100 Black Men of Atlanta kicked off the first day of school for the students of B.E.S.T. Academy by welcoming them back in person.

Handshakes and high fives were abundant as members of the 100 Black Men and Emerging 100 lined the entryway, on Monday, August 1, greeting students as their parents and buses dropped them off.  Starting the day, breakfast with the senior class was provided by the Emerging 100 of Atlanta.

“Since its doors opened in 2007, members of 100 Black Men of Atlanta have welcomed new generations of students as a symbolic gesture of support. It’s exhilarating to see the students’ excitement for the new year and it aligns with our mission ‘What they see, they will be’,” said Chairman Keith Millner. 

(Photo Credit: Courtesy of 100 Black Men of Atlanta)

Executive Director Louis Negron adds, “Through mentoring and Project Success, we encourage students to reach academic success and help them develop into educated, contributing members of our community.”

Started in 1987, Project Success programs provide nurturing, personalized, and concrete support in the form of mentoring and social, emotional and communication skill development, particularly during students’ transition from pre-adolescence to the adolescent phase of their development.

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.

Credit: This article is one of a series of articles produced by The Atlanta Voice through support provided by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Word In Black, a collaborative of 10 Black-owned media outlets across the country.

Martel Sharpe serves as the Director of Public Relations for The Atlanta Voice. He has been with the organization for three years. Martel began his time with The Atlanta Voice as a freelance writer before...