Who We Are

AYM is a 501(c)3, not-for- profit organization founded for the purpose of providing a safe, comfortable and structured environment for young girls in 3rd – 12th grades through after-school, weekend and summer programs. AYM is designed to improve the academic success, long-term health conditions and overall educational and career opportunities of young girls within the Atlanta Metro area. AYM is dedicated to providing long-term academic, nutritional, fitness, mentoring, and social services and programs to our participants.

What We Do

Through mentoring, one-on- one education assistance/tutoring, and coaching, our organization is divided into two very specific programs that are designed to positively develop underprivileged and at-risk young girls as they reach specific milestones in their lives. AYM incorporates nutrition based programs, sports training, exercise programs and extracurricular activities, such as art, music, dance, and gymnastics into an environment of learning, developing and empowering young girls within the Atlanta Metro area.

Why We Do It

  • Girls’ self-esteem peaks when they are 9 years old, then takes a nose dive.
  • Seven in ten girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members.
  • 53% of American girls age 13 are “unhappy with their bodies.”  This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen.
  • Girls’ dissatisfaction manifests around body image, particularly weight, at an alarmingly young age:
  • Transition to teenage years results in loss of trust and communication with adults
  • Girls with low self-esteem are significantly more likely to engage in negative behaviors
  • Issues such as homelessness, poverty, limited access to resources, etc decrease girls’ chances of graduating from high school or attend college and increase the likelihood girls will experience low self-esteem and engage in negative behaviors

AYM IS TAKING A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO PREVENT THE SELF-ESTEEM NOSE DIVE BECAUSE:

  • Sport is where boys have traditionally learned about teamwork, goal-setting, the pursuit of excellence in performance and other achievement-oriented behaviors—critical skills necessary for success in the workplace. In an economic environment where the quality of our children’s lives will be dependent on two-income families, our daughters cannot be less prepared for the highly competitive workplace than our sons. It is no accident that 80% of the female executives at Fortune 500 companies identified themselves as former “tomboys”—having played sports.
  • Girls and women who play sports have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem and lower levels of depression.
  • Girls and women who play sports have a more positive body image and experience higher states of psychological well-being than girls and women who do not play sports.
  • Girls who participate in extracurricular activities have more self-confidence and higher self-esteem.

How We Do It

3rd through 8th grade Younger Misses Program

Our Younger Misses Program is designed to capture the attention of young girls while they are at their most impressionable stage in life. The Younger Misses Program pairs our 3rd through 8th grade girls with high school and college mentors who are committed to providing tutoring, guidance and motivation as they enter into their teenage years.

Our Younger Misses will be taught to embrace certain core values that will ensure success as they enter high school. Our girls will go through rights of passages and will be celebrated as they reach developmental and educational milestones. Upon graduating from the eighth grade, our Younger Misses will enter our Junior Misses Program.

9th through 12th Junior Misses Program

Our Junior Misses Program is designed to prepare our older girls for high school graduation and beyond. The Junior Misses Program, which will eventually consist primarily of our graduated Younger Misses, allows our older girls to serve as mentors, tutors and coaches to their younger sisters in the Younger Misses Programs; thereby instilling in them the importance of community involvement and leading by example.

Our Junior Misses will have an opportunity to serve as volunteers through the program and as they reach certain milestones, will have the opportunity to earn scholarships and income by taking roles as Program Managers and AYM interns under the guidance of our full-time staff and professional mentors. In addition to serving as mentors, our Junior Misses will be mentored by professional women throughout the Atlanta Metro area. As they enter and go through the mentoring program, they will be provided with job shadowing and intern opportunities with their mentor and with various companies throughout the area.