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MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY •p f S? a DomeoooD $130.000 in local awards You, too, are invited to help others on this national day of doing good. No action is too big or too small to tackle. No one Is too young or too old to join in. After you've done your good deed, send in an official entry form, available in upcoming issues Of USA WEEKEND. (Forms also are available by calling 1-800-416-3824.) When you send In the entry form, you will be counted among an expected million volunteers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and many countries around the world. Entrants also will be eligible for recognition and charitable awards. • 10 national awards. Projects capturing the day's spirit receive $2,000 from USA WEEKEND for a local charity. Honorees participate in National Volunteer Week action in Washington, D.C. • 50 special awards. Projects receive $2,000 from Paul Newman and his food company, Newman's Own Inc. (which donates 100 percent of after-tax profits to charity). • Projects with continued excellence receive $2,000. • Hundreds of local honorees are recognized. Honored projects will be announced (n April 1998. Each will be noted in the ofUSAWftKENP. 100 Black Men write the book on making a difference Tennessee group | aims to put black | males on the right | path: to the library M ORE BLACK MEN in the USA are in the penal system than in colleges and universities. A group of Tennessee men have vowed to change that. The mission of 100 Black Men Inc. of Middle Tennessee, one of more than 40 chapters of professional black men, is to lead local black boys to futures filled with growth and opportunities — and free of jail. One stop along the way: Make A Difference Day — the seventh annual national day of doing good sponsored by USA WEEKEND in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation. Members of the group, with professions ranging from lawyers to university presidents, will take 100 boys to the public library, register them for library cards and challenge them to read at least 10 books from a recommended-reading list (see box at right). "It's easier to give a child a book than drugs," says Quenton I. White, a lawyer and the group's executive director. "In the long run, we hope to encourage the children to use the library and to increase their learning — to get them to go beyond what they do in day-to-day life." The majority of the boys will come from Ross Elementary School in East autob|ograpjiif§ by Alexander, the GtegtjUfyl HarriejTMbrnante literary clangs. A sampling ' Some of the 100 Black Men members and their charts (back row, from left): David Jones, Anthony A. Muldrew, Quenton I. White, LeAngelo Ramey and S.L Lampkln V. Front row, from left: Samuel H. Howard, David Crowe and Daniel Boyd. Mentors and discuss to schools, them to be White says. Nashville, and "007," an ongoing mentoring program in which the group has promised to pay for college tuition when the kids graduate from high school in 2007. "I can check out books on doctors and different types of arts and crafts," says Daniel Boyd, 12, when asked why he is looking forward to the Make A Difference Day trip to the east branch of Nashville's public library. will read the same books them during follow-up visits "Our slant is to empower men — responsible men," Anthony A. Muldrew, 12, says he is looking forward to getting his first library card. Asked why he likes spending time with 100 Black Men, he pauses and replies: "They never quit on any of us. They care about the boys they work with — they never give up." ca — Miranda Walker i^Wl WMPPwlW Visit www.ui«w«ekend.<som (click on DIFFPAY) for a listing of projects nationwide. The DAYtaBANK is hosted by ClvicSource, the national resource for civic leadership. It's not too late to plan a project Use our Idea generator to customize a project of your own. And download free planning guides for young people, teachers and employers.