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 here for the 2015-2016 National Scholarship Application
Click to view a list of the 2014-2015 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.

Wimberly Initiative

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:

  • What teachers are expected to teach
  • What students are expected to achieve
  • The roles parents are expected to assume
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.

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 Mentoring program.

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 scholarships.

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.  

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

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.  

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. 

Below are samples of unique and innovative education programs being delivered by 100 Black Men throughout the network.


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 College Life.


Leadership Academy

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 the classroom.

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.


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 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.


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:
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Engineering
  • Community Service
  • College Visit
  • Computer Technology
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 Workshops.
4. Provides ongoing monitoring of scholars academic achievement.
5. Advises scholars and parents on college/university eligibility and career opportunities.


Project Success
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 follows:
  • 100 Academy (Saturday School)
  • Mentoring
  • 100 Resource Learning Center (100 RLC)
  • Collegiate 100
  • The B.E.S.T. Academy @ Benjamin S. Carson
  • Project Success Robotics Alliance
  • Project Success Family & Youth Empowerment Programs
  • Project Success Health & Wellness Initiatives

Summer Academy
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.
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