African American Male Initiative (AAMI)
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
The KSU African American Male Initiative (AAMI) program is a minority-male enrichment program that provides academic, social, and cultural opportunities to KSU minority-males. The unique set of programming offered through AAMI focuses on the inspirational tenets of brotherhood and leadership and can include: regional leadership conferences, guest lectures, mentorship, social outings, leadership workshops and more. AAMI programming empowers students to achieve academic and personal excellence so that they may become leaders in their families and communities.
Housed within Cultural and Community Centers, KSU has a vibrant AAMI program that focuses on the academic success and holistic development of black men on both the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses. This is done through a variety of support opportunities that include peer-to-peer mentoring, weekly study halls, cultural programming, and academic advising meetings.
The African American Male Initiative (AAMI) is a grant-funded student success program that focuses on increasing the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of black men in University System of Georgia (USG) institutions. In 2002, this system-wide initiative was created in response to the lower rates of black male college enrollment and completion across the state of Georgia. These lower completion rates were attributed, in part, to the lack of curricular and co-curricular support that black men received prior to and throughout their college journeys. In response, the USG funded the AAMI grant program which has led to system institutions establishing campus initiatives that have been very successful in improving black male college success and completion.