1. YMCA of Greater Springfield: Black Urban Mentoring Program marks successes

    YMCA of Greater Springfield: Black Urban Mentoring Program marks successes

    The Black Urban Mentoring Program, or BUMP, is a program that began in 2009 at the Dunbar Community Center (now the Dunbar Y Family and Community Center). The problem it attempts to address is the lack of positive male role models for young black males aged 12 to 14. (This age group is at particular risk for dropping out of school.) The solution is to pair these young men with mentors in one-on-one relationships.

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