Atlanta Technical College
Institute for Males (AIM)
(404)756-2706 or (404)756-2709
The Atlanta Technical College Institute for Males is a program designed by faculty and staff to provide a concentrated emphasis on increasing the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of boys and men of color through personal development, professional development, leadership development, civic engagement and mentoring. More than 3200 high school and college males have participated in AIM since its inception in 2009.
AIM Collegiate Leadership Academy
The purpose of this academy is to identify a select group of (20) students per semester from among the African American, Latino, Hispanic and Asian male population at Atlanta Technical who have shown great potential for academic and leadership success to help them succeed while in college, graduate and then excel after college. The academy will also identify male students who have the capacity to serve as exceptional representatives at events that serve the interest of boys and men of color, AIM and Atlanta Technical College.
AIM Collegiate Program
The Atlanta Technical College, Institute for Males collegiate program serves to increase the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of minority men at Atlanta Technical College. This initiative offers post-secondary preparation, academic and personal support for current and new students.
To become a member of AIM, contact 404-756-2709 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to speak with an adviser. AIM provides: counseling, tutoring, student support, personal development seminars/workshops, professional development seminars/workshops and mentoring.
The Institute for Males Recidivism Initiative serves to decrease recidivism through our empowerment program. This program offers postsecondary education engagement to offenders and ex-offenders. The AIM Empowerment Program provides personal development workshops that are designed to empower participants with the self-esteem, leadership, interpersonal skills, financial literacy and career and college information needed to transfer participants from incarceration on to a successful college life and/or professional career. Upon release AIM provides academic support, performance monitoring, professional development, and postsecondary education opportunities.
AIM High School Initiatives
Summer Leadership Camp (SLC) - this is a six-week camp that teaches high school students how to become leaders. The camp focuses on discipline, teamwork, respect, and responsibility. The camp participants attend workshops that teach them leadership development, entrepreneurship, healthy lifestyles, career and college exploration and financial literacy. The camp is designed to work with (100) high school each summer. The participants are assigned activities by the facilitators of the workshops that foster interpersonal communications, goal setting, and critical thinking skills. One of the assignments requires that the participants interview various college personnel and students to find out who is the most influential person in their life.
Saturday Academy – is a program that teaches high school 11th and 12th grade males how to become leaders within their community. The students will attend a six hour session once a month that focus on Leadership Development, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, and College Preparatory. This program consists of (50) high school students throughout the metro Atlanta area. The participants are assigned activities by the workshop facilitator that foster goal setting, dressing for success, creating an operational and marketing plan, budgeting, etc. Workshop materials include Operational Hope’s Financial Literacy curriculum, ScholarShop and The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Upon completion of the program students will complete a business plan that will be judged by business owners from the community.
High School Leadership Program - , is a program that teaches high school 11th and 12th grade students to become servant leaders within their community. The participant’s sessions focuses on leadership development, healthy life styles, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career and college. The leadership program is conducted at three local high schools work with (25) male students per school. The participants are assigned activities by workshop facilitator that foster positive character and ethics traits, being a change agent, planning for college, building relationships, etc. Students attend 2-hour weekly workshops that engage them into critical and analytical, thinking, team building, and problem identification and solving. Upon completion students will have an in-depth understanding on serving others, college and career readiness, and health and social awareness.
The faculty and staff of Atlanta Technical College established the Institute for Males in February 2009 after receiving a grant from the U.S. Department of Education of Postsecondary Education. The grant is part of the Predominately Black Institutions (PBI) program whose mission is to strengthen predominately black institutions to carry out programs in various educational areas including improving educational outcomes of males.