100 Black Men of America, Inc. 100 Quarterly May 2024 Issue

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MAGAZINE MAY 2024 ISSUE
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4 | 100 Quarterly Magazine | May Edition 2024 Table of CONTENTS LETTER FROM THE EDITOR CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS 38th ANNUAL CONFERENCE CLEVELAND CHAPTER MIDWEST DISTRICT SUMMIT TREASURER’S CORNER CENTRAL DISTRICT SUMMIT MENTEE SECTION MEET BRIAN P. WILLIS - NEW MENTORING CHAIR GREATER WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER 07 08 10 14 20 30 38 40 48 50 56 PAGE 48 MENTEE SECTION VOLUME I | ISSUE 2
100 Quarterly Magazine | May Edition 2024 | 5 PAGE 36 COVER STORY The 38th Annual Conference hosted by the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is four intensive days of transformative experience with like-minded individuals and dynamic leaders. 66 68 70 74 76 78 84 88 90 94 96 HUMAN RESOURCES CORNER SAVANNAH CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT MEMBER LET’S TALK MENTAL HEALTH EMERGING 100 SECTION MEET HQ STAFF (DESTINY CALDWELL) SOUTH FLORIDA CHAPTER GREATER DETROIT CHAPTER PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY CHAPTER 100 MEMBER NEWS NORTH METRO ATLANTA CHAPTER

THANK YOU SPONSORS

AARP

Ally Amazon

AmeriGroup

American Red Cross

Apple

Bank of America

Black History 365

Caesars Entertainment

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

CIA

Clark Atlanta University

Delta Air Lines

Dominos Pizza

EdChoice

Elevance Health

EY

GEICO

Georgia Pacific

HBI

Jackson Health Foundation

JD Finish Line

Macy’s

MassMutual

Meharry Medical College

MGM Resorts

MillerCoors

Moolah Mobile

Morehouse School of Medicine

NCRN

New Schools of Baton Rouge

NextEra Energy

NFL

Nissan

Pfizer

PGA Tours

Raising Cane’s

SDG Impact Fund

Shell

Take Action for Health

The Coca-Cola Company

United Negro College Fund

United States Army

University of Notre Dame

UPS

Wabtec

Walgreens

Walmart

Wells Fargo

Weyerhaeuser Funds

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Letter from the Editor

Dear members, we are excited to invite you to our 38th Annual Conference, a significant event on the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. calendar. It will be held from June 12 to 16, 2024, in Atlanta, GA, under the leadership of our Chairman, Milton H. Jones Jr. We are expecting great things and hope to see you there.

The Annual Conference hosted by the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is not just an event, but a unique opportunity for personal growth and development. It’s four intensive days of transformative experience with like-minded individuals and dynamic leaders. Each year, special steps are taken to help members get more deeply involved in the mission of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. The dissemination of high-level business and knowledge allows each person who attends to become a more decisive leader. This once-a-year gathering becomes a life-changing memory for all involved. Thousands attend. Many return yearly to reignite the commitment to the organization and its goals.

The purpose of the Annual Conference of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is to promote brotherhood at all levels of the organization. It serves as a conduit of knowledge at multiple levels. This year’s theme, “Future-Proofing, Our Youth, Members, and Communities,” is not just a theme, but a call to action that is deeply relevant to our lives and communities. It will be the basis for powerful sessions developed so members can have a deeper understanding of the power that comes from mentoring. This conference draws thousands each year. It is successful because the spirit of togetherness permeates all aspects of every extraordinary interaction.

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Everyone, please take time to read this issue of 100 Quarterly, and if you have questions or submissions, contact me at james.wade@100BMOA.org

MILTON H. JONES JR.

Hello, Members of the 100 and our Supporters:

This is an exciting time to be part of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.! So many positive and encouraging activities are happening in our Headquarters and 103 chapters, some of which we share with you in this edition of our 100 Quarterly Magazine.

In this issue, you’ll see how chapters are elevating our four pillars of Health and Wellness, Mentoring, Economic Empowerment, and Education, thanks to the leadership provided by members and stakeholders of 100 Black Men in the United States, London, and Turks and Caicos.

It has been my honor to spend time these last 200 days visiting chapters in Washington, D.C., Charlotte (Atlantic District), Cleveland, Columbia, Huntsville, Indianapolis, New York City, Kansas City (Central District), Las Vegas and the Georgia chapters of Atlanta, DeKalb County, Macon, and South Metro Atlanta. I am proud beyond words of the work our brothers are tirelessly doing to introduce our mentees to new pathways and to see the incredible outcomes they are achieving due to this dedicated commitment of time and resources.

I am thrilled to announce two of our newly formed partnerships with JD Finish Line and the NFL. These collaborations are focused on a firm belief by these partners in the strength and future of our Collegiate 100 students and our members who work with them. During our Las Vegas visit, I also had the opportunity to interview former NFL great and Super Bowl Champion Malcolm Jenkins in conjunction with his book signing tour. The interview also allowed us to increase awareness of the work of

the 100 to the radio and podcast audience present.

Since our last edition, we have had some changes in our Headquarters Office leadership. Dr. Charles Gibbs resigned as CEO to pursue other opportunities, and we wish him well. The Board installed long-time development consultant, Danielle Kennedy-Jones, as Executive Officer to lead our Headquarters. I welcome Ms. Kennedy-Jones, and I will benefit from her strong experience, organizational skills, and innovative wisdom as we continue growing this great organization.

We have also had some changes on the Board of Directors. Brian Willis, former President of the Charlotte, NC chapter, is now our Mentoring Chair, and Dr. Christopher Johnson from the DeKalb County chapter is our K-12 Education Committee Chair. We look forward to their strong leadership in these critical areas. Dr. Joseph Silver informed me that he is resigning from the Board after many years of service as our Higher Education Committee Chair.  “As I transition from the Board,  I know that the 100 is in good hands with my friend of over 40 years, Milton Jones, at the helm. The 100 is in my blood forever,” said Dr. Jospeh Silver. As chairman, I personally thank my long-time friend and brother for his service.

I am happy to announce that we continue increasing our impact in the critical area of Voter Education and registration. On April 1, led by Dr. Wes Bellamy, we kicked off our 16-city Real

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CHAIRMAN’S

Men Vote Tour in Cleveland, Ohio. This nonpartisan tour will continue through October. See which city stop is nearest you on our 100blackmen.org website.

We were contacted by Vice President Harris’ Office and asked to help spread the word about her Economic Opportunity Tour kickoff in Atlanta. Members from our five Metro Atlanta Chapters were visibly present in the session to increase awareness of new programs and revisions to existing programs to help Small Businesses grow. This non-partisan participation is consistent with our focus on increasing economic empowerment and awareness in our communities.

Hopefully, you will agree that our work over the first 200 days of this administration has continued to evolve as we work to Elevate ever higher. As a reminder, we are committed to Empower, Lead, Educate, Vote, Advocate, Train, and Engage. Working in this way positions us to focus on even greater heights.

These heights help us see the importance of focusing far beyond the present on the challenges our youth, members, and communities face in the future. This is why we will concentrate on Futureproofing as we move forward. We will design and perform our work in ways that position us to adapt and remain relevant in the future, even as technology, society, and circumstances change. We will listen and learn across generations and, in so doing, bring the best of our knowledge to bear on solutions we develop and implement.

You will see indications of this as you attend our 38th Annual Conference at the downtown Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, GA, June 12th -16th. The conference will give you a unique opportunity to network with industry leaders and gain valuable insights. We hope to see you there!

LISTEN TO CHAIRMAN JONES INTERVIEW ON THE CHAVIS CHRONICLES CLICK HERE

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The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. 38th Annual Conference, an exclusive gathering that stands as the world’s most distinguished conference focused on mentoring, education, health and wellness, economic empowerment, and empowering youth and leaders from the African American community, is set to convene in Atlanta, Georgia, home of our International Headquarters. This four-day conference, a privilege to attend, will run June 12-16, 2024, at the prestigious Hyatt Regency in the downtown area.

This annual conference is a convergence of thought leaders from various industries, offering a unique opportunity to network and potentially form collaborations and partnerships. These

connections can significantly enhance your professional growth and provide valuable insights that can be applied in your respective fields.

“You will hear from some of the world’s most prominent business and thought leaders, DEI experts, and Women of Influence, and of course, we will amplify the voice of our youth,” said Chairman Milton H. Jones, Jr.

Participating in this year’s conference, themed ‘Future-Proofing Our Youth, Members, and Communities for Tomorrow, ‘offers a rare chance to gain insights into future-proofing strategies. Moreover, it provides an exclusive platform to connect with industry leaders, contribute to shaping a more secure and stable future, and inspire yourself to make a difference.

