Members of 100 Black Men of America
100 Black Men of America, Inc. (The 100) recently announced a national partnership with the Black Alumni of Notre Dame (BAND). Through the partnership, BAND will support the mentoring programs and initiatives in The 100’s network of 100 Black Men chapters to increase the number of African American mentors serving Black youth in communities where BAND has alumni. In markets where there are BAND members, but where The 100 does not yet have a presence, interested BAND members will have the opportunity to work with The 100’s world headquarters to serve as advocates for initiatives, such as public education reform, and potentially create additional 100 Black Men chapters. The new partnership broadens and deepens the impact of mentoring while providing BAND members with a relevant and meaningful national community service project. Both BAND and The 100 are organizations committed to improving the academic and economic success of African American youth.
“The 100 recognizes that mentoring needs change as we move through the different stages of our lives. Through our mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations like BAND, Mentoring the 100 Way Across A Lifetime® is realized,” said Brian L. Pauling, president and chief executive officer of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. “We forged this national partnership with BAND to leverage our talents and expertise to help expand the opportunities available to the youth and families we serve.”
Across its network of more than 100 national and international 100 Black Men chapters, the organization’s signature Mentoring the 100 Way Across A Lifetime® and Collegiate 100® Chapters positively impact the lives of disenfranchised youth who will become tomorrow’s leaders. Chapters of The 100 deliver unique, innovative mentoring initiatives that are locally relevant. They positively impact communities and change the lives of tens of thousands of youth and young adults annually. The cadre of BAND members will support The 100’s mentoring model by serving as advocates and volunteers.
“This pilot partnership demonstrates BAND’s commitment to community service and our philosophy of giving back,” said Richard Ryans, national president of the Black Alumni of Notre Dame. “By partnering with 100 Black Men of America, we are utilizing the expertise of our Black alumni to help prepare today’s youth for future college and career success.”
“Our motto, ‘What they see is what they will be,’ is realized through our BAND partnership,” said Milton Jones, a Notre Dame graduate and treasurer of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. “In addition to having consistent interactions with successful 100 Black Men mentors from different employment sectors, our mentees will also be exposed to a core of highly regarded graduates who look like them. We forged a partnership with BAND to increase the coverage and impact that both organizations work to have on increasing opportunities and improving outcomes for our youth across the U.S. and beyond. Both organizations share a commitment to mentoring and a strong belief in the positive difference mentoring makes.”