Bakersfield College

African-American Mentor Program

What is AAMP?

African-American Mentor Program (AAMP) is a program that incorporates drop in mentoring, resiliency guidance, problem resolution, general (non-academic) assistance, and “real talk”. AAMP has a network of passionate professionals on campus and out in the community that are dedicated to the success of African American students.

AAMP Meeting Time and Location: Levinson Hall 40, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

How to Join

AAMP Logo

AAMP Study Hall

AAMP has created an environment that supports African American Success in Math and Writing. This is a place where students can come every other Friday and get assistance either a class writing assignment or any math class that they are in. AAMP is not a substitute for other support services and students are encouraged to use any and all BC support services.

AAMP Spring Schedule

Time/Location Event Description
January 27th
Levinson 40
What is AAMP?
Our football coach and faculty chair Reggie Bolton spoke to students about time management and the importance of education. He and Mandelyn Hobbs highlighted the benefits of AAMP and discussed what it has been and what it could be in the future.
Hosted: Mandelyn Hobbs
Guest Mentor Speaker: Reggie Bolton
February 3rd
B 8
AAMP Study Hall
February 10th
Levinson 40
Racism
Patrick Jackson serves as the president of the Bakersfield chapter of the NAACP. Patrick spoke to students about the history and function of the NAACP. He also led group discussion regarding the internal racism versus external racism and strategies to best address these issues.
Hosted: Mandelyn Hobbs
Guest Mentor Speaker: Patrick Jackson, Jr.
AAMP Students with local NAACP President Patrick Jackson
February 17th
B 8
AAMP Study Hall
February 24th
Levinson 40
African-American History
We were honored to have BC’s own professor of African-American history, Ismael Kimbrough. Professor Kimbrough talked to students about the difference between being black and trying to be black, and about the historical and philosophical differences in how blacks see themselves today versus 60 years ago.
Hosted: Mandelyn Hobbs
Guest Mentor Speaker: Professor Ishmael Kimbrough
March 3rd
B 8
AAMP Study Hall
March 10th
Levinson 40
Self-Doubt
School Board President and entrepreneur Keith Wolaridge graced us with his presence and talked about being the first African-American Vice-President of a bank in Bakersfield to now being the first black school board president in Bakersfield. Through this story, Keith gave us his philosophy and mantra about being the first and overcoming self-doubt.
Hosted: Julian West
Guest Mentor Speaker: Keith Wolaridge
March 17th
B 8
AAMP Study Hall
March 24th
Levinson 40
AAMP Open House
AAAP hosted its first ever AAMP open house event. Keynote speaker Dr. Thomas Wallace delivered a captivating presentation to an audience of over 100 high school and college students in which he highlighted the importance of leadership in the community. As a first generation college graduate, Dr. Wallace experienced growing up in a poverty-stricken environment in which he could have very easily gone down the wrong path. Dr. Wallace explained that he could have been sucked into a perpetual life of crime and self-pity as so many of his peers did, but instead, he rose to the occasion, made sure to not let anyone else define who he was or would become and is now the Vice-President at CSUB.
Hosted: Julian West
Guest Mentor Speaker: Thomas Wallace
CSUB Vice President Thomas Wallace speaks at the AAMP Open House
March 31st
B 8
AAMP Study Hall
April 7th
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Levinson 40
AAMP Meeting Cancelled
April 14th
10 a.m. - noon
B 8
AAMP Study Hall
April 21st
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Levinson 40
Next Steps
Hosted: Julian West
Guest Mentor Speaker: Marco Antonio Alberto and Darius Riggins
April 28th
10 a.m. - noon
B 8
AAMP Study Hall

AAMP Staff

Reggie Bolton (Football Coach)
jbolton@bakersfieldcollege.edu
395-4359
GYM 7

Julian West (Educational Advisor)
julian.west@bakersfieldcollege.edu
395-4709
A 17
Drop-in hours: 3-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

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