African American Male Initiative (AAMI) 


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In December 2011, United Way of Greater Greensboro launched a pilot mentoring program focused on serving disadvantaged African American and Latino boys.

African American Male Initiative (AAMI) programs currently operate at Wiley Elementary and Jackson Middle schools in partnership with Guilford County Schools under the program management of Communities in Schools of Greater Greensboro. United Way of Greater Greensboro is thankful for the members of its African American Leadership engagement group, who have been instrumental champions of this initiative. 

  • A mentor must be at least 18 years old. To be an effective mentor you must have certain characteristics and interests.

The effective mentor is one who:
  • Cares about young people and their future

  • Enjoys working with children and possess a passion for advocating for the success of youth

  • Communicates and listen effectively

  • Listens does not judge

  • Suggests and guides

  • Commits time to the mentee and the program

  • Gives and shares

  • Adapts to different situations 


  1. Submit Application

  2. Complete screening and background check

  3. Provide three references

  4. Complete GCS Background check

  5. Complete orientation and training

  6. Mentee Assigned

  7. Coordinator, Mentor, Mentee and Family First Meeting

  8. Mentor and Mentee Meetings Begin at school or in community

  9. Follow-up Mentor Feedback and Training Meetings


Rules and Guidelines:


  • All meetings and/or activities with mentee must take place on the school campus or as a part of AAMI community- based unless otherwise authorized by parent or guardian.

  • Consistently meet with mentee for a minimum of one hour per week at school or in community. 

  • Mentor will not manufacture, possess, distribute or use any illegal substance. 

  • Mentor will sign-in and out of the school office for each meeting. 

  • Mentor will limit physical contact to holding a hand (if age appropriate), pat on the back or hug initiated by mentee in full view of school officials or parents. 

  • All information shared by mentee is confidential except for information required by law to be reported. 

  • Mentor will maintain regular contact with the AAMI Project Director and participate in on-going training. 

  • If a problem arises in the mentor/mentee relationship, mentor will notify AAMI

  • Project Director immediately. 

  • Mentor agrees to participate in the end-of-the-year program evaluation.

  • Mentor will contact AAMI Project Director if unable to meet

  • with mentee.


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