Kappa Kamp is conceived as a summer enrichment camp providing students, ages 12-16, with the opportunity to acquire productive life-skills through intensive workshops and learning through structured play activities. Students may choose from a number of enrichment camps and classes, as well as attend a variety of cultural and recreational activities, field trips, and educational lectures. Work, fun, and more, all take place within a safe, professionally designed and supervised setting.
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Kendale has been raised in a single parent household since he was born headed by his mother. He is a student at Kenwood Academy High School in Chicago where he maintains a 3.9 GPA on a 4.0 scale and is the current Co-President of the Chicago Kappa League Program. Kendale has earned over 260 community service hours by serving Chicago’s homeless community on a monthly basis at the Pacific Garden Mission, worked on a community ecological farm for a week while on our six-week study abroad program in Costa Rica last summer, volunteered at a school serving special needs children helping to clean the facilities and painting the play area for the children, hosting events and activities for disadvantage youth, and providing many hours of academic tutoring to fellow students. His willingness to assist other students in the program through academic tutoring, peer coaching, and project presentation, is remarkable.
Not only does Kendale excel in the Kappa League program and in the community, he consistently excels academically in school. He currently ranks amongst the top percentile in a high school class of very competitive and highly academically motivated students. Kendale has proven he can excel with the best. Even though he achieves outstanding grades in schools, he continuous to set the bench mark for his academic grades higher each semester and strives to improve in whatever way he can academically, as well as, personally. He has proven that he has the time management and prioritizing skills needed to successfully compete in any demanding academic environment. In the Fall, Kendale will be attending Vanderbilt University where he will major in Civil Engineering with a minor in Engineering Management.
Attention all Kappa Leaguers! Are you looking for information on scholarships??? If so then you are invited to join the Kappa League Scholarship Central Group located in the Kappa League community on the National Kappa League website. The Kappa League Scholarship Central Group is a your "one stop shop" for all information and resources reagrding scholarships. Once you join the group you will be able to:
The group will have ton of articles, web links and videos to help you make college more affordable. In addition you will be able to post questions to Guide Right and Kappa League directors who will be able to assist you and provide you tips on writing winning scholarship applications and essays.
No matter what grade your in, joining the Kappa League Scholarship Central Group will be a major benefit and help in making your future in college more affordable!
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One thought keeps kicking through my mind as I interview Dennis Vaughn Jr.: "I wish I could clone him."
Vaughn, a 32-year-old accountant recently named Ohio Big Brother of the Year, signed up to be a mentor 10 years ago, just after he graduated from Kent State University.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland matched him up with a quiet 8-year-old, Maurice Simmons. How shy was he? At their first meeting, Maurice had to be coaxed into his living room just so he could shake hands with his new big brother.
That image doesn't resemble at all the poised and outgoing Twinsburg High School senior whom I watched joke around comfortably with his award-winning big brother last week at a restaurant.
Now 18, Maurice speaks confidently and quotably as he explains how Vaughn's presence helped him navigate through college applications, kept him on track when he struggled with fatherlessness and taught him to value academics over athletics.
"Everyone loves to say 'Be a man, act like a man,' but it's another thing to actually experience it, to have a model of what a man should be. Looking at Dennis, it really helped shape the person I am today," Maurice says.
"He always works hard. He always gets the job done, no matter how many hours it takes. Those are some traits I'm trying to take with me as I go to college and go into my job and start my own family."
He's not shy any longer. Give this kid 20 minutes, and he'll unwind a story that tells you exactly how Big Brothers Big Sisters transforms lives.
This pair have 10 years under their belt of going to occasional Browns and Cavs games, spending an annual day at Cedar Point and sharing a guilty fondness for professional wrestling. Vaughn attends Maurice's football games and track meets when he can and uses Twitter and texting to stay in touch with Maurice, who plans to attend Butler University in Indiana.
But finding time to spend together has been challenging, especially after Vaughn got married in 2008 and Maurice entered high school.
