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  Mentee Alumni Spotlight - Jarred Conley Update  read more
  Mentee Alumni Spotlight - Brandon Curlee being fitted for his flight suit   read more
  Mentee Alumni Spotlight - Julian Kyles Makes the Dean's List at Georgia Southern University   read more
  Mentee Message - Kevin Jefferson   read more
  Mentee Message - Julian Kyles   read more
  Mentee Alumni Spotlight - Mr. Kyle Likely  read more
  Mentee Alumni Spotlight - Mr. Jonathan Moore  read more
  Mentee Alumni Spotlight - Mr. Philip Smith  read more
  Mentee Alumni Spotlight - Mr. Brandon Curlee  read more
  Mentee Alumni Spotlight - Mr. Taylor Isom  read more
  African American History Challenge - North Metro Mentees Finish # 2  read more  
  Mentee Spotlight - Jonathan Moore  read more  
  Young Pilot Honored by 100 Black Men of America: TV Interview from MyFoxATLANTA.com  read more  
  State Farm Dollars and Cents Winners with Chairman Al Dotson  read more
  Brandon Curlee named "Mentee of the Year" by both North Metro and 100 Black Men of America  read more  
  North Metro Robotics Team Successfully Advances to the Regional Tournament  read more 
  Volunteer Activity - Atlanta Community Food Bank  read more 
  Mentoring Session at new Austell Boys and Girls Club  read more 
  North Metro Mentees Win State Farm Dollars and Sense Financial Literacy Competition  read more  
  Brandon Curlee: Eagle Scout Court of Honor  read more  
  Jarred Conley: Mentee Success Story  read more
  Talladega College & Civil Rights Institute Tour  read more
  Kyle Likely attends NYLSC  read more 
  Damon Michael Edwards  read more
  Damon Edwards Awarded Internship  read more
  Aaron Suber Transitions to Georgia Perimeter College  read more
  Brandon Curlee going to the Amazon with Frank Ski read more
  Jarred Conley: Former Mentee in Flight School  read more
  Devon Wade Signs Football Scholarship! read more
  Kareem Charles chosen by the People to People Ambassador Program  read more
  Devon Wade voted "Mr. Tucker High School" read more
  Aaron Suber admitted into the DeKalb Early College Academy Program at GA Perimeter College  read more
  Dwight Kelly (Mentor) and Terrence Taylor (Mentee) win national MENTOR Spotlight Award!  read more

MENTEE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT - Jarred Conley Update
Dwight Kelly and Jarred Conley While attending the opening ceremonies of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D. C. I bumped into former North
Metro Mentee Jarred Conley who graduated from the Men of Tomorrow Program in 2005. He has been very busy since leaving North Metro. Jarred lives and works in the Washington D.C. area and I invited him to come back to a mentoring session and share his experiences with our current mentees. We are extremely proud of this young man. Our mentoring efforts pay big dividends!!!! Jarred is a classic example of why we do what we do and how important it is to mentor our youth. They are today's and tomorrow's leaders!
~ Dwight Kelly

MENTEE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT - Brandon Curlee being fitted for his flight suit 
Brandon Curlee Brandon Curlee

Brandon was the 2011-2012 "Mentee of the Year" of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and was also the North Metro Chapter's Mentee of the Year. He is now a graduate of the US Air Force Academy.


MENTEE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT - Julian Kyles Makes the Dean's List at Georgia Southern University

Julian Kyles - National Honor SocietyGeorgia Soutehrn University Dean's ListGeorgia Southern University recently named 2,725 students as 2014 Fall Semester Dean's List honorees. Julian Kyles has been named to the list for excellence in academics. To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.

Julian Kyles - National Residence Hall Honorary --------
Julian was initiated into the Georgia Southern University Chapter of Phi  Eta Sigma National Honor Society in which only students with a GPA of 3.7 are allowed to join.

He was also inducted into the National Residence Hall Honorary for having made outstanding contributions to the residence hall system at Georgia Southern University.

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UPDATE June 2015: Julian has been nominated for membership in the Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement Honor Society.  It's a great opportunity for Julian to get mentored by those already thriving in the career field he wants.

The Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement

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Georgia Soutehrn UniversityGeorgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education.


MENTEE MESSAGE - Kevin Jefferson

Kevin Jefferson Hello my name is Kevin Jefferson. I attend Cumberland Christian Academy High School on Powder Springs Road. I'm presently in the 9th grade. 

Kevin Jefferson - Eagle Scout AwardOn June 23, 2014, I earned my rank as an Eagle Scout at the age of 14. At the age of 7, I was a Cub Scout. I stayed in Cub Scouts until I earned my Arrow of Light which is the highest award in Cub Scouts. I crossed over to Boy Scouts at the age 11. I've earned all 24 merit badges at the age of 14.

My Eagle Scout project was a flower bed for a Baptist Church that didn't have any flowers on their property. Photos of the flower garden can be viewed here. share and congratulate Julian on Facebook

Kevin Jefferson, Mentee (Austell)   


MENTEE MESSAGE - Julian Kyles

Julian KylesI just want to take this time to thank the 100 North Metro MOT for everything they've done for me. As a whole they have helped me flourish into the young man I am today. Since the beginning, they took me under their wings even when I wasn't at my best. Now I don't just follow, I lead. Now I don't just help for rewards, but help for the sake of giving back and I have a compassion for others.

