Group Awards Scholarships To Give Teens A Better Future

A group in Oklahoma is awarding scholarships to local teens to improve their lives and communities.

The group is called 100 Black Men, and they hosted a gala at the Greenwood Cultural Center Friday evening.

State Rep. Anastasia Pittman was the keynote speaker, and discussed experience, leadership and mentorship.

Tulsa's chapter of 100 Black Men focuses on providing scholarships to prevent gang violence and reduce teen pregnancy.

They also have a program pairing teens with business owners to learn how companies operate, how finances work and have a constructive activity during the summer.

"Our goal and objective is to try and keep these people, these young men and women, from joining gangs, to getting involved with negative activities and ending up under the tutelage of the Department of Corrections," says Eddie Evans, the director of programs at Youth Services. "We want them to be productive men and women and we want them to be citizens Tulsa can be proud of."

The nationwide concept started in New York in 1963 and has become a sign of solidarity and a way to improve the quality of life for African Americans and other minority groups.

The same group also hosts a "Women with the 100" auxiliary program.

This is the 20th year for the gala.