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African-American Male Initiative Seeks Participants

July 15, 2010

African-American Male Initiative participants  
Individuals involved in the African-American
Male Initiative include, from left, Andre Adams,
peer mentor; Jesse Odom, member; Keith
Sayles, AAMI director; and Sean Johnson,
peer mentor.

St. Louis Community College currently is recruiting peer mentors and student participants in its African-American Male Initiative (AAMI) conducted at both the Florissant Valley and Forest Park campuses for fall 2010.

Information sessions for prospective participants and their families will be held throughout the remainder of July on both campuses.

“AAMI is a wonderful opportunity for young men who are serious about their educational goals,” says Keith Sayles, AAMI director. “We witnessed tremendous growth both personally and academically in our first cohort of students, we witnessed a lot of growth, both personally and academically, in these men. I believe that we have a firm foundation, and I believe our second cohort will continue to build on the success of the first, where we will see an increase in academic performance and graduation rates during this year.” 

Funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant, AAMI began offering services in 2009 in response to the needs of African-American male students at the Florissant Valley and Forest Park campuses. The program’s goals are to increase the persistence rate and academic achievement levels of African-American male students at St. Louis Community College, and to enhance the in-depth understanding and focus among faculty members and staff regarding the challenges faced by African-American males as they enter college.

To participate, African-American men must have earned between 0-25 credit hours, be currently enrolled in six or more credits at either the Florissant Valley or Forest Park, and work no more than 25 hours per week. 

Peer mentors must have earned 20 or more credit hours, have a 2.0 grade-point average, be enrolled in six or more credits at either the Florissant Valley or Forest Park, and work no more than 25 hours per week.   

For more information, contact Kim Love-Austin (Florissant Valley) at 314-513-4754, or Marsala Pringle (Forest Park) at 314-644-9858.