I AM Academy Application
Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and Student,
I AM Academy is an organization that enhances the African American students’ educational journey by providing representation, a safe environment to learn and grow, and college and career exploration opportunities. This program is all about empowering students to achieve their full potential by centering their identity, cultivating relationships, supporting educational success, providing college experiences, and facilitating job readiness.
This year, our theme is "I AM the Dream". We are going to spend this year encapsulating the essence of aspiration and the belief that dreams can be transformed into reality. We firmly believe that investing in our dreams leads to brighter futures. We will then take what we have learned and explore strategies and activities that promote positive mental health and healing of our spirits, minds, and bodies. Students will have the opportunity to learn STEM, and explore the world around them.  

Throughout our time together, we will have Black community leaders sharing their own stories and experiences and college mentors who will be checking in on academics, behavior, and attendance; helping and guiding students to reach the goals they have set. Our hope is that our youth will gain knowledge about their history and who they are, strategies for how to deal with anxiety and stress, and be empowered to be successful while loving their authentic selves.

This group will be made up of 60 African American students within the West Michigan area. We communicate primarily through email and sometimes text. Keep an eye out for more information!

We are excited to be a part of the educational journey for many of our Black and Brown students.  If you have any questions about this opportunity please contact us through email, social media, and/or the number listed below.


Henry and Lindsay Cherry
Co-Founders of I AM Academy
Facebook & Instagram: @iamacademymi
(616) 334-6705
(616) 635-7574

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