Our Programs

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Kappa Alpha Psi & Room to Read

Literacy is the foundation for all future learning yet a quality education remains out of reach for millions of children around the world. Over the years, access to primary schooling has improved, but educational quality remains a major issue. Many children in primary school aren’t learning the basics, the result of inadequate teachers, funds and school infrastructure challenges.

Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that prepares them to be fulfilled and make positive change – in their families, communities and the world. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, Room to Read transforms the lives of millions of children through education, creating a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality.

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Achievement Academy

The Achievement Academy is designed to enhance the social, professional, and leadership experiences of the collegiate members in the Fraternity. The vehicle by which this is to be accomplished is through the development of vibrant mentoring and coaching opportunities that empower and enhance their agency. Our central foci are to ensure retention and graduation of our members while fostering an understanding of the steps necessary that lead to advanced degree opportunities and successful transition toward their career paths.

We have developed a cohort approach to assure members are matched with the mentoring experiences relevant to their goals.​

Which Cohort Areas that will be Involved in the Achievement Academy?

  1. Business

  2. Education

  3. Government

  4. Law

  5. Health

  6. STEM

  7. Social Science

  8. Military Science

Why Should You Participate in the Achievement Academy?

UG Brothers: To form a professional network of Alumni Brothers who provide guidance for you to achieve your career aspirations.

UG Brothers: To receive career mentoring from your Achievement Academy network.

Alumni Brothers: To become a part of a professional network of Alumni Brothers who seek to serve as a mentor and advocate for UG Brothers to successfully achieve their career aspirations.

UG and Alumni Brothers: To sustain and increase the presence and positive impact of professional African American males in our communities.

What are the Requirements and How Can You Participate in the Achievement Academy?

If you are interested in receiving such coaching as a mentee, or wish to serve as a mentor, please apply to the Achievement Academy by logging on to our new website:
http://www.kappaachievementacademy.org/

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Guide Right

Guide Right encompasses many of our youth oriented programs such as mentoring, college preparatory programs, and tutoring. However, the Flagship Initiative of the Guide Right Service Program is the Kappa Leadership Development League (Kappa League). Guide Right is a program of the educational and occupational guidance of youth, primarily inspirational and informative in character. The purposes of the Guide Right Service Program is to place the training experience and friendly interest of successful men at the disposal of youth needing inspiration and counsel regarding their choice of a life’s career, and to arouse the interest of the entire community in the problems of youth as they seek to realize lives of usefulness.

  • Current Guide Right Objectives

  1. To Create the Next Generation of Leaders via Leadership Development

  2. Prepare students for college

  3. Mentor students to college graduation

  4. To positively impact youth through mentoring and training

  5. To prepare youth for academic success in middle school, high school and college

  6. To learn by interaction, doing and group dynamics

  • Core Initiatives:

  • STEM:  Activities include getting involved with NSBE Jr, STE Career Fair, Utilize code.org for free programming training. Microsoft Retail stores offer free STEM training.

  • College Success: Mentoring for college. 90% Graduation Rate. Facilitate Undergrad/Alumni partnership for the mentoring

  • College Prep Series: Naviance an online tool to assist students in preparing for college; Diamonds in the Rough webinars (DITR); FAFSA Awareness; College Signing Day, recognizing graduating high school seniors going to college.

  • Positive Video Reporting - KLTV: Creating positive video recordings of Guide Right achievements

Enhanced Initiatives & Partnerships:

  • Virtual College Tours

  • Online Leadership Conference

  • Diamonds in the Rough Webinars

  • #whykappasmentor 

  • National Kappa League Conference

​Virtual College Conversations

STEM Drone Competition & Hackathons

#iamachievement 

#guiderightcommunityservice

Financial Literacy program

History

Conceived in 1922 by Leon W. Stewart, and suggested at the twelfth Grand Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Guide Right became the fraternity’s national service program. Leon Steward is the founder of the National Guide Right movement of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Past Western Province Polemarch. Soon after the St. Louis Alumni Chapter’s beginning in 1921, Leon W. Steward and J. Jerome Peters were assigned to research possible programs that would assist in developing the youth of the Black community and to devise a “meaningful and practical approach” to the problem of Black youth underachievement.

Ultimately, Brother Steward, proposed a program of guidance to be designated as Guide Right, with the purpose of assisting high school seniors to choose and pursue useful careers. The focus of Guide Right, from its inception, was to provide scholarships to needy and talented students, and to inform young people of the professions and other career options.

The founding objectives of Guide Right may be summarized as follows:

  1. To help youth in selection of courses leading to vocations compatible with their aptitudes and personalities.

  2. To assist students while they are in training, to get started in employment, and to progress successfully in their chosen fields.

  3. To assist parents in the handling of their children by giving them opportunities to talk over their problems with those who know and are successful in their chosen vocations.

  4. To afford the less fortunate youths a respite from the drudgery of the streets, through sponsored entertainment and cultural enrichment.

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Military and Veteran Affairs

The 33rd Administration, under the leadership of Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, implemented new initiatives to propel and sustain the fraternity’s growth. During the 82nd Grand Chapter meeting 4th business session, held August 15, 2015, New Orleans, LA, Grand Polemarch Battles asked the body to ratify his creation of a Commission on Military and Veterans Affairs. Kappa Alpha Psi Commission on Military and Veterans Affairs was established with the goal of the Commission to offer programs and services related to the needs of Veterans. Veterans have made an important contribution to the community by their service in the Armed Forces of this Nation, and Kappa Alpha Psi is committed to showing its commitment and support for all of its brothers who have served.

Mission

  • Recognize military members and veterans for their military and public service.

  • Establish outreach programs to inform Veterans about benefit, support youth, and military mentoring programs.

  • Provide assistance and support to family members.

Vision

A premier Commission on Military and Veteran Affairs that leaves no military, veteran, cadet nor family member behind!

Commission Members

  • MG (Ret) H. “Peet” Proctor, Chair

  • COL (RET) Dwight Thomas, Vice-Chair

  • E. Andre Douglas, Vice-Chair

  • E. Maquel Marshall, VA Advisor

  • Breck Cook, Recorder

  • RADM John Smith, Jr. Navy

  • MG Les Smith, Army

  • CDR Warren Judge, Coast Guard

  • Col Nathan Mooney, Air Force

  • LTC Dan Sparks, Marine

  • Anthony Sampson, SP Liaison

  • Darius Palmer, NP Liaison

  • Gregory Nance, ECP Liaison

  • Gregory Plant, MWP Liaison

  • James Hurt, SCP Liaison

  • John Dunmyer, SEP Liaison

  • DeMarco Williams, NCP Liaison

  • Marion Edwards, MEP Liaison

  • Rodger Woodruff, NEP Liaison

  • Steve Yearwood

  • Dr. George Conley

  • Whitney Allen

  • Dr. Samuel Odom