The Black Belt Initiative is a mentorship program that will inspire young Black males in two middle schools, by daring them to be different and having them interact with successful role models. This program will be implemented by the Community Engagement and Empowerment Network (CEEN), a group of volunteers in 21 community based organizations. It is anticipated that a "village" of volunteers will provide mentorship for each male in the program, consisting of a male leader and three female volunteers. CEEN is a comprised group of 21 organizations for the expressed purpose of working together and providing service to the community.

The students will receive one-on-one guidance in the areas of responsibility, respect for self and others, work ethic, attire, oral and written communication and other character-building areas.  They will be presented a "Black Belt" for the expressed purpose of "keeping their pants up" while they receive information regarding character development. Mayor Harvey Johnson and First Lady Kathy Johnson are the Honorary Co-Chairman of the CEEN Network.

 

International Community Ambassadors Network
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Beta Delta Omega Chapter
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Rho Lambda Omega Chapter
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Upsilon Upsilon Omega Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Jackson Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Madison County Alumnae Chapter
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Epsilon Lambda
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Jackson Alumni Chapter
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc Canton-Madison Alumni Chapter
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Beta Alpha Chapter

 

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Kappa Kappa
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Mu Sigma Chapter
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Alpha Delta Zeta Chapter
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Tau Upsilon Zeta Chapter
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Tau Phi Zeta Chapter
The Links, Incorporated, Jackson Chapter
The Links, Incorporated, Le-Fleurs Bluff Chapter
100 Black Men of Jackson
Forward Lookers Federated Club
Jack and Jill of America, Jackson Inc.
National Council of Negro Women, Jackson Section

     

Special Thanks To:

Mission Africa and Christopher Taylor: The Black Belt Curriculum
The Juanita Sims Doty Foundation: Dr. Juanita Sims Doty, Chairman of the Board
Karla L. McCullough, Executive Director
Dr. Ivye Allen, President of the Foundation for the MidSouth