Four For The Future
The 100 Black Men of Myrtle Beach’s approach to mentoring and community involvement is based on the “Four For The Future” tenants from our parent, The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. MENTORING provides a means for the “100” to guide youth in life experiences. Through Mentoring the 100 Way® training program, our volunteer members become certified mentors, advocates and role models for their youth. Mentoring the 100 Way® is a holistic mentoring program that 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. In an effort to further assist our youth, the “100” instituted an advanced mentoring certification, Mentoring the 100 Way II, that exposes our volunteer-members to behavior modification techniques.
For more information see the Youth Leadership Academy
EDUCATION is the key to opportunity. Over 100 students receive financial assistance through our national and chapter-based scholarship programs. Additionally, the “100” operates the Wimberley Initiative. Named in memory of our past Vice-Chairman of Programs, Bill Wimberley, the program seeks to stop the inappropriate placement of minority students in Special Education programs.
A new tutorial program entitled S.T.E.P. (Student Tutorial Enrichment Program) was adopted to enhance our education initiative by ensuring that the mentees of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. are receiving stellar educational support. In the future, our chapter plans to launch similar educational initiatives to include SAT / ACT preparatory and technology information that will assist the community.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT fuels our livelihoods. Our Economic Development programs and workshops (usually presented during our annual National Conferences) provide information that enhances and encourages business and employment opportunities. The Dollars and $ense program was created to educate high school students in economic development through a stock market education component.
The “100” also provides credit education, investment club strategies and real estate planning seminars to members. Financial literacy is important. We hope our efforts ensure an understanding of the value of personal finance and promote positive generational impact in economic self-sufficiency, family wealth building and entrepreneurship.
Health & Wellness
HEALTH & WELLNESS is a vital component of a thriving community. The 100’s Health & Wellness goals are to raise awareness and provide health information that will ultimately promote behavior changes resulting in a healthier lifestyle. The “100” teams up with other non-profit organizations as well as law enforcement agencies to provide anti-violence workshops and promote preventative health strategies. Our Young Men Behaving Responsibly program has aided in sex and health education for various “100” chapters.
The program teaches young men how to take charge of their lives and their health. The Program’s teaching areas include sexual accountability, abstinence and contraception, HIV / AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, and healthy relationships with your partner. Health screenings and African-American prevalent disease education are available for adults. Our Health and Wellness committee is dedicated to providing guidance, advisement, mentorship and educational opportunities to ensure the community is informed about the importance of health and wellness.