100 Black Men of Syracuse held its 12th Annual Banquet on November 16, 2019 at Oncenter. The theme of the event was "The Future is Now". The steadfast efforts to uplift the next generation of Black men through mentorship and education was celebrated at the evening.
The national organization 100 Black Men of America originated in 1963 in New York City and the Syracuse branch was opened a decade ago. The organization, with volunteers and community partners, provides on-going educational training programs, mentoring, tutoring, student scholarships and economic empowerment seminars.
Held at the Oncenter, 5 honorees received acknowledgment including our board member Timur Saka for his community service through CNY RISE Center. Mr. Saka mentioned about his past experience of mentoring Robotics Program students and he mentioned about the recent campaigns including "Endgin Childhood Lead Poisoning" or "Childcare Initiative in Onondaga County".
There were 17 high schools that were applauded for their participation in various programs such as Robotics and Drones. Teams who represented North East Region at the national competition presented their projects at the event.
100 Black Men of Syracuse President Drake Harrison said their goal was to prepare the next generation for the global competition. He also mentioned about the field trip they organized to Washington D.C.
For more information about 100 Black Men of Syracuse, visit 100blackmensyr.org