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The African American Male Initiative (AAMI) is a leadership development program designed to cultivate the talents and abilities of African American male students to support their academic and future career goals.

Our goal is to promote student success and improve graduation rates through social and academic networks.  Through collaborating with university and community partners we intend to connect students with others to envision their future, to explore their passions, and to actively engage in their college experience.

  • Encourage student to Envision their future and develop a working plan toward achieving their goals
  • Provide opportunities to Explore the academic and social options available within the university and community context
  • Support student Engagement in academic excellence and leadership

Program Information


  • Any full-time or part time student who self-identify as male and African American
  • Continuing AAMI program participants from previous  cohorts currently enrolled at Augusta University

*Students may join AAMI at any time but will need to follow the program guidelines and program model. Students can enroll in LDRS 2000.

Academic Skills Enrichment: 

Provides supplemental literacy, writing, math and study-skill activities to help pre-college students transition to college academic life during the summer and assist enrolled AAMI participants with RPG (retention, progression, and graduation) throughout the academic year.

Student Support Services: 

Makes available internal and external resources, information and learning tools to enhance students’ academic and social successes.

Adult & Peer Mentoring: 

Connects AAMI students to adults and peers who encourage achievement, foster positive attitudes, as well as a sense of belonging through personal and academic support, while reinforcing RPG.

Leadership Development:

Provides multi-faceted professional and soft skills forums to help develop and strengthen participants’ leadership skills.

Key Activities for All Participants All Cohorts

Man Cave Mondays are a way for you to start the week with motivation and mentoring. Starting with AAMI program updates and announcements, each session will feature a special guest speaker from the campus or the community who will provide perspective and inspiration.

Follow Up Fridays will be held via Teams due to COVID-19.  During our face-to-face follow-ups, you will gather together and enjoy food and drinks while discussing their week and catching up with other members. This is not happening this semester due to COVID-19

Alternate Plan: Follow-Up Friday is focusing on Holistic Wellness, members of Student Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Wellness will be facilitating Follow-Up Friday. Each session will focus on 1 of the 8 dimensions of wellness. Student Counseling and Psychological Services along with Student Wellness will be hosting the Holistic Wellness Series.

This will also be an opportunity to let program administrators know what is going right, as well as how the program can better serve you.  Also, it will be a good time to make sure you document all the points you earned that week (by visiting your advisor, meeting with your mentor, completing a tutoring session, etc.).

  • Tuition scholarship – if program expectations are met and available funding
  • Peer-to-peer mentorship
  • Community building
  • Academic tutoring & study hall
  • Networking opportunities
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Connection to faculty, staff and community advocates
  • Black Male Summit participation
  • Step 1: Sign up for the African American Male Initiative
  • Step 2 a: All students interested in participating in the Black Male Initiative Program must attend orientation on July 22nd.
  • Step 2 b: Be sure to let your advisor know that you've signed up to participate in the African American Male Initiative and visit our table during orientation. 
  • Step 3: Enroll in the Inquiry Class for AAMI (INQR 1000C-Thursday, Time- TBD) Fall Semester and Leadership Class (LDRS 2000) Spring Semester. (Contact Your Academic Advisor
  • Step 4: Attend the African Male Initiative Fall Retreat TBD. 
  • Step 5: Make sure that you have completed and submitted your FAFSA.
  • Step 6: Check your email and POUNCE account frequently for messages regarding registration, billing and immunization. 

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact

Contact Us

African American Male Initiative

Summerville Campus

Jaguar Student Activities Center

2500 Walton Way Augusta, GA 30904


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AAMI E3 Leadership Program

The AAMI E3 Leadership Program will provide relevant and transparent experiences for young, African-American males that will aid in their success academically, professionally and socially at AU. AU's program is under the leadership of program director, Dr. Garrett Green, Director of Multicultural Student Engagement. Augusta University's program has been funded by grant funds from the USG for the past 3 years.

The University System of Georgia’s (USG) African-American Male Initiative (AAMI®) is a statewide initiative designed to increase the number of African-American males who complete their postsecondary education from any of the USG institutions.

Its mission is to provide an integrated program model of academic and social tools that support students around adopting a positive mindset to successfully complete classes, elevate their cumulative GPAs, matriculate through each academic level and graduate. Our goal is to promote student success and improve graduation rates through social and academic networks.  Through collaborating with university and community partners we intend to connect students with others to envision their future, to explore their passions, and to actively engage in their college experience. 

The GPAs for program participants has been higher than non-participants for the past 3 years (2017-2019).

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Invest In The Next Generation

We are looking for partners to invest in the next generation by donating to our program. Funds support scholarships, gap funding, professional development, and program sustainability to name a few. Please consider donating today!

Donate Online

To donate online, please visit Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement and donate to Fund Code: 297005 AAMI- African American Male Initiative Program


Donate By Check

Please mail your check and include the reference AAMI and/or AUF#297005 in the "for" section so the funds are deposited into the appropriate fund.

Augusta University Foundation, Inc.
1120 15th Street, FI-1000
Augusta, GA  30912


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