100 Strong’s Bio
100 STRONG was formed in January of 2016 by a handful of bold men that made the call to ALL concerned men in Rockford that realize that we have no right to complain about the problems that’s going on in Rockford if all we’re gonna do is open our mouth but not be willing to lift a finger to help towards a solution. This call to action was a response to the several deaths, shootings and chaotic state of mind of the Rockford Youth.
Thankfully, Many of the Men of Rockford answered the call, stood up, and attended 100 STRONG’s first meeting on Monday, January 31, 2016 at Second Christian Church. It was obvious to 100 Strong that the youth in Rockford needed men and women to give them guidance, mentor them by being an example in their environment, teach them trades, show them how to be men and women with integrity with a good work ethic, teach them about homeownership, encourage them to go to college and become professionals and business owners!
100 STRONG became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization on February 12th 2016.
100 Strong’s primary mission is to educate, mentor and support programming that advances the positive interests of youth throughout Rockford. The members of 100 Strong are devoted to improving the quality of life for African-Americans-particular young males-through programs focusing on positive social interaction, economic empowerment, mentoring and education. We seek to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing our diverse talents to create an environment where our children are motivated to achieve and to empower our young people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve. We do this by coordinating our efforts and by focusing attention on systemic issues that impede African Americans from achieving a higher quality of life.
With these goals in mind, 100 STRONG has since its inception worked relentlessly to rebuild our youth and community, both socially and economically by interacting with them and building honest relationships. 100 STRONG is also improving the youth in our community by the recent purchase of a Community Safe House,
a place where the youth can come and feel safe, while being mentored, and educated all in one place.
Some of our main objectives in this Safe House are:
1) Crime reduction by providing skills and an open work environment.
2) Illiteracy reduction by introducing non-traditional avenues of learning and education.
3) Neighborhood development by inspiring community members with a renowned sense of self-worth, self-pride
4) Increasing positive social interaction by providing a place where youth can freely resolve peer conflicts in
a safe and loving environment.
100 STRONG is a grassroots organization consisting of men and women with a common goal of helping our community by teaching, mentoring, empowering, and uplifting our youth. How do we do this? By giving back, and sharing our skills and knowledge. We are looking to purchase a house that we can rehab and bring in some of our youth to teach them a skilled trade. Once the house is completed it will be a place where the youth can come and feel safe, while being mentored, and educated all in one place. All of these things cannot be done without your support. If each one can reach one to teach one we can change our community!