University of Texas at AustinDivision of Diversity and Community Engagement

Austin Chapter of 100 Black Men of America to Focus on Mentoring Youth

June 28, 2012

Eight Austin professionals have founded the new Austin chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.®  The national organization has more than 100 affiliates and focuses on mentoring, health and wellness, economic empowerment and education. Its mission is to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.

Malcomb Gardner, COO for Texas Restaurant Association and spokesman for the new Austin chapter, said, “Young Black boys are facing very challenging times. We want to do our part as Black men to mentor them and be an example of what they can do and be.”

Gardner explained that while Austin’s African American community does not face challenges at as an intense level as those affecting larger urban areas, many African American youth in the city lack role models. “We are all professionals. We have come through the educational system, we are successful but recognize that not all young men are as fortunate as we have been. We want to share that talent, knowledge and wisdom and be an example to those less fortunate and rally men with like-minded concerns to do their part, no matter their background or occupation.”

Because of its focus on educational outcomes and success for young men of color, the chapter has been a community incubator project of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. The founding members include Ashton Cumberbatch, Vice President, Seton Healthcare Family; Aaron Demerson, Executive Director, Economic Development Council; Rev. Freddie Dixon, Director, Community Engagement Center, The University of Texas at Austin; Malcomb Gardner, COO, Texas Restaurant Association; Darrell Pierce, Snap Management Consulting; Dr. Spencer Platt, The University of Texas at Austin; Jeffrey Richard, Austin Community College; Jeffrey Travillion, City of Austin; Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin.

For more information about the organization and how to get involved, e-mail vpddce@austin.utexas.edu.

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