02-23-2020 · African-American Partnership

Todderick says the Georgia State University African American Male Initiative helped him learn leadership and social skills he needed to become an adult 

Todderick is a freshman in college, but he attended African American Male Initiative meetings during his junior year of high school. AAMI is an initiative funded through United Way of Greater Atlanta’s African-American Partnership “Build-A-Library” program.

AAP is a United Way of Greater Atlanta affinity group, and they help provide books and other learning materials for agencies across Greater Atlanta through Build-A-Library. APP celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with its fifth-annual Leadership Luncheon on Feb. 29, 2020.  

The partnership launched June 2000 by Conchita Robinson and Charles Stephens with the purpose of increasing financial participation and volunteers from our community. 

AAP is open to donors with shared affinities for philanthropy, leadership and service, and members of AAP donate $1,000 a year or more to United Way of Greater Atlanta.  

AAMI helped Todderick become social and comfortable speaking to others. During his junior year of high school, Todderick got the opportunity to create his own graphic novel comic series. It was fun for him and it helped him become engaged with the program, he says. 

“One of my high points in the program was creating the graphic novel because I realized it created a way to talk about ourselves,” Todderick says.  

AAP gave him that opportunity to express himself. This is just one example of the thousands of lives impacted by your gift to AAP. You have the opportunity to help empower others like him to reach his full potential.  

To help others like Todderick prepare for college, join the African-American Partnership today. Email AAP@unitedwayatlanta.org to learn more.