The 100 considers economic empowerment as a necessary step toward creating a just society, not only here in the United States, but for black people around the world. The 100 defines economic empowerment as the ability to be self-determined in creating dreams, pursuing them and ultimately perpetuating them by establishing the mechanisms to sustain generational wealth. Our programmatic initiatives promote generational economic self-sufficiency through financial literacy, family wealth building and entrepreneurship. Current program initiatives include:
- Dollars & $ense Youth Investment Program by State Farm
- Pathways to Success by Wells Fargo
Dollars & Sense Youth Investment Program by State Farm
The Dollars and $ense program is designed to provide high school students, grades 9 through 12, with the opportunity to learn and apply “best practice” strategies for saving 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.
The 8-week curriculum (Investing in Your Future) explores basic investment options and processes and the concepts are reinforced through the electronic program called Better Investing Classic. The Better Investing Classic is a hands-on learning experience that allows students to analyze stocks, print stock analysis reports, and store analyst data for fifteen (15) companies. The course is further enhanced by field trips, guest speakers, reading materials and games.
Annually, 100 Black Men of America Chapters are invited to apply through an RFP process to compete for grant funds to implement the Dollars and $ense program. The 100 Black Men Chapters that are awarded the funding complete the 8-week curriculum and compete in the National Dollars and $ense Competition held each year during the Annual Conference of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Pathways to Success by Wells Fargo
Pathways to Success (PTS) is a robust economic empowerment training program for 100 Black Men Chapters that was launched by the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte and supports Wells Fargo’s commitment to outreach, education, and inclusion. The program focuses on two primary career development areas: Corporate Phase and Entrepreneurship Phase. The Pathways to Success model is designed to assess participants’ interest, measure success, and track results. The program concludes with paid job shadowing activities for participants.
The co-ed program is open to high school juniors and seniors and collegiate chapter mentees through a rigorous application process. Pathways to Success provides flexibility for each chapter’s needs in terms of content, structure, and execution. The program leverages local chapter resources as much as possible, and then supplements with national resources, sponsor resources, and a core of dedicated volunteers.