The African American Male Initiative (AAMI) is a completion initiative designed to help young men find their passion, walk in their purpose, and reach their potential.
Specifically, the purpose of the program is to retain students from term to term, ensuring that students maintain a GPA in good standing, experience personal and professional development, and complete their degree/certificate on time (within 2-3 years). This program is culturally relevant and supports men of color at their level of need, whether it is academic, professional, social, or emotional.
Visit the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) National organization.
We have worked to bring you topics that will help to develop you academically, professionally and personally. Also, we will celebrate birthdays monthly on the last Friday of each month with cake and punch. Please take a look at what’s coming for fall semester. All meetings are located in Building 8, Room 8027 unless otherwise listed.
8/25/17: Welcome (or Welcome back) to AAMI! (SOCIAL; COMMUNITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT)
Nicole Pritchett, Executive Director of the Hope Road Organization, will speak to the group about the importance of community support, volunteerism, community innovation, and planning. We will also discuss the first week of class, AAMI member expectations, and prepare for vision board project. We will also celebrate birthdays for the months of June, July, and August with cake and punch.
9/1/17: Vision Boards: See it, believe it, GET IT! (LEADERSHIP AND VISION)
All students will be encouraged to complete a vision board, which is where they will present their goals using pictures and words.
9/8/17: Time Management and Study Skills with Eric Henderson (EDUCATIONAL)
Students will be given strategies on time management and study skills to learn to stay on task and complete work on time.
9/15/17: John Rogers: All Hustle, No Luck (EDUCATIONAL/CULTURAL CONCIOUSNESS)
John Rogers with DPS Men of Color gave this presentation to a group of students shortly after 8-027 opened in November 2016. The presentation deals with subjects such as how people of color are portrayed in the media, stereotypes, and interacting with other races. It was so well received, we are inviting him back! You will not be disappointed!
9/22/17: Dawayne Kirkman: How to Exceed in Your Job (CAREER)
The Director of Student Affairs will have a conversation with students on how to be prepared in the job market and what will set them apart from other applicants.
9/29/17: Financial Aid Literacy w/Brian Freeman (EDUCATIONAL)
How to get and keep federal student aid.
10/6/17: Ohio Means JOBS (CAREER; COMMUNITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT)
Silvia Signars Anderson from Montgomery County Development Services and her team will join us for a discussion on job preparedness and career opportunities available locally. Mrs. Anderson will also discuss the importance of building your community.
10/13/17: Sinclair’s Urban African American Mentoring Program (UAAMP) (LEADERSHIP/EDUCATIONAL)
Representatives from Sinclair’s UAAMP will discuss the importance of having and becoming a mentor.
10/20/17: Personal Financial Literacy – John Lumpkin (FINANCIAL)
This session will be devoted to personal financial literacy such as banking, saving, and investing.
10/27/17: John Rogers: Relationships (LIFE SKILLS)
John will be returning to discuss relationships between men and women. You won’t want to miss this one!
11/3/17: Mental Health/Group Therapy – Dr. Steven Kniffley (PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH)
Dr. Kniffley will join us to discuss the importance of addressing mental health.
11/17/17: Dress for Success - Gary Jones (LIFE SKILLS)
Gary Jones is a clothier who will discuss how to dress for success.
12/1/17: Know your rights – Kenneth Parker (COMMUNITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT)
Kenneth Parker is a Cincinnati attorney who we will educate students about civic engagement during this session.
12/8/17: End of Semester celebration and recognition (SOCIAL)
We will celebrate the end of the semester, recognize the students with the highest point totals, and ask students to complete the end of semester survey.