100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. Real Men Magazine May 2024 Issue

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GIVING BACK TO OUR YOUTH, 100 Starts in Cleveland

Central Catholic High School

Empowering Youth, Inspiring Success MENTORING

Darian Johnson

Mentoring Chair

Changing Young Mens Lives

Mentee from the Cleveland Chapter

Amyis Glover
2 Real Men Magazine • May 2024 Issue CONTENTS INSIDE FEATURES 20 Darian Johnson Changing Young Mens Lives 32 Amyis Glover Cover Story - Cleveland Mentee 40 Cleveland Chapter Making a Difference in Cleveland Central Catholic
Real Men Magazine • May 2024 Issue 3 5 Editor's Message 6 Who We Are 9 Chairman's Letter 10 Cleveland Leadership Team 12 Cleveland Chapter History 14 Board of Directors 16 Cleveland Chapter Members 17 Cleveland Chapter Programs 25 Mentoring Empowering Our Youth 44 Mentee Section 56 Mens Health Fair 60 Member Spotlight 64 Howse Bytes 66 What Mentoring Mens To Me By Pastor Robert Dix 68 People & Events


Gregory Lockhart. Chairman

James W. Wade III Vice - Chairman

Robert L. Bankston Secretary Lucien Blackwell Treasurer

Grady Burrows Director of Programs

Anthony Peebles Director of Development

Milton H. Jones Jr. National Chairman

Andre Givens Midwest District Representative

James W. Wade III Communications/PR

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Can you believe it’s May already? This month, Real Men Magazine celebrates two years of publication. Thanks to all the readers across the United States who have supported us.

On this special occasion, I’d like to wish all the mothers a Happy Mother’s Day. In this issue, we delve into mentoring, one of the four pillars of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. This focus is particularly significant as it reflects our organization’s core values and provides valuable insights and experiences. The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. has made a substantial impact on our community, shaping the lives of countless individuals and families.

Now, let’s return to our subject, Mentoring. Our unique approach, mentoring the 100 Way, is a beacon of hope for building essential skills and shaping productive, contributing global citizens. This approach sets us apart and ensures that our workshops for children and youth instill positive self-identity and personal vision, life skills, social and emotional skills, moral character, work ethic, and lifelong learning. Our organization’s distinctiveness keeps our readers engaged and inspired. Workshops and training for the family and members of the community encompass health and wellness, generational wealth building, and leadership development, along with current issues and best practices in education and mentoring. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to give back in various ways, and now, I’m mentoring kids through the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland. I will always cherish my younger years; my father’s words, ‘Son, never look down on anyone unless you’re reaching out your hand to help them up,’ continue to guide me.

Over the years, 100 Black Men, through our signature program Mentoring the 100 Way®, has maintained and significantly expanded our services and programmatic initiatives. This growth is a clear testament to our unwavering commitment to supporting, educating, and empowering individuals throughout their lifetime. We are proud of our achievements and look forward to continuing to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve.

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T he 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is recognized as the nation’s top African American led mentoring organization. Every African-American person should have the ability to create the life they’ve always wanted and that’s what The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. provides.

Committing ourselves to personify the type of people our children will look up to and emulate, we embrace the immense responsibility we have to our mentees and our communities. Providing these children another choice in life by being around likeminded individuals who have similar aspirations and goals.

As we have grown The Network of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. more companies and programs have been formed to assist in delivering the education and empowerment needed to change the course of these children’s lives. This is done through the 100’s Four For The Future focus areas; Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Empowerment.

Through the expansion, we’ve created 100 Black Men Chapters that delivers unique programs that address specific needs in local communities. Through 57 years of testing, we’ve created the 100’s successful model. A proven blueprint for mentoring and developing young people into future leaders by surrounding themselves with a positive network and giving them the opportunity that they may not have thought was possible.

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Letter from the Chairman

Mentoring plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of our youth, particularly for African American communities. It is a reciprocal relationship that involves the transfer of knowledge and sharing of experiences between two individuals: a mentor and a mentee.

As we explore the essence of mentoring, we discover its transformative power across our fundamental pillars: education, health and wellness, economic empowerment, and the act of mentoring itself.

We know that education is the cornerstone of all empowerment. By providing African American youth with access to quality education and mentorship, we equip them with the tools they need to thrive academically and beyond. Mentors play a vital role in the concept that “It takes a village to raise a child.”

The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. has been dedicated to mentoring African American youth and empowering them to reach their full potential for over twenty-five years. We understand that effective mentorship goes beyond mere guidance; it requires empathy, dedication, and a genuine investment in everyone's success. As we continue our mission, we welcome support from community partners who share our vision of creating a brighter future for everyone.

In conclusion, mentoring is not just a noble endeavor—it is a moral imperative. By investing in mentorship, we invest in the future leaders, innovators, and change-makers of tomorrow. Let us unite, inspire hope, and empower our youth to soar to new heights of success. Together, we can make a difference, one mentoring relationship at a time.

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100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. Leadership Team


Gregory Lockhart


James W. Wade III

Vice Chairman

Robert L. Bankston


Lucien Blackwell Director of Finance

Grady Burrows Director of Programs

Anthony Peebles

Director of Development

Mayor Michael Booker

Grady Burrows

Brandon Curry

Chris Howse

Darian Johnson

Lorenzo Russell

Glen Shutmate

James W. Wade III


Director of Communications & Public Relations,

James W. Wade III

Economic Empowerment

David L. Taylor - Chair

James Ferguson - Co Chair


Brett Horton - Chair

Health & Wellness

Robert Bankston - Chair

Lloyd Totty - Co Chair


Darian Johnson, Chair

Dr. Ernest Smoot, Co Chair


National Chairman

Milton H. Jones Jr.

Midwest District Representative

Andre Givens

Mayor Michael Booker- Chair

Brandon Curry - Co Chair


Lorenzo Russell - Chair

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The history of the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland began when several men traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, at the invite of the late Roosevelt Adams. Roosevelt was a Clevelander who moved to Atlanta and became a successful businessman. He was also a member of the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the 100BMOA, arguably the most powerful chapter of the 100 in the country.