Future-proofing, a concept that resonates with our mission, refers to designing or planning something to continue to be valuable and

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relevant in the future, even as technology, trends, and other factors change. It means anticipating potential challenges and designing solutions to adapt to those changes, a crucial aspect of our youth development and community-building work.

In business, future-proofing often involves investing in new technologies, systems, and processes to help a company stay competitive and meet evolving customer needs. These include automation, artificial intelligence, or cloud computing.

“And so when you think about future-proofing, you’re thinking about how you make sure that you’re not obsolete, how you make sure that you’re not stuck in the past, how you make sure that as you look ahead, you’re driving the kind of change it’s apparent for young people not just to

survive, but to thrive in this future world. Change brings an opportunity for the downtrodden to change. If you want to overcome being downtrodden, take advantage of change and skip over the impediments that were unfairly put in your way. And when you do, you’ll be ready to run,” said Chairman Jones.

For individuals, future-proofing may mean acquiring new skills or pursuing education and training to prepare them for the changing job market. It also involves developing diverse skills and experiences that can be applied across different industries and roles.

Future-proofing is about adapting to change and creating a more secure and stable future. It’s about being proactive and adaptable and embracing the opportunities that change brings. By future-proofing, we can ensure a brighter and

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more promising future for our youth, members, and communities. Various sessions address significant issues impacting young people, their families, and communities of color.

The conference will offer diverse workshops, panel discussions, and community forums, each designed to address significant issues impacting young people, their families, and communities of color. In addition, there will be nightly entertainment and group excursions, providing a perfect balance of learning and leisure. During the conference, the 100 will recognize Mentee of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Small & Large Chapter of the Year, and many other awards.

One special workshop on Grant Writing titled Grant Writing Made Simple This workshop is for our Members and Leaders of 100 BMOA Chapters and Collegiate 100 Chapters. This four-hour workshop will have a facilitated lab and is a comprehensive, handson experience designed to equip members of the 100 Chapters with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully write grants for sustainable program funding. Participants will learn essential grant-writing techniques and strategies through a structured step-by-step process before and during the lab.

By the end of the session, participants who complete the lab and its deliverables will walk away with a full grant proposal and a guaranteed grant award to fund one of their chapter’s initiatives, providing tangible support for their community projects.

Mentors Can You Hear Me?:

Decoding Youth Culture: Building Stronger Mentor-Mentee Relationships

Calling all members of the 100 Black Men and Collegiate 100. This session is for mentors seeking to understand the experiences, challenges, and cultural influences of middle school, high school, and college student mentees. Led by representatives of the Millennial and Gen Z generations, it aims to

deepen mentors’ empathy and connection with their mentees by exploring various aspects of youth culture. Participants will gain insights into what youth need from mentors to feel valued, respected, and empowered. Mentors are encouraged to bring their mentees to this session to equip themselves with practical strategies for strengthening their mentorship approach and supporting the holistic development of their mentees.

Mentoring the

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Way Across a Lifetime Certification (LAB)

For Members of the 100 and Collegiate 100, The Mentoring the 100 Way Across a Lifetime Certification self-paced lab is designed to provide mentors of the 100 Black Men with the opportunity to become certified or re-certified

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in the organization’s mentoring approach. Hosted through an online portal accessible during the national conference, this lab allows mentors to complete the certification process at their own pace, ensuring accessibility and convenience for all participants. By obtaining certification, mentors reaffirm their commitment to the principles and practices of mentoring advocated by the 100 Black Men, contributing to the organization’s mission of empowering and uplifting youth across generations.

Journey to Tomorrow: Future-Proofing the Future of Black America.

Our Panel of esteemed national experts will explore the landscape of the next fifty years, envisioning societal shifts and pathways for Black America’s thriving. Our experts will paint

a vivid picture of the societal shifts awaiting us, detailing what will evolve, what will fade away, and what awaits on the horizon.

From technological marvels to cultural transformations, we will navigate the terrain of tomorrow, discerning pathways for Black America to thrive and remain relevant in an everevolving world. Yet, we will also confront a critical question: What if Black America lags? What are the repercussions if we fail to engage and adapt to the demands of a futuristic society? Discover how to equip young minds for a competitive future, and join us in shaping society’s direction, morality, and legacy. This isn’t just a glimpse into the future—it’s a call to action. Join us as we embark on this journey together.

Hands-On Banking with Wells Fargo

This is for High School & Middle School students.

Overview: Are you ready to take control of your financial future? Join us for an exciting and interactive youth workshop powered by Wells Fargo’s Hands-On Banking curriculum! In this 90-minute hands-on experience, you’ll learn essential money management skills and practical knowledge to make informed financial decisions. This empowering and equipping experience will ensure you are well-prepared for the challenges ahead, giving you the confidence to take control of your financial future.

One of the main attractions will be the Business Summit. A business summit is an event where business leaders, industry experts, and entrepreneurs gather to discuss various topics related to business, such as industry trends, business strategies, marketing, finance, innovation, and leadership. A business summit aims to provide a platform for networking, learning, and exchanging ideas and insights to help participants stay ahead of the competition and grow their businesses. Business summits may also feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and exhibitions

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showcasing the latest products and services in the industry. This one will have two panels.

Topic: How to prepare effectively to seek business from large companies and collaborate to create scale.

Facilitated by Jay Bailey, CEO of RICE Center

* Speed Pitching Sessions

2nd Panel

Topic: Access to capital and funding

Facilitated by Moses Harris, Wells Fargo Panelists: Featuring some great names to be announced

*Speed Pitching Sessions

*Closing - Michael Garner

Attendees: Adult Conference attendees with a conference registration and outsiders can purchase only a $100 ticket for the Business Summit.

Other dynamic workshops include The Barber Shop Forum for the Men and The Beauty Shop discussion for the Women. We can only cover some seminars in this story, but this year’s conference will be an excellent opportunity to provide membership and mentees to go back to their chapters and set them on fire. The 2024 Conference will be something for everyone. Members, Emerging 100, Collegiate 100, Women, Men, and our Partners can all get something out of this year’s 38th Annual Conference.

“This conference will be popping, so I am calling on all mentors, mentees, and partners to register today. This is a conference you don’t want to miss,” said Chairman Jones.

You can register online until May 31, 2024; after this day, you must register onsite.

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Greater Cleveland Chapter

100 BLACK MEN OF AMERICA, INC. LAUNCHES ITS “REAL RALLYING BLACK MEN AROUND THE IMPORTANCE OF

The nation’s largest prominent African American-led mentoring organization, The 100 Black Men of America, Inc., launched its “Real Men Vote” campaign with a 14-city tour. The tour kicked off in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 1st at Premier Barbershop. This effort is focused on delivering critical voter education and engagement ahead of the 2024 Presidential election.

Milton H. Jones Jr., Chairman of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., said, “We are an organization with more than 4,000 members, all of whom are registered to vote in the upcoming national and local elections. Further, all of these men are committed to helping men and women in their communities register to vote, learn about the election issues, and see the importance of casting their ballots at every opportunity to vote.”

In addition to a critical Presidential election, 435 seats in the House of Representatives and over 30 Senate seats are up for election this year. Ahead of one of the nation’s most consequential election seasons, the “Real Men Vote” campaign is dedicated to combating an onslaught of misinformation and voting dissuasion campaigns. The tour aims to equip Black men across the country with accurate information about issues and policies at the federal, state, and local levels.

Real Men Vote Cleveland Chapter

Dr. Wes Bellamy, Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Board, emphasized the increasing national recognition of Black men and their potential to shape future elections. However, this attention has also brought about a surge of

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“REAL MEN VOTE” CAMPAIGN AND NATIONAL TOUR OF VOTING KICKED OFF IN CLEVELAND, OHIO

Chapter Panelist

misinformation tactics explicitly targeting them. The ‘Real Men Vote’ campaign was designed to equip Black men with the necessary information and tools to make informed civic decisions, leveraging their voting power to enhance our communities and safeguard our vision for the future.

“The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. was proud to be the first stop on a fourteen-city tour of the Real Men Vote Townhall Initiative, spearheaded by the 100 Black Men of America. Our local chapter and community partners showed up by engaging in a robust discussion on the importance of voting. Last night’s event set the bar high and got the tour off to a great start,” said Gregory Lockhart, Chairman of the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. Chapter.

