I am humbled to serve as the eighth president of the 100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc. For over 26 years, the members of the 100 Black Men of South Florida have dedicated their time and their talents to the South Florida community. The members of the 100 Black Men of South Florida are professional men who recognize the value and embody the spirit of the motto of the 100 Black Men of America, “What They See Is What They’ll Be”.
Our concept is simple. We take professional men of character and put them in front of our disadvantaged youth. Our goal is to let the children see that they can be what they want to be in life if they believe in themselves and work together. My father would tell my brothers and I, “if you believe it you can achieve it”. Well, in our experience with young men, seeing is believing. The Dr. Harold E. Guinyard Leadership Academy, our flagship mentoring program, is but one way that we accomplish our task. Our “Young Leaders” participate in bi-weekly mentoring sessions with our members. Your commitment to our Young Leaders extends from 6th grade until their successful graduation from high school and matriculation into college. During the program’s 21 years, our retention rate is an astounding 98%, and I am proud to say, our graduation rate is an even higher 100%.
We also partner with Miami-Dade County Schools with our Positive Youth Development program as well as our annual College and Career Expo, where over 5000 students yearly are exposed to colleges and universities from across the country along with the Armed Forces and Industry Leaders.
The success of our programs can only truly be measured by our greatest achievement. Our membership ranks have grown to now include men who were once our mentees and Young Leaders as boys. While it is a simple truth that all boys will one day become men if they live long enough. For us, it is heartening that our boys have become 100 Black Men as well.
We invite you to learn more about our programs, and encourage you to consider assisting us with your tax deductible contribution. Our programs are entirely funded through your generous support. We are one of the few organizations that does not have any administrative overhead, we pay no salaries and we do not have a staff. Each and every dollar you give will go directly to our mission.
Stephen Hunter Johnson, Esq.
100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc.