As children in Atlanta Public Schools return to class today, the 100 Black Men of Atlanta and Ambassador Andrew Young are leading a host of structured programs to disrupt the sobering trends that plague African American boys.
On Wednesday, members of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, including Young, were on hand to welcome Atlanta Public Schools’ BEST Academy students back to school.
“Wednesday’s demonstration of support is but one example of our commitment to students,” said 100 Black Men of Atlanta Chief Executive Officer John Grant. “On October 5, we will host our annual Atlanta Football Classic which raises money to fund Project Success, our post-secondary preparation and tuition assistance program that has been helping students since 1987.”
In the wake of the Trayvon Martin murder case, members are redoubling efforts to demonstrate their unwavering support for young African American males starting with students at BEST Academy.
“While the actions that led to the murder of Trayvon Martin are unacceptable, there are many challenges plaguing our community. In Atlanta Public Schools, African American males have a 66 percent high school dropout rate. In addition, African American males account for 61 percent of the Georgia prison population. As leaders in our community, we have an obligation to disrupt this trend”, says 100 Black Men of Atlanta Chairman Henry Kelly.
The organization also puts on a leadership program for African American youth to help students better assert themselves.
Atlanta Board of Education Chairman and 100 Black Men of Atlanta member Reuben McDaniel, III will also be in attendance to welcome students back to school.
“All of our students deserve the type of support that the 100 Black Men of Atlanta provides BEST Academy students,” said McDaniel. “The statistics regarding African American males are alarming, which is why as a member, I stand with the 100 to help support, guide and motivate our students.”
The welcome will take place this Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. at BEST Academy, which can be found at 1890 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW.
The 100 Black Men of Atlanta was founded in 1986 by Atlanta-based entrepreneur Nathaniel Goldston. The mission of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. is to provide support and improve the quality of life for African Americans, and youth in particular, in the Atlanta community. Members serve as role models for Atlanta’s youth; assist charitable and other worthwhile community causes; donate time, talent and resources back to the Atlanta community, and provide leadership to support issues and causes that promote positive change in the community.