In addition to these, we have collaborated with/supported: several other agencies, educational institutions, and community youth programs.
Today, the BMGS continue to live its mission. Our mainstay activity program is the W.E.B. Dubois Academy. Established in the fall of 1997, this program provides educational support and mentoring to area youth on Saturday mornings throughout the school year. The program works with youth between 3rd and 12th grades. Operating out the Springfield Girls Club Family on Acorn St., the program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The BMGS also provide support to some of the academy’s young men that graduate high school and continue pursuit of higher education. This is done through our scholarship program; and our youth stipends program. (i.e., small stipends are provided to youth who volunteer as counselors at the academy)
Also, summer jobs are provided to these youth at the BMGS’ summer program. (This has also been staff supported through collaboration with Springfield College) The BMGS also continues to deliver the annual Career Day workshops; (In late May of each year) and the Youth Robotics program. (a six-week, on-hands training workshops engaging the youth in robotics activities)
The needs of our children are greater today than they have ever been. It is critical today that the entire community shares the concern of the needs of our youth. Support our future. Support the Black Men of Greater Springfield.
BMGS Phil Duck Scholarship program -- was named in honor of dedicated member who passed away. This scholarship program focuses on WEB program kids and is over 10 years old and over 50 awards have been awarded.
Community / Unity mini-grants - the past 5 years, over $ 125 K have been given out to over 30 different groups.
WEB Summer Experience - started in '97; parents asked for BMGS summer programming for their kids. Today, the program is staffed with directors and counselors that are former / current WEB program members. Our mission is to create citizens that will strengthen their communities.