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Using Research to Change Lives

I Am MORE's research- and evidence-based programming  supports Black youth to:

  • Find belonging within a shrinking Black community that is physically spread out and immersed in externalized & internalized racism;

  • Become exposed to hands-on and paid professional development opportunities that ignite their career and/or creative or service passions;

  • Connect with community-based

      service-learning opportunities 

      grounded in social justice;

  • Explore entrepreneurship, through skill-building opportunities, mentorship, and competitive access to funding for youth-run businesses;

  • Organize, promote and participate in public events that provide space for youth voices to be centered, and to showcase youth leadership, creativity, ingenuity, and talent.

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Our Know Thyself Rite of Passage Summer Internship for Black Youth

Our paid internship introduces Black youth to evidence- and research-based programming developed by Dr. S. Renee Mitchell, the visionary founder of I Am MORE.  Her consulting company  has won multiple national awards for its culturally relevant, inside-out approach to social-emotional learning (SEL), which empowers Black youth to:

  • Engage in a deeply intensive leadership-building program with other Black youth.

  • Improve their social-emotional challenges through healing-focused, cultural programming, events and outings.

  • Raise their critical consciousness about historical and current racism.

  • Develop their capacity to engage in social-justice action projects.


Classes include:

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Financial Literacy

  • Expressing Oneself

  • Black History

  • Mental Health Support

  • Screen Printing

  • Music Production

  • Video production

  • Podcasting

  • Creative Arts

  • Meditation / Self-care

  • Soulful Yoga

  • Drumming

Comments from our 2022  internship

Comments from our 2022 internship

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"I have grown a lot over the last seven weeks. My attitude has improved so much. I have gotten a lot better at controlling my temper/emotions.  This is going to help me so much as I am entering adulthood. I am very proud of my growth. I am proud of the woman I am becoming. I am so excited for my future.

~ intern Sanihaj

"Stories of activism, ownership, love and grief, Black history class taught me about the people who built the people who built me. I learned to voice, to make connections to the world and connect the world to who I am. I learned to show up, not just intellectually, physically, and mentally but spiritually. Black History changed the way I perceive the world around me and the way I perceive myself.      ~ intern Laya

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This 20-page booklet highlights the I Am MORE philosophies that ground our research-, evidence- and theory based approach that transitions Black youth from spirit-murder (i.e.racial trauma) in schools, society and sometimes within families and moves them toward emotional emancipation. This booklet provides information about Black students lives and self esteem.

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