African American Mutual Assistance Network, Inc.

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AAMAN’s 3-key Programs are: 1. Clara Fields Multicultural Literacy Program-The Science Of ReadingÙ The Art Of Teaching. CFMLP serves children in three ways: (1) Creates prolific readers of Pre-K children by the time they enter kindergarten. (2) Assists K-2nd graders that may have missed a solid reading foundation. (3) Serves as a Transitional Educational Program for culturally diverse adopted children before entering the public school system. Although our Program targets low-income families and at-risk children living in La Crosse County and surrounding areas, all children are welcomed. Whether or not children will be successful students depends greatly on the quality of their experiences in early childhood education. Programs such as Head Start play an important part in early childhood education, by focusing on developing good social and behavioral skills, but their main focus isn't on READING.

2. Next Step Program-Shatter LimitationsÙ Elevate Aspirations. NSP is not your typical after school program. NSP serves 10th, 11th and 12th grade U.S. Students. NSP is a ten-week program with three-sessions that meet once per-week on Wednesdays from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. NSP is designed to increase the probability that these individuals ultimately succeed in obtaining an AA or BA Degree in their chosen field, achieve gainful employment, and even attend Grad School.

3. River Valley Cross-cultural Adoption Support Group-Protecting Children Strengthening Families. In our efforts to assist families with cross-cultural adopted children, to interact with each other and encourage cross-cultural sharing with indigenous children and families, AAMAN established the River Valley Cross-cultural Adoption Support Group on February 21, 2009. We now have annual Retreats in Rushford, MN at AAMAN's Foundation Member, Donna Buckbee's lovely "Tarantula Arms" to welcome new families, share differences and encourage the moving of children out of foster care and into permanent adoptive homes.

2519 South Avenue
La Crosse, WI 54601
Mission Statement: 

AAMANÂ’s Mission is to reduce poverty and build sustainable prosperity for low-income families, combat obesity and hunger by providing free nutritional meals and snacks to program participants. Our target populations are at-risk children of low-income families and special needs children of all backgrounds. Provide educational resources to children in order to realize the possibility of a successful and productive life. We believe the quality of the investment we make in them and their families will help to positively shape their future. These individuals represent the promise of accomplishing great things and deserve every opportunity to fulfill that promise without restrictions. Create an environment of cultural acceptance by eliminating mere cultural tolerances by sharing cultural differences, open-honest dialogue and addressing racism and intolerance. Develop employment and educational opportunities for low-come families while inspiring children to learn, adults to teach and communities to move forward together.

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