“Mentoring the 100 Way Across a Lifetime” ®

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Economic Empowerment

Economic Empowerment

Our economic empowerment programs foster financial responsibility and encourage entrepreneurship by providing experiential learning opportunities and information and education about wealth-building and owning and operating businesses. We develop programs that address the economic underdevelopment of the African-American community.

Our economic empowerment programs foster financial responsibility and encourage entrepreneurship by providing experiential learning opportunities and information and education about wealth-building and owning and operating businesses. We develop programs that address the economic underdevelopment of the African-American community.

Partnering with Windsor Forest H.S., we conduct an Economic Empowerment program which introduces high school seniors to the theory and practice of business and wealth-building. Through classroom instruction, interactive financial literacy workshops, mentoring, and shadowing of Savannah 100 business people. The program also strengthens student’s writing skills and facilitates mentoring relationships between the students and members of the Savannah 100.

The chapter also conducts the 100 Wall St. Mentoring Club, under the leadership of B. Ray Truitt, a founding chapter member and a certified financial planner. This program introduces high school students to the world of investment through education, financial literacy, and mentoring. Over a three-year period, with a modest initial equity provided by the 100 Black Men of Savannah, and under the guidance and tutelage of members of the Savannah 100 and community partners, selected students are provided with a theoretical and practical understanding of the imperative of financial literacy and the complexities of the stock market. They are then afforded real world experience in implementing this understanding by investing equity. Any net proceeds are shared equally between the student and the chapter. Any student proceeds are used to support each student’s higher education. Any chapter net proceeds are reinvested in the Wall Street 100 Mentoring Club. Any losses are borne by the chapter.

For more information about our Economic Empowerment Programs, contact Charles Gilyard, Chair at Economic@100BlackMenSav.org.