SAAB Chapter News 2011

One of the few, the proud, the Marines – Hiawatha Clemons spent time in the Corps packing up the personal belongings of those in his unit who died while fighting the War on Terror on the front lines in Iraq. “I was proud to serve my country and help protect it from any more terrorist attacks,” Clemons says.

After his four years of service, Clemons decided to follow another passion; he began working with disabled adults through the Southeastern Virginia Training Center. “I’ve always had a strong interest in working with people with any type of disability – from physical to mental to developmental.” Read full article . .


University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative (AAMI) upholds the SAAB Mission: Colleges and universities in the United States are struggling to enroll and retain African-American male students. View the brochure for the University System of Georgia AAMI.


The earthquake, which struck Japan March 11, claimed the lives of over 10,000 people. Along with the ensuing tsunami, these disasters are estimated to have caused over $235 billion in damages. Thousands of survivors have been left homeless, starving, and without adequate water supply for weeks. When disaster struck, members of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) Tidewater Community College Virginia Beach Chapter responded with a sense of purpose and a common goal in mind "commitment to service."  Read the full article . . .


New Bibb Student Group to Increase Graduation Rates: 13WMAZ Radio Station In Macon, Georgia highlights the excitement of staff and students at Northeast High School about their SAAB chapter and what it means for their community. 

"I just want to grow up and not see kids be in gangs, not get shot on the street. I want to grow up and see them be successful pharmacists, doctors and lawyers. That's what I want to see for the younger generation," said eleventh grader Jaquan Elam.

Elam is one of sixteen students a part of a new organization at Northeast High School in Bibb County. Called Student African American Brotherhood, the group works to inspire students to become role models in their school and community.


New Tech Men Have Vision: New Tech SAAB B2B chapter was recently invited by the College of Lake County to attend the Man Up conference. Nearly 20 students attended the conference on October 28, 2010 along with the co-sponsors of B2B, Joe Alger and Barry Goldman (New Tech social worker and counselor).

Students enjoyed a range of motivational speakers, including the founder of the national SAAB organization, Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe. Multiple speeches were received throughout the day, and members and non-member students alike returned to New Tech campus with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to their academic achievement and their growth as individuals. New Tech’s students at-tended the conference along with Zion-Benton Township High School students, high school students from throughout Lake County, and CLC’s Men of Vision, their own SAAB chapter. Article taken from the New Tech Newsletter, pg 8. Read more about B2B chapters and view the awesome video created by the New Tech chapter members.


SAAB comes to Virginia Beach Campus: Guests gathered for the launch of the Tidewater Community College (TCC) Virginia Beach Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) chapter.

A core group of TCC instructors, counselors and administrators were involved in forming this local group to provide mentoring initiatives for men of color at TCC’s Virginia Beach Campus. The goal: to encourage participants to excel in all areas of life including academically, socially, culturally, professionally and in the community. The guest speaker for the group’s launch was Tyrone Bledsoe, Ph.D., founder of SAAB nationally. Bledsoe encouraged new members and “welcomed all men to consider joining the group as they gear up to serve the community.” -- Jan. 25, 2011


Tiffin University Partners with Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB): Eager to improve retention and graduation rates for men of color, Tiffin University welcomed a chapter of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) to the campus during the 2009-2010 school year. “SAAB is a brotherhood. They understand and help one another get through school and become successful in the working world,” says Dr. Sharon Perry-Nause, director of institutional diversity and assistant professor of management at Tiffin University.

According to SAAB, males are the least likely to enroll in college, and the most likely to drop out without earning a bachelor’s degree. Black women are twice as likely as black men to get a college degree. Those numbers aren’t acceptable to TU leadership. “SAAB,” says founder Tyrone Bledsoe, “has increased the number of African American and Latino males who graduate from college by creating a positive peer community that is culturally-sensitive, Read More . . .


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.