This new initiative is seeking to eliminate such social ills as police brutality and systemic racism, while promoting social justice and protecting the civil rights of people of color. The program is slated to begin in January 2021.
The George Floyd Memorial Foundation released a statement via its Facebook page:
“We’re excited to launch the ‘Be His Legacy’ internship program in partnership with Texas A&M University-Commerce and The African American Male Mentorship Program.
“As George Floyd was a student within the Texas A&M University System, we are committed to uplifting the race of African Americans and justice for all.
“This two-semester groundbreaking initiative will provide hands-on experience to AAMMP students through community outreach and targeted educational programs.”
“This program aims to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for Black men who are interested in all aspects of civic engagement, education, and justice—from voter engagement and education to PR, marketing, lobbying, and fundraising,” said Jayson Douglas, associate director of the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Leadership, in a written statement.
The Be His Legacy Internship Program will be available to student members of the African American Male Mentorship Program (AAMMP) at A&M-Commerce. AAMMP encourages Black male students to engage in the university experience, develop leadership skills, and successfully graduate and become future industry leaders.
Bridgett Floyd, president of the George Floyd Memorial Foundation and sister to George Floyd, said, “Interns will work on cutting-edge projects with real-world relevance while receiving mentorship from some of the brightest minds in the fields of education, government, law, and the non-profit sector.”
Students who want to be considered for the program must complete an application and interview process. Junior, senior, and graduate-level members of AAMMP at A&M-Commerce are eligible to apply. Students may contact Jayson.Douglas@tamuc.edu for additional information.