Jaron Davis is the quintessential Kappa Leaguer
While a high school student at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, he was a devoted member of the Kappa League program that met weekends and other special occasions at the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter’s historic house on Crenshaw Boulevard.
The experience made such an impression on him that he would ultimately join the fraternity and, upon graduation, become immersed in the very Kappa League program in which he had earlier participated.
Brother Davis is now co-chairman of the chapter’s Kappa League program, laying out the agenda and program for the 50 high school students who are participating in this current academic year. Of course, the purpose of Kappa League is to inspire, encourage and develop leadership and responsibility in young men. But Davis’ experience – coupled with his decision to join the fraternity and become actively involved in Kappa League – represents the by-products of a successful Kappa League program, fraternity leaders contend.
“The primary reason I joined Kappa was because of my introduction and familiarity with the organization through my involvement in Kappa League,” said Davis, who was initiated into the fraternity at the Upsilon Chapter at the University of California at Los Angeles. Kappa League is also a family affair. Davis’ two brothers, both members of Kappa Alpha Psi and onetime Kappa Leaguers, are also involved in the Los Angeles Kappa League program (Jarrell Davis was initiated at Upsilon in 2004 and Janard Davis, at the Epsilon Kappa Chapter at the California State University at Long Beach, in 2003).
In his years as Kappa Leaguer, he was not only exposed to the members of the alumni chapter, but to achievers in Southern California who came to speak to the young men, discussing everything from civic involvement to the tenets of being a man. And it’s an experience that had an impact on him.
“I got to meet so many successful black men,” he added. “When I joined Kappa, I wanted to give back. And the best way to give back was to work with the program that had such an impact on me.”