Frequently Asked Questions
I need a mentor for my child. How do I go about getting one?
Our school-based, year-round group Mentoring Program, the Junior 100, serves youth on four high school and three middle school campuses in Oakland; Oakland Tech, Castlemont, Fremont, McClymonds, Frick, West Oakland Middle, and Elmhurst. In addition, our Collegiate 100 is on the campus of U.C. Berkeley. Please visit our Mentoring page where you will find the details about Junior 100, our partnership with the OK Program of Oakland, as well as a short form to fill out that will help our Mentoring Committee better understand your needs and how they may be of service to your family.
My child does not attend any of the schools mentioned above, what can I do to get help?
A student does not have to be enrolled at these schools to participate in our Junior 100 Program, however, they must be able to attend the afterschool and Saturday sessions held at these locations on a regular basis.
It is not easy for us to get to the locations mentioned because we live outside of the area. How can we get help?
Please visit the 100 Black Men of America’s website to see if there is a local Chapter near you. Should we not have a local Chapter conveniently located near you, perhaps another option to explore would be to research the possibility of partnering with another organization such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as they are a very diverse volunteer-based organization that serves individual children of all ages one-on-one in all communities.
What are the ages of the students that you mentor?
Our Junior 100 Program is designed to target students aged middle school and up.
My child is younger than middle school, what program do you offer to serve him/her?
Our Youth Movement Programis a year-round afterschool and weekend Health & Wellness Program that serves students aged 4 yrs. – 18 yrs. We have many participating track and field teams throughout the greater Bay Area. Athletes learn healthy lifestyle habits while enhancing their character development. Find a participating team near you here (I am working on this list).
What is the cost for my child to participate in your Junior 100 Mentoring Program?
There is no cost for students to participate in our programs. Our programs are funded by the dues paid by our members plus the generous contributions of corporate, private, and public partners.
I am interested in being a mentor. How do I get involved?
Every member of 100 Black Men of the Bay Area serves as a mentor for our programs. However, as our reach expands within the community, we find the need to call upon outstanding citizens at large to help channel our mission. If you are inspired to become a mentor for our African American youth, please visit the OK Program of Oakland’s website where you can fill out a short form to begin the process of exploring the possibility of becoming a team mate.
Should you have a question not answered here, please feel free to contact our Mentoring Committee using the online form on the Mentoring page of our website.
Education & Scholarship
I’m interested in applying for your scholarship, when will you post the application?
Our annual scholarship cycle begins every Spring and will be prominently posted on the homepage when the online application becomes available.
What is the deadline for submitting a scholarship application?
The deadline to submit your online scholarship application is May 31st.
How much is awarded to each student?
Our scholarships typically range from $1,600 – $3,500 per student for the school year. Eligibility, type, and the amount of the scholarship is determined by the students’ GPA, responses to the essay questions, and their financial need as demonstrated by their Expected Family Contribution Score (EFC Score) found on their Student Aid Report (SAR).
I am unable to make the deadline, is there any way that you can extend it?
Our scholarship application period starts at the beginning of Spring and concludes on May 31st each year as it has since 1992. Should you not be able to submit a complete application by this hard deadline, you are welcome to try again next year; be sure to mark your calendar.
My grades for this semester/quarter are not on my Official Transcript and won’t be until after the deadline, what can I do?
When you request a certified copy of your Official Transcript online from your school’s Registrar’s Office, it contains the most current information available regarding your academic progress as it stands today. This is the information that we seek; not necessarily your year-end grades.
Is community service required?
100 Black Men of The Bay Area, Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on community outreach. As such, we require that our scholars give back to the community by completing a minimum of eight hours of community service per semester equaling a minimum of 16 hours per school year. In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we encourage you to seek remote service opportunities if you are not able to work on location.
I live afar, can I apply for your scholarship?
100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc. offers scholarships to students that attended at least the last two years of high school within the San Francisco Bay Area and are bound for a four-year college/university, junior/community college, or trade/vocational school. The program also accepts applications from undergraduate and graduate students who attend post-secondary school in the Bay Area.
Should your scholar’s geographic story fall outside of the location requirements for our Bay Area Chapter, you can visit our National website to find a local Chapter better positioned to address your needs.
I am an International student and do not qualify for FASFA, can I apply?
If you are a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area going away to school or transferring to a Bay Area school, please submit your W-2 along with your application and it will be reviewed in its entirety by our Scholarship Committee.
Health & Wellness
Should you have a question that is not answered here, please Contact Us to direct your question to the appropriate committee.