INTRODUCING

I AM
ACADEMY

Helping to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline systems within educational institutions through mentorships with students and community partnerships.

INTRODUCING

I AM
ACADEMY

Helping to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline systems within educational institutions through mentorships with students and community partnerships.

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WHO WE ARE

Empowering African American adolescents to achieve their full potential by

centering their identity cultivating relationships supporting educational success providing college experiences facilitating job readiness

ultimately changing the narrative and trajectory of their community.

WHO WE ARE

Empowering African American adolescents to achieve their full potential by

centering their identity cultivating relationships supporting educational success providing college experiences facilitating job readiness

ultimately changing the narrative and trajectory of their community.

CORE VALUES

We honor diversity and inclusion, treat others with respect, and embrace alternative ways of thinking.

We use our voices and abilities to defend justice, freedom, inclusion and equity.

We believe in making our community a better place through participation, collaboration, and partnerships.

We believe that building knowledge and developing 21st century skills lead to the gateway of opportunity.

We believe in authenticity, honesty, and transparency; we strive to do the right thing every time, every day.

CORE VALUES

RESPECT FOR ALL

We honor diversity and inclusion, treat others with respect, and embrace alternative ways of thinking

ADVOCACY

We use our voices and abilities to defend justice, freedom, inclusion and equity

COMMUNITY

We believe in making our community a better place through participation, collaboration, and partnerships.

EDUCATION

We believe that building knowledge and developing 21st century skills lead to the gateway of opportunity.

INTEGRITY

We believe in authenticity, honesty, and transparency; we strive to do the right thing every time, every day.
henry and lindsay cherry

OUR STORY

OUR STORY

"We wanted to give our youth something we didn't have."

Lindsay and Henry Cherry, Founders
In the fall before Henry and I were married in 2011, we were walking and dreaming about our future together. We discussed making a difference in our community by way of impacting our youth; we wanted to give our youth something we didn’t have.
 
What is now known as I AM Academy actually took shape in the living room of our friends’ house. Growing up in the area ourselves, we all knew that there were many missed opportunities, safe spaces where we felt like we belong, and hardly any adults who looked like us…

OUR PROGRAMS

High School Program

9th-12th
  • Dedicated Life Coaches
  • Weekly Check-ins
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Local Engagement
  • Trips Beyond

Middle School Program

6th-8th
  • Bi-weekly Check-ins
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Book Studies
  • College Visits
  • Local Engagement

Elementary Program

4th-5th
  • 2-month program
  • Creative Writing
  • STEM Activities
  • Reading Partners
  • Local Engagement
Coming soon!

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