Black Boys of Distinction is now Tomorrow's Exemplary and Anointed Men (TEAM)

After 10 successful years of Black Boys of Distinction (BBOD), the time has come for our program to evaluate and make adjustments in all areas so the future of BBOD remains strong and we can continue to enhance our program to meet the needs of young boys and their families.  Part of the changes included evaluating our name and if it truly best identifies and embodies what our overall mission is.  It was determined that we needed a name to truly reflect what we as an organization hope to aid in producing. Through our programming, we want to produce strong and courageous men.  Men who are steadfast and stable in all their ways. Men that have a desire to work and be leaders in the homes.  Men that will love, provide for and protect their wife and be a father to their children. Men that will serve their communities and their respective churches and pastors.  We desire to aid in producing men that are exemplary in all their ways and are anointed to faithfully carry out all of their responsibilities.  For the past decade, we have been and will continue to produce Tomorrow's Exemplary and Anointed Men.  It takes a TEAM of dedicated men and a host of volunteers to engage our youth of today to foster changes in our communities and as TEAM, we endeavor to continue our vision to meet the needs of boys, young men and young fathers, who are considered at risk of social exclusion and to enable them through the provision of effective support, to realize their fullest potential.

Black Boys of Distinction Celebrates 10 Years

Black Boys of Distinction celebrates it's 10th Year Anniversary.  It has been an unbelievable 10 years and we have witnessed many lives that have been transformed.  Over the years we have amassed countless testimonies from Parents, teachers, principles and even the boys themselves regarding the change that has taken place in just a few weeks during our summer program.  We have received several accolades and acknowledgements throughout the years but we also know that there is still a great work to be done.  So while we celebrate this past 10 years, we are definitely looking to work even harder over the next 10 years to reach more young men and help uplift our communities one child at a time.

Black Boys of Distinction Selected As Semi-Finalist For Annual Dick And Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award For Excellence

BBOD is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a semifinalist for the 2013 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence. The award, first given in 2011, highlights outstanding educational initiatives throughout South Carolina. Candidates were selected from over 80 entries in the Riley Institute’s WhatWorksSC clearinghouse. The winner and top two finalists will each receive a grant from the Riley Institute for enhancement of the program or consulting with other schools, districts, and organizations The semifinalists and winners of the 2013 awards will be recognized at a luncheon to be held October in Columbia, SC.

January 2012 Named "Black Boys of Distinction" Month by Spartanburg County Council

Spartanburg, S.C. – January 23, 2012 


Black Boys of Distinction (BBOD), a subsidiary of Promised Land Community Development Corporation, was recently recognized by Spartanburg County Council at its January meeting for all of its efforts and success in meeting the needs of young boys who are considered at risk of social exclusion and helping them to make a positive change in their lives.  Spartanburg County Councilman Michael Brown read and submitted the resolution to the group also announcing that January 2012 should forever be recognized as Black Boys of Distinction month.  The resolution was unanimously approved by all council members.


Apostle Tommy E. Quick, founder of BBOD, received the resolution on behalf of the organization, the boys and their parents.  He also thanked all of their community partners for all the assistance they have provided to the organization to date and asked that they continue with their support in the months and years ahead.   Many of the young boys who are in BBOD as well as their parents and staff were on hand to witness the presentation.


The BBOD program is a year-long program consisting of a Saturday Street Academy that meets twice a month as well as its very popular and life-changing 6-week summer enrichment program hosted at Wofford College.  BBOD is a proactive, action-oriented organization that aims to provide black boys with educational opportunity, valuable life skills, character development, self-esteem, confidence and a determination to succeed.  By providing an enriching program, the goal is to not only help the young boys become successful individuals but also to reduce the physical and financial burdens our economy, our justice system,  our educational system and our health system is facing today.


Promised Land Community Development Corporation strives to bring the community, businesses, elected officials, faith based organizations, childcare advocates and educational institutions together in order to stimulate economic, social and educational development and to foster personal and family growth.  For additional information, call 864-595-0515.

ETV American Graduate Summit:
Black Boys of Distinction

BBOD had the opportunity to have featured panelists and speakers at ETV American Graduate Summit.  

Symposium encourages mentors for black youths craving direction

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A nonprofit focused on providing mentoring for black youths is hosting a conference on how parents, educators and others in the community can help young people.


Black Boys of Distinction is beginning its second year, and its "Project I Can 2" 2009 Symposium will be held Saturday in Wofford College's Leonard Building. The symposium's theme is "Creating Positive Futures for Black Boys."


The conference will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast before a 9 a.m. opening ceremony. It's expected to end about 5 p.m.


The nonprofit is looking for men willing to volunteer to be mentors, and parents can enroll their sons in the program. Black Boys of Distinction is a subsidiary of Promised Land Community Development Corp.

"It's extremely important because a lot of the problems we're seeing with young black males are from not having a strong male presence in their lives," said Pastor Tommy Quick, the program's founder. "What I've learned from the boys I'm dealing with is they're longing for that relationship."


Quick said Black Boys of Distinction has 90 boys between the ages of 9 and 17 enrolled in its program. It also has 12 mentors.


