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100 Black Men chapters share a mission:
To improve the chances of success for Black men and women by encouraging the attainment of higher levels of education and through greater exposure to career and social opportunities.
To improve the quality of life of our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African-Americans.The 100 Black Men selects and trains chapter members to become mentors who inspire and motivate at-risk youth through leading by example. Through one-on-one mentoring, volunteers become friends, advocates and role models for youth in their communities. Mentors nourish a sense of cultural pride, self-confidence and competence in their mentees, which leads to greater success in family, social academic and business situations.
The Tommie Smith Youth Athletics Track and Field Program kicks off and over 500 young athletes take to the track and field. This program is sponsored by the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc., through its Health and Wellness, Youth Movement Program.
Established in 2002, this program is designed to improve the health of economically disadvantaged youth in the Bay Area through participation in track and field activities and life skills clinics held after-school and on weekends.
Youth Movement is a youth development program whose mission is to improve the overall health and well-being of children through structured physical fitness training, wholesome food choices, character development and mentoring. Through these activities, Youth Movement helps students improve their health, develop long-term goals, and overcome obstacles to lifetime success and achievement. Youth Movement builds confidence and resiliency skills, while reinforcing fundamental values of commitment and hard work, which youth can draw upon for achievement in academics and other areas throughout their lives.
Unlike most other youth sports programs, we do not charge a fee for the youth to participate, which enables us to open the door of opportunity to large numbers of economically disadvantaged youth. Fees and expenses such as track meets, uniforms, breakfast and lunch for weekend clinics, as well as other costs are picked up by the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc., through grants and donations.
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