100 Black Men accepting Youth Leadership applications


The 100 Black Men of Greater Youngstown-Warren will accept new applicants for its Youth Leadership Academy, which begins Monday.

The nine-week Saturday morning sessions will include career, educational and attitude tips and hints, and it also will have a science, technology, engineering and math focus.

“As we step up our mentoring activities, we want to make them more meaningful for a lifetime of success,” said M. Mike McNair, president of the local chapter of 100 Black Men. “The STEM focus is an added feature of our academy which began last year, and it strengthens our resolve to bring quality programming to the youth of the Valley.”

The academy will be at the community center of Rockford Village on the city’s East Side, and applications can be obtained from that location or from any member. Parents, churches and youth groups are encouraged to sign up their children age 13 to 18 and bring them to the academy.

Parental permission and a commitment to attend all sessions is required. No transportation will be provided. Applicants are limited to the first 50 who return their applications.

Applications can be picked up at Rockford Village, 1420 Dogwood Lane, or email McNair at mike.mcnair@100bmogyw.com.

For information regarding the Youth Leadership Academy, contact the Rev. Willie Peterson of Rockford Village at 330-740-1982 or Casey Pitts, vice president and chief program officer for the 100 Black Men, at 330-964-6674, or email McNair.

According to its website, 100 Black Men of America started in 1963 in New York when a group of concerned African-American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their community.

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