100 Black Men Mentors make the personal and professional growth of 100 Mentees a priority while shaping the skills that help students transition to the next stages of education, work, life, and leadership. 100 Mentees show respect, are open and honest, make time to meet, and commit to the education, empowerment and leadership development programs of their chapter.
The first time I heard of the Black Men of Greater Knoxville, Inc., I was 12 years old attending Holston Middle School. I didn’t know what to think of the program at first nor did I understand why I needed to be a part of it.
Looking back, it was one of the best decisions that my mother could have made for me. The Black Men of Greater Knoxville, Inc. has invested in me for nearly six years. I would spend at least one Saturday a month with my mentors. I was exposed to new mentors, guest speakers, career professionals, and dignitaries, including the Mayor and City Council representatives. I have learned a lot about this organization and the people who support it. Watching my mentors in different scenarios have shown me how to act and conduct myself. I’ve watched how they treat and address each other with respect. My mentors are great role models, offering life lessons that have benefited me greatly. My mentors are a part of the reason why I am the young man that I am today.
I want to thank every single person with Black Men of Greater Knoxville, Inc. for giving me the best six years and foundational skills I will use throughout my life.
This year I graduated debt free from Virginia State University with honors.
This opportunity is one that I never imagined in my wildest dreams would be possible. This entire experience was afforded to me through the Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. and their college fair, which they hosted four years ago in Jacksonville, Fl. Before attending this event, I had never heard of Virginia State University and had no intention of going to school in the state of Virginia or an HBCU. The college fair led me to what I consider to be the best choice I have ever made in my academic career. These four years have presented me with internships all over the country, conferences filled with networking opportunities and professors that push me to strive for the absolute best while mentoring me along the way. There isn’t a single thing I would change about how I got to VSU or why I chose to stay after my first semester. The impact that my affiliation with the Black Men of Jacksonville had on my future was something that I couldn’t have conceived before being introduced to the organization.
I would like to thank the Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. for giving me the opportunity to broaden my horizons and providing access to a wonderful higher learning experience.
My time with the Black Men of Chicago, Inc. has been very eye-opening. I’ve learned a lot from the weekly sessions and have been exposed to many diff erent career paths. I also received valuable insights regarding life in America as an African-American male. I enjoyed learning about the stock market most of all. Even though I am not interested in a career in law, the mock trial sessions were very interesting as well. I’ve learned a lot in such a short amount of time. I appreciate my mentors for helping me update my resume in preparation for the annual college fair that the chapter sponsors. I’ve attended the college fair for the past two years. It has helped me decide which college is the best for me. The Black Men of Chicago, Inc. has been a beneficial organization for me and I’m glad to have been a part of it.