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100 Black Men of Long Island seeks youth mentors

The 100 Black Men of Long Island Inc. is using National Mentoring Month to call on more African-American men to make a difference in the lives of disenfranchised youth by becoming mentors.

The nonprofit organization hosted a special meeting last week at its Hempstead headquarters in an effort to challenge and collaborate with African-American organizations, businesses, churches, fraternities and individuals to mobilize the community.

Those interested in mentoring or seeking more information should contact Lisa Eason-Adil at 516-538-6318 or

The group, a local chapter of the 100 Black Men of America Inc., also supported the Pull Your Pants Up Campaign and Dress Up America Campaign.

The 100 Black Men of America Inc. is a national alliance of African-American men from diverse professions with a mission to improve the quality of life for African-Americans, particularly youth.

A study by the Schott Foundation for Public Education in 2010 found that 47 percent of black males nationally graduate from high school.

Mentoring is a youth development strategy that has positive impact when the adult-youth relationship is consistent and sustained, group officials said.

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