THE JOHN S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded a total of $200,000 for community projects to 20 members of the Philadelphia chapter of Black Male Engagement (BMe).

BMe was launched in Philly and Detroit in 2011, with the goal of creating a network of black men who do positive work in their communities. Another chapter later was added in Baltimore.

Each of the 20 Philly members who will receive the funding won a BMe leadership award.

A full list of the recipients - who range from a school principal to a college student - and the good work they plan to do with the money can be found at

Last fall, about 20 members of BMe did a science project with students at Jackson Elementary School in South Philadelphia and dished out life lessons to the impressionable listeners.