SAAB Chapter News 2014

Make sure to keep up with our new SAAB and Brother 2 Brother Chapters in our SAAB Chapter Spotlight section!

West Side Leadership Academy (Gary, Indiana) freshmen and sophomores participate in Indiana University Northwest B2B College Success Program. Read more . . .

Kankakee High School SAAB (B2B) Chapter- Kankakee, Illinois, at the SAAB National Conference 2014.

Ivy Tech, IUN combine cleanup efforts with the Brother 2 Brother Student Success Program and other student organizations celebrated Earth Day with its sixth annual clean up around the campus. Read the full article . . .

Georgia Highlands College's commitment to student excellence recognized nationally: Georgia Highlands College's chapter of Brother 2 Brother (B2B) won the Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award at their recent national conference of the SAAB, which was held in Detroit, Michigan. There are 300 chapters of SAAB/B2B at colleges and schools around the country, and many of the chapters had groups attending the conference. The Highlands chapter of B2B was represented at the conference by 23 B2B members from all five campus locations. Read the full article on the Georgia Highland's website.

University of North Carolina at Pembroke SAAB/B2B Chapter: Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, SAAB CEO/Founder visits the University of North Carolina at Pembroke as they launch their SAAB/B2B Chapter. The day was shared with Chancellor Kyle Carter, Vice Chancellor John Jones, various deans, faculty and staff, along with the incredible student leaders who are committed to making their chapter one of the strongest in the SAAB network.

Polk State College - Winter Haven, Florida SAAB/B2B Chapter Kick Off:  There was a standing room only crowd of over 500 campus and community stakeholders committed to the success of young men of color in their city and our country. Special thanks to Polk State College President (Dr. Eileen Holden) and the awesome young men of Polk State.

Dr. Bledsoe addresses Maricopa Community College during their "2014 Male Empowerment Network Conference" SAAB thanks the Maricopa Community College Chancellor (Phoenix, AZ) for inviting SAAB CEO/Founder Tyrone Bledsoe to serve as Keynote Speaker for the "2014 Male Empowerment Network Conference" with an audience of several administrators and more than 250 student leaders February 21, 2014! (Theme: Connect, Commit, Complete Your Goals)

Wayne State University SAAB Chapter - Chapter host for the 10th Annual SAAB National Conference 2014: Pictured is the Wayne State University SAAB Chapter at SAAB National Conference 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana, where over 500 college men gathered for the purpose of "Saving Lives and Salvaging Dreams"!!! On the weekend of March 28th the Wayne State University SAAB Chapter was EXCITED to host 10th Annual SAAB National Conference 2014 - Dearborn/Detroit, Michigan.

New SAAB Chapters: SAAB welcomes the community of Springfield, Missouri to the "SAAB Family" as we successfully launched SAAB (B2B) chapters at 5 Springfield colleges/universities and 1 high school this past weekend to include (Missouri State University, Drury College, Evangel College, OTC Community College, Southwest Baptist College and Central High School. What an incredible show of commitment, dedication and love from community stakeholders who have rallied to support the young men of Springfield, Missouri.

We look forward to working with the citizens and young men of Springfield and would like to thank Dr. Ken Coopwood (Vice President for Diversity at Missouri State) and Pastor (Dr.) E. L. Alexander and the members of the Washington Avenue Baptist Church for their support and a great worship service yesterday with emphasis on Wes and Francine Pratt for their unselfish leadership as ambassadors for the youth in their city.

Getting a Jump on Life through Stony Brook’s Student African American Brotherhood: In Darhiel De Leon’s words, it’s the intangible qualities of membership in the SAAB that benefit students most. Darhiel, from Woodhaven, joined SAAB during his freshman year at the urging of another member who was a Resident Assistant (RA) in his building. “I went to a couple programs and thought it was really great. I liked that it wasn’t a huge organization. Everyone knew each other. It felt like family.”

Like Darhiel, senior Peter Milien joined SAAB as a freshman. Within a couple of months he applied to be on the Executive Leadership Team and became the membership recruitment committee chair. He became president in his junior year and is now chair of the financial affairs committee. This story is featured on the Stony Brook University website. Read the full article . . .

The Power of Student African American Brotherhood: Pictured are Mr. Joseph Goodman, SAAB Chapter Advisor for the University of Louisville (Louisville, KY) with former two past SAAB Chapter Presidents. Both are 2013 U of L Graduates!

SAAB Chapter Collaboration Corner: SAAB Chapters use similar for meetings workshops and presentations for topics such as personal development, job search and writing resumes, study skills, etc. Now SAAB Chapter Advisors can take advantage of the New SAAB Chapter Collaboration Corner to share with other chapters across the SAAB Family. Email your submissions for inclusion or questions to

Kansas City Public Schools and Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley SAAB Chapter Expansions.

Kankakee High School (Kankakee, IL) SAAB B2B Chapter - SAAB Saturday with SAAB Chapter Advisor, Mr. Marcus Strothers.


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