As a Saturday Academy participant, students grow and develop by engaging in challenging individual and team activities featuring fun and educational field trips. 100 Black Men’s Academy offers an educational mentoring program to young men in the 5th-12th grades. Young men will be immersed in a space that nurtures personal growth, self-awareness, and leadership prowess. Students engage with professionals from many careers and learn firsthand about achieving challenging goals. Our students also have opportunities to engage in community service.

Many of our youth in Cleveland face problems of poverty, crime, single parenthood, drugs, violence, and hopelessness. Violent aggression is an especially hazardous and potentially lethal problem confronting black male youth. The Leadership Academy focuses on providing structured educational activities that allow black males to learn and experience new survival techniques, new environments, and new growth opportunities. The Leadership Academy will nurture achievement, provide support, and enhance self-esteem. Finally, the Leadership Academy will teach lifelong living and learning skills.

Mentor Expectations:

1) Mentors will play an active role in the Saturday Academy  sessions or topics within a session

2) Mentors will regularly attend Saturday Academy sessions 

3) Mentors will communicate with the mentoring Chair in case of absence to ensure there is sufficient attention to mentees