The multi-city tour will feature town halls curated by 100 Black Men, Inc. chapters in each respective city to discuss the importance of voting and how voting builds power. In cities noted below, the Town Halls will be jointly hosted by the Coalition of 100 Black Women and the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. The 100 Black Men of America will also work with the Collective Education Fund, Black Voters Matter, and others to ensure that this is a collaborative approach to engaging Black men from many backgrounds.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland and Dr. Wes Bellamy had a fascinating dialogue as the event kicked off with close to 100 Black Men, both young and seasoned, in attendance. Fox 8 Cleveland morning anchor Waynes Dawson served as the Master of Ceremonies before introducing local chapter Chairman Gregory Lockhart, who thanked everyone for coming out and recognized our partners,

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which included Premier Barbaer Lounge, The Cleveland NAACP, The Presidents Council, The Real Black Friday, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Delta Alpha Lambda Chapter, Black Vote Matters Urban League of Greater Cleveland Young Professionals and two founders of the Cleveland Chapter, retired Judge Ron Adrine and retired Judge Michael Nelson, participated on the panel.

We were happy to see many elected officials turn out for this Town Hall about voting, especially Black Men who often wonder if their vote matters. Congresswoman Shontel Monique Brown stopped to hear some of

the men’s concerns. Brown has been the U.S. representative for Ohio’s 11th congressional district since 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, Brown previously served as a member of the Cuyahoga County Council, representing the 9th district.

During this time, you should consider voting as a job you have as a citizen. Like you’re responsible for paying taxes or obeying laws, you should vote because you must help decide who runs the country and makes critical decisions. Imagine you’re picking a team for a game. When you vote, you choose the people representing you in the government. These

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folks make laws and decisions that affect things like schools, roads, and taxes. If you don’t vote, you’re letting others choose for you, and they might not pick what’s best for you.

“I was ecstatic to kick off the 100 Black Men of America’s Real Men Vote campaign in Cleveland, Ohio on April 1st. A room packed with nearly 100 Black Men talking about the importance of voting, why we need to vote, and lively discussion about what is needed on both the local and national level is exactly the kind of intergenerational conversation we were looking to bring forth with this agenda. Cleveland has shown itself as the model, and

I look forward to continuing these discussions nationwide. At the same time, on this tour,” said Dr. Wes Bellamy, National Chair for Public Policy.

Black Voters Matter attended and shared how important voting is to the Black community. Black Voters Matter aims to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities. Effective voting allows a community to determine its destiny. We agree with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

It was great to be in battleground Ohio, particularly in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, where we know that winning is a must, not just a plus, the barbershop has always been a sacred space for Black men, where we share information, build partnerships, and engage in honest dialogue. Last night’s event was a significant milestone in this tradition. It was a platform where leaders could listen more than they spoke and where Black men were heard. This event was a testament to the value and importance of our voices in shaping the future. I do not doubt that Black men will be the most consequential voting bloc in 2024 and for years to come because we will be casting a survival vote. So, we must be fully informed and engaged before casting that vote. We deserve to be treated as an investment instead of an expense because the simple truth is that while you might not win with us, you will lose without us. Last night was about recognizing and sticking with that truth,” said panelist Antjuan Seawright.

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THE MIDWEST DISTRICT SUMMIT

Two Days of Engagement

The second Summit of the Midwest District was an event to remember, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, with great success. The Indianapolis Chapter of the 100 Black Men hosted the Summit from March 8th to 10th, 2024, and left no stone unturned to ensure it was an unforgettable experience for all attendees. The Summit took place at the JW Marriott hotel, which offered plush and comfortable accommodations for the guests. The hotel’s elegant decor and modern amenities provided a luxurious and relaxing atmosphere.

The food served during the Summit was nothing short of exceptional. Delicious and expertly prepared dishes left many attendees craving for more. The culinary team paid great attention to detail and catered to all dietary requirements, ensuring everyone was well-fed and satisfied.

The participants were greatly inspired and motivated by the unique insights and perspectives of industry experts who shared their knowledge and experience. With its strong emphasis on Chapter Best Practices, the event provided an invaluable opportunity for individuals to network, collaborate, and learn from one another, fostering a strong sense of belonging and unity. What set this Summit apart was its focus on practical strategies and solutions that can be implemented at the chapter

level, ensuring participants left with actionable takeaways. “The Summit was a resounding success, thanks to the high-quality workshops, invaluable fellowships, and fruitful networking opportunities. One of the significant takeaways for all of us was undoubtedly the certification in Stop the Bleed. Knowing that we now possess the skills to save someone’s life potentially is a tangible outcome of our time together,” said Andre Givens, Midwest District Representative.

This two-day Summit, expertly led by Midwest District Representative Andre Givens, who plays

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a crucial role in guiding the district’s operations, was packed with workshops and discussions that enhanced the performance of district chapters. Summits create spaces where leaders can discuss critical issues or trends that affect an industry or region. Most summits have two goals: sharing and debating ideas with fellow experts and developing solutions and action plans to address these issues.

Friday night was the Welcome to Indianapolis Reception, aka a Meet & Greet type of setting where everyone received welcomes from:

•Laith Hicks, Colligate 100/Past Program Participate

•Andre Givens, Moses Gray, Midwest District Director

•Invocation- Rev. Dr. Wallace McLaughlin, Chaplain

•Kraig Kinchen, Executive Director, 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc

•Lonnie Jordan, Store Director at Meijer

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Saturday morning started at 8:15 a.m. with Breakfast and the State of the 100 from a National Office Representative who stated the 100 is strong and growing under the new leadership of Chairman Milton H. Jones Jr.

Next, you had a choice to attend Chapters’ Playbook/Mandatory Reporting with James Duke, At-Large Director of Operations, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., or Adequate

Chapter Finance and Fund Development with Mark Gaines, Vice President of Development at Indiana University Foundation, Lonnie Jordan, Store Director at Meijer and Cliff Hunt, Assistant Treasurer, 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc. as the Moderator.

James Duke discussed the new way the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. has set up for the chapters to do Mandatory Reporting. These reports are needed to track our membership and mentees successfully so that the 100 can tell our story and have accurate information. This is done once a year, capturing all the data from your chapter, like 990s and Membership Rosters, to name a few.

During lunch the Indiana University Indianapolis Collegiate 100 (C100) Panel Discussion with •Chelsie Kupa – Past President – Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), •London Okowa – Indiana University Indianapolis (formerly IUPUI) President, •Laith Hicks – Ball State University (pending chapter) – President-Elect, •Nate Turnipseed Immediate Past President, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) as Moderator, these young people were excellent, well prepared well spoken.

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The Best Practices workshop comprised many outstanding discussions around Membership Intake and Membership Engagement. So many chapters have the same issue of members disappearing after they are pinned. Then, they show up everywhere they can, promoting themselves as 100 members and using it to their advantage to promote themselves and their businesses. The panel is made up of Chapter Best Practices

•Charles Felton, President of 100 Black Men of Detroit, Inc

•Kentale Morris, President of 100 Black Men of Twin Cities, Inc

•James W. Wade III, National Communications/Public Relations, Chair

•Kraig Kinchen, Executive Director, 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc.

- served as the Moderator. The panelist all shared their struggles with membership and spoke about how they operate in their chapter.

The 100 Black Men is a mentoring organization, not a social club. When you join the 100, you should focus on mentoring our youth. A few members from the Divine Nine shared what they go through before they cross and become members and asked why the 100 can’t get the same commitment.

The last workshop was Stop the Bleed® Training and Certification.

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Shardae Hoskins, Lead Program Manager, The Indy Peace Fellowship’s gun violence reduction strategy, and Laith Hicks – Colligate 100, President-Elect as Moderator. The Summit ended with Midwest District Representative Andre Givens sharing our next steps. After many discussions and comments, the group voted to hold the Summit in person every other year. “Thank you again, everyone, for your support, dedication, and participation in making the 2nd Moses Gray Midwest District Summit a resounding success. I look forward to our continued collaboration and the positive impact we will undoubtedly create together,” said Givens.

The 100 Black Men is not just a network but a movement. We are the largest network of African American male mentors in the nation. Our unwavering focus on African American youth is a mission and a commitment to influence and transform the lives of underrepresented and disenfranchised youth, making a significant difference in their futures.

Through our platform of Mentoring The 100 Way®, we provide a wide range of programmatic services. In education, we offer tutoring, college preparation, and scholarship opportunities. In health and wellness, we promote physical fitness and mental health awareness. In economic empowerment, we provide financial literacy education and entrepreneurship support. In leadership development, we offer mentorship and leadership training across a lifetime, making a fundamental difference in the lives of the youth we touch and the communities we serve.

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Let’s Talk Taxes

Taxes are ever evolving but a very important factor of our everyday lives and a large part of your wealth building strategy. As a tax accountant, I can not only tell what a person enjoys spending their finances on by looking at 90 days of their bank statements, but I can tell the financial direction of a person or family based on their tax filings. Whether we agree with the changes or adjustments, this is an area of our personal and business lives that we must address annually, and most importantly in a timely manner. Your taxes are truly a physical GPS or blueprint of your financial portfolio. I can quickly evaluate if a person is a business owner, homeowner, is contributing to a retirement plan, HSA or FSA, possesses an investment portfolio and etc.