I can't thank you enough for the laptop, the opportunity to compete for scholarships, and the mentoring that I have benefited from on a daily basis. I just hope, no, I KNOW I will succeed and one day come back and sit around a group of young boys going through this game we call life, and help them just like the amazing men of the 100 helped me. Thank you 100 Black Men of North Metro. I swear you were such a huge impact in my development, and I will never forget any of you. It's no longer a question of whether or not I will give back, it’s a question of how much I will give, i.e., 200% or 150% of my time since I have gained so much from the North Metro MOT. share and congratulate Julian on Facebook

Julian Kyles, Mentee (Lawrenceville)  

 


MENTEE SPOTLIGHT - Kyle Likely

Kyle LikelyMorehouse College Acceptance and Scholarship
My name is Kyle Likely. I have been a member of the North Metro Atlanta Chapter of the 100 Black Men for 6 years and as such, I feel an overwhelming need to thank my mentors for their instilment of a strong pride in my people and our unified progression within me and their constant motivation and support through my high school trials and triumphs.

It is with great honor that I report I have been accepted to and will attend Morehouse College of Atlanta GA on a merit based scholarship worth $120,000 over four years. Again, I must thank my mentors and my fellow mentees for pushing me to be the best I can be. I only hope to carry on and further the goal of the 100 Black Men and forge an unbreakable bond with my brothers and collectively change the image of African Americans as a whole.

Kyle, this is GREAT news!!! We are so proud of you.
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MENTEE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT - Mr. Jonathan Moore
Jonathan MooreCongratulations to former North Metro Mentee, Jonathan Moore, who was recently awarded a $10,000 renewable scholarship from the United Negro College Fund Nissan Scholarship Program. Jonathan became a mentee of the 100 Black Men of North Metro in 2008, and is now a sophomore at Clark Atlanta University majoring in Business Management with a concentration in Sports Management. As an Honor Roll student, Jonathan feels that the mentoring program’s influence and impact on his life has been tremendous.

Jonathan said that the scholarship process was in no way an easy one. With multiple essays that had to be written, multiple recommendations that had to be obtained and personal perseverance, the application process went by rather quickly.

I would like to thank the 100 Black Men for all of their support, and for all the lessons that they have taught me throughout the years. I will be forever thankful to them, and I hope that one day I can make the same impact on another child, as the 100 Black Men made on me.

Keep up the good work Jonathan. We are so very proud of you and we celebrate your accomplishments.      Read Comments on our Facebook page share your comments


MENTEE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT - Mr. Philip Smith

Philip Smith, a Men of Tomorrow mentee and a 2009 graduate from Central Gwinnett High School, graduated from the University of West Georgia on Dec. 14th with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing with a Certification in Sales.

Philip earned over 4 internships in Sales and is actively looking to launch his Sales Career. We are extremely proud of Philip and his achievements. Mentoring pays off in a big way!!! Hats off to Philip and his family.


MENTEE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT - Mr. Brandon Curlee

Brandon Curlee - United States Air Force Academy Flying TeamBrandon Curlee, a 100 Black Men of North Metro Mentee (for 9 years) and the 2011 National 100 Black Men Mentee of the Year has added another accomplishment under his belt. Brandon's historical accomplishments include earning his Private Pilot License, his Eagle Scout, and First Place in V-103’s Science Competition for which he took a 10-day trip to Amazon Brazil that was filmed by National Geographics. Brandon's current accomplishment  is being selected 1of 9 added to the United States Air Force Academy’s (USAFA) Flying Team. He was 1 of 134 applicants that tried out for the 34 member team. To qualify for the audition Brandon had to have obtained his Private Pilot license, make the Dean’s List at USAFA, and pass an intense interview with the entire 25 member USAFA Flying Team. He clinched his spot by demonstrating his flying skills on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Brandon looks forward to paying it forward after graduating from USAFA because under a special program of the 100 Black Men of North Metro, Brandon attended a Powered Flight Aviation Camp for 1 week in Virginia where he took his First Solo Flight.

MENTEE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT - Mr. Taylor Isom

Taylor Isom

Taylor Isom, a former mentee of North Metro, is currently a third year college student. Taylor had a life long dream of attending and graduating from Georgia Tech. After beginning college at Georgia State Univ, Taylor is proud to be a transfer student this year to GA Tech! He attributes this accomplishment to hard work, dedication and having a great support system. On behalf of North Metro, we salute Taylor Isom and wish him continued success in his college studies!


African American History Challenge - North Metro Mentees Finish # 2
Alexander Andu and Chandler Steele represented North Metro in 2012 State Farm sponsored African American History Challenge held at the 100’s national conference in Atlanta. Their team competed in the senior division and finished # 2 in the nation in the competition. The competition required the contestants to read several history books and to be able to quickly recall the information they read and answer questions on the book’s content. This was the first time that Alex and Chandler competed and their strong finish earned each of them a $1000 scholarship from State Farm. This was the best finish ever for a North Metro team in this competition. North Metro is very proud of our mentees and very grateful for their dedicated and fantastic coaches, Ms. Deirdre Hewett and Ms. Kimberly Thompson. 
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African American History Challenge 2012
photos show Chandler and Alex with coach Kimberly Thompson at the competition.


MENTEE SPOTLIGHT - Jonathan Moore
Mentee Jonathan Moore
Men of Tomorrow Mentee Jonathan Moore was honored at his home church Shaw A.M.E. Zion, Smyrna with an award for academic excellence, leadership, integrity and teamwork.  A scholarship will be named after Jonathan and given each year to youth that exemplify the qualities and the leadership displayed by Jonathan during his membership at Shaw Temple.

