Lost Boyz Inc.’s vision for the future is a renewed and continuous provision of opportunities to participate in organized little league for the South Shore neighborhood’s at risk youth and a fully developed youth-driven economic redevelopment program. As the result of an “earn as you learn” approach, at risk youth would display improved social relations, scholastic aptitude, and trade skills development. This approach would promote economic reconstitution among younger generations of poor communities by establishing several community-vested, youth driven venues to attract new external revenue and revive non-residential consumer activity through the provision of quality service and product.
History of LostBoyz
Originally formed in 2008 as an organized baseball program for Chicago’s South Shore residents, the mission of Lost Boyz Inc. developed further as the founder became concerned with the emerging anti-social behavioral patterns impacting local boys. In 2014 the organization noticed this persistent pattern affecting young ladies as well, and extended their services to include girls. With baseball training and competitive participation as our core drivers, our mission is achieved through high-intensity mentoring, intervention, and social entrepreneurship activities. We also incorporate cultural awareness, service learning, and civic engagement. We use this combination of programming and direct interaction to positively and permanently impact the lives of school age youth, resulting in life-altering character development and improved decision making.
The initial reasons for Lost Boyz Inc. remain constant. School-sponsored sports programs are severely limited in terms of age and range of activities. Based on a recent study, 59% of the people in the Cook County area surveyed believe the public school system fails to meet their sports experience expectations. Driven by economics, most notably with the passage of state legislation limiting school funding, many sports programs have not survived increasing economic pressures on the public school system. However, over the years, Lost Boyz has expanded to become more than a sports program for youth in the South Shore area. We have extended our services to include mentorship opportunities, summer internships, service learning projects, and a youth softball program for girls.
Lost Boyz believes that baseball is more than a game; at its best, when connected to certain other Out-of-School-Time activities, it is a tool for positive socialization and character development that is particularly effective in reducing violent behavior or violence victimization. Lost Boyz Inc. provides two programs throughout the year, one that caters to adolescent youth ages 17 and under, and the other services young adults between 18 and 24. In addition to a rigorous sports menu, Lost Boyz has developed an intensive, athlete-scholar-citizen development aspect, integrated with the aforementioned programs, that has demonstrated exciting results in our athletes’ academic performance, and their positive personal and community accountability. Through the Lost Boyz training model, our kids are learning what it takes to be successful on the diamond, in the classroom, and in the community.