EGSC AAMI TEAM VISITS NURSING HOME FACILITY
The East Georgia State College Swainsboro AAMI team made a special Valentine visit on Friday the 13th to the Pruitt Health Nursing Facility in Swainsboro. The group brought socks wrapped with red bows to the 82 residents. They enjoyed visiting and celebrating the holiday, including a little singing to brighten the day. The AAMI (African American Male Initiative) program at EGSC is part of the University System of Georgia’s initiative. Following is a brief background of the program.
Colleges and universities in the United States are struggling to enroll and retain African-American male students. However, Georgia’s public colleges and universities have dramatically increased their enrollment, retention and graduation rates thanks to the University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative (AAMI®) — an innovative project launched in 2002 by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) — and the results are quite impressive.
When the University System of Georgia launched AAMI as a quantitative and qualitative research study in fall 2002, there were just three programs at USG institutions focused specifically on the educational achievement and attainment of African-American males. Ten years later, there are 36 programs on 26 of the USG’s 35 campuses, engaging young Black men in college life and focusing their sights on earning a college degree.
EGSC has two programs, one in Statesboro and one in Swainsboro. The results after a year in the program have been inspiring. Enrollment and academic progress continues to increase while the students learn more about the community and develop service projects such as the Valentine program. The young men are engaged and involved. They are being mentored by their peers and by faculty / staff advisors and remain accountable academically.
Group directors are Deborah Kittrell-Mikell and Antre Drummer.