ABOUT I AM MORE THAN...TM
I Am More Than....Put Yourself in Their Shoes, is an Montgomery, Alabama, 501c3 non-profit corporation, and for the duration of this living document will be known as I Am More Than... I Am More Than... Encourage and serves the Young Adults of the greater Montgomery area. I AM MORE THAN...TM is committed to transforming the lives of young people by equipping them with entrepreneurial skills, training and experience needed to become self-sufficient and productive members of society.
Our efforts have culminated in the creation of a unique social enterprise - More Than Tours Through partnership with various businesses to provide employment opportunities for underserved youth. in school mentoring programs.
This district-wide average masks differences by student group. Students who are, Latino, Black, Asian, as well as an influx of other ethnicities, that are learning English as a second language. low income students, or students dealing with disabilities drop out at rates that are 50% to 500% higher than their counterparts. This is where I AM More Than... Shines, working with the county school system, and the juvenile court system. I Am More Than... has a goal to foster a commitment to young people that will promote pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and reassert a sense of hope for the future.
I AM More Than.. has implemented a slogan that encourages and instills self-awareness and pride of self. It is simple and powerful, ”NO MORE” these two simple words have changed the lives of numerous children. No More Bulling, No More Violence, No More Street Dangers, NO More Discrimination based on color, race, preferences, economic or social standards. These two words are looking to become a Nation-Wide plan, one that is delivered and driven by the Youth and Young Adults of our Country. Once “NO MORE” has taken off through personal relationships can a sense of individual responsibility be reestablished, only then will the youth feel a commitment to follow through on paths to adulthood with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Once this is taken hold, the Youth will be able to enforce the entire statement and fellowship of, I AM MORE THAN…PUT YOURSELF IN THEIR SHOES, because they lived it and MADE MORE OF THEMSELVES, than they ever thought possible What have these students done, and what are we imputing in their lives to assist them in breaking the high-risk mold?
Through repeated failures in the classroom and the development of destructive habits, at-risk young people have lost faith in the possibilities that await them if they are successful inputting their lives together. This program accomplishes this goal, by promoting a caring, inclusive learning environment that promotes their best effort and reinforces personal respect. This is exactly what we at I AM More Than… promote and offer to each of our students. We find than that our students are taking these accomplishments and projecting them to the next set of students, and the positive reinforcement, and lack of pier pressure, allows everyone to be their best and succeed in the field of their choice.