HOW YOU COULD HELP
Since 1998, the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. has followed its mission of providing services for African Americans in urban Cleveland and East Cleveland neighborhoods. Our organization works to identify, examine and address issues affecting our community. Our programs focus primarily on youth – creating mentoring situations and activities that help break cycles of violence that black youth frequently experience in the home and in their local communities. The absence of positive black male role models in the home is negatively affecting our youth. Mentoring is the first important step in the 100’s outreach process. Building trust among young black men, with examples of positive relationships, is the 100’s focus as it delivers its programs. Although the 100’s programs are open to all Greater Cleveland African American youth, the organization recognizes that the most desperate need exists in Cleveland’s urban areas.
Nationally, and here in Cleveland, the plight of the young African American male is well known. Many programs and services have assisted young black men who are primarily living in poverty and violent surroundings. However, many young African – Americans still find themselves in cycles of crime, poverty, and unhealthy lifestyles. The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. includes many members who have advanced from these same conditions. This familiarity with the problem makes the 100, the best volunteer and professional staff organization in Cleveland, to teach young minorities character, responsibility, financial and self – sufficiency skills, so that they can become positive contributors to society.
100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, 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.
100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, 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.
The 100 is committed to the following core values: · Accountability · Excellence · Integrity · Leadership · Respect · Teamwork. The core values of the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. are recognized in how we conduct our business, and how we interact with our stakeholders, who are our members, our mentees and their families, our partners, sponsors, and volunteers.
Frederick Douglas once said “It is easier to build strong children
than to repair men and women.”
That’s the work we do at the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc.