100 Black Men of Las Vegas Mentoring Mission and Vision

 

The 100 Black Men of Las Vegas will provide the community with mentoring efforts designed to provide added opportunities to elementary, junior high and high school students in need. We will achieve this by developing programs focused on improving the education, health and character of our student participants with the collaboration and support of parents, teachers, affiliates, and corporate partners.

 

Our vision is to develop a best in class, measurable mentoring program and strategy that will result in significant increase in academic success, graduation rate, and self-esteem of our student participants along with improved community involvement and corporate fellowship.

 

MENTORING is the cornerstone of what the organization brings to the community--guiding youth in life experiences, fostering a positive self-perception and self-respect, encouraging excellence in education, and pursuing positive life-long goals.  Each national and international chapter is engaged in innovative mentoring programs that serve the unique needs of their local community.

Mentoring is held at three (3) different locations

1. Wendell P. Williams Elementary – this is the first school where a mentoring program was established. A mentoring program has been functional in this school for 10 years.

2. Jo Mackey Elementary – this is the second school where a mentoring program was established. A mentoring program has been functional in this school for 8 years.

3. Imagine 100 Academy of Excellence – this is a charter school that the 100 helped to establish. We’re extremely proud that the school bears our name (100). We’ve been mentoring in this school since it opened in 2006. A mentoring program has been functional in this school for 5 years.  In 2010, we entered into collaboration with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Las Vegas Chapter where they provide primary mentoring services to the young ladies in the school and we provide primary mentoring services to the young men. Joint mentoring sessions are also a part of this model.

 

Mentoring Through Programs:

 

Mentoring Through Chess – This year, we incorporated Chess into our Mentoring Program.  This component is focused on teaching and reinforcing Patience, Critical Thinking, Planning and Thoughtfulness.  As participants progress they begin to recognize “decisions” have consequences and with patience and thoughtfulness the “correct” decision can be realized and implemented.

Each of the aforementioned mentoring program components also directly link to our initiatives of promoting Health and Wellness.

The number of kids who collectively enroll in our local mentoring programs averages between 100 – 115 kids per year.  Over the past 10 years we’ve had in excess of 1,000 kids come through our local mentoring programs. Nationally, there are in excess of 10,000 kids per year who enroll in all our mentoring programs across the globe.

Mentoring is about developing trust, building relationships, increased learning and exposing the children to opportunities that they might not otherwise be afforded.  Aspects of each of these factors can be found and are present in everything that we do whether it’s exposure to influential people, field trips, challenging science projects, or “down to earth” honest advice. Exactly how much mentoring actually affects each individual person can be different; however, the impact can be far reaching and the benefits can span a life time.  Each year we receive accolades from the schools, parents, and children.  This affirms that our efforts are not in vain.

A good example of this is when the former Secretary of State General Colin Powell made a visit to the Imagine 100 Academy of Excellence; he came at the request of one of his lifelong mentors and friend, a retired Brigadier General and member of our local 100 chapter. Due to their lifelong relationship, General Powell agreed to visit and speak to the kids in our schools and at a community forum. Needless to say, his visit was historic. The entire community turned out and shared in the event. It was attended by a wide spectrum of people including students, community leaders, entertainers, and politicians (like Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign). Mr. Powell took his time to carefully deliver a meaningful message. It was useful not only to the kids but to everyone in attendance. He also took time to answer a lot of questions and even gave some specific mentoring advice to several of the kids.

How we measure mentoring success

· Visual attitude change

· Recognizable behavioral change

· Grades Improve

· Decreased  number of disciplinary actions or RPC’s (required parent conferences)

· Teacher and Parent satisfaction

· Increased parent involvement

· Improved respect for parents, teachers, school, mentors, peers

· Increased self-confidence

· Improved communications with parents, teachers, mentors, peers

 

 

 

Role of Risk--Mentoring Experiences and Outcomes