Back Row: Committee Members Chuck Moss, Norma Paige and Towanna Henderson with Janice and Geta Asfaw, Happy Haynes and Michael Hancock. Seated: Aim High Recipients Gamachu Said, Corey Jacinto, Micha Curtis and Michael Davis. Photo by Rosalyn Reese
outstanding young men were awarded “AIM High” financial awards in the amount of
$1,200 to assist in their pursuit of higher education by the Asfaw Family
Foundation International (AFFI).
Aim High was designed to help increase the number of African
American males enrolled in colleges and universities. Eligible candidates had
to be a Colorado resident; a male African-American high school senior; have a
2.5 grade point or higher; participate in community service; and have a career
goal to make a difference in the quality of life for others and his community.
The 2009 recipients were Micha Curtis, George Washington High
School; Michael Davis, III, Thomas Jefferson High School; Tyrone Holt, George
Washington High School; Corey Jacinto, Denver South High School; and Gamachu
Said, East High School.
Janice Asfaw developed AFFI as a vehicle to fulfill their commitment of giving
back to the community and most particularly children and seniors. “The
Foundation developed the Aim High
program offering financial support to Colorado African American male students
as our way of encouraging their success and educational excellence,” said
Hancock, president of the Denver City Council and Allegra “Happy” Haynes, of
Denver Public Schools were on hand to offer words of encouragement and support
to the deserving young men.
with the financial awards the young men received a duffle bag filled with gifts
and an encouraging book titled “I Have Risen” featuring essays by African
American youth. Each student took a few moments to express their gratitude to
the Asfaws for supporting their college education.