The UPS Foundation, charitable arm of UPS, has given a grant of $20,000 to 100 Black Men of South Florida to fund the organization’s premier program, the Leadership Academy.


The 13-year-old mentoring program helps students in sixth through 12th grade sharpen and increase their life skills while providing a well-rounded experience in an open forum setting.

The program, which averages 60 young men, meets twice a month at the Overtown Youth Center in downtown Miami. It has provided students with trips to Wall Street to learn about the financial center and to Calder Race Course for a behind-the-scenes look at preparing a horse for a race and the work of the jockeys.

It has also conducted mock trials and taken the youths on camping trips.

More that 13 young men who have passed through the Academy have graduated from college or are currently enrolled in institutions of higher learning.

The UPS grant “greatly enhances our ability to maintain a quality program for our future leaders,” Bobbie Hal, president of 100 Black Men, said in a statement announcing the grant. “With so many young black males losing their way in today’s society, the ‘100’ program provides an alternative that will set them on the right path to becoming productive citizens.”

“The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful programs thatmake a meaningful difference in our communities – so we are proud to support 100 Black Men of South Florida's efforts to mentor young men of tomorrow,” said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation.