GAAME Weekend 2023 will take place April 13-14, 2023
What is GAAME?
GAAME is part of the University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative (AAMI®). AAMI is a project launched in 2002 by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) focusing on the enrollment, retention, and graduation of African-American Males. Utilizing a holistic approach, GAAME supports African-American male students throughout their matriculation at the University of Georgia. This approach includes a transition program, academic support services, leadership development, peer and adult mentoring, grade monitoring, and exposure to a multitude of campus resources. Students interested in the program have several ways to engage: GAAME Weekend, GAAME Scholars, and GAAME Ambassadors.
GAAME Weekend is a transition program for admitted African-American male students, focusing on leadership and leadership development. Traditionally a two-day standalone program, we are bridging this experience with our Georgia Daze Weekend program this year.
Kicking off Thursday evening before Georgia Daze Weekend, attendees and their parents/guardians will engage with our GAAME Scholars, connect with Black Male Leadership Society members, meet prominent UGA faculty, staff, administrators, and alums over an engaging dinner. Afterward, students will stay with their Georgia Daze host in one of our campus residence halls, partaking in programming over the next two days, highlighted by having lunch with UGA President Jere W. Morehead on Friday. Ultimately, this visit will aid incoming Black/African American males with a better understanding of the community and culture, as well as the numerous support systems & resources that the University of Georgia offers to further their development as a scholar-leader through our GAAME program.
The GAAME Scholars program provides additional holistic support to undergraduate African-American male students who are seeking to enhance their undergraduate experience through engaging in activities specifically designed to honor and affirm their identities.
Additionally, interested students are invited to enroll in the UNIV 1203 Starting Strong: Introductory Seminar for [GAAME] Scholars course. This course provides first-year GAAME Scholars opportunities to practice skills regarding motivation, academic, and career exploration; develop academic and professional skills; and, prepare for academic success at UGA. A cohort-based approach, the class builds a sustainable community during students' entry to the University.
Learn more about the GAAME Scholars program here
GAAME Ambassadors are representatives between the program and our student body. This group of engaged African-American men assist in the planning and implementation of programming, serve as peer mentors, and as support efforts related to the academic and social support of African-American male students. Ambassadors gain vital leadership experience, communication skills, and professional development training through their participation.
Learn more about our GAAME Ambassadors:Click here!
WHAT IS AAMI?
The University System of Georgia’s (USG) African-American Male Initiative (AAMI®) is a statewide initiative designed to increase the number of African-American males who complete their postsecondary education from any of the USG institutions. Its mission is to provide an integrated program model of academic and social tools that support students around adopting a positive mindset to successfully complete classes, elevate their cumulative GPAs, matriculate through each academic level and graduate. The University of Georgia joined the AAMI project in the 2014 - 2015 academic year with the launch of GAAME. For more information about USG’s AAMI program, please visit their website at the following link: AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALE INITIATIVE
If you have any questions about the program, contact us at (706) 583-8195 or e-mail GAAME@uga.edu.