The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. works with corporate sponsors to deliver
educational support services and unique learning opportunities that assist
youth in achieving their educational goals. The 100’s education initiatives
inspire confidence, create cultural awareness and foster academic leadership.
100 Scholarship Program
The 100 provides annual scholarship awards to deserving matriculating students
who will be full-time students at accredited, post-secondary institutions based
on 100 Black Men of America, Inc. eligibility criteria. Scholarship dollars
assist youth in completing educational goals by providing resources to offset
expenses associated with tuition, books and housing. The scholarship program
allows the 100 to identify potential youth leaders in our local communities and
motivates them to achieve academic and community service excellence.
Click to view a list of the
2012-2013 Scholarship Winners.
Partnerships with corporations, foundations and individuals ensure continued
sponsorship of our scholarship efforts. Local chapters are extremely important
in promoting the ongoing needs of the national scholarship goals in local
communities by showcasing the academic excellence and intellect among our youth
and cultivating relationships with businesses.
The Wimberly Initiative identifies solutions to address the longstanding
problem of disproportionality in special education, which continues to have a
devastating impact on African American students. In 1999, 100 Black Men of
America, Inc., partnered with the Policy Makers Partnership Project of the
National Association of State Directors of Special Education to identify key
strategies to address this epidemic. The Wimberly Initiative is not a program
but a fluid “process” for insuring that no child is left behind or
inappropriately placed in a special education program. It is a process that
generates, through local planning, clear "student outcomes" that provide
teachers, parents, mentors (the 100), and principals a map which reflects:
Students who are identified as behaviorally challenged by the partnering school
are adopted by the collaborating local 100 Black Men chapter and integrated
into the existing mentoring program.
What teachers are expected to teach
What students are expected to achieve
The roles parents are expected to assume
African American History Challenge
The African American History Academic Challenge is an educational program
designed to enhance the study of African American history. The goal of the
program is to encourage pride, self-worth and an appreciation of the African
American legacy and culture. The African American History Academic Challenge is
a competition for scholarship dollars among youth within the 100 Black Men
The chief authority for the Challenge is the sixth revised edition of Lerone
Bennett, Jr.’s BEFORE THE MAYFLOWER. Lerone Bennett has written at least eight
other books that center upon the African American experience and African
American history. The Morehouse graduate currently serves as Executive Editor
of Ebony magazine. The secondary authority for the program is Dr. Benjamin
Quarles, author of "The Negro in the Making of American Life". Dr. Benjamin
Quarles chronicles the sweep of events that have brought blacks and their
struggle for social and economic equality to the forefront of American life.
Through compelling portraits of central political, historical, and artistic
figures such as Nat Turner, Frederick Douglas, Duke Ellington, Malcolm X, and
the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Quarles illuminates the African American
contributions that have enriched the cultural heritage of America.
Annually a competition is held entitled: 100 Black Men African American History
Academic Challenge Bowl. This one-of-a kind academic challenge consists of two
divisions of competition. The Junior Division which includes teams of students
who have not yet entered the 9th grade. The Senior Division includes teams of
students who have entered the 9th grade but whose graduation from high school
shall not be earlier than January of the year of the applicable competition.
Each chapter is allowed one team per division. The ultimate goal of every
chapter president (senior division), is that the chapter entry will bring home
“The 100 Cup” in one of the divisions. Awards include savings bonds and
Schools and Academies
As a leader in mentoring, educating and empowering youth, it was a natural
progression for 100 Black Men to become partners, sponsors and in some
locations, charter schools. The themes of achieving excellence and partnering
with school boards, parents and the community resonates across all schools. As
new schools open, we will add them here to keep you updated on the
accomplishments that 100 Black Men continue to make in the area of education.
Memphis Chapter - Memphis Academy for Health Sciences
The Memphis Academy for Health Sciences, which is sponsored by 100
Black Men of Memphis, equips students with the necessary skill for competing in
the 21st Century. The Memphis Academy for Health Sciences was one of the first
charter schools in the state of Tennessee and is a middle and high school.
Students must demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak and calculate with
clarity and precision. Successful transition of every student to high school is
a primary goal. http://www.mahsmiddleandhigh.com/index.jsp?rn=9765117
New York Chapter - The Eagle Academy for Young Men
The Eagle Academy schools provide a comprehensive, high-quality
college preparatory education for young men that results in Eagle graduates
attending and succeeding in college. The Eagle Academy has the highest (95%) NY
Region's math and science exam passing rate in the Bronx public schools. The
first Eagle Academy public high school opened in the fall of 2004 in the Bronx.