The 100 had been trying to establish a chapter in Cleveland for years but had yet to succeed. Roosevelt introduced Michael Nelson to Thomas W. Dortch, the National Chairman of the 100 Black Men of America and a very prominent businessperson in his own right. Thomas and Roosevelt explained to Nelson that they had met with some Cleveland Black businessmen and community leaders about starting a chapter of the 100. Nelson knew many of the names they mentioned and even indicated that he had attended at least two attempts to organize a Cleveland chapter.

At this point, Nelson promised both men that he would get the ball rolling in Cleveland and have a chapter in place. Nelson concluded that he would hold an organizational meeting of individuals who fit into each category, including representatives from the powerful political factions, Congressman Louis Stokes, former City Council President George Forbes, and Mayor Michael R. White.

A date was set, and Nelson invited a number of his friends, including Larry Hines, Gregory Clifford, Curtis Griggs, Tony Smith, Luther Towers, and Julius Singleton, along with Stokes’ rep, Ron Adrine, Forbes’ rep, Daryl Fields, and White rep, Nate Gray to meet with Chairman Dortch and Roosevelt Adams. The

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meeting was held at the now-closed Eloise’s Restaurant on East 79th and Carnegie. The Cleveland Chapter was established in 1997 and became an entire fledge chapter.

The first significant event was a rollout at the Cleveland Clinic. Over 90 men committed to joining, with about 70 men paying dues. Mayor Michael R. White committed to buying 100 copies of nationally known motivational speaker George Frazer’s book Success Runs in Our Race for each member. George, who attended the opening event, graciously took the time to autograph each member’s copy.

The next major event was a fundraising gala featuring nationally known recording artist the late Phylis Hyman. The event coordinator was the dynamic Richard Johnson, considered a significant internet influencer in today’s social media world. The event was held at the Marriott Hotel in Cleveland, and to say it was a success would be an understatement.

Funds raised by that first gala supported the Cleveland chapter’s version of the National 100’s Four For The Future programs of Health/Wellness, Economic Development, Education, and Mentoring. Larry Hines was our first Program Director, assisted by Curtis (Griggs). the parentheses are intentional; that’s how Curtis spelled his last name.

The 100 would continue to grow its brand in Cleveland. The group coordinated mentoring programs in numerous schools, including Daniel E. Morgan Elementary School, Cleveland East Senior High School, John F. Kennedy Senior High School, East Cleveland Shaw Senior High School, Mound School, and Warrensville Heights Senior High School. The 100 also held a Saturday morning mentoring program at its offices in Cleveland’s Shaker Square complex. The numerous programs included a reading program at Daniel E Morgan and a stock market competition at East High School. One of the highlights of our plan was the success of our East High Stock Market Challenge team, which traveled to Atlanta and took on some of the nation’s most prominent schools, finishing a highly respectable 3rd out of the scores of schools that competed.

In 2022, a class of 22 new members came in, and in 2023, the chapter is still thriving. Now, in 2024, celebrating twenty-seven years, after seven chairmen and numerous galas, you can still find the men mentoring in such schools as Wade Park Kenneth Clement Boys Leadership Academy, and The Friendly Inn Settlement, to name a few.

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2024 - 2026 Executive Board


Vice - Chairman

Director of Finance

Director of Development

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2024 - 2026 Board of Directors

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Brandon Curry Mayor Michael Booker Lorenzo Russell David Taylor Darian Johnson Christopher Howse Brett Horton Glen Shumate

Cleveland Chapter Membership Members

Bilal Akram

Robert L. Bankston

Lucien Blackwell

Michael Booker

Rodney L. Brown

Grady Burrows

Dr. Gary Carrington

Honorable Gregory Clifford

Raphael Collins

Brandon Curry

Lamont Dodson

Travis Everett

Darrell Fields

Duane Griffin

Curtis (Griggs)

Jeevon Harris

Brett Horton

Chris Howse

Darren Huggins

Larry Jewett

Darian Johnson

Roz Kennon

Gregory Lockhart

Founding Members

Judge Ronald Adrine

Chief Magistrate Gregory Clifford,Retired

Darrell A. Fields

Nate Gray

Curtis (Griggs)

Larry Hines*

Judge Michael Nelson

Julius Singleton

Anthony (Tony) Smith*

Luther Towers

Terry Maynard

Terry McWhorter

Tyson Mitchell

Judge Michael Nelson - Retired

Anthony Peebles

LaRese Purnell

Retanio Rucker

Ernest Smoot

Robert Solomon

David L. Taylor

James W.Wade III


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Mentoring Chair

Changing Young Mens Lives

Darian Johnson, a proud native of Cleveland, OH, has strong ties to the Woodland Hills/Mt Pleasant area and Shaker Heights. As the youngest of four siblings, he has always placed a high value on education. This is evident in his academic journey, which includes graduating from Shaker Heights High School and Cleveland State University with both Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Psychology. Since 2012, he has been an active member of the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc., where he serves as the Mentoring Chair. In this capacity, he has led initiatives such as the ‘Walk A Mile With A Child’ . This successful mentoring endeavor pairs young individuals with mentors from the community for nature walks and talks.

He is a very hard worker and Multisystemic (MST) Therapist for Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court. MST is an evidence-based, intensiive treatment process focusing on diagnosed behavioral health disorders and environmental

systems (family, school, peer groups, culture, neighborhood, and community) that contribute to or influence an individual’s involvement or potential involvement in the juvenile justice system. The target age range is youth between the ages of 12-17. The therapeutic modality uses family strengths to promote positive coping activities, works with caregivers to reinforce positive behaviors, reduces negative behaviors, and helps the family increase accountability and problem-solving. The MST’s therapeutic model aims to uncover and assess the functional origins of adolescent behavioral problems by alternating the individual’s behavior in a manner that promotes prosocial conduct while decreasing aggressive/violent, antisocial, substance-using, and/or delinquent behavior by keeping the individual safely at home, in school, and out of trouble. Treatment is used at the onset of behaviors that could result in (or have resulted in) criminal involvement by treating the individual within the environment that has formed the basis of the problem behavior.

