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Envision our C average high school students as future entrepreneurs, medical physicians, and educators having access to resources, education, and internships that cultivate their career goals regardless of their personal challenges or financial barriers.  This vision will soon become reality for several students nationwide as their city experiences African American Men 1000 and the  “C Average Scholarship Tour, and it is all for the purpose of providing “C” average high school students with scholarships that will allow them to reach their maximum potential.

African American Men 1000 is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is mentoring a new generation of boys thanks to the vision of its founder, Marvin “Mandela” Smith. While many may know Smith by his uncanny resemblance to the former South African president, Nelson Mandela, others recognize him for his organizational abilities for bringing positive men together. The goal here is to revitalize the family through education by providing scholarships to high school students who have a C average but have limited scholarship opportunities or other financial barriers. The “C” average high school student is often perceived as sloppy or careless in preparation, uncommitted, lacking attentiveness, having insufficient effort and ultimately deemed as the “Under Dog”. African American Men 1000 challenges the C average myth with the belief that it is not always those who possess the best grades who will attain a prosperous life. Instead, it is those who discover their passion, have strong familial support, and possess the ability to combine a cunning intelligence with business savvy attributes who will be the future leaders of tomorrow; which includes C average students.

The African American Men 1000 Foundation is committed to breaking down any barriers that would prevent C average students from pursuing post-secondary education and training and will use its “C Average Scholarship Tour” as one of its vehicles to provide scholarships.

College Planning TODAY Services and its upcoming CAverage Scholarship Tour; Three city challenge will engage three cities that have been instrumental over the past few years; Atlanta(GA), Houston (TX), and Dallas (TX). We have been recently made aware that additional cities are ready for the challenge (Charlotte (NC), Columbia (SC), Tampa (FL), Philadelphia (PA), Washington (DC), and New York (NY). The African Amerian Men 1000 foundation will spend a week in each city campaigning for C-average students, raising funding for scholarships, and hosting a benefit reception. In each city, College Planning TODAY Services will adopt three high schools to award C-average scholarships, however, the city that raises the most sponsorships/donations for scholarships and have the most students register will receive an additional scholarship for their adopted schools.