Young Pilot Honored by 100 Black Men of America 
MyFoxATLANTA.com  Monday, 27 Jun 2011

Brandon Curlee is a cadet lieutenant colonel, a certified life guard and a pilot. And what makes his accomplishments so amazing is he's just 17 years old and a product of a mentoring program designed to shape the leaders of tomorrow. Brandon Curlee and 100 Black Men of America vice chairman of operations Curley Dossman spoke about the mentoring program.

 

About Brandon Curlee:

James Brandon Curlee (an honor student) graduated from Douglas County High School in Douglasville, Georgia in 2011 and was voted DCHS Star Student. He has been a Mentee with 100 Black Men of North Metro Inc. in Roswell, GA, since the age of 10 and is their 2011 Mentee of the Year. 

He developed a heart of giving back early on in life when he joined Cub Scouts at the age of 5 earning their highest award The Arrow of Light. His Life Motto: “Giving Back Is Not an Option; it’s a Responsibility!” He has dedicated much of his life to paying it forward by serving others. He believes giving back keeps you humble and makes you feel good. His life accomplishments are vast for someone so young. Brandon has been accepted to the United States Air Force Academy (a $458,000 scholarship) where he aspires to continue flying for the Air Force as a commissioned officer.

Brandon developed a passion for flying when he joined the Civil Air Patrol at the age of 14. He completed his SOLO flight in July 2010. He attends Aviation Career Enrichment (ACE) a youth weekend flight academy at Fulton County Airport in Atlanta, Georgia as a Flying Senior in the Eagle class. He fly’s every weekend and will obtain his Private Pilot License by July 2011.


State Farm Dollars and Cents Winners with Chairman Al Dotson

The 100 Black Men of America’s National Conference was held in San Francisco June 9-12, 2011.  North Metro mentees, supporters and members witnessed our State Farm Dollars and Sense Financial Literacy Team win first place honors in the national competition. This was the second consecutive year that our team won the competition. We are proud of their accomplishments and their overall growth and development. These young men are really raising the bar for excellence in the chapter and the organization. Members of the team were Kyle Likely, LaQuan Rhoney, and Julian Kyles.  We salute these young men for their dedication and commitment to excellence!!!  The team is coached by chapter member Julian Pouncy.

Kyle Likely and LaQuan Rhoney with Al Dotson 
receiving the first place scholarship prize


Brandon Curlee named "Mentee of the Year" by both the North Metro Chapter and 100 Black Men of America 

Congratulations are in order for Brandon Curlee who has been selected as the 2011-2012 "Mentee of the Year" by 100 Black Men of America, Inc.  

 

Brandon had been named the North Metro Chapter's Mentee of the Year at this year's Annual Youth Achievement Luncheon on April 30th.  What a tremendous honor for Brandon to also be the choice of the national organization!  This selection is a first for the North Metro Chapter. We are extremely proud of Brandon and his accomplishments.  

 

The 100 Black Men of America has 116 chapters internationally and Brandon was selected number one out of all the applicant submissions. Please join us in congratulating Brandon and his mother Ms. JC Curlee on winning this prestigious award.

 

Brandon will be recognized at the 25th Anniversary Conference of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. being held in San Francisco, CA on June 8-12.

 

Dwight Kelly

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Mentee of the Year Criteria:
  1. Age 10-23 years at the time of application
  2. Recognized among peers and adults as a mentor, leader, and role model
  3. Current or previous participant in a 100 Black Men of America's mentoring or education program for a minimum of one year
  4. Minimum grade point average of 2.5 preferred (without known disability)
  5. Attending or planning to attend an accredited institution of higher learning (college, university, trade school, etc.)
  6. Irrefutable commitment to community service: Completed 50 hours of "active" community service within the last 12-months of applying for the award
  7. Varied involvement in extra-curricular activities
  8. Teaches and demonstrates strong values, appropriate behaviors, and a positive attitude
  9. Personal Traits/Qualities: Resilient, goal oriented, self-motivated, compassionate, cooperative, inspires excellence
  10. Affiliate chapter must be in good standing nationally

North Metro Robotics Team Successfully Advances to the Regional Tournament

Congratulations to the mentees and the mentors for the strong showing in the Robotics Competition on Saturday, December 11, 2010.  Thanks for all of the hard work and preparation that Brooks Lee, Keith Burbank, Reggie Douglas, Yang Adija and all of the boys did to make it happen. Keep up the great work. You all represented North Metro extremely well.

 

Dwight Kelly

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Our young men were successful in advancing to the Regional Robotics Tournament to be held on January 8, 2011 at Southern Poly Tech.  They were awesome to watch perform the missions and task appointed to them. 

 

We cannot sit back and relax. We have a lot of work to do with the young men in preparation for the regional tournament, which is only three weeks away. 

 

Thank you for your support as we continue to teach our young men to reach higher heights!

 

Brooks Lee


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Volunteer Activity - Atlanta Community Food Bank

On Saturday morning October 2, 2010 our Men of Tomorrow Mentees partnered with members of the Rho Zeta Omega chapter of AKA as volunteers at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The volunteer activity included, sorting, packing, and weighing various food items for distribution to the needy. Our team helped to sort approximately 12,000 pounds of food during the 3 hour time frame that they volunteered. Thanks to the mentees, mentors, and AKA members for helping make this a rewarding and successful event for all parties. 

