Theory of Change

Using wrestling as a tool and motivator, BYW teaches youth to successfully overcome socio-economic challenges that lead to educational gaps, poor health and negative community relationships, imparting skills such as self reliance, discipline and commitment to others that apply both on and off the mat, in school and beyond.

The Three Components of Our Model



Our coaches are trained to work with marginalized students and build their character and self-esteem, and to build healthy relationships with adults and peers.


Academic Support

Our academic coaches support our students with important study skills in order to empower students to navigate middle school on their way to high school success.


Rigorous Training

Our wrestling curriculum is designed to develop student-athletes into strong and healthy individuals.