The mission of AIM is to support Indiana’s at-risk youth through caring adult mentoring relationships and innovative programming incorporating positive youth development and strength-based principles that empowers them to achieve their full potential.
AIM Launches Kickstarter Campaign
AIM has launched a KickStarter Campaign "Knead-to-Feed Breads and Sweets". Knead-to-Feed is a social enterprise created by AIM that is dedicated to transforming lives of at-risk youth by providing a path to self-sufficiency through food service-based training and employment. Youth have an opportunity to learn valuable life skills while gaining hands-on work experience in making artisan breads and other baked goods.
Funds from our KickStarter campaign will be used to purchase additional kitchen equipment and for packaging and shpping products. This will allow us to expand operations and provide more transitional employment opportunities for youth.
KickStarter, a crowdfunding platform provides an opportunity for backers to take part in bringing new projects to life. Backers make pledges and receive tangible rewards. Check out some of our delicious rewards above.
Please visit our KickStarter link and consider becoming a backer.
The AIM Center is now located at 4155 Boulevard Place.
AIM For Success Summer Youth Employment Program
Our program provides economically disadvantaged youth who are facing barriers to employment an opportunity to gain valuable employment and culinary skills while working on the job. This summer AIM is serving as an Indiana Department of Education summer food program site to ensure youth who receive free or reduced lunches during the school do not go without food during the summer. AIM will provide free snacks and meals to youth ages 18 years and under. These meals will all be prepared from scratch by the AIM for Success Summer Youth Program employees.
Snacks are provided Monday through Friday at 2:00-3:00 p.m. and supper from 4:45-6:15 p.m. No reservations are required. AIM is able to provide summer employment for these youth thanks to grants from the Youth working for Indy Program and the Marion County Crime Prevention grant administered by the Central Indiana Community Foundation
Culinary Arts Program
AIM will be holding a 7-week Culinary Arts camp for youth ages 15-19. It meets at the AIM Center Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 12:30-6:00 p.m. Through a variety of hands-on activities, youth will learn about cooking different foods, baking, safe food handling, financial literacy, getting and keeping a job and more. The program is offered at no cost to eligible youth receiving free or reduced lunches and/or had involvement with the juvenile or foster care systems. For more information, please call Scott Janz at 317-292-6838.
AIM is pleased to receive a grant in support of our AIM for Success Project. As part of this project, transitional youth are paired with adult mentors who provide support and guidance. In addition, AIM provides a series of life-skills classes, education and employment assistance and connections to community-based resources.
AIM is excited to be part of the Second Chance Juvenile Mentoring Initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Justice-Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. AIM provides reentry support services to youth incarcerated in the Indiana Division of Youth Services and returning home to Marion County.
AIM has partnered up with Doc's Horse-N-Around to provide a unique equine program opportunity for youth. The program is ran by trainer Dan O'Connor of Brownsburg, Indiana and several helpers.
Every Monday evening youth are transported to the Lion's Park arena in Clermont to participate in fun and educational activities with horses. These activities help them develop leadership and communication skills, self-confidence and more. The youth, all who have no prior experience around horses are excited about participating in this program.
AIM Partners with
DOC's Horse-N- Around