 

Dwight Kelly


Mentoring Session at new Austell Boys and Girls Club

We had a great first day at the new Cobb County location for our Men of Tomorrow Mentoring session on Saturday, September 11th. The mentors really did a fantastic job welcoming the mentees, parents, and prospective mentee parents. Hats off to Tim Hart, Landon Brown, Ian Clarke, Eric Cherry, Mike Brock, Jim Carter, Yang Adija, Tracy Brumfield, David Pressley and others.

 

Dwight Kelly


Michael A. Grant Boys & Girls Club - Cobb County
875 Six Flags Drive, Austell GA 30168  map

 

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North Metro Mentees Win State Farm Dollars and Sense Financial Literacy Competition

Kyle Likely and LaQuan Rhoney, mentees in the 100 Black Men of North Metro's "Men of Tomorrow" mentoring program finished #1 in State Farm's Dollars and Sense Financial Literacy National competition held June 18, 2010 at the 100 Black Men of America's National Convention in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

 

Kyle age 13 attends South Gwinnett High School and is in the 9th grade and LaQuan also attends South Gwinnett High School and is in the 10th grade.

 

The North Metro team finished in a dead heat tie for 1st place with the team from Long Island, New York and won in dramatic fashion in a sudden death  playoff by answering a finance question relevant to the case study that was used in the competition. 

2010 Financial Literacy Competition winners

Fourteen teams from chapters from all over the country competed in the contests.


The Dollars and Sense Investment Education Program is a financial literacy program sponsored by State Farm and authored by the National Association of Investors Corporation.  The program was designed to provide high school students grades 9-12 with the opportunity to learn and apply "best practice" strategies for savings and investing.  The goal of this program is to help students understand basic savings/investment principles and to apply these standards in their day to day lives.  Kyle and LaQuan each received a $3,000  scholarship award, a first place trophy and a wealth of knowledge about financial literacy for being champions!
The team was coached and mentored by chapter member Julian Pouncy who is a Certified Financial Planner for Edward Jones Financial.  Congratulations to the coach and the entire team for this fantastic win!!


The core missions of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. are direct service and advocacy for improved life opportunities for African American youth specifically, and the African American community and larger community overall.  Members of the 100 Black Men of North Metro, Inc. all share the common goal of improving the economic status of our communities as well as providing programs that enhance and enrich the lives of youth in Cobb, Gwinnett and North Fulton counties.  


Brandon Curlee: Eagle Scout Court of Honor
Brandon Curlee

BSA Troop 228
Sweetwater District
Atlanta Area Council
Boy Scouts of America

 

Eagle Court of Honor
Honoring

James Brandon Curlee

May 8, 2010

Anneewakee Trails Clubhouse
(where he built the 700 book library)
3000 Anneewakee Falls Pkwy
Douglasville, GA 30135

Eagle Scout Project Slogan: 
"Planting a Seed and Watching it
Grow World Wide" -Brandon Curlee


"A Library...Because Knowledge is Power"


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Jarred Conley : Mentee Success Story
Here is a great success story from the mother of one of our former mentees. Stories like these really validate why we all work so hard and spend our time, talent and treasure with these young men!!  Jarred took us on a guided tour of Tuskegee in February of 2009 on our mentee field trip to the university.  We are very proud of his accomplishments and a sincere thank you to all of our members and sponsors for helping shape the lives of our youth.  Stories like this one help reinforce our resolve to keep on working hard and giving our time where it really matters.  Enjoy this success story.  It sure made my day!!!

 

Dwight Kelly

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From: KAREN CONLEY 

Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2010 

 

I am Jarred Conley's mother, a 100 Black Men mentoree, who is now about to graduate from Tuskegee University.  Through your mentorship Jarred acquired an interest in flight training, has attained his private pilots license, and is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Aerospace Engineering Science.

 

Yes, I am the proud mother and would very much like to mail you an invitation. Please email me your mailing address and that of Dwight Kelly, at Jarred's request.

 

I am eternally grateful to you all for the positive impact you have had on my son's life.

 

Sincerely,

Karen Conley

 


Talladega College & Civil Rights Institute Tour

We had an excellent field trip on Saturday February 6, 2010, as 35 mentees and 5 mentors made the trip to Talladega and Birmingham, Alabama.  The day started with breakfast at Talladega College followed by student ambassadors giving us a tour of the campus facilities.  We then went to Birmingham to visit the Civil Rights Institute.  Mentees were able to see the artifacts and tour the museum. We viewed an introductory film and each mentee was allowed to walk through the museum and see the history of the Freedom Rides, the Selma Marches, the church bombings in Birmingham and a replica of the Birmingham jail that Dr. King stayed in. We returned to Atlanta by 6pm. All in all it was an excellent learning opportunity. We had some mentees share what they learned on the trip with the group before we returned home.



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Mentees were asked to do a one page report on the Talladega College Tour as well as a one page report on the Civil Rights Institute tour. They are expected to give an oral presentation of these reports at the February 20th mentoring sessions in Lawrenceville and Mableton.  

 

Many thanks to the mentors that attended and assisted with the mentees and chaperoned. Thanks to Mike Acie, Bruce Clark, Eric Cherry, and Damon Edwards (former mentee/mentee alumni).  Most of the photos took place on the campus of Talladega College (see the activities gallery). Photography is not allowed in the Civil Rights Institute

Dwight Kelly


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Kyle Likely attends the 2009 National Young Leader's
 State Conference

Kyle's Letter to the Chapter:

 

Hello. I would like to first say, "thank you" for your contribution towards helping me attend the 2009 National Young Leader's State Conference on September 10-13, 2009 at the Westin Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.


