Students find their passions and positive role models at Saturday Academy

His English grade in school from Monday through Friday was mediocre. But at Saturday Academy, the student thrives. This is just one example of how the 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc. empower local young people to succeed. Saturday Academy provides academic support and mentoring to children from 4th to 8th grade. The program started this January after receiving a $10,000 Community Grant from the Central New York Community Foundation in December 2014.

This student, like others, has found his talents in this program. The hands-on projects sparked his creativity and the mentoring approach encouraged his growth.

“He’s beating down the door every Saturday trying to get in,” said Jawwaad Rasheed, Education Committee Chair of 100 Black Men. “He’s discovered that he’s a pretty good writer. Now he has something he can hang his hat onto. He’s proud that people say he can write.”

100 Black Men of Syracuse is a grassroots organization that focuses on the educational development and the economic empowerment of the African-American community. 100 Black Men provides group mentoring sessions, college tours and other programs related to mentoring, education, health and economic empowerment.

About the Central New York Community Foundation

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region. The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $172 million. It awarded $9.5 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested nearly $130 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 650 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.

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