The 100 is comprised of members and volunteers of diverse backgrounds and experiences with a common commitment to help children. Our members exemplify our motto, “What They See is What They’ll Be”, by volunteering as role models and mentors for youth involved in The 100’s programs.
The 100 conducts programs for young people in K –12th grades and post-secondary education that focus on mentoring, education and leadership development. Our programs impact students’ personal development and academic achievement. The majority of students involved in our programs display increased self-esteem, personal responsibility, and motivation to succeed in school.
As the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, we envision a future where the strength of our youth development programs and the collective partnerships with our communities and schools, positively impact the mental, physical, moral and spiritual development of young people. To realize our vision, we partner with local school districts, universities, and other organizations to provide programs that encourage personal development, academic growth, and basic life skills.
The national program areas of focus for the 100 Black Men of America are mentoring, education, economic empowerment, health & wellness, and leadership development. Locally, we conduct six programs for K-12 students that focus on mentoring, education and leadership development. Our programs impact students’ personal development and academic achievement. Students involved in our programs generally display increased self-esteem, personal responsibility, and motivation to succeed in school as well as improvement in their grades.
The concept of 100 Black Men grew from the turbulent conditions of the 1960s when a group of concerned African-American men began to explore ways to improve their community. In 1963, one hundred black men representing a cross section of New York City forged a leadership alliance to help direct their community through troubled times. To ensure the quality of life in their communities the group focused their resources on youth development and adopted the name, 100 Black Men Inc., as a sign of solidarity. Today, 100 Black Men of America is based in Atlanta, GA and has more than 100 chapters world-wide.