I am now officially a National Young Leader. I had the experience of a life time talking with many of my fellow young leaders, enhancing my leadership skills, and creating bonds with other young leaders that will last me until the end of time

 

Just to recap, the National Young Leader's State Conference is a conference for young adults that have established themselves as the leaders of the community to practice and perfect their skills in every area of leadership. I was nominated a few months ago by my Language Arts teacher, Ms. Wickham, because of my outstanding grades and my quality of leadership.


The conference was very informative, entertaining, fun, and an overall great learning experience. I was one of about 100 or so people nominated to attend. The Faculty Advisors, Eddie and Ronnie, immediately began by having us all state our names and something we like to do. After the introductions were through, we began a game of charades. Why? Because the things that we had to re-enact were totally outrageous and put us out of our comfort zones--one thing we would have to overcome to become a successful leader. After the charade, we moved to a slightly larger room to begin our official group meetings. We had to pair up with three other people to be known as a support group. My group consisted of my new friends Ja'Von, Rasheda, and Maynara, and was to be known as Georgia-Code. Then we had lunch. (Special note: The food was amazing!)


I did many different activities while at the NYLSC that taught me how to resolve conflicts, how to present myself and my opinions, how to switch up my leadership style, and best yet, how to socialize professionally. I even got to perform to "You're a Jerk" by New Boyz, and taught people how to do the Jerk. The experience was amazing.


I am honored to have been able to participate in this conference and truly thankful to you for helping me to get there. And again, thank you.


Sincerely,


Kyle Likely

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Damon Michael Edwards

Austell, Georgia
Damon Edwards

Damon Edwards has been in our program for 4 years. He is a 16 year old, A student at South Cobb High School in Austell, Georgia.  He has participated in several of our events including the 100 Black Men African-American History Challenge competition in Las Vegas, NV.  Damon anchored the team and gave us a tremendous opportunity to win the challenge.  He also participated in our Football Game, parade and Food bank. Within 4 years Damon has become a mentor to other young men. He is an avid reader and enjoys reading everything from history to mysteries and  can spend hours reading books no matter how small or large the book may be.  

Damon's school activities range from Band (Tuba Player), School Security Team, Debate Team, History Club Member, Junior Achievement and Volunteer After School Program Mentor for Orchard Mill Apartments.
 
Damon's ultimate goal is to graduate from high school and to attend a prestigious college or university and major in Corporate Law while obtaining a minor in Business Management.  Damon recently went on the college tour.  He arrived at every college looking professional with his complete portfolio (including grades, letters of recommendations, SAT scores, etc).  Damon was accepted on the spot at Dillard and  Tuskegee.
 
Once he completes his path of higher learning, he wants to own his own company and continue to move forward in becoming a successful human being who can provide a positive influence to those young men who will follow in his footsteps.


Damon Edwards Awarded Internship
I wanted to share the news regarding Damon and the Program he is participating in. The Justice Robert Benham Law Camp program ends Friday, June 20, 2008.  At the end of the program the participants are placed with Law firms spread throughout Metro Atlanta.  Damon was selected to intern at King and Spalding!  We are so excited because not only is this a fantastic opportunity, but King and Spalding is one of the Top Law Firms in the Country.   The internship is only for 1 week as part of this program, however, Damon has expressed a goal that he would like to work on securing a permanent internship with King and Spalding.  I know he can do anything he sets his mind to so we will keep you posted as he progresses.

submitted by Laurie Edwards, Proud Parent

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More great news on one of our mentees from the Mableton location.  Damon Edwards is really making an impact!!!!!  Congratulations Damon.  
Dwight Kelley

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Aaron Suber Transitions to Georgia Perimeter College----- 
Men of Tomorrow Mentee Makes News!
Fantastic news!  The success stories just keep on coming and we love it! CONGRATULATIONS to Aaron Suber and his family. They all played a part in Aaron's success. This is an outstanding accomplishment.  We are proud to have Aaron in our mentoring program.  Another great example on how hard work, perseverance and putting in the extra effort in order to succeed pays off!!!  
Dwight Kelly
Aaron Suber
Our son, Aaron Suber had his Transition Ceremony on May 22, 2008 at Georgia Perimeter College. He received a certificate showing all the requirements have been met for his high school diploma from Dekalb Early College Academy (DECA). Starting in August 18, 2008 he will be considered a full time college student at Georgia Perimeter College. When he completes the early college high school requirements in 2010, he will have a high school diploma and a significant number of college credits or even an Associate’s degree.  Either outcome gives him a leg up when he enters Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall of 2010 in which he will have a seamless entrance by maintaining a minimum  GPA of 3.0  All his credits will be transferable base on the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) that GPC currently has with a list of participating institutions. 
Also, he and 72 of his classmates made history by being the first class to transition to GPC. The ceremony was very emotional for all the students and their families. The reflections spoken by several of the students during the ceremony and afterwards gave us a greater insight about how hard this program has been for the majority of them. They spoke about how much they hated the DECA, initially.  The program started with 110 rising 9th grade students two years ago and 73 students walked across the stage last Thursday morning.  They spoke about sacrifices of a normal high school environment --friendships, proms, pep rallies, skate nights, sports, band, and even video games. They learned the importance of completing assignments even if it meant staying up all night and going to tutorials after school and Saturday mornings. They each complained about the amount of homework they had on spring break.  Aaron studied and did his assignments the entire drive to and from Florida. We all laughed when one student spoke about his parents accusing him of playing videos games online when he was trying to complete his Physics assignment after midnight. We, the parents laughed because often each of us had thought the same thing and the students had flashbacks as they remembered all the work assigned by Professor Thorne-Brackett. She even made a Physic project out of their "Fun Day" to Six Flags.  They each know how a rollercoaster and airplane relates to science. 