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Darian’s involvement with the 100 is driven by his deep love for his community and Northeast Ohio. “The 100’s motto, “What they see, is what they’ll be,” resonates with me. This organization allows me to further support the community, particularly by serving as a role model and a positive influence to the numerous youths in our organization through mentoring,” expressed Darian. He enjoys empowering African American youth in our community through mentorship, education, and leadership development.

Darian’s dedication to the Cleveland Chapter is truly remarkable. “Being a part of the 100 means the world to me. People invest in multiple things to secure a brighter future, whether education for a solid career to better provide for their family, money for a comfortable retirement, etc. As a mentor/member of this organization, I, alongside other members, invest our time and talent to model and motivate our mentees to become productive citizens and future leaders of our community in hopes of securing a better tomorrow,” shared Darian, inspiring potential mentees with his words.

Mentoring begins with the trust and ability to see everyone’s potential. Not every person starts at the same stage, but they all could positively impact society, which begins with the guidance of mentors. Usually (although not always), mentors work with younger mentees, sometimes much younger. Different generations think and act differently. To be an effective leader, you must understand how younger generations see things and where they can make a difference in the organization. The intimacy of a mentoring relationship offers a unique insight into these times when you may realize the youth may teach you something.

Darian knows that pairing a mentor with the correct mentee is not just about seeking guidance. It’s also about forging strong bonds and nurturing relationships built on trust, respect, and shared aspirations. In this ever-

evolving world, these connections can be your touchstone, grounding you in optimism and resilience.

Darian remembers multiple moments in the 100 Black Men, including attending his first National Conference with the mentees. However, the most amazing one he shared was attending his first general body meeting with the 100 and seeing African American males from various professions, backgrounds, social and economic classes, etc., working in unison to develop strategies and programs best suited to serving our community/the citizens of Northeast Ohio.

“In the next decade, I envision the 100 to continue its growth and develop more innovative programs in mentoring, education, health and wellness, and economic empowerment. My role as the Mentoring Chair is crucial in these developments. I aim to leverage my experience and passion to steer the organization towards a brighter future,” shared Darian.

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Empowering Youth,Inspiring Success MENTORING

Mentoring is the cornerstone of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and its network of over 100 Chapters. The social, cultural, emotional, and unique needs of youth, primarily African American males, are addressed through one-to-one and group mentoring relationships by 100 Black Men chapter members.

Webster defines mentoring as a trusted counselor, guide, tutor, or coach. It is the cornerstone of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (The 100) and its network of over 100 Chapters. 100 Black Men chapter members meet the social, cultural, emotional, and unique needs of youth, primarily African American males, through one-to-one and group mentoring

relationships. The impact of our work is tangible. We’ve witnessed young men who were once struggling in school graduate with honors or those at risk of getting involved in crime become community leaders. These success stories are a testament to the power of mentoring. Your support is crucial in helping us continue this vital work.

Mentoring begins with the trust and ability to see everyone’s potential. Not every person starts at the same stage, but they all could

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positively impact society, which begins with the guidance of mentors. 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. Mentoring provides support and positively impacts the lives of tomorrow’s leaders today.

Mentoring is the cornerstone of what the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. brings to the community by guiding youth in life experiences, fostering a positive self-perception and self-respect, encouraging excellence in education, and pursuing life-long goals.

At 100 Black Men of America, Inc., we are committed to breaking down barriers and making mentoring accessible to all. Everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, has the potential to be a mentor or a mentee. We provide the necessary tools

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and training to make this belief a reality. Our annual conferences and regional workshops are not exclusive; they are open to the public and invite everyone, regardless of race or gender, to join us in this vital mission. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of deserving youth.

I remember the day when Larry Hines and Franklin Martin, who are no longer with us, approached me to be part of the 100. At that time, my life was already filled with responsibilities. I served on too many boards, chaired two, and managed my regular job. The idea of adding mentoring to my plate seemed impossible. But when I took a moment to reflect on my life, I realized I had always had someone mentoring and guiding me to where I am today. It wasn’t the traditional mentoring like what the 100 is doing, but indirectly, my father was there, advising me on the right path to improving my life. This personal connection to mentoring drives me to continue this work and inspire others to do the same.

Besides my father, Don Graham (DG) seemed to have mentored every Black employee at 5/3 Bank; Graham was an intelligent man who knew banking. I benefited from working for him directly in his department, which was a plus. He knew my father, who was a banker and had a lot of good things to say about him. Growing up, I looked up to my father for many reasons; I thought he was the most incredible man I knew. He drove Cadillacs, wore suits daily, and played a mean Hammond Organ in church.

Don pushed me to join The Urban Financial Services Coalition, formerly known as ‘The National Association of Urban Bankers,’ which was chartered in 1974. In 200, the organization rebranded to expand its reach beyond the banking sector, encompassing the entire financial services industry. UFSC strives to foster its members’ personal and professional growth, advocate for their concerns, and mobilize resources to enhance economic development in underserved communities. In this organization, I became the local chapter

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President and the National Chair of Marketing and Communications, the first Cleveland member to accomplish this. Again, all the wisdom he was pouring into me, I didn’t realize at that time Don was mentoring me.

Others were in my neighborhood. Back in my era, they could talk to and scold you without worrying about your parents coming home and wanting to jump on them, and then when they told your parents, you got it again—that’ parenting, which is the guidance defined as mentoring to me. Being involved with the Greater Cleveland chapter of the 100, I see that our leadership encompasses the 100’s Four for the Future Program by focusing on igniting mentors, mentees, and community leaders. The 1 0’s leadership empowerment programs prepare and equip leaders to address critical issues and areas our communities face.

