The Junior 100 College Bound Mentoring Program
The Junior 100 College Bound Mentoring Program (“JUNIOR 100”) was formed in 2008 by Muhammad Nadhiri, Doug Davis, Daryle Whyte, Al Thompson, Reginald Fulford, John Cooke, Tarrell Gamble, and other 100 members after in-depth discussions regarding the continued expansion and improvement of our longstanding mentorship initiative. The program is in its ninth year and we are extremely excited by our progress and successes to date. The JUNIOR 100 represents the next step in our long legacy of mentoring in the Bay Area and further solidifies our commitment to our local youth and the realization of their personal, professional and academic goals.Simply stated, we formed the JUNIOR 100 in an effort to ensure more of our youth attend college or some form of post-secondary education/ training. We believe by inviting our mentees to become a part of our 100 family, we more formally establish a village of support for our youth and thereby have a greater opportunity to help them realize the benefits and rewards of higher education.
The JUNIOR 100 program provides the targeted pool/participants with role models, direct mentorship, academic support, college prep assistance, financial aid/scholarship support, and continued tracking/monitoring to ensure their college enrollment and eventual college completion. The program relies on a coordinated and expanded effort of our membership, an active and ongoing dialogue with teachers, parents and guardians, the involvement of our current college students and college administrators, as well as community members, and partner organizations to support the academic excellence and improvement of the JUNIOR 100 and to provide access to additional resources to support their higher education goals.
In 2018, the Chapter established a mentoring partnership with the Oakland OK Program to serve on the campuses of Oakland Technical High School, Castlemont High School, Fremont High School, McClymonds High School, West Oakland Middle School, and Frick Impact Academy.
Combined with all of our chapter’s mentoring efforts, the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area have served as active mentors to over 1,500 students throughout the Bay Area.
We would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for their assistance this past year and to thank them in advance for the support in the future. We will continue to do the work and support our youth as they establish, pursue, and reach their life goals.
Some of the Key Elements of the Program Include:
- Developing excellent self-esteem
- Developing excellent scholastic achievement skills
- Developing career planning skills
- Developing professional growth planning skills
- Improving communication skills for better connections with parents, teachers, and peers
- Improving time management skills
- Improving adversity handling skills
Junior 100 Goals
- Target 9th-12th graders throughout the Bay Area for participation
- Monitor students throughout program lifecycle (college graduation)
- Support both group and direct mentorship for each student where necessary
- Facilitate student preparedness/meet A-G requirements
- Offer alternative solutions/activities for those that derail young males
- Provide youth and parents/guardians with financial aid training
- Present our youth/parents with additional financial and leadership training
- Coordinate with other programs and community partners
- Be a community resource for students in the program
Junior 100 Code of Conduct
PART 1 – Code of Conduct: All mentees are bound to follow the following Code of Conduct as a condition of their participation in the Junior 100:
1. The Golden Rule: Mentees shall treat other mentees and mentors the same way that they want to be treated – with dignity and respect.
2. Mentees shall respect the authority of all responsible adults at all times, including mentors, teachers, school officials, community leaders, etc. At a minimum this includes:
- Listening to and promptly following direction without arguing or “backtalk”.
- Refer to mentors and other adults with appropriate titles (e.g. Mr., Mrs., Doctor, etc.).
- Cooperating with mentors and mentees to further the goal of the Junior 100 – creating bright, well-rounded, college-bound men.
3. Mentees shall endeavor to be honest at all times with others and shall always disclose the full and complete truth.
4. Mentees are responsible for creating a safe, positive, and supportive environment for the peers, mentors, and others involved in the programs and activities. At a minimum this includes:
- Listening to each other with an open attitude and a willingness to consider other viewpoints.
- Engaging in activities and dialogue with a positive, cooperative “can do” attitude.
- Not engaging in actions or behavior intended to insult, degrade, embarrass, or humiliate oneself or others.
- Make a mentor or other responsible adult aware of any condition where the life, safety, health and welfare of another individual is endangered.
5. Mentees shall respect and honor women and shall not engage in behavior that is insulting, demeaning, degrading, humiliating or is otherwise offensive to these individuals or group as a whole.
6. Mentees shall respect all other races, creeds, and sexual orientations and shall not engage in behavior that is assaulting, demeaning, degrading, humiliating or is otherwise offensive to these individuals or group as a whole.
7. Mentees shall maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in their current academic coursework.
8. Students shall use language in a manner consistent with the expectations of a college environment or a professional workplace. The following words and language is prohibited:
- Use of the “N” Word, except in its historical context
- Use of profanity
- Use of language disparaging or demeaning to any race, gender or sexual orientation
9. Smoking or use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco products is strictly prohibited.
10. Mentees shall dress in a manner consistent with the expectations of a college environment or a professional workplace. The following minimum guidelines shall be enforced:
- No “sagging” – all pants shall be properly fitted and belted
- No oversized T-shirts
- Mentees shall wear appropriate collared or dress shirts at all off-campus non-recreational events
- Clothing with obscene, profane, or derogatory language or logos
- Any gang-related clothing or paraphernalia is prohibited
- No torn, revealing, or dirty clothing items
- A higher level of dress may be required at certain business or social functions
PART 2 – Serious Violations: The following violations may be considered grounds for the immediate suspension or dismissal from the Junior 100 program, as decided solely by the mentors and program staff:
1. Fighting or any other aggressive physical contact among or against any other mentees or mentor is strictly prohibited.
2. Criminal activity of any sort is strictly prohibited.
3. Physically threatening or harassing others is strictly prohibited.
4. Sexual harassment and lewd and lascivious behavior is strictly prohibited.
5. Possession, use, solicitation, or display of any weapons including but not limited to firearms, knives, bludgeons, etc. is strictly prohibited.
6. Possession, solicitation, or use of alcohol, drugs, or other illicit substances in strictly prohibited.
7. Stealing from mentees, mentors, and others is strictly prohibited.
8. Lying, or deliberate misstatement, or omission of information or material facts is strictly prohibited.
9. Willful and consistent violation of the Code of Conduct is grounds for immediate dismissal.
PART 3 – Parental Commitments (for students under 18): Parents and responsible guardians of mentees shall commit to the following:
1. Help the mentees meet the obligations of the Junior 100 program and conform to the above Code of Conduct.
2. Attend a minimum of 50% of all parent/student events.
3. Keep in regular contact (e.g. once a week) with their mentee’s assigned mentor or instructor.
The parent and mentee/guardian agree to follow this Code of Conduct. Determination of whether a mentee is in violation of this code and the degree of suspension or dismissal from the Junior 100 program shall be determined solely by 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc.
The Collegiate 100 Black Men
The Collegiate 100 Black Men at the University of California, Berkeley is an auxiliary organization to 100 Black Men of the Bay Area. The Collegiate 100’s mission is to enhance the educational experience of African American students at the University, act as a support group, offer peer counseling to fellow students, and serve as a resource center. Members of the Collegiate 100 help to implement the mentoring and tutoring programs of 100 Black Men of the Bay Area.
The members of the Collegiate 100 also assist 100 Black Men of the Bay Area in responding to the social, emotional, educational, and physical needs of young Black children who have few or no positive role models in the communities in which they live. Members of 100 Black Men of the Bay Area serve as mentors and advisors to Collegiate 100 members. Our Chapter provides career advancement counseling and support for undergraduate students applying to graduate and professional schools. The 100 also helps Collegiate 100 members secure summer internships and full-time employment with corporations, public agencies, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations.