African American Mutual Assistance Network, Inc.
"The Next Step - We The People" Youth Program
727 4th Street South
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
608-519-2367  -

We are in need of your participation as a Presenter at our "Next Step - We The People" youth program. First, your time is only for thirty to sixty minutes between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. between March 1, 2017 and December 6, 2017. The Program is located at, AAMAN's Clara Fields School of Excellence, 727 4th Street South, La Crosse, WI 54601.

There are 4 ten-week sessions that meet on Wednesday of each week. We would like a different Presenter for each Wednesday per-session, a total of 10 Presenters. The same 10 Presenters can participate in each of the Sessions.

Select a Wednesday and time you could present in each Session. Each Session's dates are listed below and program schedule. You can have Dinner with the participants between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and a $30 Stipend is available per-visit.

"The Next Step - We the People" youth program is an empowerment and civics program designed to provide foundational knowledge about American government and history, as well as critical thinking skills important to understanding and articulating this knowledge, to 8th thru 12th grade high school students, open to young and older adults and individuals living in low-income families. By creating better-informed young people, who are thinking critically about issues of national and local importance, the intent is to empower these students and individuals as to how best to work with government and fulfill their roles as citizens in the United States. In doing so, the intent is to remove the fear and frustration many of these young people have about government institutions. In addition, increase the probability that these students and individuals ultimately succeed in obtaining an AA or BA Degree in their chosen field of study and/or receive gainful employment. Students can Register Online. Adults can Register online.

The Presenters: The Presenters are asked to share how they achieved their accomplishments. What academics/education were necessary? Obstacles you had to overcome? Encourage the students.

Tentative Schedule:
Session 1:
- March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
- April 5, 12, 19, 26
- May 3
End of Session 1 and Graduation

Session 2:
- May 10, 17, 24, 31
- June 7, 14, 21, 28
- July 5, 12
End of Session 2 and Graduation

Session 3:
- July 19, 26
- August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
- September 6, 13, 20
End of Session 3 and Graduation

Session 4:
- October 4, 11, 18, 25
- November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
- December 6
End of Session 4 and Graduation

March 1st
March 8th
March 15th
March 22nd
March 29th
April 5th
April 12th
April 19th
April 26th
May 3rd
May 10th
May 17th
May 24th
May 31st
June 7th
June 14st
June 21st
June 28th
July 5th
July 12th
July 19th
July 26th
August 2nd
August 9th
August 16th
August 23rd
August 30st
September 6th
September 13th
September 20th
October 4th
October 11th
October 18th
October 25th
November 1st
November 8th
November 15th
November 22nd
November 29th
December 6th
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The Program:

Week 1: Program Overview-Declaration of Independence
- Program Overview, Objectives, and Career Clusters
- Look at genesis of nation, philosophical underpinnings
- Why did the founders do what they did
- Close read of Declaration (special attention to rights section-allow students to read and reflect on meanings)

Week 2: Personality Inventory-The Constitution
- Personality Inventory and Student Assessment
- How is the government set up
- Why is it set up this way
- How do states and federal government interact & Also discuss local government
- What are roles and limits of branches
Week 3: Team Building-The Bill of Rights and Civil Liberties
- Team Building and Pathway Exercises (Co-Facilitators)
- Close read of 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th amendments (and discussion of 14th)
- How are the amendments applied and how do we obtain civil liberties as a result
- Law and order amendments-include police officer

Week 4: Mentorship Activities-The people the Founders forgot: Civil Rights
- Mentorship Activities (students will be assigned to specific groups based on expressed interests)- Representatives from various fields will participate (Advisors)
- History of the movements-African Americans, women, Native Americans, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, LGBT

Week 5: Week five Mentorship Activities-Civil Rights today-the battle still goes on
- Mentorship Activities (students will participate in other groups) Representatives from various fields will participate
- What fights remain to be fought
- What are controversial issues
- How do we as society best resolve problems with civil rights

Week 6: Guest Speaker-"Take back your government"
- Guest Speaker and Group Debriefing
- How to become an effective citizen advocate
- How to work with the government to promote changes
- Writing exercise-letter to government official
- Share examples of young people promoting change

Week 7: Student's report-Special topic discussion
- Student's report on first guest speaker. Guest Speaker
- Focused discussion on current affairs topic of note that pertains to Civil Rights or Civil Liberties

Week 8: Student's 2nd Report
- Week eight student's report on second speaker. Portfolio assignment

Week 9: Putting it all together
- Student's Portfolio Wrap-up/Student Evaluation and graduation preparation
- Student reflections
- What have they learned
- How might they apply information

Week 10: Graduation
- Graduation Ceremony, Certificates and College/Job Fair

Program Directors

Sam Scinta, Program Director, holds a BA from Yale University in Political Science and a JD form the University of Denver College of Law. For 20 years, as Publisher of Fulcrum Publishing, he has been at the forefront of public policy and civics, having worked with several policy makers. He has also been active in local government, and for six years, has been an instructor at UW-La Crosse and Viterbo University, teaching political science, including several semesters teaching American Government. He has created and operates a similar program to "We the People" at the Onalaska High School, in Onalaska, Wisconsin.

Cecil Adams, Co-program Director, holds a BS from Oregon State University in Social Science and is the CEO and Founder of the African American Mutual Assistance Network. In 2003 Mr. Adams retired from Winona State University as their Director of Cultural Diversity, he has been at the forefront of ethnic diversity and education, working with La Crosse Human Services'  Juvenile Justice Disproportionate Minority Contact & Best Practice Committee. He is also active in United Way's Education Council for COMPASS NOW 2015 and for ten years, along with his wife, Valjean Adams established the only pre-k literacy program in the area. In addition, Mr. Adams has established La Crosse's first citywide Juneteenth Celebration 2015.


Jason Witt, Director of La Crosse County Human Services (Pictured left), Mandy Bisek and David Steinberg with La Crosse Human Services' Juvenile Justice Arrest & DMC. Their roles are to provide and encourage their youth in their juvenile detention facility to participate in the program and benefit from its teachings. We began this journey in  December, 2014 and it has been a tremendous success including a visit to the State Capital and the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, WI on Friday, February 27, 2015.

UWL and Viterbo Universities are partners and their roles are providing Professor Sam Scinta and Professor Ray Block of their College of Political Science to teach each session.

Ray Block

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