“It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s about our children.” –Oscar Wright
In 2016, National African-American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) was celebrated at South Shore PK-8 School in Seattle. NAAPID is national holiday celebrated in February that promotes family engagement, recognizes the brilliance of Black students and affirms education as a cultural value of the African diaspora. The event called for one hundred Black men to greet and usher students into school with enthusiastic high fives. In an extraordinary act of civic involvement, 256 answered the call.
NAAPID influenced the formation of MoHundred by ten community volunteers to support the academic goals, social-emotional learning, and cultural identity of Black children. Formed of diverse Black men and fathers from the community, MoHundred members include: Anthony Shoecraft (City of Seattle), Kirk Mead (Washington Federal), Chukundi Salisbury (100 Black Parents), Chinua Lambie (Providence St. Joseph Health), Allen Branch (HoneyWell), Earl Parker, Jr. (Port of Seattle), Les Liggins (Seattle Police, retired), Aaron Bossett (Axum Analytics), Sean Connor (Microsoft), Kevin Baker (Consultant).
A Detroit-based organization that learned of NAAPID’s success pledged in 2016 to grant $10,000 scholarships to ten Black male high school graduating seniors from the Seattle area. This organization never fulfilled its promises to these young men which significantly and negatively impacted their educational plans. One young man delayed enrollment, another dropped out after first semester due to financial hardship, while the remaining families were forced to take out more loans. MoHundred decided to stand in the gap for these young men and rally the local community around them and their families to help make their college dreams come true by creating the MoHundred Scholarship.
Raise $100,000 for college scholarship awards by January 31, 2019 through charitable giving (corporate, individual and community-based donations) to restore the promises made to these young men. Any dollars raised in excess of the goal will form a new community fund that will award annual scholarships to local Black male high school graduates.
A $500 minimum gift from individuals and $2,500 minimum from corporations and/or charitable giving arms of private entities.
SCHOLARSHIP OVERSIGHT AND ADMINISTRATION
The MoHundred Scholarship is a partnership between the College Success Foundation (CSF) and MoHundred. MoHundred ensures student eligibility (GPA, FAFSA completion, enrollment status) is maintained and CSF manages and administers the funds to the institutions. All gifts are tax deductible and CSF will provide tax receipts to each contributor/donor.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
MOBILE – Text “MoHundred” to 4144 MOHUNDRED SITE – www.mohundred.org
COMPANY MATCH – Tax ID #: 91-2036088 COLLEGE SUCCESS FOUNDATION: Scholarship donation page