Statement on Education Transformation

Statement on Education Transformation

100 Black Men of America, Inc. (The 100) considers the transformation of education – access to quality education for all youth regardless of race and socio-economic status – as one of the critical civil rights issues of our time. As an organization of over 100 chapters within communities across the country, which has been mentoring African American youth – primarily males – for more than 50 years, we know how important education is to their life’s trajectory to reach their full potential. We also know the consequences of a lack of a quality education, which are well documented in qualitative and quantitative research.

Studies have also proven that every child can learn – in spite of negative life circumstances – within high performing schools. Tragically, youth of color who are at greatest risk and in the greatest need of high quality are often subjected and mandated to attend low performing schools. These sub-par schools deliver educational experiences that often result in disproportionate misplacement in special education classes, over-crowded classrooms, novice teachers, overall failing school performance, declining test scores, plummeting graduation rates, and soaring drop-out rates. For these and other reasons, the transformation of public education is crucial. Our Black and Brown youth cannot continue to wait. Each year that these students receive a poor education, the farther they lag behind in learning, which only contributes to high school dropout rates and widens the academic achievement gulf. We are in a state of emergency!

The education goal of The 100 is simple: to change the life outcomes of underserved and disconnected African American youth. We are convinced that providing them quality teaching and learning experiences through high performing schools is essential to achieving this goal. Today’s K-12 youth should be educated so that they are academically prepared for each grade-level promotion and ultimately ready for post-secondary education without remediation. Public education should provide our children with a firm academic foundation that includes effective leaders and governance, quality teaching, common standards, and a rigorous curriculum involving critical thinking skills to maximize their talents and abilities and achieve their dreams and career aspirations.

We are in a state of emergency! There must be an urgent, collective focus of African Africans to support the transformation of public education to yield high performing schools in all of our communities. We are leaving behind and/or losing too many youth each year. Therefore, we seek a critical mass of partners and collaborators who share our concern for the plight of our youth in underperforming schools. The effective strategies and thought-leadership needed to change the academic and life outcomes of our youth requires the mobilization of African American organizations.

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The 100-planned giving was established to recognize individuals who would like to leave a lasting legacy to be remembered and have included 100 Black Men of America, Inc. in their wills and trust. This type of critical support for the organization work will help ensure the 100’s future.  If you would like to make such a donation, please contact 100 Black Men of America, Inc. at 1-404-688-5100.

100 Black Men of America, Inc. HQ
Attention: Development Department
141 Auburn Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

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100 Black Men of America, Inc. HQ
Attention: Development Department
141 Auburn Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

How to donate with Employer Matching Gifts

Employer Matching gift programs are an excellent way to increase the value of your individual donation, at no cost to you! Often companies have programs through which they will “match” the charitable contributions made by their employees. Through employer matching, you can double or even triple the impact of your support to the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. making it go further.

Check with your company’s human resources office to see if they offer gift matching. (If they don’t, you may want to ask your company to start one.) If your employer does offer this program, your Human Resources department should provide you with a matching gift form to send to 100 Black Men of America Headquarters along with your donation.

Complete this form and mail it with your donation to:

100 Black Men of America, Inc. HQ
Attention: Development Department
141 Auburn Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

How to donate through AmazonSmile

You can now shop and donate at the same time through AmazonSmile.  For every eligible purchase, Amazon will donate to 100 Black Men of America, Inc. You can now shop and donate at the same time through AmazonSmile. For every eligible purchase, Amazon will to 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

The donations support the 100’s Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Empowerment and Leadership Development programs for disadvantaged and marginalized youth.

  1. Log in to your Amazon account via (smile.amazon.com)
  2. If not selected type in and select 100 Black Men of America, Inc. as your charitable organization.
  3. Start shopping, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to 100 Black Men of America.

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