Fast forward to 2023, when I met Milton H. Jones Jr., the new Chairman of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Spending time talking to

him and pouring his wisdom into me is another form of mentoring. The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is deeply committed to its cause. Our members serve as positive role models, advocates, and trusted advisors to children and young adults in their local communities. The 100’s signature mentoring program is not just a program; it’s an effective, evidenced-based, and strategic intervention that helps youth reach their full potential and become contributing members of society. We’ve witnessed the miracles of mentoring in the lives of over [100,000] young men annually, with many achieving great success in their chosen fields and giving back to their communities.

Mentoring relationships can happen at all stages of someone’s life, including college and beyond. The 100 mentoring model transforms the lives of both mentors and mentees. The social, cultural, emotional, and unique needs of youth, primarily African American males, are addressed through one-to-one and group mentoring relationships by 100 Black Men

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chapter members. Committed to our cause, our members serve as positive role models, advocates, and trusted advisors to children and young adults, including the schools we participate in, like Wade Park Elementary, Cleveland Central Catholic, and Kenneth Clement Boys Academy.

Working in schools is where we get a chance to mentor and tutor. This program takes our mentors directly into the schools where we work with students on various subjects to help them succeed. Our mentors work with our younger mentees on math and science, focusing on reading. We know that improving literacy

boosts outcomes from academic success to workforce development, improved health results, and reduced crime. We can work individually and in group settings, giving us the flexibility to tailor the session for the best possible outcome. We believe in leading by example, and our motto, “What They See Is What They’ll Be,” proves it.

The miracles of mentoring impact hundreds of youth throughout the city annually. The programs we offer kids are standard to the 100 but are new to the mentees. Many had not seen Lake Erie when we started Walk A Mile With A Child. Another program we provide is the Let’s

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Get Fit program is in partnership with the Warrensville Heights YMCA and teaches the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle by working out and eating right. The program allows our mentors and mentees to spend quality time together, benefiting from cardio and weight training. The sessions begin with an assessment of the mentee’s strength, endurance, and confidence, and these areas are reaccessed at the end to see if their goals were met.

Mentoring the 100 Way focuses on building essential skills to become productive, contributing global citizens. Workshops for

children and youth include positive self-identity and personal vision, life skills, social and emotional skills, moral character, work ethic, and lifelong learning. Workshops and training for the family and members of the community range from health and wellness, generational wealth building, and leadership development to current issues and best practices in education and mentoring. The differentiation of the 100 from other youth-focused programs is a mentoring connection sustained over many years. Chapter programs include mentoring youth from 8th grade until they graduate high school. Many chapters continue the mentoring relationship through their Collegiate 100® programs.

I enjoy talking to my mentee. Some people think our young people don’t know much, but trust me, they do. Here’s an example of a young man still in high school but taking college courses already, holding down a job, and still doing well in his life and school. He has joined the local financial competitions through the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank and is looking to be part of the National 100 competition in 2025.

The Global 100 network, which grew from a group of concerned African American men who 1963 dedicated themselves to making a difference in the lives of youth, has now harnessed its collective power to provide mentoring across the US, Europe, and the Caribbean. As members of the 100 focused on the critical needs of youth and the communities in which they live, it was a natural progression to provide Mentoring to The 100 Way Across A Lifetime. I am glad that I decided to be part of the 100; it has been rewarding for me and the mentees I have been able to touch.

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“I am profoundly grateful for the transformative mentoring experience and the steadfast love and support I've received. I encourage others to embrace the strength of seeking help, to be receptive to new ideas, and to relentlessly pursue knowledge. Remember to prioritize your growth and well-being, for it is only then that you can truly uplift others. The journey of personal growth is not always easy, but the sense of accomplishment and pride in overcoming challenges is truly unparalleled.”

What Mentoring Means to Me

Real Men Magazine wanted to feature our mentees as they share their backgrounds and experiences as mentees in the 100. Youth are integral to their local communities: they help shape their culture and have extensive social connections. Just as young people experience a community's problems firsthand, they are often on the front lines of activism and other efforts to help address them. We look at the youth because they are essential in addressing social issues such as poverty, inequality, and discrimination. When young people are empowered, they can better advocate for their rights and their communities' rights, positively impacting society.

We featured this mentee on the cover because he has consistently been around the 100 for many years and is active in our youth programs. His Mentor, Dr. Ernestt Smoot, has been right by his side, giving him the guidance he needs to succeed and thrive. We asked him to write about his journey as a mentee with the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc., and he wrote this.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland (BMOGC) Mentoring program has been a catalyst in reshaping my life's priorities. In my formative years, my focus was on worldly gains and leisure activities.  However, the mentoring program has steered my focus towards my family, physical and mental well-being, knowledge enrichment, and the principles of the Youth Affirmation.  This

metamorphosis has been filled with trials, triumphs, and a unique 1-on-1 mentoring experience. To earn the respect and admiration of a mentor, one must be accountable for their actions, whether good or bad. In their superior position, your Mentor guides your actions, provides encouragement, or initiates correction.

When I first joined the 100, I was thrilled to hear about that year's upcoming Gala. It was my first time attending an event with a large crowd like this. I was told that the mentees would have to say the Affirmation by heart as a group, but I could memorize it. Learning the Affirmation helped me prioritize being ethical, excellent, proud, and united.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my journey with the 100 was the spirit of

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teamwork, not just with my Mentor but with fellow mentees. Teamwork is a cornerstone principle within the 100. The thrill and satisfaction of working together as a team with fellow mentees is unparalleled. I initially had reservations due to the involvement of public speaking. However, I associate this with teamwork because, without the support of many mentees and mentors, I would not have been able to overcome my fear of public speaking. There is a strong sense of collaboration within a team. For instance, teamwork was crucial during the WalkA-Mile With A Child program. The mentees supported each other when discussing a

specific topic, with another mentee stepping in if they noticed someone struggling.

Discipline is a pivotal aspect of personal growth and a challenge I had to confront. Initially, I was convinced my way was the best, even when it wasn't. However, the 100 BMOGC Mentoring program enlightened me on the significance of self-discipline. I've learned to channel my energy positively through discipline and self-control, a lesson that mentors are here to guide us in.

