Becoming A Man; Boston; Youth Guidance
It was the snacks – especially all that pizza – that reeled Thomas Thermidor into a classroom at English High School in Jamaica Plain four years ago and introduced him to a program that eventually would help change the trajectory of his life.
“I was like, ‘Oooh, this is pretty cool,’” Thermidor, a freshman at the time, said. “You can’t question much about free food.”
His friends were there for an elective called “Becoming a Man,” a mentoring program run by a nonprofit called Youth Guidance.
From then on, every Wednesday, he showed up for BAM and found in it a brotherhood based on its six core values: integrity, accountability, self-determination, positive anger expression, respect for womanhood and visionary goal-setting.