over 30 years of mentoring the 100 way in milwaukee
The 100 Black Men of Milwaukee, Inc. serves as a force in improving the quality of life within the Milwaukee community, and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.
The 100 Black Men of Milwaukee, Inc. seeks to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing our diverse talents to create environments where our children are motivated to achieve, and to empower our people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the greater Milwaukee community.
100 Black Men of Milwaukee, Inc. is committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of Milwaukee's African American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice, and integrity.
About The 100
100 Black Men of America continues to prepare youth and young adults who can lead the way and become the next generation of global leaders. The future of our organization and our country lies in the ability to develop a pipeline of talented, courageous and effective leaders who can take up the mantle and take on the challenges that lie ahead.
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.
Across the United States and Internationally, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is positively changing lives of tomorrow’s leaders through the 100’s signature programs such as Mentoring the 100 Way and Collegiate 100®. Chapters also deliver unique, innovative mentoring initiatives that are locally relevant and that change the lives of tens of thousands of youth annually.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Our goal is to work with parents, families, community partners and schools to teach African American youth the tools needed to make the world a better place. As a leader in mentoring, educating and empowering youth, our education initiatives inspire confidence, create cultural awareness and foster academic leadership.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
The 100’s health and wellness goals are to raise awareness, provide access to health care and give health information that will ultimately promote behavior change resulting in a healthier lifestyle. The organization’s Health & Wellness Committee provides leadership to chapters as they establish health & wellness committees at the local level. Through civic and corporate partnerships, the 100 delivers health education programs and free health screenings in hundreds of communities annually.
The 100 defines economic empowerment as the ability to be self-determined in creating dreams, pursuing them and ultimately perpetuating them by establishing the mechanisms to sustain generational wealth. Program initiatives promote generational economic self-sufficiency through financial literacy, family wealth building, and entrepreneurship.
The Story of the 100
The overall concept of 100 Black Men of America began in 1963 in New York City when a group of concerned African American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their community. These visionaries included businessmen and industry leaders such as David Dinkins, Robert Mangum, Dr. William Hayling, Nathaniel Goldston III, Livingston Wingate Andrew Hatcher, and Jackie Robinson. Since inception, the vision has materialized to be shared by more than 10,000 members reaching over 125,000 under-served, underrepresented minority youth annually. Our motto, “What They See Is What They’ll Be,” very succinctly expresses how our programmatic services rendered to disadvantaged, disenfranchised and low-income youth and families positively change their life trajectory.
Notable members of The 100 include Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Spike Lee, Michael Jordan, Sidney Poitier, Tavis Smiley, Denzel Washington, Dr. Cornel West, and host of other prominent and influential Black men.
The idea of 100 Black Men of Milwaukee, Inc. was ironically suggested by a group of women during a lunchtime conversation with attorney James Hall in the spring of 1989. Intrigued by the proposal, Hall quickly reached out to several local gentlemen to gauge interest and soon connected with Oshiyemi Adelabu (then known as Eddie Brown). Joined by Bill Rogers, Tony Courtney, and Greg Williams, the group incorporated with the state on May 4, 1989. Since its founding, 100 Black Men of Milwaukee, Inc. has both delivered mentoring projects like Breakfast with the Boyz and the Volunteer Role Model program and hosted social events such as the Meet & Greet and the wildly popular Annual Fundraiser gala for the metro Milwaukee area.
Membership in the Milwaukee 100 has included prominent influencers such as Dr. William Finlayson, Dr. Howard Fuller, Spencer Coggs, Willie Johnson, Jr., John Daniels, Jr., and Dr. Earl Wheatfall.
Members of "The 100" are men of at least 21 years of age who are committed to helping the youth of our community by utilizing their talents and volunteering their time.
Benefits of membership include:
The opportunity to positively impact the lives of youth through the sharing of your time, talent, and resources
Mentoring a young person in their development, preparation and choices
Helping a program or committee in the achievement of desired outcomes
A sense of "giving back"
Fellowship with peers
The time members commit to the organization varies, but typically members:
Attend membership meetings (and fellowship events) held monthly
Participate on a committee and attend monthly meetings
Volunteer their time as a mentor or to support a program/event
NOTE: All members are requires to complete a background check
100 Black Men of Milwaukee, Inc. relies on the support of individuals, volunteers, private foundations and corporations to carry out its mission. Your tax deductible contribution will make a difference in helping The 100 empower children and build a stronger Milwaukee.
We are a volunteer-based organization. This means that our success, and the success of the youth of our community, depends on you. We welcome both men and women to volunteer their time. And we have a special need for men to engage with our mentoring initiatives. If you are interested in volunteering please click the button below.
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