safe environment for youth living in one of Chicago’s most socio-economically at risk communities
- Bolster academic achievement through creation of a rigorous learning environment that encourages pride in achievement, promotes “future orientation” related to post secondary life, and provides individualized academic support
- Promote healthy physical, social-emotional and ethical growth through a spectrum of structured and age-appropriate activities
- Encourage creativity/cultural awareness by providing opportunities for artistic/cultural engagement as well as regular access to cultural spaces
- Help develop personal interests and build prevocational and life/social skills through engagement in hands-on learning activities
- Partner with parents, teachers and the larger community in delivery of programs and services
- Aid in the creation of networks of social capital through which youth can acquire and leverage the resources they will need to transition successfully into adulthood
Teens and Young Adult-based activities include:
- Asset assessment and goal setting
- Individualized academic assessment and guidance
- General homework help and one-to-one, subject-specific tutoring
- Academic planning related to high school matriculation and postsecondary study
- BBF Youth programs:
- Audio/Digital (audio and digital music production)
- Biking (bicycle mechanics)
- Food (culinary arts and nutrition)
- Media(film making and film studies)
- Agriculture/Planting (agriculture and gardening)
- Fashion(fashion design and production)
- Rhyhem/Dance (rhythm-based dance and choreography)
- Group workshops on topics of relevance to teenagers
- Recreational activities
- Field trips
- Service/Community learning
When I came to BBF, I was coming just for the apprenticeship stipend. It really wasn’t something I thought I would gain things from. But now I can barely stop coming to BBF. Thanks to BBF, I have been interviewed by NBC5 about my film work, learned to use Final Cut Pro, editing software that famous directors use, and even made a movie trailer based on Hoop Dreams. Now I want to attend Columbia and study Media Arts.
Education is something they focus on at BBF. You can really bring your grades up by working with the tutors at BBF. I did in math and English. I also have a chance to do other things l like to do like music and dancing. And it might sound stupid, but I’m really glad that I get a snack at BBF! It helps me stay focused on whatever I’m doing here—studying or dancing or whatever. Everyone at BBF is nice. I really like it here.
I started off with an F in math last year. I was kind of embarrassed to ask for help, but when they saw my report card at BBF, I didn’t even need to ask. They started tutoring me. If I hadn’t brought that math grade up, I probably wouldn’t have been able to get into Holy Trinity High School. BBF helped me get in and get a scholarship. Now I know that I will be able to go to college because I am going to a good school.