AT&T Foundation Grant to ’100 Black Men of America Inc.’ to Strengthen Mentorship Program
$75,000 Grant Supports Nationwide Mentorship Program for Low-Income African-American Youth
San Antonio, Texas, June 22, 2006, 100 Black Men of America Inc. — a nonprofit organization committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African-American community — announced today that it has received a $75,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation to support the organization’s nationwide youth mentorship program.
100 Black Men of America will use AT&T Foundation grant funds to support training forums and national outreach of the organization’s Mentoring the 100 Way program, which certifies volunteers to provide leadership-development training for low-income, African- American youth.
Since 1991, the AT&T Foundation has provided more than $900,000 to 100 Black Men of America and its regional chapters to support mentorship and other community-building initiatives.
“The AT&T Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that work to build communities and change lives,” said Marie Long, AT&T vice president-Constituency Relations. “We salute the leadership of 100 Black Men of America and leaders like Rep. Mel Watt, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, whose efforts make a genuine difference in our communities.”
“It is crucial that we give all of our children and young adults the educational tools to ensure success,” said Rep. Watt. The Mentoring the 100 Way program has the potential to impact hundreds of diverse students and shape the next generation of leaders"
Mentoring the 100 Way aims to address the social, emotional and cultural needs of children aged 8 to 18. Volunteers are trained and certified to become mentors, advocates and role models for the youth within their communities. The program focuses on building essential skills that are needed to become productive, contributing citizens. Workshops for children and youth include topics such as:
* Positive Self-Identity and Personal Vision
* Social and Emotional Skills
* Moral Character
* Work Ethic
* Lifelong Learning
“Mentorship is the cornerstone of the 100 Black Men’s focus. The AT&T Foundation has been a long-time partner with our organization and has successfully collaborated with us to impact the lives of youth throughout our chapter network,” said Albert Dotson, chairman, 100 Black Men of America. We foresee many productive ventures that will ultimately change the lives of the youth forever"
The AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T Inc., supports nonprofit organizations and projects that increase inclusion and create opportunities for diverse populations. In 2005, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation contributed more than $21 million and supported nearly 800 organizations and programs that enrich and strengthen diverse communities nationwide.
About 100 Black Men of America
100 Black Men of America, Inc. is considered the world’s leading mentoring and youth-oriented organization. Today, the 100 has over 105 chapters in the U.S., England, Africa and the Caribbean, with more than 10,000 members, as well as over 100,000 youth participants in their mentoring and youth development programs. For more information on 100 Black Men of America, Inc., and to register for the Annual Conference, log onto www.100blackmen.org.
About the AT&T Foundation
The AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T Inc., supports programs that build communities and improve access to information technologies, technology training and professional skills development. The new AT&T Foundation will provide more than $60 million in 2006 in charitable contributions, thereby placing it among the top five largest corporate foundations in the country. The new AT&T Foundation combines more than 40 years and $1.7 billion of philanthropic commitment to communities across the country.
AT&T Inc. is one of the world’s largest telecommunications holding companies and is the largest in the United States. Operating globally under the AT&T brand, AT&T companies are recognized as the leading worldwide providers of IP-based communications services to business and as leading U.S. providers of high speed DSL Internet, local and long distance voice, and directory publishing and advertising services. AT&T Inc. holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which is the No. 1 U.S. wireless services provider with 55.8 million wireless customers. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and AT&T products and services is available at www.att.com.
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