What is AAYI?
- We value the unique voice of each student and their active engagement with leadership and learning
- We value the power of authentic student identity fully formed through self-love, high worth and cultural history
- We value truthful, trusting, honest, and sustainable relationships that provide advocacy, role modeling, deep connection and a networked community
- We value a culture of belonging for all of our students where they feel safe, understood, appreciated, and empowered
- We value high expectations through fierce advocacy for ourselves and others
- We value persistence–never giving up
- We value the power of envisioning a successful future
- Mission of Kenosha Unified School District
To provide excellent, challenging learning opportunities and experiences that prepare each student for success.
- Mission of Closing the Achievement Gap
To embrace and change, with deliberate speed, school practices, instructional methodology and school structures that perpetuate the achievement gaps in our schools
The mission of AAYI is to empower and engage the African American Youth by breaking the educational, cultural, and social divide through advocacy and education that ensures long term success and stability in family, school, work, and community.
Event Pictures & Videos
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Students at Brass Elementary zooms with Mr. Marc Casey. Mr. Casey was the underwater camera technician for the movie. Mr. Casey assisted in filming 90% of the water scenes.
AAYI Summer Program 2023
AAYI Summer Program participants join in some “Charcuterie Fun!”
Author Deanna Singh
AAYI hosted award winning author Deanna Singh at Mary D. Bradford High School. Mrs. Singh spoke to high schools students on a topic from one of her books titled, Purposeful Hustle: Direct Your Life’s Work Towards Making a Positive Impact. Several students stayed behind to talk one on one and ask the author more questions. One student shared the speaker, “was very nice and inspiring.”
Black Student Union Gala
AAYI was invited to attend Carthage College’s Black Student Union Gala. KUSD students enjoyed dinner, dancing and hearing firsthand college life experiences.
Reuther and Harborside students met Mr. Jacarrie Carr, founder of Kicks4Kids. Mr. Carr provided a powerful message to Reuther and Harborside AAYI students sharing his story including challenges he has faced throughout life, “filled with setbacks but major comebacks.” One AAYI Lead shared, “Jacarrie’s story truly engaged and inspired the students attending. His message focused on education, settings goals and resiliency and how that was truly your keys to success.”
DuSable Museum of African American History
DJ 262 Annual Charity Week 2021
City of Kenosha Kite Flight Community Service
Job Shadow Day at Colbert Packaging
Tradesman Shadow Day
Earth Day Uptown Neighborhood Cleanup
Kenosha Community Drive Up Baby Shower
Uptown Operation Community Cleanup
State Track Meet
Two AAFI students from Indian Trail competed in the 2021 state track meet. They both ran in the 4x100m and the 4x200m races.