AA-YP students are taking to the road to coach, mentor, and engage public speaking skills as a way to offer community service to other students.
Their first event was at Integrity Christian Academy in Birmingham, Alabama. Presentation topics were "Friendship" and "Bullying." The presenters were Jamilah Matanmi, FreDetrice Borden, and Cheyenne Gaines.
This was an exciting time to see the students take command of their presentations, the creative manner in which they interacted with students, and the professionalism that they displayed during and after the event.
Serving others by empowering them is the hallmark of a true servant leader. These young ladies did an outstandig job serving the students at ICA.
1st COSMOS Presenter: Jamilah
2nd COSMOS Presenters:
The Tag Team
Cheyenne & FreDetrice
Thanks, ICA, for letting us serve you!
Students are "Going the Distance to Serve!"
Kaylen Gaines, Gr.12
She is beautiful and very soft spoken. However, Kaylen Gaines has another side; she is a BEAST. Yes, this AA-YP student and lacrosse athlete becomes a beast when she guards her cage. Kaylen is a world class lacrosse player from the state of Alabama who travels around the country playing teams from across America and other countries. She has a strong passion for the game of lacrosse and applies her coaches' knowledge for actionable follow through on field. Kaylen is well known for her quickness and ability to juke her opponents. She is a diverse player on the field and has played in other positions such as midfield, attack, and defense. She is a rarity in her current position, as a goalie, because she is right-handed but plays the game of lacrosse using her left-hand to caught on the field. Kaylen is one of the State of Alabama’s top five lacrosse players. She was just named MVP for the Mid-Atlantic Tournament in Chicago, Illinois. Recruiters from colleges are already scouting this high school sophomore.
Off the field, she enjoys volunteering in her community with various organizations, spending time with friends, and cuddling with her cat, Charlie. "
Awards & Recognitions: #1 Lacrosse Teen Female Goalie in Internationally & in the United States (2017 - 2018), Outstanding Goalie Award (2015), Most Valuable Player-Defense Team (2016), Number 2 Goalie in the Nation (2017)
President Barack Obama
Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award
December 2016 Recipients:
AA-YP Superintendent - Mr. Kevin G. Arrington
AA-YP Administrator - Dr. Juliet L. Arrington
December 16, 2016 is a date that the superintendent and the administrator of The American Academy for Young Professionals (Gr. 6-12) will always remember. It was the date scheduled for the arrival of the officiant who would present them with the Presiential Lifetime Achievement Award and Presidential Medals given by President Barack Obama. As Dr. Jaqueline Mohair frrom Atlanta, Georgia read the letters signed and sent to the two by the president, both sat in awe and gratitude. The evening was filled with excitement for the pair who were being recognized for their over thirty years of leadership and contributions in ministry and service. "These honors from President Obama are the Lord’s doing; for that, we are over joyed and thankful!”
Mr. & Dr. Arrington are humbled and more determined to continue using their talents, education, creativity, skills, gifts, resources, and abilities to serve and make their community, state, and nation greater. "We hope that this will inspire AA-YP students, parents, and others to stay committed to the things God has called them to do to empower, build, and serve others. Heaven sees, and God ALWAYS rewards!!!"
Congratulations to Mr. Arrington and Dr. Arrington
A Creator’s Connection
The artist did not draw
Without words, she wove a spell
She poured her heart into something raw
But sweeter than the sound of a ringing bell
Her name was I
And when I was burned by human indifference
She put her heart to something that would never lie
Took up brush and pen and crafted her resilience
No human expectation satisfied I
Only that of another creator
They forged a bond that could not die
And together they painted new reality
My name is Ilse Hill. I am the youngest of five girls born to Liberian parents. My family has taught me a passion for the arts as well as world travel. I learn daily, from my sisters’ experiences and struggles and grow through them. I hope to pursue architecture and graphic design in the future and have already started my general artistic journey. Through art, I have seen a beauty in the world that I never noticed or appreciated before. I want to share that beauty. I hope one day to share that with Liberia and use it to appreciate even more cultures. Above all else, I wish to grow God’s kingdom and show his light through my artwork and character and through my relationships.
