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Seattle Public Schools’ Office of African American Male Achievement

Community Collaboration With The Alliance

The Alliance supports SPS in their commitment to actively become an anti-racist educational system to ensure that students furthest away from educational justice can thrive. In 2019, the Alliance for Education partnered with SPS and the philanthropic community to support the launch of the first ever Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA) in Seattle, exceeding a goal of raising over $3.6 million to support the Office’s first three years. 

About AAMA

AAMA was established to reimagine and build a school system that intentionally cultivates the strength of Black boys and teens, ensuring each and every Black student recognizes their own potential and feels supported in their education. By listening to the expressed concerns of Black male students, AAMA will create a framework that aligns work and practices across the district to ensure SPS has the culture, conditions, staff competencies, and community connections in place for all Black boys and teens to excel in their education.

Investing in Racial Equity

Seattle Public Schools is the first district in Washington, and one of only a few across the nation, to create an office that intentionally cultivates the cultural and academic strengths of Black male students while simultaneously addressing their needs. The Alliance continues to invest in this strategic and innovative approach. Learn more about the program here!

“Black families have been marginalized so much in public education, of course they want to see fixes for each individual child. But the role of AAMA is to push the entire system and address adult practices and our policies that have been a barrier to meeting the needs of all of our African American boys and teens. By focusing our work on the system, the individual needs of students will be met.”

Dr. Mia Williams