100 Black Men of America
The overall concept of The 100 began in 1963 in New York City when a group of concerned African American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their community. These visionaries included businessmen and industry leaders such as David Dinkins, Robert Mangum, Dr. William Hayling, Nathaniel Goldston III, Livingston Wingate Andrew Hatcher, and Jackie Robinson.
100 Black Men of America, Inc., (the 100) improves the quality of life for communities With mentoring as the core service delivery, The 100 is the largest network of African American male mentors in the nation. They influence and transform the lives of under-represented and disenfranchised youth, with a focus on African American youth. Their motto, “What They See Is What They’ll Be,” very succinctly expresses how programmatic services rendered to disadvantaged, disenfranchised and low-income youth and families can positively change their life trajectory.
Since inception, the vision has materialized to be shared by more than 10,000 members reaching over 125,000 under-served, under-represented minority youth annually.
The 100 Black Men of America has about 80 chapters, spread across the USA and internationally. There are Chapters in Alabama, Florida, Indiana, New York, Virginia, North Caroline, Tennessee, Texas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and more. Their international chapters include the 100 Black men of London (100Bmol)
100 Black Men of London
The London chapter of the 100 Black Men is now 17 years old this year (2018). Established in 2001, they are one of the longest serving Black led mentoring organisations in the United Kingdom with a long track record of service to communities.
The 100 Black Men of London (100Bmol) is a community based charity led by Professional black men or Business owners, delivering programmes focused on Mentoring, Education, Economic Empowerment, and Health & Wellness.
Through an accredited Community Mentoring Programme they help mentees develop invaluable life skills, such as building your self-estem; goal setting; money management; effective communication; succeeding at school; fitness & good nutrition; how to avoid crime & violence and more.
The programme is delivered by passionate and positive unpaid volunteer mentors, and their target is to graduate 100 boys and girls as mentees on thier annual programme. They have created a Saturday Mentoring Academy where they target 100 Mentees to put through a Community Mentoring Programme. Studying materials & stationery are provided, along with prizes & gifts to reward great performance, venue charges, food & refreshments, travel costs to museums and other educational trips.
The Mentors who take part aim to be positive role models to youth through the positivity, professionalism and passion with which they do their work. 100Bmol have already graduated over 500 children – since 2001. Hundreds of children have been put through a mentoring programme, helping them to develop invaluable life skills, and go on to college, university and great careers. They know how to build young people to become leaders in their own right.
The 100Bmol programme is accredited. It has been assessed and accredited by the Continuing Professional Development Certification Service as providing excellent training to help young people in their early professional development.
All their work is delivered by unpaid members and volunteers, who give of their time willingly to help guide and support the youth of our community. (In fact members of 100Bmol pay annual dues to help fund our programmes, which shows how much we believe in what we do for the community
The 100Bmol programme is award winning – over the years our programme has won the 100 Black Men International Leadership in Mentoring Award on 3 separate occasions; a Reach Society Recognition Award; and we have twice been nominated for a National Diversity Award. Because of the strength and depth of our experience in mentoring, we were commissioned and delivered mentoring training to the mentors of the Mayor of London’s Mentoring Programme.
Find out more at their website. 100bml.org