The 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. (100BMC), the area’s preeminent organization focused on mentoring African American youth, will be a part of the second annual Project Gentleman’s Experience on May 27, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The 100BMC will partner with IAAG and Harmony Health Plan, Inc. to facilitate its inaugural health and wellness series to provide high school seniors with relevant information focused on maintaining good health for a lifetime. They will host a discussion, entitled “Real Talk About Men’s Health,” that will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
The panel, presented as part of Harmony Health Plan’s Community Education Series, will be conducted by Dr. Charles Barron, CMO for Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness, and former professional basketball player David Carson who is an ACE certified, NIKE trainer and nutrition specialist. The far-ranging topics include healthy eating, preventative healthcare, sex education and body and mind preparation for athletes. Additionally, Harmony Health Plan, Inc. will provide a $500 scholarship to a mentee of the 100BMC to further his education in the field of health and science.
“The 100BMC believes that education is of paramount importance for young people to maintain good health throughout their lifetime,” said Carl Tutt, president of the 100BMC. “We are pleased to be part of the Project Gentleman Experience, and join with Harmony Health Plan to present experts in health and wellness to interact with these young men.”
“Harmony is honored to partner with I Am A Gentleman and the 100 Black Men of Chicago to present this comprehensive focus on maintaining your health for a lifetime,” said Miguel Torres, senior director of field sales and marketing at Harmony. “We designed the education series to raise awareness and start the dialogue around critical health issues facing the people and communities we serve, and are pleased to have partners who have the same focus.”
100BMC’s focus is closing the achievement gap between African American youth and their peers academically, health wise, and with wealth accumulation. To that end, the organization oversees four mentoring academy sites across the Chicagoland area. Additionally, the organization partners with the University of Illinois Chicago’s African American Advisory Council, form- ed to address the disparity in African American administration, staff, and student body at the institution, and they are a member of the Mayor’s Cabinet for the “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative.