The 100 Black Men of Austin, Inc. has started a pilot to introduce high school students to investment and stocks. The Stock Market Game is an online simulation of the global capital markets and engages students in grades 4-12 in the world of economics, investing and personal finance with the goal of preparing them for financially independent futures. Participants are given a virtual $100,000 to invest in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds over a 10 – week period (January – April). Played as a team of 3-5 members, students develop and enhance skills in leadership, management, research, problem solving, and team-building. Charles Schwab and NFP partnered with the 100 to share their expertise and provide mentoring resources along the way.
The 100 and some of the students were featured on Fox News Austin.
The 100 Black Men of Austin kicked off the 2021 year by volunteering at the Central Texas Food Bank Warehouse. Members worked the assembly line to box up pallets of food to be distributed. 5 hour later, 15 pallets, 630 boxes of food to provide a total of 15,000 meals.
Due to Travis County going to Stage 4 COVID restrictions, the 100 Black Men of Austin made a $2,000 donation to the Central Texas Food Bank in lieu of volunteering for the holidays. Central Texas Food Bank partnered with PIMCO to triple donations during the holidays. Because of their generous match, the 100 BMOA donation will provide 24,000 meals.
The 100 Black Men of Austin partnered with Knot Standard to introduce 9 high school seniors to dress etiquette. John Ballay (CEO) of Knot Standard and his team of experts shared their experiences in the clothing world as well as networking opportunities. Sessions included tying a tie, knowing what color suit to wear for every occasion, understanding the ABC model (Attention to detail, Be yourself, Confidence), and testimonials from the Knot Standard team. At the end of the sessions, Matthew Mueller (Founder & President) of Knot Standard surprised the students by awarding them a custom suit and shirt.
Special thanks to Allison Hand, Dion Lattimore, Fabrizio Lauri, Marvin Gilmore (pictured), Brooke Semenza, Texas Empowerment Academy, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Ladders for Leaders.