"They're looking at stars and athletes when there could be heroes in their community," said Quick of the importance of local mentors.


The program has had a six-week summer run that has included field trips to The King Center in Atlanta, the Youth Education Series at Disney World and career exploration. Participants in Black Boys of Distinction have learned life and decision-making skills. They've also heard anti-drug and anti-violence messages.


Steve Perry and David Miller will lead workshops during the symposium. Perry, founder of the Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., was featured in CNN's "Black in America 2" last week.  "I was determined to bring him because his experience and exposure would bring something valuable to our conference," Quick said of Perry.


Miller, founder and chief visionary of the Urban Youth and Urban Leadership Institute in Baltimore, participated in last year's symposium. Other guests include John Hammond III, CEO of 100 Black Men of America, and officials from the state department of education.



Black Boys of Distinction Host Project "I Can" II 2009 Symposium

One year after launching the Black Boys of Distinction mentorship program to change the negative statistics of black male youth, Pastor Tommy Quick says we are organizing the Project I Can 2 Symposium to continue to raise awareness about the importance of community-wide participation to help save black boys. It will take place at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, July 31 and August 1, 2009 with the theme, "Creating Positive Futures for Black Boys."

Nonprofit draws 300 to Project ‘I Can’ Symposium

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Spartanburg city officials, state representatives, community leaders and more than 300 concerned citizens recently joined together at Wofford College to address the disparaging problem in the African-American community as it relates to young black males.


The Promised Land Community Development Corp., a nonprofit that supports building communities through building people, announced the formation of a new program called “Black Boys of Distinction” whose mission is to meet the needs of boys, young men and young fathers, who are considered at risk of social exclusion and to enable them through the provision of effective support to realize their full potential.


Speakers included Pastor Tommy Quick, president of Promised Land CDC, Spartanburg Mayor Bill Barnet, State Rep. Harold Mitchell, as well as other active community leaders and organizations. The keynote speech was given by David Miller, co-founder of the Urban Leadership Institute of Baltimore, Md.

When challenged by Miller to get involved, more than 30 men stood and volunteered to be mentors in the program. It was announced that Black Boys of Distinction will host its kick-off event and first training session on Aug. 23.


The event was sponsored by Promised Land CDC in partnership with Wofford College, USC Upstate, City of Spartanburg, Focus on Leadership, Spartanburg Youth Council and the Urban League.

For more information about Black Boys of Distinction or to register a young African-American male between the ages of 9 and 17, please contact the Promised Land CDC at 978-7557 or e-mail:

'I Can' event offers hope to black youths

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Experts will discuss challenges and risks facing young black men and how the community can help foster their development at a symposium called Project "I Can."



Black Boys of Distinction is sponsoring the event, scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in Leonard Auditorium at Wofford College. According to a flier, "Black Boys of Distinction is a social strategy that promotes healthy behavior in our community's young black males so they can become healthy and productive."


Black Boys of Distinction is a subsidiary of Promised Land Community Development Corp., a nonprofit with a mission to "stimulate economic, social and educational development and to foster personal and family growth" by bringing together individuals and community groups.


Apostle Tommy Quick, founder of the nonprofit and pastor of The Promised Land Church, believes the complex issues facing young black men cannot be solved by any one sector of society.

"I think it's going to take the will of the people as a whole in the entire community in order to address the issues that are creating these situations that we're addressing," he said.


Among those issues are single-parent homes, lack of positive role models and educational disparities.

David Miller, co-founder of Urban Leadership Institute in Baltimore, will be the keynote speaker at the symposium.


Miller is a lecturer and youth advocate with more than 14 years experience working with "thousands of youth in detention centers, aftercare programs and in disadvantaged schools and communities throughout the United States and abroad," according to his biography on Urban Leadership Institute's Web site.


"I think that we as a community need to seek to understand the issues and the challenges that they face to a greater extent, and then we need to find ways of giving them the support," Quick said.

The Black Boys of Distinction program is seeking partnerships with other agencies and to deepen relationships in the community with faith-based groups, educators and the judicial system.

Black Boys of Distinction aims to increase high school graduation rates, college enrollment and employability, while decreasing arrests and the number of teens fathering children.

The program also focuses on increasing parental involvement in boys' lives.

He said a challenge for young black males is envisioning a future.


"I don't know if pessimism is the word as much as disillusionment about their potential for actually succeeding, actually achieving very much. I think that's one of the first things that we have to overcome with them is begin to give them what we call self-esteem."


There will be several panelists at the symposium, including educators and elected officials.

City Councilman Kenneth Smith will serve as moderator for the panelists' discussion.

"This initiative comes at the right time when our community is energized to reach out to youth," Smith said.


Art Grant is one of the panelists. "I'm hoping there will be more focused attention on the plight of African-American males," he said.

He is particularly interested in empowering fathers "to work more effectively with their children and spouses, and bring together more peace and harmony within the family structure."

Grant hopes the turnout will be solid, and that men will attend "ready to dialogue about ways they can contribute to the betterment of the family structure."


Quick said this is a caring community with a lot of resources.


"We just need to try to move ourselves to find better ways to meet the needs of these young men," he said.

"We can do a better job with supporting these kids and helping them to get off to a great start."