The knowledge we gain is not just from school or teachers, but for the long term, it is the knowledge we can understand as mentees of the 100. They teach you something in school, then say here's homework and expect you to remember it. I

had to learn how to prioritize homework and studying.

Finally, the mentoring itself is a challenge because when you have a mentor, they become a lifelong friend (I mean lifelong). It helps with work and life lessons and maintains a young Black man's mental state. This is a challenge because I always fought back against my Mentor mentally when I first started. It took time for me to learn what it takes to be a mentee.

A joy I have always had was the aftermath of hard work, but the hard part was doing it. Even though I know it needs to be done, my Mentor has helped me

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understand that when we work hard, we play hard. I discovered the joy of running, which changed my priorities. As I get older, I am learning how to control my passion and emotion in everything I do.

One-on-one mentoring provided me with individual attention and guidance from a trusted mentor. I asked questions and received feedback from my trusted Mentor. This has helped me prioritize things like school and what's most important. It has also helped me develop a mindset to stop saying, “I can't do,” but instead say, “I will try,” but promise I won't fail. Or even if I fail, I will learn from it.

As a mentee with the 100, I have experienced some great opportunities. In June 2023, I had the privilege of attending the 37th Annual National Conference in Las Vegas, and in December 2023, 100 BMOGC asked me to be the youth Master of Ceremonies for the annual Gala. This was a chance to stand in front of so many people and make myself and the 100 proud of me.

When receiving one-on-one guidance on completing homework assignments, it is essential to consider the ethical implications of seeking help.  1-on-1 mentoring has helped me understand that I must prioritize myself before helping someone else. The

100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland have helped me become someone I thought I could never be. They have also helped me realize there needs to be someone there to give that little push. My Mentor and I have talked about how to show honesty and integrity, but more importantly, how to show those aspects in my everyday life. My Mentor has encouraged and empowered me in my personal development. I am being helped to identify and achieve career goals.

I am profoundly grateful for the transformative mentoring experience and the steadfast love and support I've received. I

encourage others to embrace the strength of seeking help, to be receptive to new ideas, and to pursue knowledge relentlessly. Remember to prioritize your growth and well-being, for it is only then that you can genuinely uplift others. The journey of personal development is not always easy, but the sense of accomplishment and pride in overcoming challenges is unparalleled.

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GIVING BACK TO OUR YOUTH, Taking Action, Getting Results

The 100’s successful model is a proven blueprint for mentoring and developing young people into future leaders.

Through their unwavering commitment, 100 Black Men mentors are not just shaping the skills of 100 Mentees. They are molding the future of these young men, guiding them through the stages of education, work, life, and leadership. Their influence is profound, altering the life trajectories of these young men. Inspired by their mentors, 100 Mentees show respect, are open and honest, and make time to meet and commit to their chapter’s education, empowerment, and leadership development programs. Many of our past mentees have gone on to achieve great success in their careers and personal lives, a testament to the transformative power of mentoring.

The Cleveland Chapter of the 100 Black Men has recently expanded its reach to Cleveland Central Catholic High School (CCC). This is not just a mentoring opportunity, but a unique chance for us to make a significant, lasting difference in the lives of young Black men. We invite you to join us in this critical mission, where your contribution can shape the future of these young men. Your involvement could be the turning point in their lives.

Black boys and teens often face unique challenges that may not be adequately addressed in traditional school settings. In these

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signing up for the Wednesday Mentoring Session

instances, they can rely on the support of some of the most influential men in our community. The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland are diverse, including attorneys, teachers, medical professionals, and business people. Their commitment to mentoring, often outside of regular working hours, is a testament to their dedication and the impact they are making in the lives of these young men. “Our collaboration with Cleveland Central Catholic High School provides another opportunity for us to mentor in a classroom setting and encourage African American males to tap into their vast array of talents and strive to reach their full potential, “ said Gregory Lockhart, 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. Chairman.

The 100 understands sometimes, the issue has nothing to do with what’s going on in school. It might be a response to bullying. But often, the bad behavior that brought the child to the 100’s attention has everything to do with something at home or outside the classroom. So, the 100 goes in at Cleveland Central Catholic and provides the students a platform to talk. You learn a lot, and you gain their confidence from these kids when they’re allowed to speak instead of letting you talk all the time.

We have many programs to offer them, like the African American History Challenge, the AAHC, is a national educational program designed by the 100 Black Men of America to enhance the study of and encourage the appreciation of AfricanAmerican history and culture. However, in this setting at CCC, we want to give them a chance to speak about what’s on their minds. Sometimes, just coming in and saying hello makes a difference in helping them have a better day, the rest of this month, and the rest of their lives.”

This concept of listening to them takes place every Wednesday at their school, and the sessions have been very successful. However, we have run out of seats and will have to move to a larger area to accommodate all the kids coming in.

We hope the Mentoring the Way Across A Lifetime® programmatic platform will continue increasing the saturation of the African American community’s engagement, awareness, education, and information.

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Meet Jamall Javey Jr.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. members are committed to motivating and stimulating youth to strive for intellectual excellence and economic responsibility as selfsufficient contributors to society. The Greater Cleveland Chapter is constantly evolving with new programs and new mentees. The 100 provides long-term mentor relationships for multiple stages of life that expand the possibilities of what can be achieved by our youth. We want to introduce you to Jamall Javey, one of our latest mentees.

Name: Jamall Javey Jr

School: Our Lady of the Lake School Grade: 7th grade

Likes: Sports, school, spending time with friends and family, and playing with my dog River Hobbies: Basketball, baseball, and gaming Future: I would like to be a professional athlete, engineer, or electrician

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Mentee Profile

My name is Glen Wright Jr., and I’m 19 years old. I am a senior at the Great Ginn Academy and passionate about Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I have a keen interest in many different things. I’m very open-minded and am always eager to learn new things, and I plan to attend Ohio State University in the fall of 2024.

