The I AM PROJECT was a core component of the REFUGE program. The project challenged young men to think critically about their lives and their choices. The I AM PROJECT motivated participants to express themselves confidently, peacefully and lovingly utilizing “I AM” statements. The REFUGE program began and ended with participant “I AM” statements coupled with intimate portraits by photographer, Lamont Wilson. “I AM” statements were also utilized to gauge the holistic effectiveness of REFUGE‘s mindfulness workshops & activities.