The mission of the 100 Black Men of Dekalb is to improve the quality of life in our communities and enhance education and economic opportunities for the all African-Americans.
The 100 Black Men of Dekalb was formed in 1992 by 14 businessmen from Dekalb County. The men wanted an organization in their community where they could devote their time and resources. The chapter is registered with Dekalb County as “The Dekalb County Chapter 100 Black Men of America, Inc.”
The Leadership Academy, the flagship community program, was conceptualized in 1991 to target young African American boys who are the target group in the community and at risk. The Chapter Board of Directors empowered the President-Elect to proceed in establishing a leadership program through the DeKalb Public School System. Working with the Chapter’s Education Committee and the DeKalb School System these men began the program in three schools: Snapfinger, Wadsworth and Knollwood Elementary Schools.
ABOUT THE PRESIDENT
Andre Deas also known as Coach Deas is highly regarded for his commitment to youth development and community service. The DeKalb native spent several years in retail and restaurant management with the likes of Starbucks Coffee Company, Burger King Corporation and Magic Johnson Enterprises. Later, he opened and operated a mortgage and real-estate firm servicing the southeast region. Andre can be described as an entrepreneurial spirit, community collaborator and sports enthusiast.
His entrepreneurial spirit crossed over into his service life and he established the Jaguar Soccer Club at South DeKalb YMCA. The success led Deas to serve on the South DeKalb YMCA branch’s Board of Directors. His advocacy for quality programming, youth development and service made him the ideal candidate when the YMCA of Metro Atlanta was looking for the next Youth Sports Director of its newest and most unique partnership branch at Wade Walker Park.
As the current, Senior Program Director at the Wade Walker Park Family YMCA, he has been an integral part of extending the YMCA reach and service portfolio in Stone Mountain and Lithonia communities.
Andre Deas continues to reside in DeKalb county and has three sons: Andre Jr. 22, Justin 17 and Micah, 16.