Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen stands with staff from the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, representatives from State Farm and members of Booker T. Washington High School's African-American Male Initiative.

Crim Center initiative receives State Farm grant

State Farm Grant Will Enhance Academic Support for African-American Males at Washington High School

ATLANTA – Georgia State University’s African-American Male Initiative has received a $60,000 State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grant to continue and expand its work at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta.

The initiative, housed in Georgia State’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, offers mentoring, tutoring and college readiness activities to African-American males at the school in hopes of increasing the number of students who graduate from high school and attend college.

Students at Booker T. Washington High School helped apply for the State Farm grant, which will help them create a series of historical videos that will highlight the contributions of African-Americans to the school, its immediate community, Atlanta, Georgia and the Southeast.

Tene Davis, director of the African-American Male Initiative at Georgia State, hopes the project will help high school students find their voice in the larger media landscape and become better acquainted with the history that took place in their own backyards.

“Students involved in their community realized that those outside of their community, and even some within, didn’t understand or appreciate its value,” Davis said. “Once the videos are completed, they will become an integral part of the Booker T. Washington curriculum. Incoming freshmen will view them as a way to instill pride and tradition within the school culture.”

“The African American Male Initiative has made a positive impact on the students at Booker T. Washington High School,” said Kimberly Moore, principal of Washington High School. “The young men involved with this initiative take noticeable pride in their affiliation with the group.”

Representatives from State Farm presented a check to Washington High School students and school administrators on Nov. 5 and talked about the importance of student-led service programs.

“State Farm supports service-learning because it integrates service to the community into classroom curriculum using a hands-on approach to mastering subject material while fostering civic responsibility,” said Renate Dugans, State Farm public affairs specialist.  “The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a prime example of the State Farm commitment to education, our community and our youth.”

For more information about the African-American Male Initiative, visit http://crim.education.gsu.edu/outreach/african-american-male-iniatiative.

Photo caption: Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen stands with staff from the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, representatives from State Farm and members of Booker T. Washington High School’s African-American Male Initiative.