 

At times Aaron struggled with the amount of work and was often frustrated with performance, yet he never wanted to quit.  I asked him a few times did he want to go back to "regular" high school but he was adamant about staying. I even threaten him if his grades dropped that I was sending him back. He learned to love DECA and his professor. It brings tears to my eyes when I say we are so so proud of him. He's done a great job and his father and I have watched him mature and become very responsible through the first two years of this journey. He knows the next two years are going to have its challenges but he already knows what it takes to be successful. 

 

submitted by Tonja Tucker-Suber


FYI...
 
Participating Institutions in the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Program

The list in the table below indicates which institutions GPC currently has TAG agreements with.  The required grade point average (GPA) is listed by each institution.  Click on the institution you're interested in for the Intent to Transfer Form which lists the full requirements for the participating school.

 

TAG Forms

Institution

Minimum Cumulative GPA Required

Institution

Minimum Cumulative GPA Required

Agnes Scott College 2.8 Macon State College 2.5
Armstrong Atlantic State Univ. 2.5 Mercer University 2.8
Brenau University 2.5 North Georgia College & State Univ. 2.0
Clark Atlanta University 2.5 Oglethorpe University 2.8
Clayton State University 2.8 Savannah State University 2.0
Fort Valley State University 2.5 Southern Polytechnic State Univ. 2.0
Georgia Gwinnett College 2.3

Strayer University

2.5

Georgia Institute of Technology 2.7 Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville 2.5
Georgia Southern University 2.0

Univ. of Georgia - Athens Campus

2.8

Georgia Southwestern State Univ. 2.0

Univ. of Georgia - Griffin Campus

2.5

Georgia State University 2.8

University of West Georgia

2.8

Kennesaw State University 2.8 Valdosta State University 2.0

 

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Brandon Curlee going to the Amazon with Frank Ski
The good news just gets better and better.  This year's Men of Tomorrow Mentee of the Year Brandon Curlee won a tremendous trip based on the delivery and content of a speech he prepared and delivered last night in a major competition.  (See notice below).  Congratulations to Brandon and his mother JC Curlee for this outstanding accomplishment!!!!  We will definitely write this one up for our website and also forward it on to the national office.  Wow !!!!! This is terrific!  Brandon the entire chapter and the Men of Tomorrow are extremely proud of you.  Keep up the great work.
Dwight Kelly
Vice President, North Metro 100
404-353-0424

 

Brandon Curlee contestant number 8, is going to the Amazon Jungle in Brazil, July 2008. Out of the 20 finalist who presented, he was chosen as one of the 10 students to travel to the Amazon.

 

Brandon Curlee delivered an awesome presidential speech last night at Zoo Atlanta on conservation of energy and preservation of nature and the environment. Not only did he win…but he scored the highest of all 10 contestants with a score of 202. I spoke with the judges last night and they were very impressed with his delivery.

 

As part of his prize packet…

  • He will travel to the Amazon for 8 days with the Frank Ski Kids Foundation (V103 Radio)
  • Each winner received a $400 iPOD to take on the trip
  • The students will take a behind the scene tour of Zoo Atlanta
  • The students will also take a behind the scene tour of the Aquarium
  • The students will also get to swim in the big tank with the Whale Sharks and the other Sharks at the aquarium
  • National Geographics will be traveling with the students to the Amazon and they will film the students and produce a show featuring these students.

This young man is being afforded the opportunity of a life time!!!

 

I am sooooo proud of my son. CONGRATS TO YOU BRANDON!!!!
submitted by Jacquene Curlee


Brandon Curlee, a 9th grader at DCHS was chosen out of hundreds of submissions to V103 radio station to present his Presidential Speech on Conservation of Energy and Preservation of Nature and the Environment. He was selected as one of the 20 Finalist. He will present his speech, Thursday, May 22, 2008 @ 7 p.m. at Zoo Atlanta's Coca Cola World Studio. The finalist will compete in a live competition where he can be one of 10 to take an 8 day exploration to the Amazon Jungle in July, with the Frank Ski Kids Foundation.

Please join me in wishing him the best of luck in his presentation and hopefully he will be traveling to the Amazon in July.

submitted by Jacquene Curlee

 

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Jarred Conley: Former Mentee in Flight School
Here is a picture of Jarred Conley who is a former Men of Tomorrow mentee.  He developed an interest in flying while in high school when he was in our mentoring program.  We are extremely proud of Jarred!!!  It is important that we encourage our young men and present them with as many opportunities as we can.  Thanks for your continued support of our youth.
Dwight Kelly
Mentoring Chairman

 

Thank you Harold and the 100 Black Men organization.  Jarred received a scholarship to attend Kansas State University for a summer flight training program.  After completion, he will earn his private pilots certification.  Had he not been in your mentorship, I don't know that he would have acquired his interest in flying.  Jarred is an upcoming junior at Tuskegee University, majoring in aerospace engineering.  

THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR IMPACT ON HIS LIFE!!!!!

