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Student leaders empower youth to strive for success

By Moriah Scott
On November 28, 2012

Greek organizations are what are most familiar at a historically black college or university, as far as what students choose to pursue, and what students instill in their minds as ideal participation in a student organization, if any. The Collegiate 100, a special interest organization at Prairie View A&M University, has caught the interests of the students, by ear and eye.
Though the idea and foundation of Collegiate 100 began at Prairie View in 1994, it did not become an official student organization until spring 2011. Frederick Roberts introduced the idea in 1994 bringing it to the attention of the National Chapter rooted from the 100 Black Men Organization. The idea was accepted, but not implemented on the campus because of Robert's temporary absence.
Upon his return, there was an abundance of request regarding the implementation of the Collegiate 100. These requests went ignored because according to Roberts, he believed the organization would proceed "when it's time," and no sooner. Eventually he was inspired by spiritual motivation and the absence of Greeks on campus to initiate The Collegiate 100.
The purpose of the Collegiate 100 is to assist minority men in metro areas, ages 8 to 18, by mentoring them on the key points of health and wellness, education, economic development, and mentoring. After graduating, Collegiate 100 members can still contribute to the organization by staying in contact with the chapter in which they belong, support, and show interest.
Collegiate 100 is a stepping-stone to becoming a part of 100 Black Men. The 100 Black Men members, ages 24 to 35, are working on creating a liaison group that will allow members to provide service between the time of being a Collegiate 100 member until one is capable of becoming a 100 Black Men member.
Patrick Gray, president of Collegiate 100 programs, explained what he has gained from participation in the organization.
"It has taught me about things that I did not previously know about or consider to be significant such as law enforcement and the judicial system as well as networking opportunities and professional development. Most importantly, it has taught me how to think on a broader scale and how to balance between taking care of business and having fun at the same time."
Among his favorite experiences in the organization, Gray describes meeting members of the 100 Black Men organization in Houston. He highlighted his meeting with Ronald Green, comptroller of Houston, emphasizing how laid back he was.
Gray said, "It was inspiring to meet people who are from the same background as us, but still successful and so willing to help. It is good to see that you do not have to sell out to be successful. You can still be yourself."
Collegiate 100 hosted a gala with the purpose of fundraising. Known for more casual gatherings and parties, the organization decided it was time for a more professional setting. The gala provided opportunities for Collegiate 100 members and gala attendees to network with 100 Black Men members, well known professionals, while enjoying live entertainment, food, award presentations and new members. The funds raised will go toward a scholarship the organization will be creating over Christmas break.
Applications will be completed for current mentees in the Texas area to be eligible to receive the scholarship. Students can look forward to many programs hosted by Collegiate 100 including the Miss Collegiate Scholarship Pageant, Kickback 3 on Valentine's Day, and Understanding the Man Seminar, which will be a panel sharing experiences, giving advice, and open to questions from all students.
Just as any other prestigious organization, Collegiate 100 looks for students who are leaders, and have the potential to be leaders. By showing interest through support of all Collegiate 100 programs, and identifying self, purpose, and goal, while maintaining a 2.5 GPA, students are eligible to join. After meeting requirements, an interview process is completed, and initiation soon follows.
Participation is not restricted to males only. Females are accepted just as willingly, mentoring boys from a woman's perspective, and girls in the right direction and upbringing into womanhood.
and initiation soon follows.
Participation is not restricted to males only. Females are accepted just as willingly, mentoring boys from a woman's perspective, and girls in the right direction and upbringing into womanhood.

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