Mission Statement: Jackson Community College's Men of Merit is a service and leadership initiative whose mission is to encourage members to stay in college, advance academically, serve their community and become the men they dream to be.
Men of Merit is composed of approximately 30 African American young men. They meet each Thursday, for one hour. Twice each month, a professional African American male provides a presentation for the group. Examples of presentation topics include: networking, dressing for success, academic persistence, interview skills, financial literacy, and overcoming challenges and finding success.
In addition to bi-weekly presentations the students also read pertinent articles and books and engage in discussions about relevant issues facing African American men. They also participate with several service projects in the community such as visiting area schools to mentor youth.