The 100 Black Men of West Tennessee, Inc. mentoring initiative is the F.A.M.I.L.Y. Program (Forming An Alliance To Provide Mentors To Influence and Lead Our Youth). The program utilizes one-to-one and group-mentoring to provide guidance, support and encouragement for a select group of middle school boys.
The counselors and/or principals at area middle schools recommend two boys in grades 6 and 7 to participate in the F.A.M.I.L.Y. mentoring program. These boys may come from a single female-headed household. They may be experiencing some academic difficulty and/or may have low self-esteem.
The F.A.M.I.L.Y. process is facilitated by a member (mentor) of the "100." The mentor is a caring confidant, a listener, a positive role-model and a friend. All F.A.M.I.L.Y., mentors undergo a criminal background check and are trained in the required, "Mentoring the 100 Way Across A Lifetime."
These middle school age boys (mentees) meet monthly in a group-mentoring setting, in addition to periodic one-to-one meetings with their assigned mentor. The group-mentoring activities are learning experiences emphasizing fun and enrichment.
The F.A.M.I.L.Y. mentees are expected to participate in the program from middle school through high school. Most importantly, each mntee who successfully completes the F.A.M.I.L.Y. Program, graduates from high school and is accepted at a post-secondary institution becomes a 21st Century Scholar. These scholars receive a tuition assistance award of $500 each semester for their four years of post-secondary study and on-going mentoring.
Furthermore, the 100 Black Men of West Tennessee, Inc. pledges this financial commitment and support to these 21st Century Scholars. The ultimate goal is to help them to obtain a quality post-secondary education - their key to self-sufficiency and empowerment.