Established in 2005, AIM for Youth serves as a charitable organization whose mechanism is to connect professional athletes, entertainers, business and civic leaders to their community, through the establishment of service delivery programs targeting underserved and underprivileged youth and their families. (www.aimforyouth.org)
AIM for Youth conducts activities and events to support its four (4) major components; health and wellness, mentoring, education, and athletics. These components include programs that will help youth realize their positive potential and promote community development.
OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMS
Dinner for Divas – A multi-city, red carpet gala, honoring women and teenage girls (13+) that are survivors of domestic violence and child sex trafficking, and are currently residing in or transitioning from battered women’s shelters. By honoring one-hundred-fifty (150) survivors in each respective city where the galas are held, Dinner for Divas not only increases awareness and support to the plight of abused women and teenage girls, but helps raise funds for the shelters that attend. (www.dinnerfordivas.com)
Healthy Summer Kick-Off – In conjunction with "Back-2-School Community Kid’s Day", this project jump starts over 2,500 youth and their family’s summer by having them participate in various activities designed to bring awareness and education to major health issues affecting youth today. Activities include free health, vision and dental screenings, diabetes, obesity, sickle cell, asthma, and HIV/AIDS education, healthy food samplings, fitness activities, fire and police safety and numerous other activities emphasizing exercise and nutrition. Partnerships have included Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Grady Hospital, Kroger, Nike, and various others.
Back-2-School Community Kid’s Day – A city-wide event where youth in targeted underserved communities are able to receive school supplies and health exams needed for the start of the school year. Items included free book bags, school supplies (such as paper, pens, crayons, markers, notebooks, folders, etc.), health checks, food, fitness trainings, and informational sessions on health and nutrition. Supplies and medical care for over one-thousand (1,000) youth are donated through a partnership formed with various organizations such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Wal-mart, Kroger, Nike, Publix, and Westwood College (Northlake Campus).
Y’organic Treasures – This program, supported by several corporate and community organizations, allows students, teachers, corporate and community volunteers to come together in a community-wide effort to plant and maintain a series of organic gardens at schools all around the surrounding and metro Atlanta area. Each grade level at participating schools, maintain their own individual garden, while utilizing it as a means to support their academic curriculum. Students, teachers, and parents have an active role in the upkeep of each garden, and receive additional entrepreneurial and nutritional training through AIM for Youth and its partners, to include UPS, NIKE, Atlanta Urban Gardening Program, Atlanta Public School System (APS) District Wellness Council, Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA), celebrity Chef Marvin Woods, and several community leaders.
President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition
Proclamation from the Atlanta City Council
Various local media outlets