June 25, 2014
The 100 Black Men of Central Virginia organization are hosting their annual summer camp for young boys in the community.
On Wednesday, 46 African American boys from fifth to eighth grades attended a luncheon to hear from a few professionals from the Charlottesville community, including an attorney, an educator and a member of the police force.
They also learned about proper etiquette while eating.
A few high school students were also there to help mentor the young men.
"I remember there were assistants helping me out when I was younger, so it feels good to give back and help them out in their classrooms," said Marcel Berry, a student at Albemarle High School.
"Many of our African American males are classified as under-achievers. This program is about rebuilding their self-esteem, their self-determination, so they can be all that they can be," says Bernard Hairston, president of 100 Black men.
This event is part of the organizations M Cubed program, which focuses on math, men and mission.