In my academic journey, I’ve been proud to achieve many different awards and accomplish many other goals, such as high honor roll, honor roll, Merritt roll, and being selected by my high school to attend the 46th Annual Thesmacher High School Recognition Day, etc.… Beyond the classroom, you’ll often find me on the track or somewhere helping out in the community, especially with 100 black Men of the Greater Cleveland, Inc. mentoring program, which I’m so grateful to be a part of. I believe in the power of empathy, integrity, perseverance, compassion, kindness, and resilience. In other words, I believe in the power of humanity, and I strive to incorporate that into everything I do.

I’m passionate about track and field and personal development, such as self-improvement and setting goals to be the best I can be. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, spending time with my family, and creating new things, such as art. These pursuits bring balance to my life.

Looking ahead, I’m excited about someday building my businesses and communities and just being that person to change many people’s lives. I want to help as many people as possible with anything while living on this earth. That’s the biggest goal I have for myself. On a personal note, something unique about me is my mindset. I’m myself. Anything is possible, and my determination to deal with difficult situations and perseverance in refusing to quit when things get complicated. I find joy in the Word and having conversations with different people who have been through what you’ve been through and how it changed and helped them, but these small moments make high school a memorable journey for me.

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Canon Rickey Drake is a 16—year—old Junior attending Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School. My career goals are currently split between a few interests and career paths. They include becoming a Financial Controller or Engineer, a Plumber, Electrician, or Mechanic, and or pursuing a career in the US Navy.

My hobbies include but are not limited to, building gadgets, constructing Legos, playing video games, watching sports (mainly football), cooking in the kitchen, and playing somewhat unorthodox sports such as tennis, spike ball, ping pong, fishing, sailing and bowling. I also enjoy dismantling large objects, vehicles, small boats, and various mechanical items at school and home and learning how to fly and operate drones in Drone Club. In addition, I enjoy spending time with my little sister, teaching her new things, and attending and serving at my church, where I am a part of the production team and the small group of the Teen Tribe.

Being a new 100 Black Men mentee has been a great addition to my life. In my limited time so far, I’ve already had the chance to attend multiple programs and events to better the greater Cleveland community and build my personal development and fitness. Another experience that was a privilege to attend was the 100 Black Men Scholarship and Awards Gala. I was initially reluctant to participate (not knowing what to expect), but the experience was so eye-opening. Not only could I attend the Gala with my mother, but I was also given a tuxedo compliments of the 100 Black Men. At the Gala, I met and became familiar with higher - up black scholars and professionals who reside in the city of Cleveland and work so hard for the community, including Ms. Meryl Johnson and Dr. Terrance Menefee, both award winners at the program. Also, at the Gala, I was impressed to see a feature of

the 100 Black Men High School Senior Mentees receive a paid scholarship to the colleges of their choice and to see so many black men and women there to support the cause of the 100 Black Men organization and the Mentee Program.

Going to this Gala was also a fun experience for my mom and myself, that allowed me to dress in fancy attire, eat gourmet foods, take exciting pictures, and familiarize myself with different organizations in the Cleveland area, such as A.S.P.I.R.E. Academy and the “Make Them Know Your Name” Foundation, etc. The Gala was well put together, organized, enjoyable, and hosted at a very well-suited and beautiful location. Overall, the Gala was a compelling and fantastic experience that I am honored to have had the privilege to attend. Being a part of the 100 Black Men Mentee Program thus far has been such a great experience, and I couldn’t be more excited to see what they have in store for me in the future.

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Mentee Profile

I am Zacariah Davi Custódio, a freshman at John Hay Early College High School. I like to play baseball and video games. I also like to go for walks and exercise. I have been a mentee for almost three years and have had many great opportunities. For example, I have had the chance to attend the 37th Annual Conference in Las Vegas and compete against the other 100 Black Men chapters nationwide in the “Dollars & Sense competition.” Another opportunity was the honor of speaking at one of the Black-Tie Galas.

Being a 100 Black Men mentee has dramatically impacted my life. So far in 2024, I’ve already had the chance to attend multiple programs and events and build my personal development and fitness. I have enjoyed all the activities we’ve done with the mentorship program, especially the workouts at the Y. I have a fantastic mentor - Darian Johnson, who has always supported me and pushed me to live out the 100 creed. I can always come to him for advice, jokes, and spades. I can’t wait to participate in the National Personal Finance Challenge, the 2024 Conference, and all the other opportunities with the 100 Black Men Mentorship.

Overall, I enjoyed the Gala, where I experienced being in front of many business individuals and our sponsors. I am honored to have had the privilege to attend. Being a part of the 100 Black Men Mentee Program thus far has been such a great experience, and I couldn’t be more excited to see what they have in store for me in the future.

I look forward to when I get older, I will become a member and be a mentor myself.

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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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Mentee Profile

My name is Jimmaine White Johnson, and I'm 18 years old. I am a Senior attending Charles F. Brush High School in Lyndhurst, OH, and will graduate this June. I was a member of the Esports Team during my first year at Brush High School and the Varsity Bowling team for two years. I  recently received my Varsity letters, a testament to my dedication and hard work, and I am immensely proud of this achievement.

I'm also currently employed at Giant Eagle in Lyndhurst, Ohio, where I've learned valuable skills in customer service and teamwork. In my spare time, I usually volunteer community service with Diamond Construction & Venue D'Von, where I've had the opportunity to contribute to meaningful projects and interact with diverse groups of people. I am also a Mentee with the 100 Black Men mentoring program, which I enjoy and am proud to be a part of. I have learned so much from my Mentors and appreciate their support and leadership.

After High School, I plan to attend Cleveland State University in the fall of 2024.  I plan to go for Game Programmer and Graphic Design. Besides school, I enjoy being with my family, playing games, bowling, and basketball. I am looking forward to my new journey and ready to go to the next level.

My involvement with 100 Black Men has been transformative. It has not only redirected my life and built my confidence, but it has also ignited a passion within me to make a difference and guide young men in the community. I aspire to be a beacon of hope, just as my mentors have been to me.

School is the stepping stone for me to better myself and help make the change needed in our community. I am driven by the desire to be the light in someone's life, to set an example, and to give them the push and support they need, just as it has been given to me. I believe that by investing in the next generation, we can create a brighter future for our community.

