Detroit News- A national gang intervention program operating in 14 states is coming to Detroit with the help of a $653,100 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
The Amer-I-Can Program, founded in 1988 by Football Hall of Fame member Jim Brown, reaches out to at-risk youths, gang members and prisoners. The program, announced Tuesday during a press conference in Detroit, will begin in a couple of weeks at the Hancock Preparatory School in Detroit and the William B. Dickerson Correctional Facility for Women in Hamtramck. “You can expect grade point averages to go up, attendance to go up and discipline issues to go down,” Brown said from California. “These individuals will be better.”
The Amer-I-Can program, a 60-hour course, teaches life management skills in eight areas including attitudes, goal setting and problem solving. A trained facilitator leads the program. Participants who complete the program attend a graduation.
Kellogg’s funding for the project is meant to be a jumpstart for the Amer-I-Can program in the Detroit area. It is a two-year grant and the foundation hasn’t ruled out issuing another grant in the future.