“Mentoring the 100 Way Across a Lifetime” ®

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President's Message

During this time of year, attention is focused on the need and value of mentors, and the positive effect that mentoring has on young lives.
Through the effort of mentoring individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and non-profits can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for young people.
To realize positive outcomes of mentoring in our Community, the 100 Black Men of Savannah have initiated The School Mentoring Program and Community Based Mentoring to expand our ongoing training efforts for both mentors and mentees.
In 2014, the “100” accelerated the School Mentoring Program by increasing the number of schools from 3 to 11.  In 2015, the number of schools was more than doubled going from 11 to 24.  The program serves male student in grades 3 thru 12 in the regular school setting and alternative schools.  Currently over 450 young men are being mentored through The School Mentoring Program.
Mentoring sessions are held at schools either weekly or twice monthly, depending on the needs of the school.  Each mentoring session, utilizing the curriculum of “Mentoring the 100 Way Across America, incorporates reading, writing and speaking.  To increase student awareness, guest speakers address the groups to enlighten the young men on the variety of professions available to them.  During the school year and summer, students are taken on trips, both in- and out-of-state, to increase their exposure to opportunities and become more worldly.  Trips have included travel to Atlanta, Memphis, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.
In January 2016, the “100” initiated the College Savings Fund for the School Mentoring Program.  Students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in the mentoring program opened their College Savings Accounts.  Funds from these accounts are strictly air-marked for going to college.
The most recent component is the Community Based Mentoring.  This program extends mentoring to community centers, boys and girls club, and the Youth Detention Center (YDC).  Mentoring in these locations lives out the saying “meet them where they are”.
If you have interest in participating as a mentor in this effort to change Savannah, one youth at a time, join us in The 100 Black Men of Savannah.  Our website is www.100blackmensav.org or call (912) 303-8006.
Join us on this journey to change the outcome into a very positive one for many of our young men in the Savannah Area.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Show a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”

Sincerely,


Harold Julius A. Oglesby
President