The Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men is a regional organization of men, influencing and building better communities by encouraging, inspiring and enabling African American young people and adults to reach their highest potential.
The Scholars Academy is a mentoring program developed by 200+ Men Inc. to help African American young men graduate from high school with the necessary skills to be productive citizens, prepared for higher education, professional training, or the work world. Students are assigned mentors from amongst The 200+ Men Inc. who provide guidance and support throughout their high school years. The program includes guest speakers, field trips and other activities, and students are afforded the opportunity to interact with successful role models in business, politics, public service and other walks of life.
The 200+ Men Caravan to Richmond is a civic education initiative that exposes 200+ Men members and African American youth to the legislative process. Young men from area high schools, with 200+ mentors and chaperones, take a day trip by bus to Richmond to visit state lawmakers and experience, first-hand, the inner workings of our representative democracy. They learn how bills become laws through a process that requires negotiation and compromise. The students and 200+ Men members are introduced in the Senate Chamber by an elected representative from Hampton Roads. The day concludes with a guided tour of the State Capitol.
The 200+ Men Inc. established the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Forum Series to present noted speakers to the community. Speakers have included George C. Fraser, author of “Success Runs in our Race”; Congressman and civil rights pioneer John Lewis (“Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement”); and Thomas M. Shapiro, Brandeis University professor and author of “The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality.”
The 200+ Scholars Breakfast is the signature event and major fundraiser for The 200+ Men Foundation. The event honors African American high school males who are graduating from Hampton Roads public and private schools with a 3.0 or better GPA. The Scholars Breakfast receives support from colleges and universities within and around the Commonwealth of Virginia, local public and private high schools, corporate partners and others. Each student that attends the event receives the coveted 200+ Scholars medallion. Scholarships are awarded to some of the honorees.
Brother to Brother Camp
The B2B Camp program, launched in 2006, is an intense adventure for 25-30 middle school-aged African American boys ages 13-14. The campers participate in straight talk and mentoring sessions with successful African American men, engage with peers and counselors in meaningful group discussions about their life challenges, learn about Virginia’s natural resources, enjoy a broad range of outdoor activities, and visit African American museums and historical sites. The underlying theme throughout the four-day journey is that these young boys will find strength in their past experiences, begin to discover a sense of purpose, and begin to imagine a bright future.
200+ Men Awards
The 200+ Men annually recognizes four individuals for demonstrating outstanding leadership in the Hampton Roads region. The John H. Johnson Award (named after the founder of Ebony magazine) is presented to a business leader; the Carter G. Woodson Award (named after the father of Black history month) is presented to an educator; the Samuel DeWitt Proctor (named after a local community leader, orator and minister who served in the administration of President John F. Kennedy) is presented for community service; and the John Lewis Award (named after the former Congressman who was also one of the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington) is presented to an African-American male high school student to recognize superior youth leadership.
The George C. Crawley Scholarship is named in honor of our major founder and first president. The competitive, one-time $1,000 scholarships are intended for 200+ Scholars (3.00 or better GPA) who are honored each year at the 200+ Scholars Breakfast. The Alice Lee Williams Sams Memorial Scholarship is a $1,000 award given yearly to a 200+ Scholar who plans to attend Norfolk State University. The student must have at least a 3.2 grade point average. These scholarships are made directly to the student, contingent upon proof of acceptance and enrollment at an institution of higher learning. The applicants are evaluated on the basis of financial need, academic performance, and community-school involvement.
In the 1930s, a black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published books that were survival and travel guides for African Americans traveling in the South. The 200+ Men Inc.'s Green Book database is a tribute to that original Green Book. This new digital app will be an online database of Black, SWaM (Small, Women and Minority) and related Professionals and Businesses in the Greater Hampton Roads area. Businesses and professionals can submit their details for free.