AA-YP's East Campus
AA-YP's East campus now houses grades K3 - 12th. AA-YP is positioning itself to serve the nation's finest leaders. Our new site will lend itself to limitless capacity to serve not only students who attend AA-YP, but any student who wants to be a part of what our academic and leadership community offers. Help us SPREAD the WORD about this boutique education provider!!!!!!!! Enjoy a few pics from an intimate time with board members and families.
In the Spring of 2018, AA-YP's East Campus will enroll twelve students per grade level. We serve students in grades 7-12. However, we will not enroll any seniors, unless they have been in the ABeka Curriculum in the 11th grade.
Congratulations to Birmingham's
New & Youngest Mayor:
Mayor Randall Woodfin
Mayor Randall Woodfin is indeed a history maker in Birmingham politics and leadership on many levels. Defeating an incumbent mayor with a tremendous track record of service and leadership, being a first-time mayorial candidate, the youngest candidate to ever be mayor of Birmingham, being a single man, running one of the best year long door-to-door grassroots campaign, and honoring past mayoral leadership, this young leader has proven himself RARE and READY. His Inaugural Speech echoed his platform regarding city officials/workers working together for the citizen's benefit, a commitment to servant leadership at the community level, education priority, neighborhood revitalization, prosperity opportunity for citizens, and taking Birmingham to the TOP!
There is sense of TRUE EXCITEMENT in the air and a spirit of determination to move the city and ALL its' people forward in new and productive ways, while remembering past achievements that have laid a solid foundation for the future.
AA-YP salutes our new mayor, and pray for God's Holy Spirit to cause him to be a great leader for the citizens of Birmingham. #MayorRandallWoodfin
Teenage History Maker
Kaylen Gaines is already recognized as the State of Alabama's best teenage/female Lacrosse player. Now, she adds to her athletic resume. Kaylen has been recognized as the international and national number one teenage lacrosse player in her division, as well as the first black female lacrosse athlete to receive this honor. Despite injuries to her body and sometimes cruel/jealous treatment by opponents who play her sport, God has caused her to prevail and soar as an athlete. Kaylen has traveled the breathe of the United States with her Mountain Brook team. We celebrate this younglady and her dedication to her sport. We expect college scholarship offers to flood her. Great things are in store for Kaylen!!!! AA-YP celebrates with you!!!!!! #ThisBlackGirlROCKs
#1 Teen Female Lacrosse Player in the USA & Internationally
AA-YP Alumni (2006)
Degree Business Administration
Resides: Santa Clarita, CA
Singer, Producer, and Entertainer featured on
Classic Narration of
Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nicholas)
by Musical Composer Chad Olivera
AA-YP Alumni (2013)
Degree in Broadcast Communication
Pursuing Masters Degree in Film @
New York Film Academy
The Governor's Message
I am AA-YP’s Governor. It is a great honor to be selected to serve this school year for the second year.
I would like to take this opportunity to talk about the importance of believing in yourself. When you believe in yourself, you have confidence. Confidence to achieve your goals and fulfill your dreams.
To believe in yourself, you must first believe in God. God gives us the ability to do great things. Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
If God gives us the strength to do all things, then there is nothing we cannot do. Why should we doubt? Why should we be afraid? There is no room for doubt. There is nothing we cannot do. We are strong and powerful. We should believe in ourselves even when no one else does.
David believed in God. He believed he could win a battle against a giant. He believed that with just five smooth stones and a sling he was able to defeat Goliath. He believed he could; therefore, he did.
Barack Obama believed he could become the first Black president, and he did. Not only did he believe, but he caused others to believe also. When you believe in something, nothing can stand against it. There is nothing anyone can say or do to make you give up on that belief or dream.
I would like to encourage everyone to believe in themselves. We are able to accomplish great things if we know and understand the power of faith. God wants us to think positively and know that He is with us wherever we go. We do not go through life without Him, and because we know He is with us, we know we can do it. -Sydney-
Sydney Agee - Grade 12
The Beauty of YOU! You are beautifully and wonderously made by God. Grow and develop every beautiful part of YOU!!!!!