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My role as a mentor at 100 Blackmen of Greater Cleveland is not just a personal commitment but a testament to the transformative power of mentorship. Having been mentored by several individuals in my upbringing, I understand the profound impact it can have. Currently, I am privileged to mentor Bryceson R. Dillard, a Kenneth W. Clement Boys Leadership Academy student, as he prepares to transition to high school this coming fall. Our journey has been filled with learning, growth, and shared experiences. It underscores the importance of providing young Black men with a clear direction and encouraging them to strive for excellence in all they do.

Kenneth Clement Boys Leadership Academy is one of the schools the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland has adopted to mentor. This is one of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District's few schools offering single-gender education. They foster a learning environment that inspires, motivates, and encourages young males from Pre-K through 8th grade to achieve academic excellence while providing social & emotional support daily. Each day, they start with reciting our creed and ritual, preparing our scholars to be successful in a culture that stresses respect, compassion for others, and displays of good character. The goal for young men is to create scholars who are prepared to take active leadership roles in their high schools, universities, families, and communities. The selection process for mentees is rigorous and fair, ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to benefit from our mentorship program.

“I go by the name Bryceson, and I'm in the 8th grade. My birthday falls on November 2nd, and my middle name is Romell. I come from a family of three, with two older brothers. Regarding gaming, I'm a big fan of Call of Duty and enjoy playing it on my Xbox. I attend Kenneth W.

Clement Boys Leadership Academy but have my sights set on St Martin de Porres. However, I'll be attending Bard High School Early College. In the future, I aspire to become both a chemist and a scientist. Basketball is my favorite sport, and I admire Cleveland Cavaliers and Darius Garland. Lastly, my favorite restaurant worldwide is Wasabi Hibachi & Japanese Steak House,” Bryceson shared.

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Bryceson's unique qualities have always impressed me, particularly his exceptional intelligence. I have witnessed remarkable progress as he prepares to enter high school this fall. We have engaged in various activities together, from attending Cleveland Guardian & Cleveland Cavs games to joining the 100 Blackmen Edge Water Walk and participating in the YMCA youth program. His fondness for Starbucks and the Dragon fruit drink is a charming quirk, and his basketball skills,

especially his mean cross and fade-away jump shot, are truly impressive. Being Bryceson's mentor fills me with pride, and I eagerly anticipate witnessing his limitless potential unfold. As mentors, we are committed to offering assistance, encouragement, and a guiding hand to these young individuals as they journey through life's obstacles and achievements. In the future, we plan to continue supporting Bryceson and other mentees as they navigate high school and beyond, ensuring they have the resources and guidance they need to succeed.

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100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Supporting Metro Health Mens Health Fair

The annual Men's Health Fair, organized by MetroHealth System, took place on Saturday, April 27, 2024. The fair drew a large crowd and was a crucial opportunity for Black Men to access free medical services. It's a stark reminder that black men in America have the lowest life expectancy, mainly due to health disparities linked to socioeconomic factors, differences in healthcare perception, and unequal treatment.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, a community pillar, lent their unwavering support to this significant event. Their members, demonstrating their commitment to men's health, attended the fair and brought their mentees, setting a powerful example of community engagement and mentorship.

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bridge the healthcare gap in our community. This partnership is a testament to our collective commitment to improving health and wellbeing, and it paves the way for a brighter, healthier future for our community.

This year, MetroHealth's Dr. Charles Modlin announced a promising partnership with the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College. This collaboration, a beacon of hope, is aimed at connecting more young men to the health system. It holds the potential to significantly improve health outcomes and

“Men of color, a lot of times, shun doctors, hospitals, because many individuals have internalized the feeling that nobody cares, or society doesn't care about them as Black men,” he said.

Modlin added that many men also put off going to the doctor if they feel unwell, which can prevent early detection of some diseases.

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Charles Modlin, MD, MBA, took his father’s words to heart: “Nobody cares about black men,” his father said decades ago. “It’s your responsibility to use the knowledge and education you were fortunate enough to receive, an opportunity not everyone has had, to help our community.”

The first man in his family to graduate from high school, Dr. Modlin began noticing health disparities in minority populations when he was a kidney transplant fellow in the early ’90s. His father had to leave high school at age 17 to enlist in the Navy during WWII. His mother, an elementary school teacher, stressed the importance of education starting when her son was very young.

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Real Men Magazine is proud to honor a true legend, Mr. Curtis (Griggs), for his unwavering dedication to mentoring.  Curtis, one of the founders of the Greater Cleveland Chapter, has been a beacon of light in our community. His journey into mentoring began after his time in the Nation of Islam when he sought an organization dedicated to uplifting our young Black boys. His commitment and passion are truly inspiring.

He wanted to be a mentor because that allowed him to help guide our mentees in the right direction. He was selected as the Managing Director and served in that position for several years; and also served as Treasurer, Board member, Mentoring Chairperson, and Mentor. Mentors play a crucial role in young people’s lives. The following are some areas they can support for Black/African American youth: Managing interpersonal relationships with friends, families, or parents/guardians and building connections to services, support groups or resources, culture, and events.

While working with the Saturday Academy, he shared that he had great help from two outstanding ladies, Ms. Palmer and April Harrison. The 100 realized mentors give black youth a renewed sense of value that positively impacts their personality and actions. Additionally, research shows that positive racial identity is strongly associated with more academic motivation for African American middle and high school students.

Today, Curtis is still around giving advice to the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. He still hopes mentoring will help them develop a positive way to channel their anger. As they are faced with unimaginable difficulties with no one close by to look to for help and comfort, they

are forced to grow up too quickly, so they tend to exert their masculinity negatively. A mentor will teach them, show them that he believes in them, change the narrative they are used to, help them see their potential by believing in their capabilities, and provide them with the support they need for an epic future. As the Patriarch and member emeritus, I’m just trying to do God’s will.

