Tuesday, June 17, 2008

100 Black Men of Atlanta Named Chapter of the Year for Second Consecutive Year

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the second consecutive year 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., the Atlanta-based chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., has been named Chapter of the Year for 2008. This announcement came during the 100 Black Men of America's 22nd Annual Conference at the Disney Yacht and Beach Club Resorts in Orlando. The award recognizes the chapter's outstanding achievement and significant impact in the Atlanta community as compared to other chapters in their respective communities.

Each year 100 Black men of America recognizes several of its 106 chapters from around the world for service excellence to their constituent communities. This year, 100 Black Men of Atlanta was chosen for the second consecutive year in the top slot, Large Chapter of the Year. This selection was based upon several criteria points, including, number of people served, quality of programs, level of community service and outreach, administration and finance, as well as the quality of marketing and public relations programs.

The Chapter's accomplishments that helped win the award include serving more than 19,500 people through Project Success, its comprehensive post-secondary education preparation and tuition assistance program; distributing more than $3 million in scholarships at its College Fair; matriculating more than 130 sixth grade boys through the single-gendered B.E.S.T. Academy; and establishing Troop 100, the Boy Scouts of America's largest single troop in the nation.

Last year, the organization was noted for entering a strong student team into the world of competitive robotics with Team Success, a robotics team comprised of 100 Black Men of Atlanta's students, invited to compete at the FIRST Vex World Robotics Championships, where they were honored as Rookie of the Year. The 100 also instituted a corporate governance model, effectively realigning the governing and advisory committees; and executing the Fit for Life Family Fair, a full-scale health fair offering free health screenings to Atlanta Public School students.

"Our founders made a pioneering decision to take a stand for Atlanta's youth by making a commitment to make a difference in the lives of Atlanta's families," said Terrell L. Slayton, Jr., chairman, 100 Black Men of Atlanta. "Today, we uphold this legacy and move in a direction of change that continues to fulfill our founding objectives in a new, dynamic way. This award demonstrates our ability to steer in a new direction and consistently dedicate ourselves to serving the Atlanta community."

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