African American Male Initiative

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Photo caption: Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen stands with staff from the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, representatives from State Farm and members of Booker T. Washington High School’s African-American Male Initiative. (November 2015)

The mission of the Georgia State University African American Male Initiative at Booker T. Washington High School is to enhance the graduation rate of Black males at Booker T. Washington High School while also increasing the number of diplomas conferred upon this population couched within a college access and readiness focus. Currently 30 young men participate in the program. Participants are representative of all three academic programs that comprise Washington High School – Early College (EC), Banking Finance and Investment (BFI), and Health Science & Nutrition (HSN).


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Program Information

College Preparatory – This program is designed to begin and/or continue the discussion surrounding college attendance. These sessions work to develop a college-going culture by addressing the facts and myths concerning college while also equipping the young men mentally, socially, and culturally to be able to enter college.

Academic Coaching – This after-school program is designed to support students academically in their core high school classes. This program also works to ensure that a higher percentage of the Early College male population will be able to meet the requirements to enter Georgia State University when they enter the eleventh grade.

Summer Enrichment – This month-long enrichment program offers participants an opportunity to come to take academic classes such as Math along with enrichment and college preparatory classes on the campus of Georgia State.

Mentorship – The young men from GSU’s AAMI group, Tighter Grip, serve as mentors to students. They facilitate campus tours and ses-sions during the family workshops while also working with the young men at different times of the year to support them in their efforts to complete high school and enter college.

Family Workshops – Twice a year on Saturday’s from 9am-12noon we host workshops for the students and families on financial aid, SAT/ACT prep, supporting high school students, and college readiness for the parents.

Career Pipeline Initiative – The Atlanta Career Pipeline Initiative will consist of mentoring and programming geared towards providing career awareness and enrichment. Education for a Better America and National Action Network will partner with secondary schools, colleges and universities, corporations, existing mentor-ship programs, and other community organiza-tions. The two main components of the initia-tive will be mentoring and enrichment. Eventu-ally, college students will mentor and tutor sec-ondary school students and professionals in a myriad of career fields will mentor both the college and high school students.

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State Farm Grant Will Enhance Academic Support for African-American Males at Washington High School

ATLANTA – Georgia State University’s African-American Male Initiative has received a $60,000 State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grant to continue and expand its work at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta.

The initiative, housed in Georgia State’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, offers mentoring, tutoring and college readiness activities to African-American males at the school in hopes of increasing the number of students who graduate from high school and attend college.

Students at Booker T. Washington High School helped apply for the State Farm grant, which will help them create a series of historical videos that will highlight the contributions of African-Americans to the school, its immediate community, Atlanta, Georgia and the Southeast.

Tene Davis, director of the African-American Male Initiative at Georgia State, hopes the project will help high school students find their voice in the larger media landscape and become better acquainted with the history that took place in their own backyards.

“Students involved in their community realized that those outside of their community, and even some within, didn’t understand or appreciate its value,” Davis said. “Once the videos are completed, they will become an integral part of the Booker T. Washington curriculum. Incoming freshmen will view them as a way to instill pride and tradition within the school culture.”

“The African American Male Initiative has made a positive impact on the students at Booker T. Washington High School,” said Kimberly Moore, principal of Washington High School. “The young men involved with this initiative take noticeable pride in their affiliation with the group.”

Representatives from State Farm presented a check to Washington High School students and school administrators on Nov. 5 and talked about the importance of student-led service programs.

“State Farm supports service-learning because it integrates service to the community into classroom curriculum using a hands-on approach to mastering subject material while fostering civic responsibility,” said Renate Dugans, State Farm public affairs specialist.  “The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a prime example of the State Farm commitment to education, our community and our youth.”

For more information about the African-American Male Initiative, visit


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Photo caption: Students in Booker T. Washington’s African-American Male Initiative (AAMI) took time to consider their school’s history and legacy in a documentary they’ve created over the last few months. In the documentary, AAMI students highlighted Booker T. Washington’s life and work, the school’s founding in 1924, some of its famous alumni and its impact on the local community and the students who walk its halls today. Click here to read the full story

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