3rd Annual African American Male Initiative Awards and Recognition Ceremony

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Young men were honored on July 10th, 2010 for their improvements and accomplishments at the 3rd Annual African American Male Initiative (AAMI) Award and Recognition Ceremony on July 10th, 2010. This event was held at the Milbank Chapel at Columbia University’s Teacher College.

At left: Justin Pakeman-Chery, an AAMI participant, is accompanied by his uncle to receive his award.

AAMI strives to tackle the issues facing Black male children and provide them with the resources they need to become productive, contributing and well-respected members of their communities and society. AAMI, created by The Children’s Aid Society, and its Steps to Success program which launched in 2007, developed a combined set of methods to improve the outcomes for this vulnerable population which include academic support, parent support and positive and enriching relationships with a life coach.

During the event certificates and trophies were handed out to the young men for perfect attendance, resiliency and strife.