The 100 Hundred Black Men of Turks and Caicos Islands became an official body chapter of the 100 Black Men of America in 2007. Since then they have made many notable achievements in the Community of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The organization received its charter in November 2006 and became official members of the 100 black men organization of America in 2007. A pinning ceremony was held at the Beaches Resort and Spa, featuring delegates from the 100 Black Men of America headquarters, to honor the hard work of its members in Providenciales and Grand Turk.
- A two day visit by Dr. Joshua W. Murfree, Jr and Carl Humphreys in April 27-28,2007 ended in a one day mentoring training session for its’ members and was opened to the community of the Turks & Caicos Islands. The session was held at the Clement Howell High School auditorium in Blue Hills.
- The 100 Black Men of TCI participated in Boys day at the Clement Howell High School under the theme: Machomania 2007 ‘Empowering boys to become men of caliber” topics included relating to authority, right choices, conflict resolution and team work.
- The 100 Black Men of Turks and Caicos Islands, Grand Turk and Providenciales, took part in the 21st annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 6th-10th, 2007. Mr. Albert Grant, the President at that time, presented at the conference. The vice-President of Mentoring, Mr. Arthur Forbes gave an update on the progress the chapter was making in mentoring young boys and men.
- The One Hundred Black Men in Providenciales have been instrumental in setting up mentoring programs at the Oseta Jolly Primary school, the Enid Capron Primary school, and at the Provo Children’s Home. The 100 Black Men organization, is working on getting into the Clement Howell High school to continue the mentoring programming. The schedule for mentoring sessions: Wednesdays 12.15pm- 1.00pm Oseta Jolly Primary School, Thursdays 12.15pm-1.00pm and The Provo Children’s Home 4.30pm-5.30pm.
- Mr. Albert Grant, who lives in Providenciales, served as the president since 2007. An election was held in Grand Turk, in 2010 to elect a new president. The new president resides in Grand Turk, he is Mr. Oswald Williams, and the vice-president is Mr. Arthur Forbes, who heads the mentoring division of the 100 Black Men, in Providenciales.
Programs - Four for the Future
1. Mentoring provides a means for the 100 to guide youth in life experiences. It is the cornerstone of what the organization brings to the community by guiding youth in life experiences, fostering a positive self-perception and self-respect, encouraging excellence in education, and the pursuit of positive life-long goals. Globally chapters are engaged in innovative mentoring programs that serve the unique needs in their local communities.
2. Economic development fuels our livelihoods. The programs are comprehensive curriculum that includes educational workshops presented at our national and fall leadership conferences. These sessions provide information that enhances and encourages business and employment opportunities.
3. Education is the key to opportunity. Education programs deliver support services, which help youth achieve their educational goals.
4. Health and Wellness is a vital component of a thriving community. The 100 teams up with other non-profit organizations to promote preventative health strategies, deliver screenings and provide education on prevalent African American diseases.
Improving the quality of life of our communities, and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African-Americans.
Value statement -The 100 Black men of America, Inc. is committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African-American community based on the following precepts: respect or family spirituality, justice and integrity.
The 100 black men of America, inc., seeks to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing our diverse talents to create an environment where our children are motivated to achieve and to empower our people to become self-sufficient share holders in the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve.
HISTORY OF THE 100
- The 100 Black Men of America was formed in 1963 in New York City.
- Black Police Officers were not afforded the same privileges as their white counterparts.
- The organization was formed to give support and to advise the community.
- The Organization agreed upon the name of 100 Black Men as a symbol of solidarity.
- Chapters in other cities followed.
- Federation of nine chapters came together to form 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
- First National Convention - Held in Atlanta, Georgia, 1987.
- We now have 106 chapters in the organization with which includes 7 international chapters. We cover 32 states in the United States of America.
- Birmingham, England
- Senegal, Dakar, West Africa
- Kingston, Jamaica
- Nassau, Bahamas
- London, England
- St. Croix, Virgin Islands
- Turks and Caicos
- The organization has 10,000 Members and also Serve 125,000 Children and Youth Through our Mentoring Programs.
MENTORING THE 100 WAY
Dr. Joshua W. Murfree, Jr (Presented at the Mentoring Training workshop, Providenciales 2007)
Through mentoring the 100 way training program, our volunteer members become certified mentors, advocates, and role models for their youth.
What is Mentoring?
