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Florida African American Male Experience

The Florida African American Male Experience (FAAME) is an innovative partnership between St. Petersburg College (SPC) and LEAP to enhance educational and career opportunities for Black/African American males. Leveraging the resources and expertise of both institutions, FAAME offers comprehensive support to its participants, ranging from pre-college exposure and engagement to robust post-enrollment services at SPC. The initiative focuses on increasing enrollment, improving academic performance, boosting graduation rates, and ultimately diversifying the workforce. Through FAAME, SPC and LEAP proactively address disparities and foster success for Black/African American males in the Tampa Bay area.

The systemic goal of the Florida African American Male Experience (FAAME) is to develop an integrated system of cohesive, interdependent strategies designed to streamline and deliver a consistent experience to increase and accelerate AAM student’s post-secondary enrollment, persistence, retention and graduation.
The overarching programmatic goal of this initiative is to increase the enrollment, matriculation and graduation rates of AAMs graduating from Pinellas County Schools (PCS), transitioning into SPC and partner schools and successfully obtaining a baccalaureate degree.
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of Black Male Associate of Arts graduates attend one of the FAAME partnership institutions to pursue a bachelor's degree

*Source: Regional Competitiveness Report 2021

Core Values

The FAAME Initiative is unique in nature because it utilizes a holistic approach via community and statewide resources to assist in the development and support of African American male students.


Shelia McCants


Dr. Jerrica Peets

Project Manager

Steve Marshall

North Coordinator

Ernest Gant

South Coordinator


Black African American Males

Completed High School degree or graduated within one year of recruitment period

Have applied and been accepted to Summer of Success

Be a US citizen

Completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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increase in degree attainment for Black individuals in Florida since 2010.

*Source: Regional Competitiveness Report 2021


FAAME is an amazing program that creates a pathway of opportunity for students who have been hearing no more often than yes. We want to be their Yes man all the way through graduation and into the workforce.
Dr. Peets