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 110 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 $300,000, it is both effective and efficient, with the funding it utilizes.
We are committed to the intellectual development of 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. In Omaha, the 100BMO has chosen to focus its programmatic efforts on mentoring and education for North Omaha’s at-risk youth.
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 visible 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 role models and setting an example in a continuous and meaningful manner.
The 100BMO is funded primarily by our membership and other donations. Typically, donations are received from individuals, corporations, foundations, and fundraising efforts.
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.
The 100BMO’s programs include:
African American History Challenge (AAHC). This flagship competition in its 15th year was designed by the 100BMO to enhance the study of African-American history and culture among middle and high school students. Over its 15 year period, the AAHC has provided over $300,000 in scholarship and awards to deserving Omaha area students of all races and ethnicities.
100 Saturday Academy, this program for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th-grade students of all races designed to improve proficiency in math and reading.
Leadership & Mentoring Academy (LMA), a mentoring program for Omaha area male middle and high school students. Most of these young men have gone on to college and become a part of our local Collegiate 100 program.