The YMCA of the Treasure Coast was accepted into the Y-USA’s inaugural cohort of the Boys and Young Men of Color’s Historic Scholars Project!

The Boys and Young Men of Color (BYMOC) Usable History Project is an exploration and examination of the contributions of Black men and women to the YMCA Movement throughout history. The project will use history as a line of inquiry into both the past and future.

Over the course of 6 months (January – June 2024), participants will research our shared history, use that history to bring context to our current reality, and ideate/vision ways their research can be put into action, now and in the future. Participants will spend 3 days at the Kautz Family YMCA Archives – University of Minnesota Libraries and will be supported in their process through monthly development sessions. Participants will utilize the current BYMOC strategy to explore Culture, Social-emotional Intelligence, Academic Performance, and College and Career Readiness through the lenses of programs, practices and policies. Research topics may include, but are not limited to, science, creativity, and the arts. The culmination of the cohort will be a Capstone Project, which is intended to be a creative element of expression of the information – this could be that will be shared during the National BYMOC conference in fall 2024 as well as being deposited at Y Archives for future reference and research.