African American Mentorship Program (AAMP)

Welcome to UCSC!

AAMP is the African American Mentorship Program created in 2012 by the African American Resource & Cultural Center (AARCC) as an effort to support African/Black/Caribbean (ABC) students within their 1st year. The program pairs first-year (Frosh & Transfer) mentees with mentors that have similar interests, courses of study, etc. in order to support the transition to the university. We champion professional development for mentors and enabling mentees with a greater sense of community and belonging in preparation for their journey here at UCSC. Having a mentor can be extremely helpful in navigating the campus and the UC system as a whole. We succeed by lifting up others!

    Meet our AAMP Mentors!

  • Alex Turner's bio

    Alexandrea Turner (she/her/hers)

    My name is Alexandrea Turner ( however you can call me Alex) and I am a second-year politics, students! I am a peer advisor in the African American Mentor program also known as AAMP. I am elated to be apart of this great program and community and for the opportunity to work with all of you! I am originally from LA, however, I now live in Berkeley. I plan on attending law school/ obtaining a master's in public policy to further help and raise my community. Can't wait to meet all of you! 

    Best, Alex Turner

  • Chailen August's AAMP Bio

    Chailen August (he/him/his)

    My name is Chailen August. I am a mentor in the African American mentorship program. I’m a third year transfer student out of Inglewood, Ca . UCSC will be be my 4th and final college stop. I’m the oldest of five siblings and the first to even go to college so that’s what keeps me going. Some of my favorite hobbies include playing basketball, writing poetry, making beats, spending time with my puppy and listening to music. If you ever need new music suggestions I’m your guy.

  • Jam Lincoln's Bio

    Jam Lincoln (they/them)

    My name is Jam and I'm an African American Mentorship Program mentor. I use they/them pronouns and I'm from Van Nuys, California. I'm a 4th year double major in Literature (creative writing) and Film/Digital Media. I was an incoming transfer student in 2019 and will be graduating this spring! I intend to go to graduate school and get my MFA in creative writing after I finish my last year at UC Santa Cruz. Some of my favorite things are music, movies, and a good bike ride. I'm excited to be able to help incoming students navigate university life and remote learning. 

  • Jonathan Winston's bio

    Jonathan Winston (he/him/his) 

    My name is Jonathan Winston and I am a 4th-year student with a major in Sociology with a concentration in GISES. I am a Merrill College Affiliate and a fellow in the Everett program. I was born and raised in Inglewood, California which is located in Los Angeles County. Growing up in Inglewood has embedded me with a strong sense of community. My passion to support my community has led me to join the AARCC as a mentor. At the moment, I am exploring ways to strengthen our ABC community despite the challenges of a virtual world. In addition to this as a sociologist, I am increasingly focused on the unique experiences our community faces specifically in academia.
  • Makenzie Woods's Bio

    Makenzie Woods (she/her/hers)

    My name is Makenzie Woods I a fourth year Politics major! I am a mentor with ABC, my goal is to make sure that every new student feels welcome and gets a proper tour of the campus. I am from Pasadena and received my associates in Social Sciences, Humanities, and Political Science, I transferred to UCSC with the hopes of getting my degree in Politics and then going to Law School. I enjoy meeting new people and making sure that everyone feels a sense of welcome at Santa Cruz and get the same enjoyment that I got when I first arrived in Santa Cruz and put out nothing but positive vibes only. Feel free to stop by with emails at any time and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
  • Serina Young's Bio

    Serina Young (she/her/hers)

    My name is Serina Young (she/her) and I am a fourth year student MCD Biology major here at UCSC. I have spent a vast majority of my undergraduate doing research and have worked in a variety of fields such as neuroscience, hematology, oncology and molecular sequencing. Medicine and biomedical research are my number one passions and I am working towards one day becoming a physician-scientist whose research interests and clinical practice focuses on precision medicine and immunotherapeutics. I chose to join the AAMP program as a student mentor because I believe that it is important to pass down the academic, interpersonal and professional knowledge that I have acquired and developed here at UCSC to other African American STEM students who are aspiring to to change the way the field of medicine and research looks in order to help ensure that we as a people are able to advocate for illnesses and issues that affect our community and have a critical role in developing solutions for these problems. If you have any questions about how to get involved in research on campus, what courses to take, or how to develop interpersonal skills to expand your network please feel free to hit me up because I’d love to help! 

  • Meet our Program Coordinator!

  • Shannel Joseph's Bio

    Shannel Joseph (she/her/hers)

    Hi Everyone!
    My name is Shannel Joseph (she/her/hers) and I am serving you all as the ABC Retention Specialist and the AAMP Coordinator. My role in this program is to make sure you all have a smooth and easy transition to the university during your first year at UCSC.
    Fun Facts About Me:
    • My zodiac: Aquarius
    • Favorite Color: Burgundy
    • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA - South Central & Inglewood
    • Ethic Makeup: Belizean & Guatemalan
    • Hobbies: Cooking, Baking, Hiking, Working out, Kayaking, Roller Skating, Fashion
    • Educational Interests: Psychology, Therapy, Nursing, Health & Wellness
    I attended UCSC in 2013 and graduated in 2017 with my degree in Psychology. I know firsthand what a challenging first year experience can be like. Now looking back on my experience, I WISH I participated in this mentorship program, because I was completely lost. I thought I could handle the first year experience and I was so wrong. Having someone to vent to and guide me would have made my first year so much better. I hope that you all decide to join our program so we can contribute to your success!

Apply to be an AAMP Mentee!

Are you a first year freshman or transfer student who thinks they would benefit from a mentor? Apply to be an AAMP mentee!


Contact us!

AAMP Email: 

AAMP Program Coodinator: Shannel Joseph,