At that time the Eagle Academy was the first all male public high school to
open in New York City in 30 years. The second Eagle Academy opened in September
2008 in Brooklyn serving young men in grades 6 - 12. The mission is a direct
response to the urgent need to reverse abysmal graduation and college
completion rates among young men in urban centers, particularly
African-American males. The Eagle Academy Foundation tailored curriculum is
based on the developmental stages and learning styles of young men as well as
the unique challenges facing urban youth. The schools operate on The Eagle
Academy Foundation's motto: We Believe. The belief being that Eagle students
will shatter negative stereotypes and defy low expectations. Visit the Eagle
Academy Foundation site to learn more about their Bronx and Brooklyn schools
Eagle Academy Foundation.com.
Las Vegas Chapter - Imagine 100 Academy of Excellence
The Imagine 100 Academy of Excellence school serves 500 students from
kindergarten through seventh grade. It was established by Imagine Schools, a
nonprofit group based in Arlington, Va., that manages dozens of charter schools
nationwide. The school has a partnership with 100 Black Men of Las Vegas.
Members volunteer on a regular basis, mentoring pupils and demonstrating the
school's theme of strong character development, which is emphasized in every
class. Learn more at 100Academy.com
Atlanta Chapter - The B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin S. Carson
100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., in partnership with the Atlanta Public
School System, established The Business Engineering Science and Technology
Academy or B.E.ST. In the fall of 2009, the academy will house 6th, 7th and 8th
graders and will expand annually to eventually include 6th through 12th grade
students who are in the constant pursuit of excellence. The interaction by 100
members brings a consistent presence of positive African American male role
models, which has helped to deliver added results. Learn more about B.E.S.T. at
The B.E.S.T. Academy Website.
Mobile Chapter - Phoenix Program
An alternative program designed to provide educational opportunities for
students who are-at-risk of dropping out of school or under long term
suspension from the regular school program. Under this program, students are
encouraged to stay in school and modify their behavior so they can achieve
academic success. The program is a collaboration between the Alabama State
Department of Education, the Mobile County Public School System and the 100
Black Men of Greater Mobile, Inc. For more information visit
Below are samples of unique and innovative education programs being delivered
by 100 Black Men throughout the network.
100 BLACK MEN OF CHICAGO, INC.
In delivering on their promise to serve youth and the communities they live in,
100 Black Men of Chicago focuses on several education program areas including:
College Entrance Exam Seminars - In collaboration with Kaplan,
we provide ACT & SAT practice test and teach back sessions to help students
improve their standardized test scores.
Heritage Bowl - The Heritage Bowl is the intellectual property
of 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. and is essentially an educational and
scholarship program designed to enhance the study of African-American history.
College Scholarship Fair - Each year, we host an interactive
college fair where students meet with over 150 colleges and universities around
the nation ranging from HBCU to Ivy Leagues which they can explore college
choices, explore new career interest as well as network with other key
educational organizations about scholarship opportunities.
College Rap Session - College Rap Session is a chat forum
where high school students chat with college administrators and students from
Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at
Chicago, and DePaul University about Admission, Financial Aid/Scholarships, and
100 BLACK MEN OF DEKALB, INC.
The Leadership Academy focuses on providing a series of structured educational
activities that allow youth to learn and experience new survival techniques,
new environments and new growth opportunities. The Leadership Academy nurtures
achievement, provide support, and enhance self-esteem and teach lifelong living
and learning skills.
Phase I – is the primary component of the mentoring program. This is to provide
knowledge, skills and unique experiences to selected young boys from grades
four to seven enabling them to successfully complete school and become life
long leaders in their community.
Phase II – is an effective after school program that provide computer skills
and character education for middle and high school students. It has increased
parental involvement, student achievement, and student attendance. Providing
access is the first step in reducing the digital divide. The PC Academy goes
further by developing technology skills, nurturing character development
through mentoring and improving academic and employable skills through
effective use of technology.
Phase III - The Open Campus program seeks to assist students who have
encountered difficulties completing their high school diplomas. The Open Campus
program, which has a vocational focus, is an environment whose students benefit
from self-esteem improvement and job readiness programs.
Phase IV – The DeKalb R.E.A.D.S. is an effective program that allows men to
read to elementary school children. It has increased adult involvement, student
achievement and student awareness of the importance of reading. The DeKalb
R.E.A.D.S. allows students to interact with the men in a relaxed setting.
Students have an opportunity to meet men who they may never encounter outside
Phase V– is designed to provide leadership skills to young ladies in the eighth
and ninth grades of selected middle and high schools. This program will
cultivate the young ladies into a productive citizens of the community.