The name of the game when it comes to your taxes, is to reduce your tax liability and increase your after-tax wealth. That is why it is critical that you hire a tax professional to provide strategies to help build long-term wealth. Most African Americans pay their taxes, but we also leave the IRS a tip. Meaning that we attempt to file our own taxes thinking that we are saving resources and time, but in most cases, we are preparing them incorrectly or leaving deductions, credits and other opportunities to create tax strategies that will have generational impact on the table.

I tell my clients that you will either pay now or you will pay later, but you will eventually pay. In some cases, you may pay by leaving opportunities on the table due to a lack of knowledge. Remember you pay people in life to solve problems, so hire an experienced tax accountant to address this area.

In my book Financial Foundations not only do I advise you to hire a tax accountant, but when your goal is to build wealth, you need to hire what I have coined the Power of Five. This includes your Accountant, Attorney, Banker, Insurance Broker and Financial Advisor. But most importantly make sure that they all communicate consistently with each other to ensure that they are working on the same goals and moving in one direction with your overall wealth strategy.

Just a few important tax updates and considerations for the 2024 tax season:

• The IRS tax deadline dates to keep in mind; S-Corp and Partnerships due on March 15th, Personal, Sole-Proprietors, Foreign or Domestic Corporations and LLC due April 15th and Non-Profit 990’s are due on May 15th. If you file an extension, then you will receive

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6 additional months to file your returns. If you owe, you must still make your estimated payment on or before the initial filing deadline to avoid penalties and interest.

• The standard deduction for 2024 increased to $14,600 for single filers, $29,200 for married couples filing jointly and $21,900 for Head of Household.

• Income tax brackets were adjusted in 2024 to account for inflation. Visit www.irs.gov to determine where you fall for 2024, discuss tax strategies with your tax accountant to help reduce your tax liability.

• Keep in mind that the contributions limit has increased for 2024, so make the necessary adjustments to ensure you are still maxing out your 401k, 403b or 529 plans. Limits are now $23,000 up from $22,500 and Roth IRAs increased to $7,000 up from $6,500.

• For my high net worth or high earners, consider strategies around the above-the-line deductions (income adjustments) and belowthe-line deductions (itemized deductions).

• Consider increasing charitable contributions and utilizing a donor advised fund. Ask about bunching deductions or appreciated assets as a donation rather than just cash gifts.

If you are one of the 70% of taxpayers receiving a tax refund, spend that money wisely. With an average refund amount of up to $3,207, the possibilities may be abundant when you imagine all that you need to do with the funds. However, $3,207 can go just as quickly as it arrives. Remember this isn’t free money but the IRS just returning what you overpaid into the tax system, without interest, So let’s make a list:

1. The first thing you must do this year to make your tax refund work for you, is PRIORITIZE! Make a list of ways in which for your own personal life, which money would best be used. No one knows your finances or your budget, but you. So think smart when prioritizing your financial needs. Understand the difference between needs and wants and start the journey to make your money work.

2. As you are creating this list of financial needs, determine what on the list will impact your financial situation most in the LONG-TERM. Which means you should also pull your full credit report. This will help you in your decision to Stand Firm! Avoid financial decisions that feel good for the moment but have no impact on your credit, savings or debt cancellation.

3. Pay YOURSELF! Don’t look back at the refund in 30-60 days and have no emergency fund to show for it. Kick start your savings if it best meets your needs. Or add to an already thriving savings account. If you have no savings, $1000 is a great amount to hold you firm in an emergency situation. If you’re adding to an already established savings account, visit your local financial institution and make sure you’re earning the most for and on your money.

4. Knock out smaller debts that have been holding you back and hanging over your head. I’m sure you’ve gotten enough phone calls asking for payment for money you don’t have. Well, now is the time to get those debts paid off. If they’ve been lingering for a while they’ve probably been charged off. Especially if some of the debt is credit card related. So, don’t just call and pay the full amount. Negotiate a settlement. Get the most bang for your buck. Note any medical bills or other miscellaneous debt that may be pulling down your credit score and get it knocked out.

5. This may sound contradictory to the other four points previously made, but I mean it when I say TREAT YOURSELF! Don’t go crazy. Do not put yourself further in debt. But, you’ve worked all year and sacrificed to provide for yourself and your family. You owe it to yourself. It doesn’t need to be big or extravagant. It could be as simple as a day at the spa....but for many it may be the first time in a while to give something to you for all the hard work you do.

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CENTRAL DISTRICT SUMMIT

The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (100BMOA) is a leading African-American-led mentoring organization in the United States. It has over 100 chapters and 10 Districts nationwide.

Recently, the 100BMOA Central District (also known as Jesse C Swanigan) held its regional summit in Kansas City, MO, from April 6-8th, under the leadership of newly elected District Director Thomas B Henderson. The summit provided an excellent opportunity for chapter

leaders and members from Chicago, St. Louis, Southern Illinois, Central Illinois, Tulsa, Omaha, Little Rock, and Kansas City to come together, share experiences, and learn from one another to improve the effectiveness of their chapters.

The National Chairman, Milton H. Jones, Jr., was present at the summit, and he provided valuable insight into his vision for the organization and addressed questions from individual members. During the summit, the Central

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District presented a special award to Jesse C. Swanigan, the only living founding member of the 100BMOA, who shared the complete history of the organization’s founding, filling in gaps in its history.

In addition to this, the Central District was honored to have Dr. Wes Bellamy (Public Policy Chair) and Brian Willis (the newly appointed Mentoring Chair), who provided valuable information on their respective areas of expertise. Dr. Bellamy emphasized the importance of “Getting Out the Vote,”

while Brian Willis provided an overview of the initiatives he is working on to improve the organization’s mentoring strategies.

“The 100BMOA comprises thousands of men dedicated to serving the youth we serve. As the Central District Director, I am proud to serve alongside these men who strive to embody our motto, ‘What They See Is What They’ll Be,’” said Thomas Henderson.

These gatherings are crucial for chapters to collaborate, develop friendships, and build networks that can become valuable resources for gleaning, building community, and sharing information. As part of the summit, Ken Lumpkins, the Kansas City President, made special arrangements with the Executive Director, Bob Kendrick, of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, for a tour of their museum of artifacts of black baseball memorabilia, in the historic 18th & Vine neighborhood. The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (100BMOA) is a leading African-American-led mentoring organization in the United States. It has over 100 chapters and 10 Districts across the country.

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100 Black Men of America, Inc. National Mentoring Chair MEET BRIAN P. WILLIS

The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. has a new Mentoring Chair named Brian P. Willis. He specializes in African Americans’ financial education and wealth management. As a young man from humble beginnings in St. Louis, Missouri, Brian attended Sumner High School, a historic African American institution. He had the honor of being taught by caring teachers and mentors who instilled pride in his history and culture, but, most importantly, he expected excellence and tasked him with the responsibility of teaching others and passing the rich lessons he’d learned on to others in the community. Brian honored those teachers and mentors by making mentorship and community education his life’s mission. His specialty became historical and financial education early in his corporate career.

Brian’s commitment to community service and mentorship is a testament to his dedication and passion. As the National Director of the Mentoring Program for the 100 Black Men of America, Chapter President of the 100 Black Men of America, UNCC Black Alumni Board Member, Black Engineers Mentor at UNCC, and Jacob’s Ladder Director, he has consistently demonstrated his commitment to effective and

meaningful service. His membership in Alpha Phi Alpha Incorporated and his book and economic program, titled ‘Help, I’m Drowning in Debt! ‘, further underline his dedication. The book, distributed worldwide and implemented into the curriculum at Central Piedmont Community College and other organizations, sparked a successful speaking tour and a series of corporate and community-related workshops.

Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He also holds series 7, 6, 65, 63, and Life and Health Insurance licenses. Serving in various roles in the financial industry, Brian has settled in as a financial planner for the past 15 years. He feels being a financial planner is not just a profession; it’s his calling. Like the rest of the Wilson Wealth, Brian’s approach is to meet you where you are, then identify your “WHY”. Brian understands that ensuring security in your financial future is a personal journey. He honors that by following his daily service mantra: Before you speak…listen; before you invest… investigate. If you are committed to Brian P. Willis Senior Financial Advisor Wilson Wealth Management your financial goals, Brian will move heaven and earth to help you make those goals your reality.

