For over 20 years the 100 Black Men of South Florida Dr. Harold Guinyard Leadership Academy (DHGLA) has set the standard for mentoring programs in South Florida and 100 Black Men chapters across the nation. Our premier mentoring program is facilitated by top professionals in South Florida who volunteer their time to empower the youth. These men share their wisdom and connections to create experiences that transform young Black men into leaders of their community.
Our “Young Leaders” attend Saturday sessions throughout the school year at the Overtown Youth Center. Sessions are structured to incorporate health and fitness, discussions of current events, exposure to professional in various careers, and lessons related to each grade level. With an emphasis on creating a comfortable interactive environment, our “male room” sessions are designed to promote conversations on topics central to manhood: self-awareness, personal/family/community responsibility, leadership development, conflict resolution, financial literacy, academic excellence and career development.
Experiential learning is a cornerstone of the program. Throughout the year our boys are out in the community feeding the homeless, visiting cultural sites, attending shows, conducting service trips, and participating in spring break and summer programs for career exposure. They have been certified in CPR, met and dialogued with internationally renowned titans of business, industry, civil rights and government.
Throughout the years, the Young Leaders have taken trips to New Orleans, Houston, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Las Vegas, New York City, Detroit and Orlando. The 100 has arranged for tours of Historic Harlem, the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, the World Trade Center, the US Capital, the Hoover Dam, Historic Sweet Auburn Ave., Rosewood, and Black College Tours to Bethune Cookman, Tuskegee, Meharry Medical College, Fisk, Tennessee State, Florida A&M, Edward Waters, Savannah State, Albany State, Morehouse, Spelman, Clark Atlanta, Morehouse Medical and ITC. The Young Leaders also participate in quarterly camping trips with the Sierra Club.
Students are recruited throughout Broward and Miami-Dade counties. If you are interested, please complete an application below. Apply today. Space is limited. If you have any questions email our co-chairs Mark Valentine and Matthew A. Pigatt at DHGLA@100BlackMenSF.org.