Local group formed to mentor black youth

YOUNGSTOWN — A national organization focused on mentoring black youths and enhancing educational and economic opportunities for all blacks has found a home in the city.

The 100 Black Men of America Inc. was founded in 1963 in New York by a group of black men concerned with improving conditions in the black community. The organization has since grown to 110 chapters across the country.

The Youngstown/Warren chapter of 100 Black Men was inducted in December with 27 members and about six prospective members.

Shareef Ali, president of 100 Black Men of Greater Youngstown and Warren, attempted to start a local chapter here several years ago, but was not successful.

Now that the local chapter has been formed, Ali said participants will set about the business of working with young people. The local chapter has “adopted” the Alpha School of Excellence for Young Men on the South Side, and Ali wants to spend the first year creating a strong relationship with the school.

“The cornerstone of the organization is mentoring. Those who participate become part of a global initiative serving as a strong force for overcoming cultural and financial obstacles that stifle men, women and children,” he said.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and Vindy.com.

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