Lost Boyz Inc., a Renewal Award winning organization, has been working in South Shore Chicago for over 10 years. Moving into our 11th year, we look to push our mission further by expanding programs into new neighborhoods, building deeper bonds with the communities we serve, and offering more trauma-informed youth sports programming than ever before. Lost Boyz Inc. isn't just a baseball program; we are a community development initiative focused on creating healing-centered spaces that cater to youth from some of Chicago's most historic communities.
Children enrolled with Lost Boyz Inc. have chances to play freely, join organized sports teams, participate in competition, meet regularly with mentors, attend tutoring, and still participate in various service projects throughout the year. We all know leisure, sports, and adult support are fun things to have in our lives, but community service is also incredibly fun when we do it with friends. Studies also have shown that service of others is a key factor in buffering stress and discontentment while also reducing levels of depression.
Formed in 2008 as an organized baseball program for South Shore residents, the mission of Lost Boyz Inc. evolved as our founder, Lavonte Stewart, 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 positive development and improved decision making. Thanks for reading about our work, we'll leave you with some pictures of baseball and softball.