Building On The Legacy of The 100
100 Black Men of America, Inc., through our signature programs, has expanded services and programmatic initiatives to educate and empower individuals throughout their lifetime. The global 100 network grew from a group of concerned African American men who in 1963 dedicated themselves to making a difference in New York. Now an International organization, the history includes chapters that have been organized in Africa, England and throughout the Caribbean islands all dedicated to improving the lives of youth. The global group of influential men harnessed its collective power to provide mentoring and education to deserving youth. As members of the 100 focused on the critical needs of young people, and the communities in which we live, it was a natural progression to provide Mentoring The 100 Way Across A Lifetime.
As members volunteered their time, talent and resources the 100 Network became committed to mentoring and supporting individuals as they pursue goals throughout their lifetime. Members have collectively and actively mentored students from elementary school through college. As Collegiate 100 students are mentored, they in turn serve as mentors during their post-secondary education years. We have expanded to include young professionals as one of our pipeline programs, under the banner of Emerging 100.
Through their entrepreneurial enterprises and their employers, members provide internship opportunities to our Collegiate 100 students. Upon entering the workforce, mentees continue to receive ongoing guidance and support from 100 members. In addition to mentoring youth, chapters provide workshops that encompasses education, health and economic empowerment, while also developing civically engaged leaders who give back to society.
The 100 Black Men ecosystem includes parents, educators, community, and corporate partners. This unique network provides a winning foundation for support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement, experiential learning, and positive examples for modeling. The members of 100 Black Men have a proven success record that What They See Is What They ’ll Be®.
We will never stop building on the legacy of the 100. Our mentoring model must continue because we have demonstrated how the collective power of the 100 gives our youth a path to reach their potential. Our success must be credited to the thousands of members who are consistently dedicated to making a difference, to the youth we serve and their parents, the school systems, partnerships with numerous local and national organizations, and the many foundations and corporations who have invested into our communities. We could not have built our rich legacy without each component of our 100 Family.
Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.
Chairman of the Board