Project Excel is our “flagship” mentoring program designed to work with middle and high school males to develop essential life skills, improve academic performance and citizenship. Youth who successfully participate in the program for three and more years becomes eligible for our Village Legacy Scholarship when they graduate from high school. Since its inception in 1994, hundreds of local youth have participated in the Project Excel Mentoring program and and over $60,000 in Village Legacy Scholarships have been awarded.
The ACT Preparatory Program ihas been a collaboration with Louisiana State University (LSU), Southern University (SU) and 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge since 2006. The goal of the program is for Students to score high enough on the ACT to become eligible to receive free tuition through the Louisiana’s Tuition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS). Students attend an eight week course in preparation for the ACT examination. A spring and fall version of this program is offered at two separate sites (LSU & SU). Capacity is approximately 150 students for each spring and fall version of the program. According to pre and post test data gathered, the average post test scores of student participants increased by two points. Separate informational workshops are held for the parents of students in the program.
Health and Wellne:
Our programs are represented by collaborations between community partners like, Pennington Louisiana Men’s Health Conference, Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center (Minority Cancer Awareness and Prostate Cancer), Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (Tailgate for health and World Aids Day) and the Alpine Community Development Health and Wellness Fair. Thru these programs, more than 3000 residents annually learn about healthy lifestyles practices and improve their health IQ. The benefits of healthy eating and exercising are taught and incorporated into our Project Excel and other mentoring programs.
Middle and high school students are taught five core standards of financial literacy through a classroom based and community based module. The middle school program consists of eight 30-minute bi-monthly financial literacy lessons starting in late fall. The community based program called “Dollars and $ense”, starts in the spring and teaches high school students the core standards of financial literacy and investment strategies. This class culminates with the top two students representing the organization in competition at the National 100 Black Men of America convention.
The Collegiate 100 of Baton Rouge is an auxiliary organization to 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge. The Collegiate 100 membership is drawn primarily from African-American male college students through chapters on university campuses.The purpose of the Collegiate 100 is to implement the mentoring and tutoring programs of the 100 Black Men. The participants will assist the parent organization with the development of the social, emotional, educational, and physical needs of young Black males who have few or no positive role models in the communities in which they live.
Anti-Violence Billboard Campaign
Our collaborative effort with Lamar Advertising Company. Thirty billboards are strategically placed throughout the city to impress upon the public the senseless and tragic results of violence in our communities. Images for the boards are selected from entries submitted by local art students during an annual contest. 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge has been spreading the anti-violence message with billboards since 1995.