Merriam Webstera definition of committed is: having made a pledge or commitment to someone (such as a romantic partner) or something (such as a cause). “To the current members, be committed in every capacity you serve,” said Curtis (Griggs).

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motto of What They See is What They’ll Be is more than a motto. It is a source of motivation for all members of our 100 Black Men chapter network.

Mentoring is a reciprocal relationship that involves the transfer of knowledge and sharing of experiences between two or more individuals, called mentor and mentee(s). The mentor, typically more experienced, guides and supports the mentee(s), who seeks to grow professionally and personally.

Mentoring, with its transformative power, provides various benefits that positively impact the mentee, the mentor, and their group. These benefits create an environment where individual growth aligns with the group’s objectives, ultimately leading to a thriving and progressive environment.

My experience with mentoring is two-fold. When I consider the question… “What does mentoring mean to me?”… I’d have to begin with my personal experience as the “mentee.” Growing up, I was blessed to have a strong, loving, supportive, cheerful father in the home.

His love for my mother, brother, and me was unquestionable. However, as I began to develop personally and socially, there were individuals who not only entered my life but became instrumental in the man I am today.

My uncle Nathaniel Clark; My Pastor, Dr. Benjamin Franklin Jr.; my First Sergeant in the military, SFC Shunk; and my Senior Vice President, John Maimone, when I was employed in sales… these individuals at some point in my life during my season with them each took me under their wings and shared their hearts and experiences with me. As a result, I was encouraged to reach the goals that I’d set. This does not negate the women who have blessed me equally along my journey.

Not only have I been blessed as a “mentee,” but today, my best times have been spent with the young people I’ve been blessed to mentor. Early

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in my ministry, my wife would say, “You’re going to have a strong youth ministry.” I remember replying to her, “ Nah… I don’t think so!” Lol… I said that because I enjoyed being around seniors, so I started with a Nursing Home Ministry.

How soon did my thought process change? I love our senior community, but in 2005, I became employed for 15 years as a Mediator and Diversion Officer in the juvenile court system. Each day, I heard from many of the atrisk youths in our community, which allowed me to share my experiences with them. A month ago, I encountered the father of one of those youths who thanked me and shared that his son is thriving as a young adult.

Now, as a Senior Pastor, for the past 17 years, the time I’ve taken up with the young people in my congregation has been deeply fulfilling… the

number of games, proms, concerts, Pizza With The Pastor events, and Rap sessions all have given me the chance to share in their personal and spiritual development. The most rewarding thing for me was when they shared their “What Pastor Dix Means To Me.” Today, I am excited about the potential relationships I will forge as a mentor in 100 Black Men of Cleveland, Inc.

The motto of What They See is What They’ll Be is more than a motto. It is a source of motivation for all members of our 100 Black Men chapter network. Additionally, our motto reminds us that we must consistently commit ourselves to personifying the type of people our children will look up to and emulate. We fully embrace our immense responsibility to our mentees and communities. The old saying is that you never know who is watching you. Let them see our good work so we can continue to encourage and foster healthy support, nurture, and enhance the development of young AfricanAmerican youths.

In essence, mentoring is a catalyst for growth and development. It is a bridge that connects knowledge and experience, fostering individual and community growth. Mentoring is about creating an environment that nurtures and promotes this growth, and I am committed to this opportunity. I am also committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African American community based on the following precepts: integrity, respect for family, spirituality, and justice.

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100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. secretary Robert L Bankston graduated with his Master's Degree in Business Administration on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Bankston was in the class of 2022 when he was pinned as a member.

The 100 Black Men is committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African American community based on the following precepts: integrity, respect for family, spirituality, and justice.

Education is not just a means to acquire knowledge, but a transformative journey that leads to personal growth and self-discovery. It equips individuals with the tools to better understand themselves and the world around them. Through books, courses, and professional advice, education opens doors to new perspectives, broadens horizons, and empowers individuals to make informed decisions.

Robert's willingness and commitment have been unwavering since joining the Cleveland Chapter. He serves as the Health & Wellness Chair and Secretary of the local Chapter.

Congratulations! Robert L. Bankston; after years of hard work, you earned this degree.

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5/2 Anthony Brown

5/8 Gregory Clifford

5/8 Duane Griffin

5/29 Ernest Smoot

5/30 David L. Taylor

100 Black Men member Barry Bennett has passed

To stay up to date with all the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc.news and events, visit our webpage

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The Brace B. Godfrey African American History Challenge

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The African American History Challenge (AAHC) is the intellectual property of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. The program was started in 1995 under the leadership of the late Brace B. Godfrey, Jr., founding chapter president of 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, Inc. and a former member of the Board of Directors of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

The AAHC Competition essentially is an educational and scholarship program designed to enhance the study of African American history. It is an education and scholarship program designed to enhance and/or ignite the study of African American history among youth and increase their interest in knowing and better understanding the legacy left for them by our African American ancestors.

Yet, the competitive spirit is developed within an experience that will engender mutual respect and admiration among the competitors. The National AAHC Championship Competition will take place at the Annual Conference each year.

During the AAHC program, the two (2) students who demonstrated the greatest proficiency were asked to represent their chapters during the National Competition at the Annual Conference. Twenty teams competed in the preliminary rounds to advance towards the Final Competition. These teams were derived of seven (7) Junior Division teams and 13 Senior Division teams. Only the final four (4) Junior and Senior Division teams from the Preliminary Rounds advanced to compete for 3 over $8,000 in scholarships, prizes, and a chance to hold the title, African American History Challenge Competition Champions.

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Dollars & Sense Youth Investment Competition

Sponsored by:

In collaboration with State Farm Insurance, the 100 will continue to establish and implement a national program to address and help eradicate financial illiteracy among youth of color.

The Dollars and $ense Youth Investment program (Dollars and $ense) is a financial literacy program sponsored by State Farm. This program was designed to provide high school students, grades 9 through 12, with the opportunity to learn and apply best practice strategies for saving and investing.

The goal of this program was to help students understand basic savings/investment principles and to apply these standards in their day-to-day lives.

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