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, insuring 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.
African American Men who are interested in being a member of the AAMI have the opportunity to attend a new student orientation in the AAMI office, room 8-027. Students who are new or are in their first semester who have not completed a new student orientation are invited to attend a session where you will learn about all things Sinclair as well as the benefits of being a member of the African American Male Initiative.
If you would like to attend, please use the contact form below to send us a message regarding which day you want to visit.
Our Brother 2 Brother meetings are informative and impactful! We work to bring topics that will help to develop our students academically, professionally and personally. We also celebrate birthdays monthly on the last Friday of each month with cake.
All meetings are on Friday's at 2:00 p.m. in the AAMI office, located in Building 8, Room 8027 unless otherwise listed.
August 30: Carl Kennebrew, IUE-CWA - Carl Kennebrew is the 8th National President of IUE-CWA. Carl will discuss his journey, career, and the importance of the modern labor union, as well as negotiating with employers and living wage jobs. (CAREER/LEADERSHIP)
September 6: Jared Grandy, Human Relations Council - Jared Grandy serves the City of Dayton Human Relations Council (HRC) as Coordinator of Community-Police Relations. Jared will address the form and function of the HRC and his role as the Community Police Relations council chair, and varying responsibilities. (COMMUNITY)
September 13: Chad Bridgman, Sinclair College - Chad will present on the value of internship and externship opportunities for students, as well as employers wishing to partner with Sinclair. Chad will discuss how interning is the number one way to earn a chance to get a job earning a living wage. (EDUCATIONAL/CAREER)
September 20: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services - Representatives from ODJFS will discuss how students can obtain services such as food assistance and access to health care. They will also discuss the WIA program for students seeking employment. (LIFE SKILLS)
September 27: Jeffrey Mims, Commissioner - Jeffrey Mims is a Dayton City Commissioner. He will speak about the City of Dayton’s participation in President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative,” the challenges of governance, and the Men of Color initiative. (COMMUNITY/CIVIC ENGAGEMENT)
October 4: NO MEETING: AAMI Staff participating in Closing the Equity Gap Summit.
October 11: Will Smith, Community Organizer - Will Smith describes himself as a Community Organizer. He is currently working on assignment with the HRC as Project Coordinator for the Greater Dayton Homicide Review Commission. He will address his work with HRC, as well as being a public servant and connector of communities. (COMMUNITY/CIVIC ENGAGEMENT)
October 18: Debbie Carter, Miami Valley CTC - Debbie Carter is an educator and mentor. She will present to the initiative on “Dating and Relationships: An interactive conversation about dating, friendship, and love and their place and necessity of each during your educational journey.” (EDUCATION/LIFE SKILLS)
October 25: Dr. Alonzo Patterson, III, Pediatric Physician – Dr. Patterson is a pediatrician in Dayton, Ohio, and has been in practice for over 20 years. He will speak to the initiative about his educational journey, as well as the importance of self-care among African American men. (EDUCATION/PHYSICAL HEALTH)
November 1: Furaha Henry-Jones, Sinclair Faculty, and Poet Laureate - Furaha Henry-Jones or Faheem Curtis-Khdir will discuss the Ubuntu Study Abroad Trip to Durban, South Africa. The cost, the required course registrations, and fundraising necessary to participate in the experience will be discussed. You will also hear from AAMI students who have previously taken this life-changing journey. (CULTURAL/EDUCATION)
November 8: Kevin Carter, Cybersecurity Instructor/Researcher/Entertainer - Kevin Carter will talk about his journey/education and present on the field of Cybersecurity, as well as the job market in Cyber securities and other applications. (EDUCATION)
November 15: John Rogers, III, Coordinator, Dayton Public Schools Men of Color Office - John Rogers will present “All Hustle, No Luck: Cultural Enrichment and Tools to Improve College Readiness.” John presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), served as an adjunct at Wright State University, and a host of collegiate presentations. He comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience equipping and teaching young men of color. (EDUCATION/LIFE SKILLS)
November 22: NO MEETING - AAMI students and staff travel to Washington D.C. to tour the National African American Museum of History and Culture
November 29: NO MEETING - Campus closed for Thanksgiving holiday.
December 6: Gerald Parker, Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge - Gerald Parker will speak to the initiative about his journey from college football player at Division III Georgetown (KY) to his current position on the bench for Montgomery County Common Pleas Court as one of a very few men of color to wear the robes of a judge. (COMMUNITY/LIFE SKILLS
December 13: John Rogers, III Coordinator, Dayton Public Schools Men of Color Office - John returns to our Brother 2 Brother meeting to present “Black History: The Remix.”