Established in 1991, The 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Inc. (The 100) is a non-profit organization providing resources to further the academic and social development of black male students in Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee. The 100 is an affiliate of The 100 Black Men of America, Inc., a service organization chartered in 1986 with a commitment to improve the academic and social proficiency of inner-city black youth. Our mission is “to nurture and enhance the growth, development and opportunities for young black males of Middle Tennessee.”
Since 1991, The 100 has served as philanthropic trailblazers in Middle Tennessee by:
- Establishing academic enrichment programs focusing on intellectual and holistic development
- Providing quality education and experiential development initiatives, coupled with targeted community exposure
- Investing both actively and financially in the long-term scholastic success of its program participants
Through our programmatic efforts, The 100 strive to counter the negative factors most frequently associated with black male youth. Young black males are frequently rated the lowest in critical areas such as literacy, academic achievement, self-esteem and positive lifestyle choices. Our organization is committed to this group because we believe they can maximize their talents and gifts with the right education, exposure, experience and encouragement.
The 100 KINGS is a leadership development program created and funded by the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Inc. (The 100). The program is designed to help black male youth develop the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to succeed in school and become significant community contributors. Beginning in middle school through high school, the 100 KINGS is a multi-year program which provides the foundation young black men need to excel in school, pursue a college education, and succeed in life.
Through the 100 KINGS program, The 100 provide academic enrichment, social skills building, college preparation, community service, and career development for underserved black male youth.
Long-term success in America requires a strong blend of knowledge, skills and confidence. The 100 has created the 100 KINGS STEAM Academy, a black male youth development program that helps boys develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in school and to succeed in life. The educational focus of this academy are the subjects of STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.
The program combines a wide array of teaching, training, mentoring, and exposure sessions that help the participants develop the mindset and skills necessary to become a leader. One of the most important aspects of the program are the experiential learning opportunities provided throughout the academy and mentorship and coaching received from members of the 100 and other community partners.