Initiative for African-American Males (I.A.A.M.)

Preparing Young African-American Males For A Better Future

Who We Are

I.A.M.M. is an auxiliary operating under the umbrella of the Dr. G. Wesley Allen Council of Deliberation to mentor young African-American males in the state of North Carolina. Every young male from the ages of 5-18 are encouraged to join but membership status is the responsibility of the individual to maintain. Mentors work with young African-American males weekly in their communities where they hold sessions where they listen, encourage, and empower these young males with tools to help better their lives.

Our community based mentorship approach offer these young males a variety of positive male role models who show up consistently, and tell the truth about their struggles as men. Advisors regularly ask the young males, “What kind of man do you want to be?” I.A.M.M. members are praised for their gifts; supported when they mess up; and encouraged to become the Man they want to be.

I.A.M.M. advisors are dedicated to mentoring every young male in need. At its core, this initiative guarantees that our young males will know that there is someone who cares about them. It assures them that they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and reminds them that their lives matter.

Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have a powerful and positive effect on young males in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects young males to social, development, personal growth, and economic opportunities. Statistics show one in every three young males will grow up without this type of critical asset!