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Mentee Profile

“Once I have completed college, I intend to become an architect and start my own firm.”
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Deshawn Hester

My name is Deshawn Hester, a 17-yearold junior attending Rhodes College and Career Academy. I’m not your typical High school student, as I’m also enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College through a High Tech Academy program , where I’m taking college courses. This unique academic journey has allowed me to maintain an A-average with a GPA of 3.7. I thrive on challenging myself and am always eager to learn new things, constantly seeking to understand the world better. Beyond academics, I’m a track athlete, a passionate designer and artist, and a music enthusiast.

Mr. James Wade III has been a pivotal figure in my life this year, serving as my mentor. His regular check-ins and frequent texts show his genuine interest in my well-being and academic progress. His friendly demeanor and thoughtful conversations have significantly impacted me, and he has played a crucial role in my personal and educational growth.

My day-to-day hobbies consist of track, drawing, and listening to music. I’m probably at work or spending time with my family when I’m not doing either of those things. Another thing I enjoy doing is helping my community and better understanding economics and culture through my mentoring program,

100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. I try to focus on self-improvement and staying healthy. I enjoy time with family and friends and love making smoothies for us.

I recently received a Dartmouth book award, which recognized me for my academic achievements as an honor roll, merit roll, and AP student. Currently, I’m majoring in business and working on getting my associate’s degree. My goal is to have my associate’s in business by the time I graduate so I can focus on getting my master’s in architecture when I go to university after I graduate.

Once I have completed college, I intend to become an architect and start my own firm. I also plan to establish financial businesses that will bring happiness and excitement to the lives of those in our society. Some potential financial companies that could positively impact society include microfinance institutions that provide small loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries, investment firms that focus on sustainable and socially responsible investments, and financial education programs that help individuals and communities improve their financial literacy and make informed financial decisions. These businesses can empower individuals, support sustainable development, and contribute to society’s overall well-being.

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Parent Testimonial

The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. takes immense pride in the diverse range of people they have met and are still mentoring. Webster’s definition of mentoring 1: a trusted counselor or guide. 2: tutor, coach. Mentoring begins with the trust and ability to see everyone’s potential. Not every person begins at the same stage, but they all could create a positive impact on society, which begins with the guidance of mentors. Our mentors and mentees come from various backgrounds, cultures, and walks of life, reflecting our commitment to inclusivity and diversity.

Across the United States and Internationally, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is changing the lives of tomorrow’s leaders through the 100’s signature programs: Mentoring 100 Way, Collegiate 100®, and 100 Black Men Chapters. Each of our programs delivers unique mentoring initiatives that help tap into deserving youth annually and change their lives. These initiatives have led to numerous success stories, where mentoring has provided crucial support and positively impacted the lives of tomorrow’s leaders today. When we receive a testimony like this from a parent who was happy with her son’s mentor, Doug Evans, and the Charlotte Chapter, it’s a testament to the power of our programs and the potential they unlock.

“Hello, could you believe my son is getting married in July? I am so proud of him. He purchased his own home, Dajon has a great job at Duke Energy, and Doug is still there for all his milestones. I am truly blessed to have had him in the 100 Black Men mentoring program. He was always a great son, and the program brought out so much more in him,” proud parent.

100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte, Inc., (The 100) improves the quality of life for the communities we serve.

Mentoring is the core service delivery of The 100, the largest network of African American male mentors in the nation.

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Greater Washington DC Chapter
Achievement
6th Annual
Luncheon & Closing Ceremony

The 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC, had their 6th Annual Achievement Luncheon & Closing Ceremony on Saturday, April 27th, 2024. It was a joyous occasion, made possible by the presence and contributions of over 350 esteemed guests. Each one of you played a significant role in the success of this remarkable event. Chairman Milton H. Jones Jr. was in attendance, along with Henery Clopton from Member Services.

During the luncheon, many were filled with immense pride as we celebrated the significant achievements of our Saturday Leadership

Academy (SLA) and the launch of STEM 3.0. The room was filled with excitement as they honored the accomplishments of our (4) SLA graduates and 12 Howard University graduates and welcomed 21 new members into the Collegiate 100 at Howard University. The powerful testimonials shared by (2) of our esteemed parents further enriched the event, leaving everyone inspired and motivated.

In addition to recognizing these milestones, they were honored to award $22,000 in scholarships and prizes. Special commendation was bestowed upon the following individuals:

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Mentor of the Year:

Bro. Warren Cockfield.

Mentee of the Year:

Anthony LaFond.

Lifetime Achievement Awards:

Bro. Marvin Dickerson, Bro. Roderic Hopkins

Bro. Bill Highsmith.

Excellence in Leadership:

Bro. Dr. Eric Bell

Collegiate 100 President Kyla Warman.

100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C. (100 BMGWDC) was founded in 1995 in response to the call to action voiced during the Million Man March. We owe a debt of gratitude to a group of eleven professional Black men, who, concerned about the future of the youth in their community, came together and decided that it was their responsibility to step up and make a difference. Following the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. model, they established the Greater Washington, D.C. chapter as a member of the national organization. Their vision and dedication continue to inspire us today.

Over the years, the organization has grown in membership and status. The organization can provide a broad range of support to its mentees with a dedicated and diverse membership base that includes doctors, lawyers, STEM professionals, entrepreneurs, financial experts, teachers, educators, and business professionals.

Through our Four for the Future programmatic framework of Mentoring, Education, Economic Empowerment, and Health & Wellness, we’ve had the honor of working with youth in the greatest need, helping them establish and achieve their goals. Since 1995, the organization has mentored over 15,000 students, a testament to our commitment to youth empowerment. We are proud to share that we have maintained a

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100% graduation rate over the past five years, a clear indication of the positive impact we are making in our community.

The DC Chapter flagship program is the Saturday Leadership Academy (SLA). This group mentoring program works with young men 13 to 18 from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The program meets on the first and third Saturdays from October through May. The mentees participate in various activities, including meeting with their 100 Black Men mentor and members of our college mentoring group, the Collegiate 100.

The content of the Saturday Leadership Academy focuses on public speaking, presentation skills, leadership development, teamwork, financial literacy, and health & wellness. Mentees are asked to research specific topics and develop a 2-3-minute presentation to share with their peers and mentors. The program encourages the students to research facts, build their perspectives, develop wellreasoned arguments to persuade and influence others, and confidently present them.

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Navigating Professional Growth: Three Essential Tips for Advancing Your Career

In today’s competitive professional landscape, success is not merely about what you know, but how you present yourself and engage with opportunities. This article aims to provide valuable insights into fostering professional development and growth. Through three key tips, we’ll explore the importance of cultivating a professional mindset, embracing diversity in the workplace, and mastering the art of follow-up and expectation clarification.

Tip One: Cultivate Your Professional Mindset

Professionalism extends beyond mere skills; it encompasses a mindset rooted in dedication, organization, and authenticity. By maintaining a professional mindset, individuals can navigate the complexities of the business world with confidence and grace. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting your career journey, here are some essential steps to cultivate your professional mindset:

•Plan for success: Set clear goals, organize your actions, and communicate effectively to achieve your objectives.

•Manage your time effectively: Prioritize tasks, delegate when necessary, and maintain a proactive approach to time management.

•Build confidence in networking: Embrace opportunities to connect with others, share your talents and experiences, and foster meaningful professional relationships.

•Be authentic: Stay true to yourself while embodying professionalism, embracing your unique strengths and qualities.

•Remember, professionalism is not just about adhering to external standards; it’s about embodying your best self in every professional endeavor.

Tip Two: Embrace Diversity in the Workplace

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are crucial pillars of a thriving workplace culture. As Black professionals, it’s essential to recognize the importance of supporting one another and advocating for inclusivity in all professional settings. Here are some key considerations:

Embrace your uniqueness: Celebrate your individuality and contribute your diverse perspectives to the workplace.

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Know your rights: Familiarize yourself with antidiscrimination laws and advocate for fair treatment and equal opportunities.

Hold yourself and others accountable: Create and maintain an inclusive environment by challenging discriminatory behavior and fostering a culture of respect and acceptance. Seek support and solidarity: Remember that you’re not alone in your journey. Lean on your peers, mentors, and allies for guidance and encouragement. By championing diversity and inclusion, we can create workplaces where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered to succeed.

Tip Three: Master the Art of Follow-Up and Expectation Clarification

Effective communication is essential for success in any professional setting. Clarifying expectations and following up on commitments ensures that tasks are completed accurately and efficiently. Here are some strategies to enhance your communication skills:

•Summarize key points: After meetings or discussions, recap important details, action items, and deadlines to ensure everyone is on the same page.

•Specify expectations: Clearly outline your expectations for deliverables, timelines, and outcomes to avoid misunderstandings or discrepancies.

•Seek clarification when needed: Don’t hesitate to ask questions or seek clarification if you’re unsure about any aspect of a task or project.