- Traditionally, Mentoring has been defined as a one-on-one relationship between a youth and an adult.
- The process of sharing personal knowledge and providing consistent support and guidance to help a young person cope with diverse and challenging situations in their life.
- Mentoring is a two-way street.
- The mentee gains a role model and looks to the mentor for guidance in becoming a better young adult. The mentor gains a youthful perspective from the mentee, which add value to the mentor’s personal development
- A goal of mentoring is to have mentees gain the skills and confidence they need to be responsible for their own future, including an emphasis on academic and occupational skill.
- The result of mentoring is the total development of the mind, body and spirit of today’s youth.
- A mentor, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, is a wise and trusted counselor our teacher.”
- The word “mentor” has a Greek root meaning steadfast and enduring.
- Homer, the ancient Greek poet first coined the word “mentor” in his poem The Odyssey. The great warrior Odysseus knew he would be away from home for many years, so he chose a man named Mentor to be the guardian and tutor of his son. Thus, mentor came to mean any trusted counselor or guide.
- A mentor encourages his/her mentee to think, act and evaluate.
- A mentor praises, prods, connects and listens.
- A mentor helps a young person identify and develop his/her potential and shape his/her life.
- A mentor encourages the mentee to use his/her strengths, follow dreams and accept challenges.
A Great Mentor
- Believes that mentoring is building a two-way relationship.
- Behaves as a role model for the mentee.
- Talks to the mentee about what is right and wrong.
- Projects wholesome values to the mentee.
- Takes satisfaction from mentoring because he believes he has something important to offer to the right mentee.
- Develops trust with mentee.
- Shows the mentee that he cares about him/her.
- Guides the mentee to behave appropriately when faced with various situations.
- Helps the mentee develop goals.
- Listens to whatever the mentee wants to talk about.
Why are Mentoring Programs Needed?
- Youth have a desperate need for positive role models.
- The change in the American parent Structure
- The radical increase of single-parent homes
- Increase in the number of working parents of two parent households.
- More preventive care is needed
- Support networks to fill the void left by busy or absent parents.
- Troubling Statistics:
- Students drop out of high school
- Teenage Pregnancies in 2004.
- Unwed teenage girls get pregnant
- Fewer girls are having abortions
- Systemic Problems impacting Black Males
- Disproportionality of Black Males tracked into Special Education
- Direct Correlations with diagnostic impressions of ADHD, ADD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, the administration of psycho stimulants and other psychotropic drugs.
- In School Suspension
- 14.9% Increase of Black Males committing Suicide since 1997
- Juvenile Justice System
- Arrested 7 times more than their white counterpart
- Admission to YDC and RYDC
- Sentenced for long term detention for a lesser offense
- School Drop out Rate Increasing
- BE MINDFUL: 16 YEARS OF AGE CAN DROP OUT OF SCHOOL WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES, BUT THERE ARE LIFE CONSEQUENCES!!!
Mentoring is …..
- A process
- Mentoring unfolds over time
- Mentoring is a proven strategy
- Abell Foundation- Baltimore, Maryland
Facts about Mentoring the 100 Way
- Why become a Mentee? -Mentees participate in new activities and are exposed to divers environments through their mentors - -people they feel comfortable with and respect.
- Who are Mentors? -Anyone can become a mentor. People of all ages and from all walks of life participate in mentoring programs.
- Who are Mentees? - Youth who are in at-risk situations are probably considered the most in need, but anyone can have a mentor.
- How much does it cost to be a Mentor? -Its free to volunteer your time as a mentor. But, establishing a comprehensive mentoring program can range from $100 to $1000 per youth, depending on the scope of the mentoring program.
- Specific - Choosing a specific well-defined mentoring population.
- Measurable - We must be able to measure the results of our mentoring.
- Attainable - Chapter’s mentoring goals we set should be attainable.
- Realistic - Goals should be Realistic/Makes Sense.
- Target Driven - We must set a point to strive for. What’s your chapter’s target?
What Mentoring Can Teach
- Family Roles and Support System
- Peer Relationships
- Effective Expressions
- Setting Goals
- Career Development
- Life Skills
- Growth and Development
- Abstinence and Contraceptive Methods
- Substance Abuse and Violence
- Divorce, Suicide, Death and Bereavement
What Does Mentoring Cost?
- It is not as costly as a jail or prison term