The 100 Black Men of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis chapter of Jack and Jill of America partnered in 1986 to create the Beautillion Militaire program. The program is a 16-week rite of passage program for young men in grades 11-12 in Central Indiana public and private schools. The purpose of this program is to increase academic achievement, personal development, civic engagement, ethnic pride, and leadership skills by surrounding the program participants (Beaus) with positive role models and mentors.
This year the program serves 45 Beaus who meet weekly for 16 sessions on healthy living, goal setting, public speaking, personal finance, business etiquette and legal rights. The Beaus are provided extensive information about diverse career options and have many opportunities to interact with professionals in the community.
At the culmination of the program, the Beaus participate in a formal black-tie event where they are recognized for their efforts, showcase their talents and receive scholarships based upon points earned during their participation in the program. In 2010, the Beautillion Militaire program awarded $100,000 in scholarships to the Beaus.
The 25th Anniversary of the Beautillion Militaire Scholarship Dinner will be on April 17 at the JW Marriott downtown, 10 S. West St. The event generally draws 600-800 attendees. Money raised through this event goes to pay for program-related expenses and to support the scholarship fund.
To purchase tickets to the scholarship dinner, call the 100 Black Men Office at (317) 921-1276.