SAAB Chapter News 2010 - 2009

Dr. Michael Love, Mount Miguel High School - Spring Valley, CA SAAB B2B Chapter Advisor shares photos from the Young Men's Leadership Conference held on Saturday, February 22, 2011. Visit the SAAB Photo Gallery for these and other chapter photos.



Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, SAAB Founder/CEO with  SAAB (Brother 2 Brother) Chapter members
Moulton and Callanan Middle Schools ~ Des Moines, Iowa



Cedar Valley College, Dallas Texas Brother 2 Brother SAAB Chapter took time to engage in a month long service project in the form of a Food Drive. The chapter members strategically placed boxes in buildings across campus to collect non-perishable food items to donate to needy families during the holiday season.  Over one hundred items were collected, along with monetary donations.

On Tuesday, November 23, the young men took the time to sort the items and prepare two large boxes for the family they identified.  These boxes along with a prepared meal of turkey and trimmings will be delivered to the family on Wednesday, November 24.  An assortment of the food collection was also donated to the Lancaster Food Pantry.

Through the project, the young men learned leadership, team building and conflict resolution skills.  Brother to Brother is to be commended for a successful project and their act of kindness.

We applaud the work of the SAAB NW Indiana Chapter as exhibited in this YouTube video, as Chapter President James Wallace and members of the 2009-10 Executive Board share thoughts on activities and progress.


SAAB is proud of the partnership with the University System of Georgia (USG) African American Male Initiative (AAMI) under the direction of Ms. Arlethia Perry-Johnson. The USG AAMI was launched in the fall of 2002 to address the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of Black males. This initiative involves the start-up of eight (8) new SAAB institutions (six (6) two-year colleges; two (2) four-year colleges) within the USG's state-wide system. 

SAAB welcomes the following new chapters:

  • Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA)
  • Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
  • Prairie View State A&M University (Prairie View, TX)
  • Indiana University-Southeast (New Albany, IN)
  • College of Lake County (Chicago, IL)
  • Miami Dade College-Kendall Campus (Miami, FL)
  • Southwestern College (Winfield, KS)
  • Lone Star College-North Harris (Houston, TX)

SAAB is excited to launch our new partnership with the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), which involves establishing SAAB chapters at three (3) of their 7 campuses throughout their district as a phase one project. The goal is to phased in the remaining four (4) campuses in the very near future.

Des Moines Public SchoolsSAAB  would like to thank the Des Moines Public Schools System for joining the ranks of our organization and forming a partnership that now involves having established SAAB (B2B) chapters at three of their comprehensive high schools. Phase two of the partnership will involve establishing chapters at the middle school level within the Des Moines school system.

SAAB is pleased to welcome the Durham Public Schools (DPS)-North Carolina to the SAAB family. Phase one of the partnership involved launching a SAAB chapter a one of DPS's five (5) comprehensive high schools. Future expansion plans with the DPS involves phasing in additional high schools and middle schools in the future.

SAAB  is appreciative of the efforts from USA Funds Foundation and advocating and supporting SAAB Expansion in one of their learning communities and priority locations--Orlando, Florida. SAAB looks forward to working with USA Funds and Frontline Ministries to make expansion in the Orlando area a reality.

SAAB  is pleased to welcome the Zion-Benton Township High School District to the family. The partnership involves launching SAAB chapters at two (2) of Zion-Benton's high schools thanks to the support and advocacy of the Zion-Benton Township Superintendent and School Board.

SAAB Chapter News - 2009

SAAB is proud to continue its recognition of its partnership with the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC) for launching  seven (7) new individual institutional SAAB chapters throughout the greater Chicago area. The SMHEC continues to work toward a regional approach in addressing the achievement gaps for African American and Latino males. Seven of its 15-member institutions have agreed to form SAAB chapters on their respective campuses to include Governors State University, Prairie State College, Kankakee Community College, University of Saint Francis, Joliet Junior College, Northwest Business College and South Suburban College. The SMHEC has a diverse membership with including 2-year, 4-year, private and public institutions.

SAAB acknowledges all of the chapters and guests who helped to make the 1st Northern Regional Student Leadership Conference a true success. The conference (held in Toledo, Ohio) proved to be one of the largest regional conferences with several hundred participants from more than twenty (20) colleges and universities along with a significant number of high school students and advisors.

SAAB welcomes new initiatives at the College of the Mainland, William Patterson University, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Stony Brook and Pittsburgh High School (TX).

Realizing Dr. King's dream through SAAB An article written by Josie Koler of Channel 24 in Toledo, Ohio outlines the Martin Luther King Day celebration held by The University of Toledo and the Board of Community Relations for the City of Toledo. (Monday, January 19, 2009)

A dream fulfilled. This year, Dr. King's holiday falls one day before Senator Barack Obama becomes the nation's forty-fourth, and first, African American president. The dream of Dr. King is being fulfilled by his inauguration, and also by service organizations here in Toledo. One in specific, which has outlined its mission as: Saving Lives...Salvaging Dreams. The motto belongs to the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB). Read Full Article . . .