AAMI MISSION – To provide relevant experiences for males that will ensure success academically, professionally and socially, by developing male student’s success factors in areas including, but not limited to:
• Social Justice Issues
• Community Involvement
• Cultural and Spiritual Awareness
Through a series of special programming, events and activities, AAMI intends to help male students build positive relationships with faculty and staff members, community-based role models, and each other. The aim is to augment male students’ collegiate experience and ultimately help them graduate.
The Institute for Educational Research for African American Male Study, Inc. is a primary sponsor for the African American Male Initiative. IERAAMS is working on a grant that will provide a stipend for Peer Educators and for development and implementation of leadership programs for AAMI participants. These mentors will help hone AAMI participants’ leadership skills and provide tutoring services to Delgado students throughout the semester to ensure classroom excellence and academic success.
AAMI will strive to make positive connections through volunteer opportunities, such as helping with homework and reading to K-12 school students, and engaging AAMI members in activities such as a “Mid-term Pizza Study Break”, that will provide them an opportunity to act as tutors during college study sessions where pizza is served; and “Real Talk…What Real Women Want in a Man”, conversations that allow free, safe and open discussions about male/female relationships.
AAMI plans to have an oratory contest that challenges speakers to expound on the tenets of the Five Wells: well dressed, well spoken, well read, well traveled and well balanced. Winners will receive prizes provided by concerned business and community leaders in and around the New Orleans area. AAMI also plans to afford opportunities for cultural enlightenment.