The Info-Link-100 2012 Summer Computer Camp, a mentoring program instituted by 100 Black Men of Western PA Inc., graduated a class of 17 bright students.
The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and educational opportunities for at-risk African-American youth in the Greater Pittsburgh area. The specific focus is mentoring and in this capacity they have served the Greater Pittsburgh area for more than 20 years. The “100” is an integral part of 100 Black Men Of America Inc., which is a broader based international organization with more than 110 chapters in 30 States.
“We tell our kids, over and over again, it’s all about education,” said Ron Lawrence, president of the group. The afternoon luncheon ceremony on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University lent a jump start to the hopeful students who studied at CMU computer camp for 10 weeks of intensive training and four weeks of internship with the partnered companies. The 17 graduates consisted of three teams, and they each presented skilled professional corporate business proposals of high tech products, that will have viable use in today’s market place. Michael Booker II, selected by the “100” out of 100,000 students across the nation, was the guest speaker and Mentor of The Year. He reminded the students of what it means to work hard and lead by example. He will start this fall at CMU, with a $200,000 scholarship, made possible through the Mentorship program and sponsors of 100 Black Men of Western PA.
Michael Carlisle, Info link-100 program director and mentoring chairman for 100 Black Men of Western PA, said, the “100” is a viable program and that he appreciates the services of corporate sponsors and the Hill House Association for their internship assistance on products that were designed by the students, during the summer camp, which was an enrichment to their lives and the commerce of the world. Carlisle also said he was proud of the students, their presentations and of the technicians who were welcomed back to assist the students in their presentations.
The mission of the “100” is to improve the quality of life of inner city youth and enhance educational opportunities for African-American and minorities, with a particular emphasis on young African-American males. These programs include: Mentorship, Tutoring, Health and Wellness, Economic Development/Financial Fitness, Technology, Cultural, Parental Support and Student Served. Since its inception, the “100” has directly mentored more than 550 students with a 90 percent post secondary institution attendance rate and have positively impacted the lives of more than 1,750 African-American students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system.