BSCO’s Mentoring component is designed to both: provide a safe environment for children and youth to enhance their academic and social emotional growth; and to increase the positive attributes of our children and youth through providing them with positive role models that will follow-up with them to ensure they are making the best decisions for their future.  BSCO accomplishes this goal through a mix of in-school, after-school, and out-of-school services.  Through its many offerings, BSCO serves over 200 children and youth annually.

PATS – After School Program:  BSCO provides after-school programming five days a week to approximately 80 children in the Bronzeville community.  A multi-disciplinary team provides structured programming that engages the children in a range of activities including fitness, academic assistance, social-emotional growth, and leadership development. Children participating in PATS have the opportunity to take part in quarterly community service projects that empower them to have an active voice in their community contribute their many assets. 

Truancy Education and Mentoring (TEAM): BSCO provides case management to youth that have excessive absences and/or late arrivals, have been suspended, and/or been expelled.  Case managers work with youth one-on-one or in small group settings to identify the issue, create a plan for academic success, and provide referrals and follow up to ensure the success of the plan.

Summer Fun & Enrichment Camp: Summer Camp serves as a bridge between each academic year for youth to remain safe and retain what they have learned through the previous academic year.  Summer Camp provides structure programming five days a week with one field trip that allows children and youth exposure outside of their neighborhood.  Other activities include sports and recreation, social emotional activities, and academic and STEM activities.

To ensure the success of our youth, BSCO’s Mentoring component currently measures its effectiveness through the following metrics:

  • 80% attendance to after-school and out-of-school programming.
  • Number of youth who demonstrate academic improvement through their grades
  • Number of youth who attend school at least 80% of the time
  • Number of youth who improve school attendance
  • Number of youth who are promoted to the next grade
  • Number of youth that decrease in negative disciplinary infractions