(Detroit, MI, May 1, 2014) – The Real Life 101 Scholarship Fund, a National Scholarship and Mentoring Program, is shattering stereotypes and molding futures of young African American males in Detroit and across the country - providing hope by supporting education, and opportunity by implementing highly trained mentors and academic resources. Real Life 101 currently has 162 Students enrolled in colleges and universities all over America.
This year (Our 15th year) of “Investing in EDUCATION and not INCARCERATION”, there will be 234 Real Life award recipients. They will receive lap top computers loaded with software, computer bags and they will be provided access to our more than 250 certified Mentors as needed for 5 (five) years. Additionally, we will be honoring our 2014 college graduates at our Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 11:30am – 2:00pm at the MGM Grand Detroit – 1777 Third St., Detroit, MI 48226. Dave Bing, Former Mayor of Detroit, businessman and NBA great is guest speaker and Huel Perkins; WJBK Fox 2 News anchor is Master of Ceremonies.
Founded in 2000 by businessman Sid E. Taylor (Founder and Chairman of SET Enterprises, Inc.), Real Life 101 now serves 26 schools in 10 states across the country. Real Life 101 provides funding and support for five years for selected students as well as a personal mentor. From 2000 to 2013 the 501(c) (3) organization has awarded more than $1.5 million dollars in scholarships, more than 2000 laptop computers to high school graduates. Additionally, Real Life 101 has more than 250 dedicated professionals who serve as mentors to its program participants.
Taylor was spurred to action by startling statistics such as those from the Schott Foundation and others (www.blackboysreport.org) where black males have a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison, nationally only 52% of young black males are graduating from high school and that at the current pace of progress, it will take nearly 50 years to close the high school graduation rate gap between black male and white male students. Also, the Pew Research Center (www.pewresearch.org) says Black men were more than six times as likely as white men in 2010 to be incarcerated in federal and state prisons, and local jails.
“The ultimate goal for Real Life 101 is to see the troubling statistics for young African American male’s change, along with the goal of seeing these young men obtain their degrees or develop a certification in a designated skill,” said Sid E. Taylor. “We also have plans to expand to every state in America in order to have a measurable impact on this pervasive problem with black males in America.”
For sponsorship and ticket information contact:
Donna S. Taylor (586) 574-2000 Odette Dickens