Mentoring the 100 way
A holistic mentoring program that addresses the social, emotional and cultural needs of children ages 8-18. Members of the 100 are trained to become mentors, advocates, and role models for the youth within our 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.
You can view the Mentee application by clicking here.
Mentoring topics include
- Positive Self Identity and Personal Vision
- Life Skills
- Social and Emotional Skills
- Moral Character
- Work Ethic
- Lifelong Learning
- A Template for success
Each summer, we conduct a three-day residential camp for 25-30 mentees. The mentees engage in several activities that enhance their mental, emotional, and physical development. These include educational, conflict resolution, self-esteem, language development, leadership, and team-building activities along with recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, and sporting activities.
Annually, we award merit based scholarships to deserving students based on their academic performance and participation in school and community activities. In addition to high school graduating seniors, we continue to financially support former scholarship recipients that are currently engaged in their second through fourth year of studies. Click here to access 2018 scholarship application.
Effective Parenting Classes
Our chapter has a strong, active parent’s component called “Parents in Action”. This group meets monthly and engages in activities aimed at enhancing their parenting skills and overall effectiveness in communicating with our young mentees.
Project E.A.S.T. (Enriching a Student’s Time)
Our members visit local schools and read to preschool and elementary school students. In addition to reading to the students, our members share a message of encouragement, hope and positive self-esteem.
Our Chapter partners with local elementary schools to distribute gifts, clothing and toys to disadvantaged children in our community. Approximately 50 children experienced a brighter holiday season as a result of this annual event. The Salvation Army’s Toys for Tots program was instrumental in furnishing additional toys for the children.
Men’s Health Screening Clinic
In the fall of each year, we partner with the Peninsula Institute for Community Health to conduct an Annual Men’s Health Screening Clinic under the supervision of Dr. Anthony Sibley, one of the founders of our local chapter. This comprehensive medical evaluation is open to all male members of the general public and is provided free of charge. We have a carefully crafted program to provide our clients with maximum medical benefit and minimal discomfort in a relatively short period of time. Screening is provided for prostate enlargement, diabetes, hypertension, erectile dysfunction, and rectal bleeding. Educational brochures and videos are provided as well as nutritionally sound refreshments. An urologist, other medical doctors and medical professionals are present for additional consultation.
Community Service – Adopt a Spot
In October 2013, members of the 100 Black Men of America, Virginia Peninsula Chapter Communications Relations Committee teamed with the City of Newport News Public Works and received training to participate in the City’s Adopt-A-Spot Program. The Chapter adopted three sites:
1. Magruder Elementary School
2. Marshall Elementary School
3. The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
All locations are located in Newport News, Virginia. From October 2013 to present, members and mentees of the chapter continue to conduct monthly clean-ups. Over 70 bags of trash have been collected and numerous hours of community service have been performed. We will continue our partnership with the Newport News Public Works Department in hopes of making our communities clean and safe.
Parents in Action
The Virginia Peninsula Chapter has been a co-sponsor of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC)’s Effective Black Parenting program. This nationally acclaimed program focuses on building and improving parenting skills. Locally, it serves the parents of the students in our mentoring program and involves group sessions wherein parents discuss issues and experiences of concern regarding their children. Trainers provide information and guidance relative to a wide array of topics designed to teach parents and others how to raise African-American children to become healthy, proud, and productive citizens of our society. The program places emphasis on family communication, African-American identity, family values, child growth and development, and fostering positive self-esteem.