I Am My Brother (IAMB) program for boys and young men ages 8 – 19 years old in their transition through adolescence and successfully to adulthood. Positive role models and coaches provide a major source of support to the young brothers and help them reach a point of inner clarity and develop positive self-definition. In the mainstream culture where men of African descent are often depicted in the media as the peril of society, Ifetayo provides our students with the counter perspective in which black men are leaders, providers, scholars and contributors to their community both locally and globally.
An important component of the Brother’s Rites of Passage program is the introduction and full discussion of historical and contemporary issues young boys and men of African descent face in America and globally. These discussions serve as a foundation for developing the skills necessary to survive the dangers of racial profiling, police brutality, incarceration, gang membership and drug use. The IAMB program is subdivided into three separate age levels: “Pre-Rites” serves youth ages 8 to 11, “Transition Rites” serves youth 12-13, and “Teen Rites” serves youth ages 14-19 creating three separate and sequential program tracks. Programs are located at Ifetayo’s on-campus location and at partner public schools.