•Follow up promptly: After assigning or receiving tasks, follow up periodically to check progress, address any issues, and provide additional support if necessary. By mastering the art of follow-up and expectation clarification, you can foster transparency, accountability, and productivity in your professional interactions.

In conclusion, cultivating a professional mindset, embracing diversity, and mastering effective communication are essential components of professional growth and success. By incorporating these tips into your career journey, you can elevate your professional skills, foster inclusive workplace cultures, and unlock new opportunities for advancement. Remember, your journey to success is unique, but by embracing professionalism, diversity, and effective communication, you can navigate any challenges and achieve your goals with confidence and determination.

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Savannah Chapter

The 100 Black Men of Savannah will host our 28th Annual Grand Scholarship Gala on Saturday, May 25th, at the Savannah Trade and Convention Center. This event, a celebration of the brilliance and excellence in our Community, holds a special place as it provides life-changing scholarships to local high school seniors, empowering them to pursue their dreams.

We have an outstanding program that features performances by SCAD’s “B” Sharp singers and the presentation of the Community. We honor Hollis Johnson, III, owner of Above and Beyond, Inc., Dr. Gertrude Robinson, WSAV News Anchor Tina Tyus-Shaw, and Dr. Anne McDaniel for their outstanding contributions to our Community. We are giving excellence awards in four categories: excellence in business, excellence in education, excellence in community service, and excellence in medicine.

We invite the Greater Savannah Community to join us at this incredible event. Your presence and support are not only invaluable to us but also deeply appreciated. Tickets can be purchased at www.100blackmensav.org. Learn about sponsorship opportunities by contacting our administrative staff at info@100blackmensav.org. The local Community’s support is the backbone of our mission to mentor the youth of Savannah and promote economic development, education, health & wellness, and leadership in our Community.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we are committed to providing excellent mentoring programs in Savannah. We offer signature economic development programs, education, health & wellness, leadership development, and mentoring programs. We are confident that our work is making a difference in the lives of young people in our Community.

Don’t hesitate to contact Torian Jackson-Mackey, Executive Director, at torianj. mackey@100blackmensav.org or (912) 303-8006 for more information about how you can support us. To learn more about our organization, please visit www.100blackmensav.org. We are confident that you will be inspired to assist us in our mission to empower young people in Savannah.

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Founding Member of 100 Black Men of Grenada, Mississippi, Now Mayor of The City.

The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is always happy to talk about positive stories about our members and mentees. On May 6, 2024, in Grenada, Mississippi, Charles Latham was elected Mayor of the city. If you have never heard of Latham, he is a retired quality assurance manager for the Department of Defense (U.S. Navy) with 25 years of honorable service. Latham is a member of Grenada High School’s graduating class of 1971. In 1973, he joined the United States Marine Corps, receiving two meritorious promotions before being honorably discharged in 1976. Latham attended San Diego City College, earning a degree in Business Management and a Certificate of Completion in Shipbuilding and Blueprint Reading.

Latham is a founding member and past President of the 100 Black Men of Grenada, Inc. He got involved with the 100 in 2007 after reading a newspaper article about the number of jails built versus the number of schools built in Mississippi. Jails outnumbered schools. A group of local Black Men decided they wanted to start mentoring young boys of color to help keep them out of prison. So they started looking at organizations with the same values as us and found the 100 BMOA. So, three of those men attended the 2008 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, and received authorization to start their local chapter. He has been Mentoring Chairman and President and is currently the Health and Wellness Chairman.

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Charles Latham Founding Member of 100 Black Men of Grenada, Mississippi

Latham loves working with at-risk young men. They reminded him of a time in his own life when he was finding himself. Although he didn’t listen to some of the advice he received, he remembered who had his best interest in mind and recalled their advice later in life. “It is so rewarding to have young men, who I started mentoring in the fifth grade, come to me and say thank you for mentoring them. To see them alive and not in jail is enough for me. Being a college graduate is a bonus. I want them to be men handling men’s business,” said Latham.

Latham serves on the National Health & Wellness Committee for the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., and in 2017, was a recipient of the James T. Black Award.

Some of Grenada’s 100 programs are the Saturday Academy and Junior Investment program. Grenada also partners with the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) to send students to the National Flight Academy to learn about opportunities in the aerospace industry.

“I was inspired to run for the Mayor of Grenada because I believed I could help move our city forward. That was my experience serving the community on various boards and organizations that helped the underserved. I first ran in 2012 and lost by around 200 votes. I ran again in 2016 and lost by nine votes. I ran again in 2020 and led until COVID-19 hit, preventing some voters from going to the polls. Undeterred, I ran again in May 2024, and this time, I won by 263 votes, becoming the first Black man to be elected Mayor of Grenada, Ms., in 188 years,” said Latham.

He will be sworn in on May 17, 2024, but I plan to work with the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development to help bring new jobs and businesses to Grenada.

During his 25 years of service with the Department of Defense, he received numerous Sustained Superior Performance Awards and Excellence Performance Awards. In 1996, he was promoted to Supervisory Quality Assurance Specialist and assigned to head the Repair Division for Southwest Regional Maintenance Center in San Diego, CA. He was the first African American to hold the position.

Latham was responsible for the quality assurance oversight for every U.S. Navy vessel that required ship repair or overhaul from San Diego, CA. to Long Beach, CA. area. In 1999, he became a Certified Quality Manager and a Certified Lead Auditor. Latham has participated in numerous NAVSEA Inspector General Audit Teams as a quality systems expert and lead auditor, conducting compliance audits on U.S. Naval activities. And their contractors are providing contract-required services.

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After his retirement in December of 2004, Latham returned to his beloved hometown, Grenada, Ms., and began dedicating his time and efforts to the community, demonstrating a remarkable commitment and selflessness that is truly inspiring.

Latham’s active involvement in the community has not gone unnoticed. On numerous occasions, he has been a keynote speaker at all local schools in Grenada County, Piney Woods Academy, and the Fench-Henry Job Corps Center. His contributions were recognized when he was named one of Grenada’s Good Neighbors of 2008 in a special edition of the Grenada Star Newspaper. 2008, he was honored with the Magnolia Bar Association and Magnolia Bar Foundation’s Harriet Tubman Award. In February 2010, he received the Chamber of Commerce James “Coach” Edmond Award. In March 2017, Latham was awarded Man of the Year by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Pi Sigma Lambda Chapter. In June 2017, he received the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. James T. Black Award, a testament to his outstanding achievements that we can all be proud of.

Retirement has not slowed him; he serves on the Mike Slive Foundation Advisory Board and the University of Alabama O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Advisory Board.

He has been married to Dorothy Latham for 43 years and is the proud father of Charles II, Naomi, and Daa’iyah.

His vision for Grenada is as follows;

JOBS/TOURISM

As the newly elected Mayor of Grenada, MS, Latham has a clear vision for the city’s future. He aims to create and retain jobs in Grenada, collaborating closely with the Greater Grenada Foundation for Economic Development (GGFED) and city and county officials. His plan includes attracting new industries and boosting tourism, aiming to see Grenada thrive economically and become a hub of opportunity.

VISIONARY LEADERSHIP

I would work with community leaders to develop a community-wide vision for how Grenada should look in 5-10 years. I encourage City and County officials and community organizations to work as a team, pulling in a common direction for the betterment of the entire community.

UNITY

I encourage our community to unite to overcome the past and face the challenges of reconciling. Our diverse history is part of what makes us a strong community. I believe in holistic thinking and appreciating our interdependencies. A united community is a stronger community. Unity in our community and working together will make Grenada a better place to live, work and improve the quality of life for all our citizens.

ENVIRONMENT

I will work toward creating and supporting a recycling program to reduce our environmental footprint. Recycling paper, plastic, glass, and metal products can reduce the amount of trash in our landfills while generating revenue and creating jobs.

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Let’s “Really” Talk Mental Health: A Cultural Conversation

A unique Mental Health session focused on cultural mental health education, challenging mental health stereotypes/perspectives, and re-imagining concepts and terminologies related to Mental Health. Furthermore, this session motivated participants to think critically about how Mental Health has been used positively and negatively in our Black and Brown communities by way of a historical analysis of the origins of Mental Health.

Mental health is a crucial aspect of one’s overall well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and behave and is vital in our daily lives. The world we live in today is becoming increasingly complex and challenging, which has led to a rise in mental health issues. In this two-page essay, we will explore the different dimensions of mental health, including its importance, common mental health disorders, and ways to maintain good mental health.

The Importance of Mental Health

Mental health is essential for overall wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act and influences our relationships, work, and daily life. Poor mental health can lead to a range of problems, including depression, anxiety, stress, and other mental health disorders. The importance of mental health cannot be overstated. It is essential to take care of our mental health the same way we care for our physical health.

