M.O.M.I.E’s educational model has earned widespread recognition in the metropolitan area, including: Receiving the 2006 Community Foundation’s Linowes Leadership Award for our visionary work, and the 2008 National Community Partnership’s Spirit of Fatherhood Award.
M.O.M.I.E’s TLC Co-Founder, Ayize Sabater, believes he has a “debt to repay” to others, because so many from his community helped him along the way and were integral to his development. Growing up in the crime-ridden inner New York city locale of Brooklyn, Sabater knew that without the support he received from youth-based organizations in his community and individuals who "took an interest in me," he never would have pursued opportunities to develop his potential — truth be told he might never have even survived!
Ayize helped to establish Mentors of Minorities in Education, Inc (M.O.M.I.E), a DC-baed nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing low-income communities. In 2000, M.O.M.I.E developed M.O.M.I.E's Total Learning Cis-Tem (T.L.C), a strategic response to the horrific education outcomes that far too many low-income children experience. Specifically focusing on early childhood and school age development, M.O.M.I.E's TLC's preventative Programs address the tremendous and critical need for high-quality educational services that seek to implement a "new" model geared towards developing low-income children of color.
M.O.M.I.E's TLC has grown from being a one-man operation with a $10,000 budget to a multi-staffed team with a budget of over $250,000.
Since 2000, M.O.M.I.E’s TLC has served and supported over 3,000 children - the majority who are low-income African-American children primarily from the Columbia Heights and surrounding neighborhoods. To learn more about M.O.M.I.E's Programs, click here.