Staff Report

MIAMI – On Thursday, November 3, the 100 Black Men of South Florida (100BlackMenSF) hosted over 6,000 students at their College and Career Fair to raise awareness about the importance of college, connect students with many different professions and give community members a chance to share their expertise with students. Encouraging students to explore careers they are interested in is a key way to demonstrate the relevance of a college degree. According to U.S. Department of Education statistics, Florida is currently tied with four states, having the fifth-lowest graduation rate. Researchers say nationwide progress means the national graduation rate could reach 90 percent by 2020.

100BlackMenSF want to help achieve that promising stat. Each student was encouraged to bring copies of their transcripts, community service hours and SAT/ACT scores. Chapter attendees also advised students to dress in appropriate business attire for the expo.

“The experience I had as a parent – there were colleges introduced to my child that she never considered. Also, with more than 120 Colleges and Universities in attendance, we are grateful to those that participated. I was a great event for the students. I will attend annually and spread the word to friends and family,” said parent Shelia Henderson.

There were over 200 colleges and universities as well as industry leaders on hand to help the students navigate a plan for their future. The NACCP also participated and encouraged students 18 and up to exercise their right to vote in this year’s election.

The 100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc. has been at the forefront of mentoring and providing innovative programs for young black males in South Florida. Some of their signature initiatives include Positive Youth Development, Dr. Harold Guinyard Leadership Academy and Collegiate 100. According to members, these programs have made a significant impact on young men of the South Florida community.

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