Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tutoring and Mentoring off to a Great Start

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Lamar welcome parents and Kings to AAMA Parent Night, September 7
AAMA, 100 Black Men and Aspire and Achieve are really excited about this school year.  A large, eager Freshmen Class has the whole program working hard. The AAMA Manhood Development Class began on August 22, our Tutors started working on August 29, and 100 Black Men started their program September 15. All 3 programs are starting off great. Thursday, September 15 our Math an Science Tutor, Max Shapiro had the most students to date show up for Tutoring. On September 19 our English and History Tutor, Thomas Demerath, had the most students to date show up for Tutoring!
Max Shapiro, Aspire and Achieve Math and Science Tutor, works with Rickey Jackson. Rickey has graduated and is starting his first year at Cal State East Bay. He really wants to be prepared for his college classes. He also works with our English and History Tutor, Thomas Demerath. Rickey has also spoken to the current Kings about turning his life around and the help he has gotten from our combined programs. 

Langston Walker, 100 Black Men Member, speaks to Kings

Math Tutoring Sign Up Sheet for September 15, 2016. 8 current Kings plus Rickey Jackson  showed up for tutoring help. 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Aspire and Achieve back in class at Oakland Tech. In Lamar Hancock's AAMA Manhood Development Classes.

September 1, 2016
Aspire and Achieve 1st session of sitting in 3 class sessions of AAMA Manhood Development. Listening and occasionally joining in discussion.  Big Freshmen class this year and they are ready to learn! We are excited about this year and look forward to the Parent Night on September 7.

Back in AAMA Classroom. Montez leading discussion of "When did you first discover that you were Black?"

Lamar Hancock listens and also leads discussion

Freshmen class


Friday, September 2, 2016

Aspire and Achieve Tour of Museum of African Diaspora

May 5, 2016

Aspire and Achieve partnered with African American Male Achievement teacher and leader, Lamar Hancock, in leading 18 of our students on a fun day that included a guided tour of the Museum of African Diaspora and lunch at the Metreon.  Aspire and Achieve made arrangements for the tour and secured a docent to guide us on a tour. We paid for admission and also bought the lunches while AAMA got the BART Tickets and Lamar did a great job of leading the students. 

Lamar walked the students from Oakland Tech to the MacArthur BART station. He also arranged for the BART tickets. We got off at Montgomery Street and walked to the Museum. The museum currently featured 2 exhibitions: 

 Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity is a traveling photography- and film- based curatorial project that features the images of photographers and filmmakers from throughout the African Diaspora. Their subject matter is cis-gender Black men in urban, rural, literal and abstract landscapes across the globe, who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of masculinity within the Black community. Its discourse intersects class, gender formations, ethnicity, ideology and style. Dandy Lion confronts the hyper “thug” narrative and is a portrait of the multi-varied alternative identities that have always existed in Diasporic communities.

The Grace Jones Project explores the influence of model, actress, and singer Grace Jones. The exhibition brings together more than twenty works by an intergenerational group of artists working primarily in photography, video, and performance. Some artists pay direct tribute to Jones while others demonstrate a Jones-like sensibility in their engagement with the black body and queer identity.

The tour guide asked good questions and the students gave thoughtful and perceptive answers. 
Everyone seemed to enjoy the tour and all we spoke to said they got a lot out of it. 

We went to the Metreon for lunch and gave students free time to explore. They all came back to the designated meeting place on time and the trip back was fun.