Englewood's A.A.M.I. Youth Spend A Saturday at C.R.O.E.
During one particular Saturday in September, several youths from Englewood along with their mentor and A.A.M.I. program director, Michael Tidmore, attended a historical film showing at C.R.O.E. (The Coalition for the Remembrance of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad).
A.A.M.I. (African American Male Initiative), is a male mentoring program for young men ages 8-18 at the non-for-profit organization Teamwork Englewood. Tidmore teaches them about self-love and self-improvement to name a few and says he is always looking to expose his youth to various aspects of their culture and history.
“It’s important in our urban community to understand the importance of what it means to be self-sufficient and even more important for the young men to be taught at a young age”, says Tidmore.
While at C.R.O.E., the youth where able to learn about The Honorable Elijah
A.A.M.I youth, A.A.M.I, Director Mike Tidmoore, C.R.O.E. Business Manager/Co-Founder, Munir Muhammad
Muhammad and his teachings through the documentaries “Self-Sufficiency” and “Why We Lose”.
On September 22nd, 2012, youth from the Auburn Gresham and Englewood communities participated in a Peace Basketball Tournament coordinated with St. Sabina & players from the NBA to deal with conflict resolution and recent gang violence.
Tidmore says while that event was just as relevant in addressing issues in the communities, his youth from A.A.M.I. got a unique opportunity to spend their Saturday afternoon in a safe setting at C.R.O.E..They were able to learn about the history, the accomplishments, contributions and impact The Honorable Elijah Muhammad made on the African American community.
“I was very pleased to see Mike Tidmore take the time to bring the young men from our community to view a historical film depicting the positivity in our community,” says Dr. Aginah Muhammad, a member of C.R.O.E..
According to Dr. Muhammad, the films offer these young men, as well as others a historical reference of the work of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, which they would not have learned in a public school setting.
Dr. Muhammad adds that studies show mentoring contributes to preparing high-risk youth for success and improving their competence in some academic subjects as well as life experiences.
“Anytime you can get these young brothers to come into a positive community environment where they see strong black men and boys like them, they have a chance,” says C.R.O.E. member, Jamaal Ali.
Tidmore says the youth did enjoy the visit at C.R.O.E. and the message they got from the films was knowledge of self.
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