About US

Accepting the Challenge & Changing the Narrative

We all know the grim statistics tied to young men and boys of color: low graduation rates, high dropout rates, alarming incarceration rates, low college retention, and disproportionately high suspension and expulsion rates. These numbers paint a bleak picture, but at the Achievement Initiative Foundation (AIF), we’re determined to rewrite this narrative.

Launched in 2020 as a 501(c)(3), AIF is on a mission to transform the lives of young men and boys of color. We confront the educational and societal barriers head-on through innovative programs and awareness campaigns. By partnering with community foundations, organizations, schools, and districts, we address these persistent issues.

Our work is anchored by three core pillars:

Our ultimate goal is to provide direction, education, guidance, resources, and direct support to ensure these young men can turn their dreams into reality.

Research consistently shows a direct link between these troubling statistics and the school-to-prison pipeline, which funnels boys of color out of schools and into the criminal justice system. This overrepresentation of young men of color, particularly African American males, in juvenile detention centers and prisons is a crisis we are committed to ending. Join us in changing the future for these young men, one success story at a time.

Hami BSAP Counselor Mr. Campbell Mr. Daiman Johnson, CEO/Founder Achievement Initiative Foundation Black Indigenous Males of Color Brilliance Project

Our Why

In the face of a long history of inequity, the United States education system has stubbornly resisted change, with repeated calls for reform often ignored. Young men and boys of color face daunting, widespread challenges from childhood through adulthood. They are disproportionately disadvantaged and at-risk, irrespective of socioeconomic status, due to individual encounters and entrenched systemic barriers ingrained in our social norms, attitudes, behaviors, institutions, and policies. These challenges are especially stark within school systems, where significant disparities persist.

At the Achievement Initiative Foundation (AIF), we believe in a strategic, transformative approach to dismantling these barriers. Our mission is to combat the systemic marginalization of young boys and men of color at multiple levels. By engaging a diverse array of stakeholders—from educational and community leaders to researchers, criminal justice professionals, policymakers, and the youth themselves—we rise to the challenge of addressing and eradicating systemic violence against these young men. We are driven by a deep commitment to creating a future where every young man of color can thrive, realizing their full potential and dreams.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to transforming the lives of young men and boys of color. Our mission is to empower them to achieve their fullest potential by addressing and overcoming systemic barriers. We aim to enhance the capacity of youth service professionals, equipping them with the tools and insights needed to deliver their services through an equity and gender lens. Join us in creating a brighter future where every young man of color can thrive. Together, we can make a profound difference.