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Milestone Graduation for Dave Bing’s Mentoring

Program for Young Men of Color

First cohort of boys headed to two- and four-year colleges or trade schools

African descent college student at college graduation.

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Detroit, MI – A milestone event takes place on Thursday, May 31st for former Detroit Mayor and NBA legend Dave Bing’s successful BINGO (Boys Inspired through Nurturing, Growth & Opportunities)

mentoring initiative. Eighteen young men who started the program as 9th graders in 2014 will graduate from high school and BINGO after four consecutive years of mentoring.

The invitation-only graduation reception takes place in Downtown Detroit. The event will include a dinner and special presentation to Mentees and Mentors for their achievements over the last four years.

“This is a huge occasion for our mentoring program,” said Bing, founder and chairman of the Bing Youth Institute. “This is the first group of young men that we are graduating since starting BINGO four years ago. The majority are matriculating into secondary education, either at colleges, community colleges or skilled trades schools. This shows the program is working, because many of the boys never thought that college was an option for them. Our goal is to empower these young men to reach their unlimited potential in whatever career choice they make.”

The BINGO graduates flew to Washington, D.C. for a tour of Black colleges last year and received ongoing assistance throughout the year with the preparation of college-related documents, including

admission, scholarship and grant applications. Among the schools they will be attending are: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wilberforce University, Alabama A&M, University of Detroit Mercy, Olivet College, and Schoolcraft Community College.

Each young man will receive a custom-tailored suit courtesy of Threads for Success and a very special surprise gift that was created and designed especially for them.

BINGO is part of the Bing Youth Institute (BYI), whose mission is to enhance the lives of Detroit-area youth through mentoring, academic support, and recreational opportunities. The BINGO mentoring program uses four key components to prepare urban young men for productive and successful lives: One-on-One Mentoring, Social Emotional Learning, Educational and Social Outings, and Mentee Leadership Forums.

Bing Youth Institute • UAW-Ford National Programs Center • 151 West Jefferson Avenue Detroit, MI 48226 • 313-392-7016 • www.bingyouthinstitute.org

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