Lost Boyz is a sports-based youth development organization that engages youth participants through the sport of baseball while also delivering structured academic and social-emotional support. Lost Boyz’s programming consists of two 16-week clinics in the spring and fall, plus a 10-week winter clinic each year. Programming is focused on developing critical social-emotional skills, supporting academic achievement through tutoring and mentoring, and providing career preparation and pathways – all revolving around competitive baseball practice and games.
Why We Invested
Lost Boyz is an innovative and thoughtful organization committed to program quality. The organization has incorporated research-backed methods into its programming to facilitate its youth participants’ social-emotional and academic development. Lost Boyz has cultivated a robust programmatic culture built on trust and respect, promoting connectedness and high expectations among participants. Lost Boyz is a highly embedded community organization with a history of successfully serving youth who have been involved with gangs and the criminal justice system. Lost Boyz has a stellar financial and operating history with a strong demonstrated ability to keep costs low, increase and diversify revenue sources, and meet expenses. The organization’s ED LaVonte Stewart is an impressive visionary eager to partner with ABC to improve data collection systems and impact measurement while enhancing programming.
Lost Boyz is eager to partner with ABC to help navigate a period of increased growth and development. The organization is looking to strengthen its data collection and measurement capabilities through increased access to student academic outcomes. Lost Boyz is also interested in further codifying its program model to ensure maximum impact on youth outcomes. In the future, Lost Boyz is looking to expand the number of youth participants served and will strategically consider expansions into new neighborhoods beyond their current South Shore footprint.