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Association for the Advancement of Mexican-Americans (AAMA)

Who We Are

AAMA’s mission is to inspire and empower at-risk Latinos to pursue their potential and achieve success. Our efforts are focused in the areas of education, workforce readiness and leadership development.

What We Do

In 1969, Houston's East End was plagued with problems of substance use, high school drop-outs, teen pregnancy and juvenile crime. A small group of students, businessmen and teachers banded together to discuss how they could reduce substance use, keep teens in school, provide wholesome recreational opportunities and prepare students to become leaders. As a result of their discussions, the Association for the Advancement of Mexican-Americans was formed in 1970. The first board included: Luis Cano, Froilan Hernandez, Ninfa Laurenzo, Roland Laurenzo, David Martinez, and Yolanda Navarro offering recreation and other programs out of an old house on Sampson Street. AAMA received its first grant of $40,000 to provide youth services in 1971. Today, AAMA's budget exceeds $10 million and the organization helps more than 11,000 people annually.