• Our Projects

    Service Through Leadership

    Mentoring at the high schools in the Pomona Unified School District

    A toy drive for Christmas presents for children at our local hospitals

    ASK

     Campaign

    Our stand for consent and awareness against sexual assault

    BLOC Parties

    A triweekly party at Pomona College for people to relieve stress, be social, feel comfortable, and enjoy music

    Dinner for the Sistahs

    Our dinner to show our appreciation for the Black women at The Claremont Colleges

    BLOC Alumni BBQ

    Annual BLOC time for members and Alumni to come together & break bread together

  • Young Men's Circle

    A BLOC Mentoring Program

     

    A team of BLOC members travels every Friday to Pomona High School & Ganesha High School in Pomona, CA to mentor students. Founded by Martin Barrera PO '13, this program has developed into a momentous initiative in the Pomona Unified School District. Now led by Marcellus CMC '16 & Jaureese Gaines PO '16, members focus on topics including manhood, responsibility, etiquette, goal-setting, and integrity. Our mentors encourage these high school students to step out of their comfort zone and pursue their passions. Using their own recent high school experience as underrepresented students, mentors are able to give mentees valuable advice and apply lessons learned from their own mistakes. This program is an important part of BLOC's mission to create a positive drive for men of color to keep them on a path to achieve their full potential.

    Campus Visits

    Pomona High students visit the Claremont Colleges and get some Pomona College gear to take back with them.

  • Toys for Tots

    "a message of hope to less fortunate youth"

     

    At the Claremont Colleges, many students are fairly well-off, however, families in the surrounding community struggle to makes ends meet. With this in mind, BLOC created the "Toys for Tots" program. The Toys for Tots program is a winter toy drive hosted by BLOC that gives the students of the Claremont Colleges the opportunity to donate toys and/or cash to organizations in the community. With this initiative, it was BLOC's aim to brighten the holiday season for families in Pomona, Covina, Upland, and Montclair. During the month of November, members of BLOC sit in dining halls around campus and ask for donations. To date, BLOC has collected upwards of $2500 in toys and funds. All donations have gone to the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and the Citrus Valley Health Partners pediatric unit. In the future, BLOC will be expanding its donations to various women and children’s shelters in the area.

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