African American Male Achievement (AAMA)

   African American Male Achievement (AAMA)

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The Office of African American Male Achievement will be hosting our very own GradNation Summit! We will focus on increasing graduation rates for boys of color and have UCLA's Dr. Tyrone Howard, as our keynote speaker in addition to a student panel. There will be live paintings,performances, music, food, and great conversation during our world cafe, where everyone has a voice and the space to share ideas on how to solve the problem at hand. This is a time to join in union with the community. Join us November 8, 2014 at Laney College from 8:30am-3:30pm. Register Now!

Our Mission is to stop the epidemic failure of African American Male (AAM) students in OUSD.  We will create the systems, structures, and spaces that guarantee success for all AAM students across the district.  By using data, we will identify entry points into schools and systems to increase equity, improve cultural competency, and implement practices that support AAM students.  We believe all AAM students are extraordinary and deserve a school system that meets their unique and dynamic needs.

Photo: AAMA Perfect Score Celebration (10/11/12), 33 students scored perfect in ELA or Math on 2012 CSTs.



Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) boldly created the Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA) in Fall 2010 to make explicit and systemic attempts to improve the fortunes of African American males who have been historically underserved academically and consequently get absorbed in the school-prison pipeline at much higher rates then their school counterparts.

OUSD and AAMA work towards 100% of students in the district to become college & career ready!

Executive Director
Christopher P. Chatmon (Bio)


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Developed by the brilliant minds of our youth with funding from Alameda County's Center for Healthy Schools, Story for All, The African American Museum and Library at Oakland, and AAMA.        










My Brother's Keeper aide visits AAMA Oakland Local 3/12

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My Brother's Keeper Kicks Off In Oakland ABC 7 news 3/11

Rep. Barbara Lee: My Brother's Keeper is a program whose time has come InsideBayArea 3/7

Oakland's AAMA is working
Oakland Local 2/17

Safeway donates 2,000 netbooks Oakland Local 12/18

Griots of Oakland
Oakland North 11/20

AA Students Score Perfect
Oakland Post 11/16


The Black Man Can
The Grio 7/30

The Freedom School
MinnPost 7/29

Black Male Graduation Rates
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How Districts Can Seek to Bolster African-American Boys
Education Week 7/23

10 Black Child Geniuses
SF Bay View 7/24

5 White College With Higher Black Grad Rates
The Root 7/22

Manhood Development Class at Claremont Middle School with Jahi

OUSD "I am an Oakland Kid", featuring Oakland Tech Alum Marshawn Lynch


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746 Grand Avenue, Portable #5, Oakland, CA 94610 
Phone: 510.287.8313    Fax: 510.874.3622  
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