I-Can Youth Foundation


I-Can Youth and Academic Foundation is a local non-profit organization dedicated to serving our youth through sports, mentoring, tutoring and life skills. We are comprised of community volunteers including parents, members of law enforcement, aero space, clergy, firemen, military personnel, entertainers and athletes. Our staff and volunteers dedicate many hours of service working with our youth in an effort to help them reach their full potential and become productive members of our community.


Building boys to men through athletics, academics and access.

I-CAN YOUTH FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization, dedicated to serving our youth through sports, mentoring,  tutoring, life skills, and summer basketball exposure. I-Can Youth Foundation is comprised of community volunteers such as parents, members of Law Enforcement, Aero Space, Clergy, Firemen, Military Personnel, Entertainers, etc. Our Staff and volunteers dedicate many hours of service working with the local youth helping them reach their full potential and become, productive members of society.

We strongly support and encourage our youth to excel academically and athletically and work diligently to establish an environment that is conducive to accomplish these goals. Through our program we are proud to announce that we currently provide services for more that 1,000 youths annually.

Without these services, many young people would be left with no positive adult role models or mentors who can help direct them through, difficult periods in their lives.


Amer-I-Can was founded in 1988 by NFL Hall of Fame recipient, Jim Brown. The program goal is to help enable individuals to meet their academic potential, to conform their behavior to acceptable society standards, and to improve the quality of their lives by equipping them with the critical life management skills to confidently and successfully contribute to society. The training initially focuses on attitude modification designed to heighten the individual’s self esteem and motivate them toward positive behavior. Trainees quickly develop an understanding between cause and effect relationship, behavior and outcome and learn how to make better choices. By experiencing small but repeated positive behaviors, the trainees are able to realize their goals can be achieved through multiplying individual successes. With a positive attitude and a desire to improve their quality of life, trainees are taught the techniques of life skills and learn to take responsibility for their lives and destination through self determination.

Amer-I-Can believes that the failure in personal development and the lack of self-esteem are the root causes of the aforementioned problems that plague our society today. Amer-I-Can believes that by enlarging the scope of individual lives, by introducing them to self-determination techniques, by motivating them with goals, by showing them how to improve and achieve success and financial stability, Amer-I-Can will save lives that now seem to be lost. The journey to successful completion of a goal represents the heart of the Amer-I-Can Program. It is the path and the understanding of each step along that path that is the backbone and structural foundation upon which Amer-I-Can solidly rests. Success is not only for the elite, well-educated, and the wealthy. Success is there for those who want it, plan for it, and take action to achieve it. Amer-I-Can will help participants develop their attitude from one of self-doubt to self-determination. Amer-I-Can believes that in addition to understanding the goal-setting process, a person must honestly examine the whys and wherefores of past behavior patterns that have negatively affected their life. Once this understanding has been firmly established, the person will be able to change their thing from “I Can’t” to “I-Can,” by accepting the responsibility of determining the direction of their life.

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