The mission of the Beautillion Militaire is to further develop African American young men who have the capacity to be critical thinkers, culturally grounded, globally conscientious and purpose driven in their pursuit of productive relationships. This is accomplished through a 16-session program for approximately 40 males who are juniors and seniors in the Indianapolis metropolitan area public and private high schools.
During the Beautillion experience, the young men (Beaus) are presented with a variety of self-improvement topics such as wealth creation, personal financial management, post-secondary educational opportunities, preparing for college and multinational awareness. They attend cultural activities, build peer relationships and are exposed to multiple career development activities through career mentors from the 100 Black Men and others who share their professional careers. The Beaus also receive information that builds their knowledge and skills about health, religion, dating and relationships, and other topics that will enhance their preparedness for adulthood.
The Beautillion Militaire Scholarship Dinner is the culminating event. This is a formal community recognition event that gives the young men an opportunity to showcase their musical and other creative talents, drill precision, as well as their scholastic achievements. The Beaus in their formal wear and top hats will demonstrate their courtesy, good manners, and respect for others that are hallmarks of a gentleman.
During the Beautillion Militaire Scholarship Dinner, each Beau receives a share of the scholarship and book monies raised through corporate grants and donations. Beautillion Militaire Scholarship Dinner ticket sales also contribute to more scholarship money for the Beaus. The title “Mr. Beautillion Militaire” is presented to the Beau who accumulates the most overall academic achievement, service, fundraising and program participation points. Finally, the Beautillion Militaire Scholarship Dinner highlights the Beaus going through a Rites of Passage ceremony that symbolically inducts them into manhood. Parents always look especially proud as their sons receive the community’s special recognition for their outstanding accomplishments.