100 BLACK MEN OF LOS ANGELES, INC.
Young Black Scholars (YBS) is a serious program dedicated to
ensuring college preparation, leadership development, community responsibility
and successful life planning. It has been helping students realize
their dream of entering college for over 20 years. Since 1986, YBS has assisted
students in "realizing" the pursuit of a college education. YBS began as a
solution to the 1983 California Post Secondary Education Commission study,
which indicated an alarming disparity of African-American students who did not
meet the University of California entrance requirements upon high school
graduation. The pilot phase of Young Black Scholars (1986-1990) targeted a
group of promising 9th graders throughout Los Angeles and provided them with a
series of academic support workshops, activities and services to augment their
preparation for college. Upon graduation in 1990, more than 90% met or exceeded
national standards for college admission.
Young Black Scholars Alumnus attend some of the most prestigious colleges and
universities across the nation including: Brown University, California State
University, Cornell University, Duke University, Harvard, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Morehouse University, Princeton University, Stanford
University, University of California, University of Southern California and
Yale University, etc.
The Young Black Scholars program conducts more than 40 workshops, programs,
seminars and conferences throughout the academic school year, to assist
scholars and parents in preparation for college admissions, selection and
success. In an effort to expose students to the college environment, YBS
activities are hosted on the campuses of colleges and universities.
100 BLACK MEN OF OMAHA, INC.
100 Academy of Omaha
The 100 Academy of Omaha is a series of Saturday and Summer extended learning
opportunities uniquely designed for 3rd grade youth; just 8 and 9 year
olds, to help them meet or exceed state academic standards. Participants
receive additional support from certified teachers to master concepts in
reading, writing and mathematics. Through these extended learning
opportunities, young men have additional time and assistance to discover their
talents, form positive friendships, and connect with their communities through
service learning. The goal of the 100 Academy of Omaha is to make every young
man responsible, respectable and ready to lead.
Young Men Mentoring Institute
The purpose of the Young Men Mentoring Institute (YMMI) is to promote post
secondary education, career exploration, goal setting, and positive decision
making in high school African American males, grades 9-12. Young men
participate in workshops designed to improve life skills, conflict resolution
and personal development. Members of the 100 Black Men serve as mentors to
assist in the growth of the young men.
100 BLACK MEN OF GREATER AKRON, INC.
Young Black Scholars
Young Black Scholars (YBS) is a serious program dedicated to ensuring
college preparation, leadership development, community responsibility and
successful life planning. Areas of focus include:
The Young Black Scholars program conducts workshops, programs, seminars and
conferences throughout the academic school year, to assist scholars and parents
in preparation for college admissions selection and successful matriculation of
each student. The program delivers the following benefits:
1. Rewards scholars for academic achievement.
2. Offers enrichment learning experiences.
3. Provides academic learning support services such as: Math and Science
4. Provides ongoing monitoring of scholars academic achievement.
5. Advises scholars and parents on college/university eligibility and career
100 BLACK MEN OF ATLANTA, INC.
Project Success is a post-secondary preparation and tuition assistance program
that has been nationally recognized as a premier youth development initiative.
Project Success started in 1987 and is dedicated to mentoring inner city youth
in at-risk environments, encouraging their academic success, and helping them
develop into educated, contributing members of our community.
100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.'s Project Success program is open to U.S.
students enrolled in the 3rd grade at Atlanta Public Schools located in the
metro Atlanta area. In addition to meeting all admittance criteria, students
must commit to full participation in the academic, social, cultural and
recreational events associated with the program. The Parent or Guardian must
also demonstrate strong and consistent involvement in the program.
To become a Project Success 100 Scholar, students must meet the above criteria
and be in the 8th grade at one of the program's participating middle schools,
with plans to attend one of the program's participating High Schools. 100
Scholars must have a GPA of 3.0 or have a 2.5 GPA along with a 90th percentile
standardized test score. Another component of the program allows Atlanta Public
School students to utilize the 100 Resource Learning Center, located at 241
Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 200.
Project Success Program Components, which develop the whole student, are as
100 BLACK MEN OF INDIANAPOLIS, INC.
100 Academy (Saturday School)
100 Resource Learning Center (100 RLC)
The B.E.S.T. Academy @ Benjamin S. Carson
Project Success Robotics Alliance
Project Success Family & Youth Empowerment Programs
Project Success Health & Wellness Initiatives
The Summer Academy is a 7-week program for students in Kindergarten through 8th
grade. In partnership with St. Vincent Unity Development Center and GEO
Foundation, the Academy provides students with support and positive activities
to develop self-esteem and respect for themselves as well as respect for
others. Academic classes taught by certified teachers review and improve upon
math, reading and science skills, in an effort to decrease knowledge lost over
the summer. In recent years, the Academy has added activities such as Project
SEED interactive math tutoring, financial literacy, science, and physical
fitness as well as computerized math and reading skill building through the GEO
Foundation and a Youth in Arts program through the Madam Walker Theatre.