The A-TEAAM program serves young males of color (ages 11 - 14) and is intended to address the high number of children of color who are disproportionately represented in cycles of poverty. Through a weekly mentorship curriculum, the program aims to provide youth the tools they need to succeed academically, behaviorally, and emotionally. By the end of their program, youth should show an increase in self-esteem and cultural pride, decrease in disciplinary referrals, increase in positive behavior, and decrease in the number of school absences. Throughout the program, A-TEAAM employs a "village of mentors" approach that matches each student with multiple adult mentors of color in their community.
Students become eligible for the A-TEAAM program through referrals by a school administrator. The majority of referred students live in a single parent household with mothers or grandparents, and most referred students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. In addition, many of these referred students exhibit poor social skills with peers/teachers, or may be being bullied before entering A-TEAAM. About one-third of referred students would have had formal discipline issues. Notably, school administrators commit to referring students from all academic performance levels, with approximately one third each from “high,” “medium” and “low” academic tiers.