December 21, 2023 – ATLANTA… Ensuring a happy holiday for all, 100 Black Men of Atlanta spread cheer and merriment in conjunction with Atlanta Falcons Cornerback Aundell “AJ” Terrell Jr.
On December 19, Mr. Terrell sponsored a brunch for five families selected by 100 Black Men of Atlanta from their adopted schools, The B.E.S.T Academy and its sister school, The Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy. This third annual event was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Mr. Terrell received the 2023 John Lewis Emerging Leader Award during the 100 Honors Gala in June. He has assisted over 15 families and students over the last three years.
The B.E.S.T. Academy is a public all-boys school and The Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA) is a public all-girls school. Both schools serve grades 6-12. Their total minority enrollment is 100%, and 100% of students are economically disadvantaged. Both schools are among those adopted by 100 Black Men of Atlanta.
The vision of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. is to become the city’s strongest, most self-reliant African American volunteer organization focused on education, enrichment and empowerment. A non-profit organization, The 100 provides college preparatory services and mentorship to at-risk Atlanta youth. Civic-minded members dedicate their time and talent as mentors to help boys and girls break the cycles of poverty, under-achievement and violence that plague their communities, thus enabling them to seek their highest potential. Since its inception in 1986, 100% of the students who complete Project Success, the organization’s flagship program, have graduated from high school and 80% have graduated from college in four years, far outpacing the national averages. Project Success is a nationally recognized post-secondary preparation, tuition assistance, and mentoring program for Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students whereby the 100 Black Men of Atlanta provides tuition-assistance scholarships for all Project Success students who graduate from high school. For more info: https://100blackmen-atlanta.org.