 

Proud mom,
Karen

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Devon Wade Signs Football Scholarship!
Sources: Dwight Kelly, Mentoring Committee
Tucker High School Football

ATLANTA, February 7

TUCKER HAS FOUR THIS YEAR!



Article Four Tucker recruits make it official
By Jeff Haws
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 02/07/07 09:26 AM

Left to Right:
Anthony Mosley  (University of Kentucky)
Mike Weaver (Centre College)
Devon Wade (Missouri Valley College)
Brandon Lampkin (University of Arkansas)

Signing also published online in

Visit Tucker High School Football website


CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Devon Wade on signing a football scholarship with Missouri Valley College. We will recognize Devon on Saturday, February 10th during the Men of Tomorrow Mentoring Session at Matthews Boys & Girls Club, Mableton, GA 
Dwight Kelly, Mentoring Chairman Email 

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Kareem Charles chosen by the People to People
 Ambassador Program

Source: Dwight Kelly, Mentoring Committee
ATLANTA, September 18 
I want to inform you that Kareem Charles, one of your mentees, has been chosen by the People to People Student Ambassador Program to become a member of the Atlanta delegation representing the United States, traveling to France, Italy and Greece in the summer of 2007. 

It involves 20 days of rewarding activities and meeting the people of these various countries while earning university credits.

I am so proud of him.
Laverne Arnold

CONGRATULATIONS
I want to recognize Kareem Charles who is a mentee in the Men of Tomorrow. Kareem has been selected to represent the Atlanta delegation in the People to People Ambassador Program.  We are ecstatic about his selection and we are extremely proud of Kareem and his accomplishments.  His leadership, academic achievement, character, and perseverance all contributed to his selection. Kareem is an active member of the mentoring group and a regular participant.  We will recognize Kareem at our upcoming session on Saturday, September 23rd.  Please join me in congratulating Kareem on this outstanding achievement!!!!  
Dwight Kelly, Mentoring Chairman Email 
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Devon Wade voted "Mr. Tucker High School"
Source: Dwight Kelly, Mentoring Committee
ATLANTA, September 13
Devon Wade was voted "Mr. Tucker High School". Voted by the entire student body for the overall student that is well-rounded in sports, grades, character, etc.  Thanks to the North Metro Chapter and your mentoring program for all the help and support you have given him, it really does take a village to raise a child.  I am very proud of Devon he has always been a great kid and it is nice that other people see him as I do.   

Lisa D Jefferson


CONGRATULATIONS
We are all extremely proud of Devon Wade. His leadership stands out among the crowd in our mentoring sessions and it is great to see him get recognized for it. Please join me in congratulating Devon for this fantastic award!!!  

Dwight Kelly, Mentoring Chairman
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Congratulations Devon!  Your achievements in life are now known to all of your peers. Your strength and character has already been a beacon for others. Please continue on your upward path to make a difference for the benefit of yourself, your family and your community. We will continue to watch you grow in the role of the leader that you are and endeavor to excel in all that you will be.

With my most sincere regards,
Darryl O. Wilson, Membership Chairman
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Devon, As an entrepreneur an African-American male business owner, it is encouraging to see that youth like you continue to pave the way for others to follow!  Congratulations and continue to represent your High School 'after' you graduate!

God has given you talents...use them!

In His name,
John W. Fowler, Chairman, CEO | Facility Supply Group, LLC
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Congratulations to Devon.  May his achievements be an example for the other 100 Black Men mentees. GO DEVON.

Josette Labatte

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Aaron Suber admitted into DeKalb Early College 
 Academy Program

Source: Dwight Kelly, Mentoring Committee
ATLANTA, July 11
Great news!!! Aaron Suber, a rising ninth grader who is a mentee in our Men of Tomorrow Program has been admitted to the DeKalb Early College Academy Program at Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur, Georgia. The program is designed for high school students in partnership with the Georgia Perimeter College to complete their high school diploma while receiving college credits toward an Associate’s degree at the same time. The program goal is to improve the high school graduation rate of DeKalb County high schools. It is offered to rising ninth grade students who are academically talented, but under prepared and academically underserved.

Aaron is excited about this opportunity and being classified as a college student. He is guaranteed a seamless entry into his school of choice in the Georgia University System upon completion of the program. He wrote an essay describing the impact he felt this program would have on his future success as one of the requirements for admission to the program.
 
Early college is a new model that blends high school and the first two years of college for the purpose of finding more successful ways to educate young people through high and the completion of some form of post-secondary education, so that more will be prepared to contribute to our knowledge-based economy and to improve their quality of life.
 
Congratulations to Aaron and his family!!!!  We are proud of this accomplishment and we wish him success and continued achievement in this program!
 
For more information on this program go to: http://www.earlycolleges.org/FAQ.html

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Cross-Sector Leaders Unveil Major New Plan to
  Close Mentoring Gap
Dwight Kelly (Mentor) and Terrence Taylor (Mentee), 100 Black Men of North Metro win national MENTOR Spotlight Award! 

Chairman Albert E. Dotson, Jr. Esq. and Harold Hamilton, 100 Black Men of North Metro were in attendance along with Terrance’s proud Mother. Read the full story below.

Source: MENTOR; Corporation for National and Community Service

Press Release
WASHINGTON, May 3 /PRNewswire

Spearheaded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and MENTOR, leaders from government, nonprofit, and corporate America today launched a national campaign to close the mentoring gap, unveiled a comprehensive blueprint for action, announced a new Federal Mentoring Council, and shared commitments by Fortune 500 companies to find a caring adult mentor for every child that needs one. They also set an initial target of 3 million additional mentoring relationships by the year 2010.

