Education Means Business

Several chapters have opened their own high-performing charter schools, for example 100 Black Men of Memphis opened the Memphis Academy for Health Sciences; the Las Vegas chapter, in partnership with Imagine Schools, opened Imagine 100 Academy of Excellence;  and 100 Black Men of Atlanta, in partnership with the Atlanta Public Schools system, opened the Business Engineering Science Technology (B.E.S.T.) Academy and the New York chapter’s   Eagle Academy prepares students for college. To achieve these goals, 100 Black Men has received support from black entrepreneurs, as well as corporate and philanthropic leviathans such as Walmart and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Giving young African American men—the organization’s primary focus—a fair shake requires mentorship and, in many cases, addressing issues related to poverty and inadequate resources. For example, members have identified misdiagnoses of learning disabilities, malnutrition, and lack of access to affordable healthcare.

Chairman Albert E. Dotson believes success will ultimately come through the organization’s approach of “mentoring the 100 way across a lifetime” rather than making temporary connections with at-risk youth. “We don’t just enter a young person’s life and then come out because we think that can sometimes do more harm than good. It’s all about a sustained and sustainable relationship,” he says. “We focus on youth mentoring and believe the young people we mentor must not only be prepared to continue their education, but must be capable of participating in the economic fabric of our country.” 

By Robin White Goode and Dale Coachman

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  • Paul W. W

    Great article! Great man leading the parade, keep up the good work.

  • WALTER WEBB / FREELANCE WRITING

    THE WORLD EDUCATION HAS GROWN SO MUCH IT SEEMS AS THOUGH IT STREETS ARE PAVED WITH GOLD. TIAA CREF (TRIEX) TEACHERS ARE NOT ONLY INVESTING IN THE WELFARE OF THEIR STUDENTS, BUT A NEST EGG FOR THEIR FAMILIES. FOLLOWING PRINCIPLE PATH OF WISDOM, INVESTING IS EDUCATION IS A SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS THING TO DO. TAKE STRAYER UNIVERSITY (STRA) EVEN AT A WHOOPING $100 DOLLARS OR MORE PER SHARE PRICE THE SCHOOL HAS CARVED AN EDUCATIONAL
    NICHE MARKET WITH WORKING ADULTS. TWO PARENT FAMILIES, WORKING SINGLE MOMS, VETERANS OF THE MILITARY, AND EMPLOYEE EDUCATION PROGRAMS ARE FINDING CONVIENCE FOR THE SCHEDULES. AND WITH STRAYER’S SHARE PRICE AND ASSETS IT LIKE GOING TO THE MOST GIFTED UNIVERSITY SCHOOL. ANOTHER IS CORINTHIAN COLLEGES (COCO) WITH THEIR ATTITUDE TOWARD SPIRITUAL EDUCATION
    IN ITS CURRICULUM. MANY OF THEIR STUDENTS LOOK AT SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS INVESTMENTS LIKE CAPSTONE CHURCH FUND (XCBFX) AS A MEANS IN THEIR OVERALL
    GOALS AND OBJECTIVES. DeVRY (DV) EDUCATION OFFERS TECHNICAL SKILLS WHICH
    RIVALS THAT OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES. AND THEY PUT THEIR EARNINGS BACK INTO IN HOUSE MARKETING BY PURCHASING TELEVISION AND RADIO SPOTS TO PROMOTE ITS
    OBJECTIVES. A GREAT FUTURE IN ITT EDUCATIONAL SERVICES (ESI) IS IN STORE
    FOR THIS EDUCATION ROOTED SOFTWARE CURRICULUM. THEY HAVE ONE OF THE FASTEST PRODUCT DEVELOPED STUDIES SUPPORTING THE TECHNOLOGY FIELD. AND REAL ESTATE WITH AMERICAN CAMPUS COMMUNITIES (ACC) ARE SPRINGING UP ALL
    ACROSS AMERICA EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS WITH A MIXTURE OF DORMITORY AND CAMPUS
    APARTMENTS FOR STUDENTS. COMPANIES IN EDUCATION ARE PREPARED TO MEET THE
    FUTURE, NOT JUST IN LITERATURE, BUT A COMMUNITY RESOURCE ALSO.

  • Mechelle Brown

    This is a great article; however, the school where the student’s pictured with Mr. Thornton attend is not mentioned anywhere in the article.
    As a parent of a student who attends the school, I am happy to fill in the missing information your writers omitted.
    The school is Scholars Academy Charter School, located in Riverdale, Georgia.
    We, too, are doing great things with a limited budget and are in need of partnerships to help enhance the education of our students.

    • Mechelle Brown

      Please excuse my typo.

  • Abby

    Linda: Just cauhgt up with your blog sounds like you are fully engaged and lovin it! While you are missed, you’ll be back soon with new ideas. Enjoy!!! Joe

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