Common Mental Health Disorders

There are many types of mental health disorders, and they can affect people of all ages, races, and backgrounds. Some of

the most common types of mental health disorders include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and posttraumatic stress disorder. These disorders can significantly impact a person’s life, affecting their relationships, work, and daily activities. It is essential to recognize the symptoms of mental health disorders and seek professional help if you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms.

Ways to Maintain Good Mental Health

Maintaining good mental health is essential for overall well-being. There are many ways to maintain good mental health, including exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and practicing relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga. It is also essential to seek professional help if you are experiencing symptoms of mental health disorders. Additionally, talking to trusted friends and family members and seeking support from mental health professionals can help you maintain good mental health.

Conclusion

In conclusion, mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and behave and plays a significant role in our daily lives. Poor mental health can lead to a range of problems, including mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, and stress. It is essential to take care of our mental health by seeking professional help, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and seeking support from trusted friends and family members. We can lead happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives by taking care of our mental health.

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EMERGING 100 OF SOUTH METRO ATLANTA

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Emerging 100 Section

Emerging 100 of South Metro Atlanta Celebrates Their Seventh Anniversary

History of Emerging 100 South Metro Atlanta was charted on March 5, 2017, by the 100 Black Men of South Metro Atlanta, Inc. The Emerging 100® of South Metro Atlanta is the young professional’s auxiliary organization of the South Metro Atlanta Chapter of the 100 Black Men of America. It comprises young men ages 25-35 who mirror the 100’s charge to improve the quality of life in our communities.

The goal of the Emerging 100® is to positively impact South Metro Atlanta in education, economic development, health and wellness, and Mentorship. The Emerging 100® represents a vital branch along the path of fulfilling the 100’s vision of Mentorship Across a Lifetime® and models the motto “What they see is what they’ll be.” Emerging 100® of South Metro Atlanta was the fourth Emerging 100 chapter to be chartered in the national 100 Black Men of America, Inc. network, preceded only by the Emerging 100 of Atlanta, Emerging 100 of St. Louis, and Emerging 100 of Houston.

The inaugural members were Martin Hill, Micah Howard, Kareem Lopez, Clifford McTier, James Jennings, Jr, Thomas Williams, Shavarl Rolle, Tayen Hazqiyal, Walter Clark, Joshua White, Jazz Parham, Darryl Brooks, and Maurice Moore. The idea to charter an Emerging 100 chapter was presented by Mr. Kevin Bean, past president of 100 Black Men of South Metro Atlanta, Inc. The first chairman was Mr. Rafiq Ahmad, and the first president was Mr. Thomas Williams. Since its inception, the Emerging 100® of South Metro Atlanta members have rendered more than 20,000 service hours in East Point, College Park, Hapeville, Clayton County, and South Fulton.

Within the City of Atlanta, Chapter initiatives have included Step it Up for Better Health, Best Foot Forward, Workout with the 100, Shop Talk, Real Men Vote, and various in-person and virtual programming, and providing a helping hand and workforce alongside numerous local organizations. Members serve as mentors to the South Metro Atlanta chapter’s Rites of Passage Leadership Academy, M.I.R.R.O.R. 100, and the Collegiate 100 of Clark Atlanta University and work as school-based mentors in the Tri-Cities cluster of schools.

On March 6, 2024, current President, Johnathan Estes, hosted the Founders Day Celebration Dinner at his family establishment, The Gathering Spot, to celebrate the accomplishments of being a chapter for seven years and to show his appreciation to the brothers who have paved the way to allow him to be in the position he’s in now along with his showing his gratitude to all the members in the chapter and brothers of 100 Black Men South Metro Atlanta. The Founders Day Celebration Dinner included some of the inaugural members, personnel from the National Office Bro Stan Savage, Otis Threatt, and Henry Clopton. Along with some special guests to congratulate the chapter on the beautiful job they have accomplished, Chairman Milton H. Jones Jr, Emerging 100 Director Kenneth Robinson, U.S Senator Raphael Warnock, U.S Senator Jon Ossoff, Pastor Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant (New Birth Missionary Baptist Church) City of Atlanta Councilwoman Andrea Boone, City Of Atlanta Councilman Michael Julian Bond

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Emerging 100 Section

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Destiny Caldwell

Destiny Caldwell is the Program Coordinator with the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. She has been with the organization since April 2019. Destiny’s academic pursuits led her to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Agnes Scott College, where she honed her skills in advocacy, community engagement, and policy. Eager to put her education into practice, Destiny interned with various esteemed organizations, each contributing to her growth and understanding of social justice issues.

Her career started with an internship through the Atlanta Business League, which landed her a fulltime internship with the Atlanta Transportation Systems. Which exposed her to the intricate web of challenges surrounding accessibility and equitable transportation in urban communities. In that same internship, she had a chance to work with the Hall of Fame, where she immersed herself in the world of cultural preservation and worked alongside influential leaders and historians, Destiny’s most transformative experience came when she started interning for the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is dedicated to empowering and mentoring young Black men, resonating deeply with Destiny’s personal mission. Destiny supported the organization’s programs, initiatives, and events as an intern. She witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of mentorship and community support. After interning for a year, the 100 Black Men of America offered her a fulltime position as a Program Coordinator upon completing her internship. In this role, Destiny found her calling for program management and community engagement.

As the Program Coordinator at the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., Destiny is instrumental in designing, implementing, and evaluating the organization’s initiatives. Her role is focused on empowering young Black men and fostering positive social change. She is responsible for organizing youth competitions, coordinating mentorship programs, and processing the National Scholarship for college students. Destiny Caldwell’s journey embodies the power of determination, passion, and purpose.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Destiny was inspired by her community’s resilience and the potential for positive change. From a young age, she harbored a deep-rooted desire to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, particularly within the Black community.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Destiny remains deeply involved in her community, volunteering at food banks and animal shelters. She is also passionate about exploring the world and capturing its beauty through words and images.

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100 BLACK MEN of SOUTH FLORIDA A Blueprint for Success

One of the most successful large chapters in the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.’s organization operates from an area known for sandy beaches, globally famous amusement parks and sunshine. But there is another version of life in South Florida that’s not seen on postcards. It divides working-class and poor Black people from access to success. In 1989, a small group of Black male leaders banded together to form the 100’s South Florida chapter to tackle the problem. They were men who wanted to see the opportunities of a good life promised in brochures made available to children and families from communities of color that lived in the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County.

Forty years later, the South Florida Chapter of the 100 Black Men is described as the jewel of the community. Current chapter president Pierre Rutledge says his organization has earned accolades because its founders were focused on the principles of leadership, education, and most of all, service. They passed those principles on to the men who came after them and ascended to decision-making positions.

“That legacy still remains a guiding light,” Rutledge said. “So, we owe an awesome debt to them for having the vision to start an organization like this.”

One of the founding chapter members is national chair emeritus Al Dotson, Jr., Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner at Bilzin Sumberg. It is a law firm providing counsel to a wide array of clients from multinational corporations to renowned educational institutions to family offices. Rutledge says that Dotson, and others laid a foundation that has allowed the chapter to thrive.

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Pierre Rutledge South Florida Chapter President

“They showed us the importance of persistence in the face of challenges. Some of them came from a pre-civil rights era. They understood the power of mentorship. They weren’t in the mode of, ‘”We’re going to let somebody else mentor our kids.’ That legacy still remains,” Rutledge said. That perspective motivated the original chapter leaders to take an elevated approach to mentoring.

“Our Leadership Academy started out as Project Success. It evolved because of the vision of a chapter member who now is deceased, had. His name was Dr. Harold Guinyard. He was a long-time administrator here in Miami-Dade County Public Schools and upon retirement poured everything that he had learned and everything within his body back into these young boys in our mentoring program. So as a result, the program today is called the Dr. Harold Guinyard Leadership

Academy. Dr. Guinyard was recognized by the organization before his death, as the National Mentor of the Year,” Rutledge said.

The Dr. Harold Guinyard Leadership Academy operates by identifying 40 young men starting in the sixth grade. They are mentored and assisted all the way through college and beyond. Members of the chapter interact with the mentees daily and as a group twice a month .

“We guide them. There are some who go into the world of work, some go into vocational and technical. But once we take them up, they become a part of our family and it becomes a lifelong commitment.”

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giving to financial literacy. It starts by identifying young people who live in families with limited resources.

