Shaker African American Mothers Support

Our Mission

T​he Mission of Shaker African American Moms Support, is to provide support to African American Mothers. S.A.M.S will enrich families through strengthening knowledge of resources and providing a sense of community and a feeling of fellowship with others.

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Our Story

One of the goals of S.A.M.S is to build a sense of community. S.A.M.S began in the summer of 2016 with a wish to find ways to improve the success of our children including areas of education, family engagement, awareness of resources and many more attributes. The African American Family sometimes looks different than the standard family structure, S.A.M.S aims to support African American Mothers and help to provide a sense of community, togetherness and wellbeing.

How to become involved

If you are an African American and you have a child in the city of Shaker who attends Shaker Schools then you are a S.A.M.S mom already!

Attending an orientation will help you learn about our organization and also help you learn how you can play a role in helping S.A.M.S to succeed.

Orientations held at Shaker Main Library

16500 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Please contact us for the next scheduled orientation.

Being a S.A.M.S member means...​

  • Becoming part of a growing community here in Shaker Heights that has a vision of reaching a certain level of success for African American children.
  • Being directly involved in finding solutions to challenging issues that affect your community and children.
  • Attending presentations that support relevant and interesting topics that can be used as a resource for African American Moms.
  • And much, more!

S.A.M.S Committees

To help address the needs of the demographic we serve, we have developed committees that focus on how to support mothers in a way that will address the real needs in their every day lives.

S.A.M.S has three committees, Single Parents Committee, Grand Parent Committee and a Health Committee.

Volunteer Opportunities/ descriptions

After Care Homework Tutor:

Providing support to students grades K-4 at Shaker elementary schools. Volunteers can choose to work at any school of preference. As an enhancement to the aftercare program provided by Shaker Recreation, SAMS is partnering with Shaker Recreations After Care Program to help support students by providing tutors that will be available 1 hour after school to assist students with their homework assignments as needed, read with students and to provide assistance as it relates to their homework assignments.

Time commitment is 1 hour any day between Mon.-Th. 3:45-4:45.

Letters to Grandma/ Grandpa IB Project:

This volunteer program is designed to help bridge the gap between senior citizens in the community and students. This program is based on the availably of the volunteer and has a flexible level of commitment.

Students and teachers will rely on the Senior Volunteer to adopt the classroom in a sense with a focus on building a relationship with the students. The volunteer may be asked to share stories with the class through various forms of communication that may include letter writing, visiting the class room, attending field trips and class celebrations.

This volunteer will be asked to be available as needed and as he or she is available to help support the classroom learning by sharing their life experiences as it relates to classroom learning.

Times and days vary between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 Mon.-Fri. based on the volunteers availability.

S.A.M.S Health & Wellness Discussion

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S.A.M.S aims to be a link between the demographic we serve and the various entities in the community.  We are excited to form relationships with the many people in the community who work hard to help Shaker families.

The S.A.M.S Health Committee is headed by Stephanie Doibo BSN, RN (left)  and Siobahn Harper MBA, BSN, RN (right).

May 13th the S.A.M.S Health Committee will host a Health and Wellness Discussion that will provide the opportunity for Shaker School Nurses to have an open discussion about ways S.A.M.S can help support parents in making smart choices for their children that will help them head to school feeling well and ready to learn.