The acronym A.m.A.S.S.I. stands for the African, American Advocacy, Support-Services & Survival Institute. Since its inception in 1989 the AmASSI Health & Cultural Center has quickly grown into one of the more popular and replicated organizations of its kind in the country.
AmASSI's mission is to serve the community with culturally affirming services focusing on advocacy, health, well-being, self respect, responsibility and leadership development.
Our primary point of concentration is on ending health disparities, self-concept and inter-group conflict among diverse people of African descent. Uniquely, AmASSI combines skills building and educational programs regarding the primary and secondary prevention of HIV disease, substance abuse and various health threats, with cultural affirmation and critical thinking. AmASSI's approach confronts many of the psycho-social, mental health, contemporary and historical factors that impact Black well-being.
The AmASSI Center provides opportunities for diverse people of African descent to enhance their lives, community, and environment, and to gain skills toward a healthy, affirmed and prosperous life.