ABOUT 100 BLACK MEN OF WESTERN PA.
Instituted in 1987 as a charitable nonprofit 501( c )(3) organization (and United Way Agency Code 885156), 100 Black Men Of Western PA, Inc. (the “100”) is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the African American community and educational opportunities for at-risk African-American youth in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. The specific focus of the 100 Black Men of Western PA, Inc. is mentoring, and in this capacity we have successfully mentored over 850 students in the Greater Pittsburgh Area for more than twenty eight years.
100 Black Men of Western PA, Inc. is an integral part of 100 Black Men of America,
Inc., which is a broad based, international organization with over 120 chapters in 30
States, including the District of Columbia, Kingston Jamaica, Birmingham United Kingdom and Gore Island Senegal. The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. attained national recognition when it received the prestigious US President’s Service Award.
The overall concept of ‘The 100” began in the New York in 1963 when a group of concerned African American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their com-munity. The group eventually adopted the name, “100 Black Men, Inc.” as a sign of solidarity. These men envisioned an organization that would implement programs designed to improve the quality of life for African Americans and ensure the future of their communities by aiming intense resources to youth development. These members were successful black men from various walks of life who were business and indus-try leaders.
During the 1970’s, a movement began where men across the county formed 100 Black Men organizations to leverage their collective talents and resources. Chapters were formed in Los Angles, Indianapolis, St. Louis , Pittsburgh, Atlanta, San Fran-cisco/Oakland Bay Area, Nassau/Suffolk, Alton and Sacra-mento.
After numerous meetings beginning in 1983, the chapters decided on October 2, 1986 that the name of the organization would be 100 Black Men of America, inc. On May 27, 1987, in Atlanta, Georgia, this newly formed organization introduced itself to the nation during its first national conference.
Today, the organization has grown to over 110 national and international chapters with more than 10,000 members com-mitted to improving the quality of life in our communities. 100 Black Men of America, Inc. has impacted the lives of over 100,000 youth who participate annually in its mentoring and youth development programs.
PROGRAMS OF "THE 100"
100 Black Men of Western PA, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization and one of the founding chap-ters of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. In 1994, the na-tional organization identified four program areas titled “Four For The Future” as Critical to achieving the 100’s commitment to developing leaders and ensuring the future of African American communities and its youth. The four program areas are: Mentoring, Education, Health and Well-ness and Economic Development. Since 1987, 100 Black Men of Western PA, Inc. has directly mentored over 500 students with a 90% post secondary institution attendance rate and positively impacted students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Mentoring Program- The 100 Black Men of Western PA, Inc. has a comprehensive mentoring program that focuses on modeling and development of academic and critical thinking skills, tutoring, self-esteem, citizenship, and appropriate behaviors. The “100” has directly mentored over 850 students with a 90% post secondary institution attendance rate and positively impacted students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and other Pittsburgh area schools. The Program meets weekly for 3 hours on Saturdays during the school year at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC).
Tutoring Program- The “100” has a tutorial program that meets the needs of middle and high school students. The program meets weekly at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and is lead by members of the Collegiate 100 of Duquesne University, and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) from Carnegie Mellon University.
Health Program- The “100,” in collaboration with non-profit groups, provide Health education and promotes preventative health strategies for prevailing diseases within the African American community. We have conducted workshops addressing issues such as STD’s, Teenage Pregnancy, Sickle-Cell Anemia, AIDS, and Drug & Alcohol abuse.
Financial Fitness Program- Our students participate in financial literacy programs in conjunction with the 100’s National Organization and the State Farms Dollars and Sense Financial Literacy Program. The programs are designed to address self sufficiency and financial literacy for our youth. Program modules include: Basics of Banking; Checking and savings accounts; the power of credit; and Investing for the Future.
Technology Program- The Infolink-100 Summer Computer Camp is an intense technology training program in partnership with Highmark and Carnegie Mellon University. Over the course of 10 weeks, High School and Middle School
students are given the opportunity to learn advanced software applications,
participate in technology-integrated group projects, and also apply their new skills
in paid internships with local high technology and technology using companies.
Cultural Program- This program is designed to transform students from a conceptual framework of thinking and feeling to a more contextual wholeness that enables cultural healing by participating in various aspects of African American culture
such as the Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, field trips to African American art and history museums and seminars on African & African American history and music.
The “100” Mentorship Program has served and continues to serve students in the Pittsburgh Public High Schools, including:
Perry Alderdice, Obama Academy CAPA, Westinghouse ,Brashear and in a number of the Public Middle Schools; and also schools in the North Hills, Penn Hills, Woodland Hills, as well as other Pittsburgh area school districts.
The “100” has a great deal of experience in program administration and currently handles several programs including, the InfoLink 100 Program at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), The State Farm Dollars and Sense Financial Literacy Program at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), scholarship awards, seminars, and student mentoring.