100 BLACK MEN OF PHOENIX, ARIZONA
The 100 Black Men of Phoenix (The 100) is dedicated to improving the quality of life of African Americans within the Phoenix, AZ metro area by enhancing educational and economic opportunities for all. We take an active leadership role in helping minority youth become contributing, competitive and valued members of society.
The mission of the 100 Black Men of Phoenix, Inc. is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all people of color.
100 Black Men of Phoenix, Inc. is committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice, and integrity.
100 Black Men of Phoenix, 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 communities we serve.
Setting Examples for Phoenix Youth
The 100 Black Men of Phoenix, Inc. has been a partner of the Roosevelt School District, the Phoenix Union High School District, South Pointe High School and several other charter schools, primarily in the South Phoenix community, for the past 20 years.
During the school year, students are provided with mentors to encourage and enhance their academic and social development. The "100" utilizes school facilities and offices of our corporate partners to provide programming and mentoring.
Each month, during the academic year, participating youth visit various places and events around the Valley. Responsible male adults accompany the participants on these trips. Many times the designated place is the company and/or profession of a mentor. Our goal is to have youth interact with responsible adult male role models. Hence the motto of the 100 Black Men of America is “What they see is What they’ll be”
In addition to the field trip experiences, youth receive guidance and support from responsible adult mentors to help them develop strong social skills and effective study habits. When appropriate, mentors accompany mentees to additional extracurricular activities such as plays, museums, ballgames, etc. Mentors also provide both mentoring and capacity building trainings to parents.
Number of Youth Served
Since 1994, the 100 Black Men of Phoenix has provided programs that serve over 100 youth per month. Many of our youth live in single parent homes or with other family members, like grandparents and reside in areas impacted by crime, drugs and gangs.
Even though we serve Maricopa County most of our youth (mentees) are from Phoenix. They come from 7th Avenue on the west, 32nd Street on the east, the Salt River bottom to the north and Dobbins Road to the South. Most of our youth reside in precinct #1161, an area that has been historically challenged with gang activity.