African American Male Initiative
Men, we shall have only as we make manhood the object of the work of the schools – intelligence, broad sympathy, knowledge of the world that was and is, and of the relation of men to it – this is the curriculum of that Higher Education which must underlie true life.” – W.E.B. Du Bois
About Panther PRIME: African American Male Initiative (AAMI)
The Panther PRIME (Preparing, Retaining and Investing in Males through Engagement) AAMI program supports the educational and professional aspirations of African American men at Georgia State University. Panther PRIME was developed to help forward the AAMI which is committed to significantly increasing the graduation rates and number of degrees conferred upon African American men in the University System of Georgia.
Panther PRIME is a partnership between the Multicultural Center and the Honors College. The partnership leverages the resources of both areas to provide African American men with identity development, cultural competency and experiential learning opportunities such as undergraduate research, civic engagement, study abroad and post-graduate preparation.
Our mission is to support and cultivate a community of scholars and develop them as leaders and change agents in their respective fields. Panther PRIME aims to fulfill AAMI’s mission to provide an integrated program model of academic and social tools that allow students to adopt positive mindsets to successfully complete classes, elevate their cumulative GPAs and matriculate through each academic level successfully, leading to graduation.
Goals of AAMI:
- Academic Skills Enrichment: Supports AAMI students in achieving their academic goals through a range of both personalized and campus wide initiatives that foster self-regulated learning, enhances academic skills and provides exemplary academic support programs and services
- Student Support Services: Makes internal and external resources available and provides information and learning tools to enhance academic and social success
- Adult and Peer Mentoring: Connects AAMI students to vetted adults and peers who encourage achievement and foster positive attitudes and a sense of belonging through personal and academic support, cultivating professional development
- Leadership Development: Provides multifaceted professional and soft skills forums to help develop and strengthen leadership and career readiness skills
Additionally, Panther PRIME AAMI ambassadors volunteer with non-profit organizations as civic partners to increase opportunities for personal enrichment, service-learning and community engagement.
The 2019-2020 Civic Partners:
Panther PRIME Fellows Groups:
- Sophomore Success AAMI Cohort: 20 sophomore students selected to participate in the Sophomore Success AAMI experience. For rising sophomores with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA
- Next Level Leadership AAMI Cohort: 8-10 junior or senior level students selected to serve as Peer (P3) Leaders or AAMI Ambassadors. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.3
- Tighter Grip: Student organization that plans campus wide programming targeted for minority men.
Panther PRIME Fellows who join the program participate in a variety of programs that include:
- College to Career Workshops
- Brother-to-Brother Community Connections Activities
- Civic Engagement and Service Learning
- Cultural Immersion Trips
- 1:1 Success Coaching
- University Assistantship placement sponsored by the Honors College (P3 Leaders)
- Barbershop Talks and RAP Sessions
- Research, leadership conferences and retreats
Ways to Give
Your support can assist Black men in being academically successful, securing promising careers, giving back to under served communities and landing top leadership roles by:
- Faculty, staff and community leaders serving as mentors
- Providing internships or any other related career opportunities that may be beneficial to our Fellows
- Donating to Panther PRIME AAMI by check, money order or online using our crowdfunding giving platform. Make a gift donation here! Learn more about gift donations visiting our homepage! If there are any issues please contact Dr. Jeffrey Coleman