African American Male Mentorship Program (AAMMP)

The African American Male Mentorship Program (AAMMP), within the Minority Males Matter (M3) initiative at Texas A&M University-Commerce, is a team of professional staff members committed to providing intentional opportunities to enrich the overall African American male student experience.

Much research has shown that African American male students who are attending a Predominately White Institution (PWI) deal with many stressors during the adjustment to university life. Unaddressed, these stressors cause students to leave the institution due to feelings of loneliness, poor academic performance, cultural distress, and lack of involvement and commitment to the overall university (Allen, 2010; Lee, 1999; Palmer & Gasman, 2008; Van Camp, Barden, Ren Sloan & Clarke, 2009).

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AAMMP's Mission

The African American Male Mentorship Program (AAMMP) is devoted to assist in the overall matriculation of African American males at Texas A&M University- Commerce. This is accomplished through innovative and impactful programming that will assist in the overall academic, personal, and social development of participants, while encouraging them to develop leadership skills that will permit them the opportunity to become actively engaged and involved with their student experience contributing to their persistence and graduation to become male leaders of tomorrow.

AAMMP's Vision
To help young African American Males captivate their powers, understand their strengths, enhance their leadership skills, and inspire other young men on campus and in their community, while being consciously aware of whom they are as African American men and the knowledge they possess.

Mentees within the program are paired with upperclassmen who serve as  mentors and a committed group of staff members that assist with addressing, combating, and overcoming stressors that exist with the transition to university life. AAMMP engages students through the weekly seminars and study sessions and provides a variety of tools to enhance persistence in college. Examples of weekly topics discussed include:

  • Financial literacy
  • Community Relations
  • What's Your Privilege
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Male body image
  • My Goals, My Dreams, and My Reality
  • S.W.A.G. 101 (presented by Demetrius Smith of Kollaborative Kreations)
  • A True Conversation About Being a Black Male 

Through the collaborative efforts between the Department of Enrollment Management and the Department of Residential Living and Learning, AAMMP is also able to provide a premiere Living and Learning Community (LLC) housed within Whitley residence hall. Through the LLC, the mentees are housed together in order to provide an intentional housing experience to assist them with their overall transition to the university and by providing intentional programming that mirrors academic and programmatic initiatives that assist with retention and persistence.

The deadline for AAMMP mentee and Living Learning Community applications is Sunday, June 3, 2018.

For more information regarding the AAMMP program, please contact Mr.Trevor McCray, at Trevor.McCray@tamuc.edu