151 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
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Our mission The Bing Youth Institute envisions a nation where young African American boys are lifted up and transformed through programs that support and improve their academic, emotional and social well-being.

BINGO Mentoring (BINGO: Boys Inspired Through Nurturing Growth and Opportunity)

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Mentoring

Each Mentor agrees to meet with his mentee once a week at the mentee's school during the mentee's lunch hour or free period. Each mentor commits to being matched with his mentee for a minimum of one year. In addition to the weekly meetings, BINGO plans various outings and forums for mentees who are enrolled in the program and mentors are invited to attend the planned events as their schedule permits. Professional African American men who live and or work in the Metro Detroit area who can commit to meeting with a BINGO mentee for an hour once a week at the young man's school.
    , Other
  • Academic Support
  • Weekly
  • Friendship/Socialization, Healthy Behaviors
  • On-site
  • Education, Job Skills
  • Middle School, High School
  • Same One-to-One
  • Academically at Risk, Low Income Household
  • School
  • Adults, Adults (18+)
  • Individuals, Male
  • 1 Full Year
  • 1 Hour/Week
  • Weekday Afternoons
  • Moderate
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One-on-One Mentoring

BINGO’s one-on-one mentoring sessions create caring and meaningful relationships between mentee and mentor. They meet weekly to talk about problems, concerns, achievements, mutual interests, or just life in general. This individual attention can make a huge difference in a young boy’s confidence, self-awareness, willingness to communicate, and personal growth.
  • Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Mentee Leadership Forums

One of the best motivators for young men of color is seeing successful African American male leaders and hearing their personal stories of perseverance, accountability and overcoming obstacles. Just one interaction with a positive role model can spark a lifetime of motivation for our young Mentees.
  • Occasional
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

BINGO Outings

Black youth in urban cities are less likely than whites to venture outside of their neighborhoods. Our Mentees are able to broaden their horizons by visiting new places, learning new things, and discovering new experiences.
  • Occasional
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Mental Health Wellness

Our Mental Health Wellness component helps our Mentees cope with life’s challenges by strengthening their social, emotional and psychological well-being. BINGO gives Mentees encouragement and hope by promoting healthy relationships with family and friends, conflict resolution, and emotional stability.
  • Occasional
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

College Preparation & Workforce Development

BINGO shows our Mentees the way to achieve educational and career success. From tours of HBCU campuses to assistance with college and financial aid applications. For those seeking job opportunities, we have partnered with the skilled trades to provide Mentees with the necessary workforce training to begin their careers.
  • Occasional
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you help Volunteers help transform young boys into responsible young men full of passion, purpose, and perseverance.
About us Dave Bing created the Bing Youth Institute and BINGO mentoring program to provide our young African American boys with a strong support system. Too many are falling by the wayside and see no hope for the future. Too often, their world is filled with negativity, conflict and a lack of motivation and support.
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