“We allow our community-based organizations to give us the recommendations. We give each kid who is selected a $100 gift card. They use it at a pre-designated Walmart. Volunteers from community-based organizations, the Divine Nine members and other groups go along with them but can’t tell them what to buy. If they want to buy $100 worth of bubblegum, that’s what they get. Parents and guardians stay outside. We have music and food and drinks and stuff for them. The kid who spends exactly $100 without going over gets an additional $50,” Rutledge explained.

Typically, the chapter identifies 250 families, but in 2023, they included 300 separate households to be a part of the 100 Black Men of South Florida Christmas Shopping Spree. Those aren’t the only funds the chapter allocates to young

people and mentees. It gives more than $15,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have completed the chapter’s programs and plan to attend college or technical/ vocational school.

Rutledge says the South Florida chapter has developed diverse outreach programs because Black and brown families in his home area are more likely to have genealogies not originating in the United States. He describes himself as a third-generation Bahamian and explains that the young people mentored in his chapter have families who often come from the Caribbean or other parts of the country. That same melting pot of experience and heritage is also reflected among the 100 men who are members of the South Florida chapter. Rutledge says the chapter just added 19 men to its roster in March.

“They range from state senators to police chiefs; from deputy superintendents to software engineers to principals. All are serious about

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mentoring. That’s what we’re bringing in. The diversity in our membership enriches our perspectives and our approach to what we do in the community,” Rutledge said.

The quality of its members also means the chapter earns the respect, and support, from corporations in the area. UPS, the Orange Bowl Committee, Publix Supermarkets, Walmart and Miami-Dade County Public Schools all provide resources that help the 100 Black Men of South Florida achieve its mission of providing tools that can help the people in the communities they serve build better lives.

But Rutledge says they are also constantly investigating ways to expand their programs and do a more efficient job of future-proofing.

“A lot of corporations come here looking for a workforce that has a technology base. The old days of manual labor and some of the things we used to do have been replaced by AI and

things like that. Though we’ve come a long way, some of the challenges are still the same. At the 100 Black Men of South Florida, we realize that our mission is very, very clear as it pertains first to the African American youth in our community. But it’s not solely that. We also deal with our Four Pillars that our national body has said we need to address,” he said.

The 100 Black Men of South Florida can be described as a blueprint for chapter success for three reasons. It was founded by exemplary leaders who were and are giants in their fields. The chapter has recruited members who work hard to achieve the Four for the Future platforms that are the organization’s core mandates. But, most of all, these are men who understand the unique needs of their South Floridian community. That knowledge allows them to offer an effective mix of service, time and resources which are helping the people they serve attain levels of success that have not been previously achieved or available.

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Greater Detroit Chapter

100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Domino’s, and Exposed Barbershop partnered to provide male residents free haircuts, dinner, and conversations at COTS Peggy’s Place in Detroit.

The residents were not just recipients of a $25 Domino’s gift card, five Below gift cards, toiletries, and a delicious lunch (Meatloaf, freshcut green beans, whipped mashed potatoes, a beautiful garden salad). They were filled with joy, expressed through smiles, laughter, and heartfelt gratitude, making the event a truly uplifting experience.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. is not just a group of concerned African American men. They are a beacon of hope, a testament to the power of collective action. Their goal is not just to improve the quality of life in the African American community but to transform it. They are dedicated to helping African American youth achieve success in four (4) main focus areas: Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Development, under the visionary leadership of President Charles Felton IV.

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Prince George County Chapter

The Guiding Stars Day-La,

Prince George’s County, Inc. Chapter held the 12th annual scholarship & mentorship celebration community brunch,

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On April 20, 2024, The 100 Black Men of Prince George’s County, Inc. Chapter held the 12th annual scholarship & mentorship celebration community brunch, “The Guiding Stars Day-La,” at the Hotel in College Park, Maryland. Our chapter was excited to have 15 scholarship recipients and spotlight mentees for achievements, including our Saturday Leadership Academy, Pathways to Success Program & African American History Challenge. Additionally, our Prince George’s County Executive, the Honorable Angela Alsobrooks, and all of the elected County Judges attended along with leadership from 100 Black Men

of America Chapters, the 100 Black Women, Top Ladies of Distinction, the Continentals, the Society, Inc., the Links & Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

CBS National Correspondent Nicole Killion and Ms. Maryland Junior Shamara White co-hosted the exciting event, which was attended by over 450 supporters from diverse backgrounds. Music entertainment was provided by the renowned Push Play Band, who captivated the audience with their rendition of the Black National Anthem. We awarded our top mentors of the year, including Willie Beverly (100 BMOA national mentoring committee leader) and Walter Oliver (new member of the year), and recognized our mentee of the year, Aidan Anderson (going to Lincoln University on full academic scholarship). Aidan, our mentee of the year, addressed the crowd with the quote of the event: “Without the 100, I would not be me, thank you 100”.

Most importantly, we recognized our community, members, and mentees as united, willing, and able to serve Prince George’s County, Maryland.

In attendance, we hosted our chapter members as well as 100 from the Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Washington, D.C and Syracuse Chapters, demonstrating the widespread support for our cause. We are proud to announce that we raised over $30,000 in donations for our mentoring programs, a testament to the community’s commitment to our mission.

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100 Member News

ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAY WEEKLY?

Hello, everyone; we want to increase the readership for our weekly newsletter, Wednesday Weekly. This is an e-newsletter that provides you with important updates, valuable resources, and upcoming events from the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. From now on, we will be consistent with the information you want to hear from our National Office and Chapters.

Soon, we will release a calendar to prepare you for what we plan to do with your districts and when you will be featured in an issue. We want all members, regardless of their role or location, to feel not just included, but like an integral part of our communication process. Your voice matters and we value your input.

Our Chairman charged us with ensuring we communicate more, with the aim of fostering a stronger sense of community and shared purpose. I am asking for your help; please assist me when I contact you.

We are open to suggestions for things you want to see in the Wednesday Weekly. Could you email me at james.wade@100BMOA.org.

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Dear Members,

If you wish to request the presence of the Chairman or any other Officer at your chapter or require a video message, we kindly urge you to utilize our Appearance Form. This form facilitates the process of inviting the Chairman or any other Officer within the 100 to participate in your event. We kindly request that you refrain from contacting the Chairman and other Officers directly to request their attendance at chapter events. Instead, please utilize the provided link to submit your requests.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Members, we want to request you send us your Fallen Members to 100chapternews@100bmoa.org with the following information: *Born Date - Deceased Date *At least a 4 x 6 picture with high resolution. Please, no thumbnail pictures or off social media sites. If you have any questions, please get in touch with James W. Wade III at james.wade@100bmoa.org.

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North Metro Atlanta Chapter

North Metro Atlanta, Inc.’s

22nd Annual Youth Achievement Luncheon

100 Black Men of North Metro Atlanta, Inc.’s 22nd Annual Youth Achievement Luncheon is a wrap! On Saturday, April 27th, we continued our annual tradition of showcasing your best and brightest leaders. We are immensely proud of the excellence our Men of Tomorrow Mentees and our community demonstrated.

Their achievements, which we celebrated, are not just personal triumphs but also a testament to their positive impact on our community. These achievements have not only transformed the lives of our mentees but have also contributed to the betterment of our society. Some highlights include:

- Serving families across Cobb, Gwinnett & North Fulton counties

Our career and college Immersion experience was made possible thanks to the invaluable support of partners like Gwinnett Technical College, Wellstar Health System, Cisco, and The Coca-Cola Company, which provided our mentees with valuable insights and hands-on experiences in various industries.

- 2 mentees who have been accepted to the Junior Olympics for Fencing

Thanks to Delta Air Lines, over 25 of our aspiring young pilots have completed the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida. This experience has enriched their knowledge and ignited their passion for aviation. Arizona State University has awarded a whole ride to one of our Flight Academy graduates, and he will join

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their aviation program in the fall, a testament to the quality of our program and the potential it unlocks.

Congratulations to our outstanding Image Award winners:

Economic Empowerment: J. Keith Brown, Randstad USA

Education: Roneisha Worthy, PhD, Kennesaw State University

Health & Wellness: Alexis Ford, MD, Advanced Gynecology

Mentoring: Arlen “GRIFF” Griffin, Get Up Morning Show Praise 102.5

Together, we have achieved something truly remarkable. We raised over $60,000 to support our programs, and more than half of this was awarded in college scholarships to 23 of our seniors. This is not just a financial achievement but a testament to the power of our collective efforts and the unwavering belief we all share in the potential of our mentees. We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to this cause, and we are inspired by the generosity of brothers Harold Edouard, Lawrence Martin, Dr. Jason Hayes, Curtis Teare, and Drae Hubbard for their family scholarships. We were also deeply moved by the message from Coach Lawrence Williams. Thank you to New Mercies Christian Church for hosting us this year. We appreciate everyone who made this event a success and are proud to be part of such a supportive community.

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