MENTOR unveiled the National Agenda for Action: How to Close America's Mentoring Gap, a detailed roadmap for closing the mentoring gap that resulted from an 18-month national conversation. The National Agenda for Action identifies 21 action items focused around five interconnected strategic areas related to mentoring: Generate Adequate and Sustainable Funding; Foster a Culture of Mentoring; Safeguard Program Quality, Elevate the Role of Research, and Build Necessary Infrastructure.

"The plan of action we are announcing today is critical to stepping up the pace of using the nation's resources, both public and private, to give every young person access to someone with experience who can guide them toward a successful and productive life," said Alan Schwartz, President and Co-COO, Bear Stearns & Co. Inc., who co-chaired the national conversation on mentoring with Haim Saban, Chairman and CEO, Saban Capital Group.

The Corporation for National and Community Service announced a new Federal Mentoring Council to increase collaboration among federal agencies and develop policies to enhance mentoring. The Council will include high-level representatives from the Departments of Education, Labor, Justice, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and others. Theresa Clower, past director of the Delaware Mentoring Council, was named as the Council's new director.

To help inform the work of the Council, the Corporation and MENTOR announced today they will co-convene a new National Mentoring Working Group consisting of leading mentoring experts and practitioners, including the CEOs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Boys and Girls Clubs, America's Promise, and more. This group will provide input into policymaking, share effective practices, increase collaboration, and help build a culture of mentoring.

At the press conference, MENTOR announced several significant commitments by key players in the corporate and foundation world to help close the mentoring gap. HBO pledged to lead the development of a national awareness and recruitment campaign to get more male and minority mentors; the MetLife Foundation pledged to support mentoring research; and LPL Financial pledged to engage their network of 6,000 employees in mentoring.

"Only by harnessing creativity of the private sector, the passion of nonprofits, and the resources of the federal government can we close the mentoring gap," said David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation, which invests significant funding each year through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America to mentoring and mentoring-related activities. "If we do this right, we can double the number of mentors by 2010 and have a profound impact on children and youth in America."

MENTOR and the Corporation also released new studies that shed additional light on the dimensions of the mentoring gap and the characteristics of volunteers who mentor. According to MENTOR's new study Mentoring in America 2005: A Snapshot of the Current State of Mentoring, the number of young people involved in structured one-to-one mentoring relationships has increased nearly 20 percent in just three years, from 2.5 to 3 million. Given that there are 17.6 million young people in need of a caring adult to help them succeed in life, that leaves a mentoring gap of nearly 15 million youth in need of mentors.

"Our new study finds that 44 million adults in the United States are willing to serve as mentors. Finding ways to bridge the mentoring gap and unite these millions of interested adults with young people is one of the principal challenges facing the mentoring community," said Gail Manza, Executive Director of MENTOR.

The Corporation's new report, Volunteers Mentoring Youth: Implications for Closing the Mentoring Gap, analyzes the 2005 Current Population Survey data on volunteering in order to develop a greater understanding of the characteristics that distinguish volunteers who mentor from those who do not. Among the key findings: 43 percent of volunteers engaged in mentoring serve in or through a religious organization; and 59 percent of volunteers who mentor also work full-time.

"This research suggests several key target populations for growing mentoring, especially college students, people of faith, full-time workers, and current volunteers," said Dr. Robert Grimm, the Corporation's Director of Research and Policy Development. "The study will help us target our efforts and measure success."

Previous research has confirmed the value of mentoring as a strategy for helping young people live up to their academic, emotional and social potential. Studies of formal mentoring programs provide strong evidence that mentoring successfully reduces the incidence of delinquency, academic failure and substance use and promotes positive outcomes such as improved self-esteem, social skills and career development. Furthermore, students who take part in successful in-school mentoring programs are less likely to engage in risky behavior, are more likely to attend classes, and feel more connected to school.

To showcase the effect that mentors can have on individuals' lives, MENTOR also announced the recipients of the first annual Spotlight Award, which recognizes outstanding mentoring pairs. The recipients, who will be honored at a "Spotlight on Mentoring" dinner May 3 at the Willard Hotel, are:

* Evonne Burkink and Catherine Leick, TeamMates of Norfolk, Norfolk, NB;

* John Garnica and Mario Rodriguez Cortez, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ventura County, Fillmore, CA;

* Senator Tom Harkin and Amii Young, Everybody Wins DC!, Washington, D.C.;

* Dwight Kelly and Terrence Taylor, 100 Black Men of North Metro, Alpharetta, GA;

* Charmaine Robin and Chris John Garcia, Baldwin School District, Baldwin, New York; and

* Donald Wilford and Adam Hutchinson, State Attorney's Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Jacksonville, FL

Thanks to a generous support from Freddie Mac, each of the young people honored by MENTOR's Spotlight Award will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

MENTOR is leading the national movement to connect young Americans with caring adult mentors. As a national advocate and expert resource, MENTOR delivers the research, policy recommendations, and practical performance tools needed to make quality mentoring a reality for more of America's young people. For more information, go to http://www.mentoring.org

The Corporation for National and Community Service provides opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and country through the AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America programs. Together with the USA Freedom Corps, the Corporation is working to build a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility in America. For more information, go to http://www.nationalservice.gov.

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