The vision of the 100 Black Men of Central Ohio, Inc. and all other 100 Black Men of America chapters, both nationally and internationally, is to be the premier mentoring organization in the world. Through mentoring, tomorrow's future will be secured by encouraging our youth to be healthy, educated and contributing members of our community. We believe that it is important that all of our mentees have a sense of cultural pride, self-confidence, competence and a desire to give back in the form of community service.
The 100 Black Men of Central Ohio, Inc. provide group mentoring to middle school students, college students and fathers within the Columbus metropolitan area. Each mentoring program is based upon leadership development and life skills development with a primary focus on self-discipline, respect for self and others, educational excellence and personal accountability.
Middle School Mentoring Program
Our primary mentoring program is our group mentoring program with 6th graders, 7th graders and 8th graders within the Columbus Public School District. We currently have mentoring programs at Africentric Middle School, Champion Middle School and Woodward Park Middle School. Our mentoring sessions are held at the school every other week during the lunch hour and once or twice a month on Saturdays. The lunch hour sessions are generally 45-50 minutes and Saturday sessions are generally 2.5 to 3 hours in length.
Woodward Park Thursdays
Each mentoring class is comprised of 15-20 middle school students. We work with the administration of each of the schools to identify the students that would be best served by working with the men of the 100.
OSU College Mentoring Program
The 100 has elected to partner with the OSU Todd Bell Resource Center on the African American Male in support of their Leadership Institute program and any other projects/programs that they engage in throughout the year. Our primary role will be to provide speakers in their speakers' series and provide advice to the OSU students that are in the program in the areas of career planning, personal development, leadership development and life skills. As a general rule, the Leadership Institute program will be held on Saturday mornings throughout the OSU school year.
The 100 has also elected to partner with the Columbus Urban League in support of the Father-2-Father Program. It is a 10-week long series of various topics that are geared toward the overall development of fathers - economically, emotionally and culturally. We intend to have members serve as featured speakers during the program and as mentors to fathers in the program.
All active members of the 100 are required to support one of these three mentoring programs throughout the year.
If you have any desire to volunteer in support of one or more of these mentoring programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.