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The “100” considers economic empowerment as a necessary step toward creating a just society, not only here in the United States, but for black people around the world. When we think of economic empowerment we are thinking about the individual's or a community's ability to be self-determined in creating dreams, pursuing them and ultimately perpetuating them by establishing the mechanisms to sustain generational wealth. Our program initiatives promote economic self-sufficiency through financial literacy, family wealth building and entrepreneurship.

The “100” feel that Education is one of the core foundations of our mission. Our programmatic activities include providing support services that enable our youth to achieve their educational goals. To facilitate their intellectual growth and development, the “100” is active in monitoring educational policy, trends and their implications for our students. The organization engages local, regional, and national leaders and officials who impact educational policies and practices, in addition to providing forums that address educational needs of our youth and those of the broader community.

Mentoring the 100 Way is one of the signature programs of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. This holistic program addresses the social, emotional and cultural needs of children ages 8-18. Members of the 100 are trained and certified to become mentors, advocates, and role models for the youth within their communities. Through chapter operated one-on-one and group mentoring efforts, our members forge relationships that positively impact our greatest resource, our youth. The program focuses on building essential skills needed to become productive, contributing citizens.

Workshops for children and youth include topics such as:

Positive Self Identity and Personal Vision
Life Skills
Social and Emotional Skills
Moral Character
Work Ethic
Lifelong Learning
Mentoring the 100 Way uses three different techniques:

1:1 Mentoring
Group Mentoring
Tag Team Mentoring
All techniques focus on being S.M.A.R.T.

Specific: Specific and clearly defined mentoring population
Measurable: Measure and evaluate effectiveness
Attainable: Setting goals that are attainable for the children and mentors
Realistic: Goals should be realistic (makes sense to the mentee)
Target Driven: The chapter should have a set target of pursuit

One Hundred Black Men of America Inc.

Make Piece seeks to raise family incomes to the living wage level by providing marketable skills, jobs and ongoing supplemental support needed to help low-income families reach stability, health and enhanced quality of life.

Association for Enterprise Opportunity

In the United States, a microenterprise is usually defined as a business with five or fewer employees, small enough to require initial capital of $35,000 or less. AEO estimates there are more than 23 million microenterprises in the U.S., representing 18% of all private U.S. employment and 87% of all businesses.

Microenterprise Development is a pathway to business ownership for underserved entrepreneurs that generates income, builds assets and supports local economies in creating employment. Most microenterprise development programs provide core services including business training and technical assistance, and access to capital. Other services may include access to markets and technology training.

National Black Business Council

The NBBC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation and advancement of black businesses. The Council accomplishes this mission through a national alliance of African-American companies and economic development organizations. This alliance was formed to encourage black business Leaders to fully participate in the Federal policy and Legislative process.

Project Enterprise

provides technical assistance, peer support, and business loans to low-income New Yorkers who lack adequate access to business financing.

Twenty-First Century Foundation

The mission of the Twenty-First Century Foundation is to facilitate strategic giving for black community change. Specifically, 21CF works with donors to invest in institutions and leaders that solve problems within black communities nationally.

In 1971, when Robert Browne, founder of Twenty-First Century Foundation, gave the grantmaking institution its name, many people thought it was far ahead of its time. Not just because of the futuristic ring to it – Twenty-First Century, but because Browne’s depth of vision led him to establish an endowment, as the cornerstone of a permanent, renewable resource for Black community initiative. But now, the future is here, and many realize that a Black-led and governed grantmaking organization is an idea whose time has come – and it's now.

21CF was established with a million-dollar gift, which forms the basis of its endowment. Income from the endowment funds the Foundation’s national Grants Program, which continues to support Black community-based organizations in almost every region of the country working on issues such as: school reform, youth development, community empowerment and political participation.

Since inception, 21CF has distributed millions of dollars to more than 500 groups. Grants provide seed capital to support new initiatives, to fill the gaps in vitally needed programs, and to advance community groups to the next level of leadership and activism.

In recent years, 21CF has taken a leadership role in promoting new models of Black philanthropy that support donors who want to develop the skills, commitment and imagination to address pressing issues impacting our communities.

Let's start building some hurtin' bombs!! --Tony "Duke" Evers

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I know what you're trying to get at: this topic has already been discussed before. Actually, the two threads you referenced only reinforce what I've been speaking to the effect of all along.

However, even with the ebonyrose highlighting 100 black men Inc. in the first thread, as james wesley chester alluded to, many people, namely the ones that are uninformed and unaware, aren't going to click on a link and fully investigate the organization in question.

With many black people, and I'm speaking of blacks across this country, you have to go one step further and put the information right in their faces, which is what I did by posting some of the specific benchmarks directly from the 100 black men website.

People also need to understand and be made aware of non-profit organizations, particularly, non-profits like the 21st-Century Foundation, that take empowering the black community to the next level by providing seed capital to people that have a desirable business plan that can be put into effect in the black community, which is why I posted a link to the organization.

Also, as I observed in the thread you referenced about the middle class giving back--the topic of whether to blame the poor and working class or to blame the black middle class was discussed at length but the question kept arising: What should we do? The answers are already there as I revealed in some of the links I posted when I initiated this thread. There are many organizations already in existence, perhaps even in some of the members areas, where they can become active and help or they can even seek help in starting up their own business. Discussing moral responsibility and accountability is fine but we need to get down to the specifics and become active in some capacity in the black-oriented non-profits that already exist.

As many have already observed I've talked on this subject many other times in various threads on this discussion board--I've done so because I've been in the black community for the majority of my professional life mentoring, teaching, informing, and empowering black children and youth. I've taken what I've learned over the years and created a plan to better aid the black community. I presented the plan to the cohort of my doctorial thesis committee as the point of my thesis and the plan was accepted. At this point I cannot discuss the specifics of that plan since I am currently in the process of developing my thesis but I can drop some info on various avenues black people can take in order to empower themselves.

Not only can you help by teaching, mentoring, and informing through various existing organizations, black people also have the avenues available to them to create their own black-oriented organizations, particularly, if there isn't an organization of that nature in their immediate viscinity.
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Now. . .

what if a member came to YOUR THREAD 'ranting & raving' for no particular reason & much in the same way you DO (on other threads)?

According to you, you get 'tired' of reading certain commentary, blah, blah, blah. . .

skipping 'offending' threads or posters seems to be a difficult concept for you.

well. . .

what if folk copied your behavior & responded to your topic with the same profanity & harassment you've adopted?

Ya gotta know this here topic is very 'similar' to a few others already on the board.

Lets see, what would romulous do? 19

I'll tell you what what. YOU (romulous) would have a crybaby, hissy fit, that's what.

What a damn hypocrite you are. . .

immature & childish.

control freak
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blah, blah, blah. . .

a romulous quote: *snip* I've done so because I've been in the black community for the majority of my professional life mentoring, teaching, informing, and empowering black children and youth.

again, blah, blah, blah. . .

as you told LieDecrypter:

Posted Dec 10, 4:19 AM Hide Post

Originally posted by LieDecrypter:

While I respect social services that help distressed Fathers, Mothers and Children (I am a big giver to charities myself and here is one I give to for example... )

romulous said:

Negro, you must think somebody CRAZY up in this damn discussion board. DONATING ain't no damn SOLUTION either. Ain't nobody asked you what charities yo DUMBASS call yourself giving to--donating COMIC BOOKS to RIF don't count anyway, stupid ass.

How the FUCK is DONATING going to empower the BLACK COMMUNITY, DUMBASS?


What a hypocritical a**hole you are. Roll Eyes

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