AIM is an Initiative of Shadow Student Athlete Development Services, Inc (SSADS). AIM implements culturally responsive mentoring practices to impact the “new education crisis” in Pennsylvania, racially inequitable discipline practices pushing African American students specifically male youth out of public school. The ways in which AIM implements mentoring as a coaching and modeling method is an effort to bridge the greater crisis, the achievement or educational/information opportunity gap.
AIM places Character Coaches who are community-centric in high needs Pittsburgh Public Schools as conflict specialists to support students, families and school staff by modeling culturally specific mentoring practices, managing class transition periods and providing intensive support through individual or group sessions and assessing the cultural health of the community. These services are designed to build and develop the spectrum of social emotional skills for students, and to activate the empowerment of parents to be equitable partners with school staff in responding to the needs of their students and the needs of the school.