BAM! Business Art Mentorship Program in Grand Junction

Our Impact

BAM! Business Art Mentorship Youth Program began in Spring 2022 and has positively impacted many youth and their families in the Grand Valley. Youth are empowered as they gain life and business skills with the support of peers and local artists and participate in art-club, art classes, art shows, community events, markets, art contests, art commissions, radio interviews, internships, and art exhibits.

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What Youth Say:

Youth ages 12-21 in the Grand Valley reported in a 2022 survey they experience a lack of safe places for recreational and social activities. They also reported they experience barriers to finding and accessing creative outlets and healthy activities.

Youth said what they like about BAM:

  • Welcoming, affirming and safe space
  • Freedom for self expression and being authentic
  • Socializing, new friends and having fun
  • Quality art supplies to use for creative expression
  • Meeting local artists and learning new art skills
  • Art shows and community events

*2022 BAM Youth Survey

DATA: March 2022-Aug 2023


# of community members who have volunteered at BAM


# of youth participants  


# of hours volunteered


# of local creative professionals that have worked with youth in the BAM program


# of individuals positively impacted through BAM


# of community events BAM has participated in


$ amount youth have profited in art sales through BAM


$ cost BAM covers per-youth per-semester


$ costs BAM covers per-month per-youth


$ cost youth pay for BAM program and resources


% of youth reporting low income households


% of youth with 2 or more risk factors


% of youth who identify as LGBTQ+ or non-binary


 % of youth at BAM in social services/foster system


# of times LGBTQ youth are more likely to attempt suicide than their peers (Johns et al., 2019; Johns et al., 2020)


% of LGBTQ youth who seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year*

+ 50%

% transgender and nonbinary youth who seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year*


% reduction in suicide when a trustworthy adult is in a LGBTQ young persons’ life*


*2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health