why anew bam

ANEW BAM is a K-8 education and arts organization that was established in 2013 by Kevin Robinson and Vanessa Young. As African Americans who are deeply invested in the St. Paul community, Kevin and Vanessa became concerned with the number of disenfranchised youth on the East Side of Saint Paul who were not having their academic and social/emotional needs met. After several conversations with youth on the East Side, Kevin and Vanessa recognized a need for out of school programs that supported academic achievement, positive behaviors, and provided structure for marginalized students. Kevin and Vanessa decided to collectively form an organization that would not only fill the void of these types of out of school and summer activities, but also address the disconnection many disenfranchised youth feel when it comes to their schools and learning environments.