Continuing The Legacy That Came Before Us

The mission of the 100 Black Men of Omaha (100BMO) is to improve the quality of life in Omaha by helping our youth reach their fullest potential.  This has been the organization’s mission since 1995 when a group of concerned men realized that the survival of the community rested on their willingness to join together and be a vehicle for positive change. Today the 100BMO, is one of over 100 chapters internationally that make up the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., an alliance of leading African-American men of business, industry, public affairs and government. For an organization with an operating budget of just over $400,000, it is both effective and efficient, with the funding it utilizes.

Since its inception, the 100BMO has remained a visible and viable resource for the Omaha community and continues to do its part to improve the quality of life for all Omaha citizens.

We are committed to the intellectual development of our youth and the economic empowerment of the African-American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice, and integrity. Our “Four for the Future Initiatives” include: Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness and Economic Empowerment.

The 100BMO is an organization that has an asset that sets it apart from other organizations in Omaha having similar sounding missions. This difference is a solid core of African-American men committed to making a difference in their community. The 100BMO sparks a sense of “I can do it too” in its youthful target audience by being positive mentors and role models setting an example in a continuous and meaningful manner.

The 100BMO is supported by members, individuals, corporations, foundations and other fundraising efforts.

The 100BMO’s programs include:

Leadership & Mentoring Academy (LMA), a One-to-one mentoring program for Omaha area male middle and high school students. Many of these young men have gone on to college and become successful and contributing adults.

Group Mentoring (GM) This program builds relationships with 4th and 5th grade mentees in a group setting. The program provides opportunities for the mentees to develop essential life skills and leadership traits for success in and out the classroom. The goals of this program is to build confidence, self-esteem, and a positive self-image.  Mentors reinforce these goals for success using Steven Covey’s “7 Habits of Happy Kids.”

Pathways to Success/Financial Literacy (PTS/FL), is an extension of our LMA program designed to provide career readiness opportunities for mentees and their families. Curriculum focuses on financial literacy, employability skills, career readiness and entrepreneurship.

100 Saturday Academy This tutoring program for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students is designed to improve proficiency in math and reading. Enrichment activities are incorporated into the curriculum to enhance learning.

African American History Challenge (AAHC) This flag ship competition created in 2001, is a reading program designed by the 100BMO to enhance the study of African-American history and culture among middle and high school students. Over its tenure, the AAHC has provided over $350,000 in scholarships and awards to deserving Omaha area students of all races and ethnicities.

Real-Men-Read (RMR) Members donate substantial hours in front of our young people emphasizing the importance of reading.

Real-Men-Greet (RMG) Members volunteer their time at designated elementary schools. The RMG program helps build social skills, self-esteem and a positive “jump start” to the student’s school week.