Organizational Background: Founded in 1986, the 100 Black Men of Atlanta (100 BMOA) is the oldest of several chapters across the country. Its mission is to provide academic and social support to Atlanta’s at-risk youth. To accomplish this mission, the 100 BMOA works to improve the quality of life for African Americans, and youth in particular, by offering academic and social support. Created in 1987, Project Success provides mentoring, tutoring, training and social services for students and their families. Members (including Falcons board members, Andrew Young, Hank Aaron and Felker Ward) also give their time; talents and resources back to the Atlanta community by providing community leadership in support of issues and causes that effect positive change in Atlanta. The program focuses on minority and low-income youth, and has positively impacted students, grades K-12, in Atlanta for the past 20 years.
Project Description: Project Success serves APS high school students through afterschool, weekend and summer programming. Students and parents served by the program must sign a contract that outlines expectations about participation. Students are also expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA while in the program and receive various project supports to accomplish this goal. The 100 BMOA provides tuition-assistance scholarships for all Project Success students who graduate from high school. Project Success engages students at the following high schools: Douglass, Washington, North Atlanta, Southside, The New Schools at Carver, Grady, Mays, and The New Schools at Therrell. This cohort of students contains high school freshman, sophomores and juniors. Project Success components include: postsecondary workshops and test preparation; mentoring and tutoring; a summer school academy; and a Family Youth and Empowerment Initiative.