Vaughn came up with a smart solution. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, he involved Maurice with the Kappa League, his fraternity's youth outreach program. Maurice soon was voted president of the group, which taught him to manage his time better and boosted his public speaking.
It also introduced him to plenty of professional African-American men, and many of their numbers today are in Maurice's cellphone.
Turns out, that's why this kid is so easy to talk to. "I was very shy and it was hard for me to communicate with people. But Dennis is more open and more social. He got me involved with Kappa Alpha Psi, which really helped me branch out to other adults," Maurice explains. "So I can now go to any random adult and have a legitimate, flowing conversation without stuttering or being nervous."
Vaughn, a senior associate at SS&G Inc., an accounting firm in Solon, deflects any notion that he's responsible for Maurice's success. The teen has a strong mother and good male role models in his family, Vaughn points out. "I'm just grateful that I could be a small part," he says.
But Maurice's mother, Kandice, says that Vaughn, now a contender for National Big Brother of the Year, deserves a great deal of credit.
She thanks him for being there during Maurice's difficult early teens, when Maurice's long-absent father suddenly seemed interested in his son. Says Maurice, "He promised to come back and be a father but he basically threw away his promise. It was just a hard time."
Maurice says he responded to the emotional turmoil by adopting an angry, "forget the world" attitude. For a short time, his grades plummeted and he started acting out at school and home.
Kandice Simmons began calling or texting Vaughn gloomily to say "Meet me at Arabica" whenever her son got in trouble.
"I'll be there in 15 minutes," he'd answer, dropping everything to head to the coffee shop for a quick update on what was going wrong.
"He knew Maurice was in trouble and he knew he needed to straighten him out," Simmons says gratefully. "I really attribute a lot to Dennis. He was my support system."
Vaughn, she says, put an end to that downward cycle with some honest talk about how he himself had to deal with not having his father around when he was a boy. "It made me even closer to him, because we had the same trauma in our lives," Maurice reflects.
When I ask what Vaughn has taught him, Maurice has a ready answer:
"How to be a man."
I'm thinking my interview with Maurice couldn't be any more inspiring when he starts talking about his desire to stop the cycle of single parenthood he sees all around him, now that he's been in Vaughn's wedding and observed his relationship with his wife. "I just want to have children with the woman that I love and have kids after marriage, not before," he says earnestly.
"I'm taking all the different things I learned from him and I want to give it to somebody else," he adds. "When I get older, I want to have a little brother myself."
And of course, he wants Vaughn to play a role in his little brother's life.
"That's the great-grandbrother," he says, pointing at Vaughn before they break out into easy laughter. These two crack each other up.
Later, as I reflect on meeting them, it takes my breath away to realize that my wish already has been fulfilled.
Vaughn does have a clone, ready to spin his work off to a new generation.
And there it is. My gosh. That's the real beauty of mentoring.
Article is reprinted from an article written by Margaret Bernstien of the Cleveland Plain Dealer
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity South Eastern Guide Right Commission Chair Oscar Neely with Kappa Leaguers at the 2012 Kappa League Conference Greenville SC in background
The Kappa League Chapters attended the 2012 Southeastern Province Kappa League Conference held at the Embassy Suites Greenville Golf and Conference Center in Greenville, South Carolina February 17th-19th. This is an annual conference for the attendees. There were over 180 young male attendees across both Georgia and South Carolina participated in the weekend conference of six sessions that provided priceless leadership for all the young men in attendance. CEO's, lawyers, judges, educators, doctors, policemen, and entrepreneurs were all a part of this dynamic conference.
This was the 5th annual conference hosted by the Greenville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. under the leadership of the Southeastern Province Guide Right Commission Chair Oscar Neely. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Grand Polemarch (President) Randy Bates, Chapter Advisors, Fraternity Members, and other Dignitaries were in attendance at the Conference as well.
The Conference workshops included dealing with the consequences of violence, gentlemen qualities, social media, computer usage & privacy laws, and gangs. In addition, participants attended the youth empowerment luncheon and Kappa League Quiz Bowl where attendees competed against other participants for awards. College Park Alumni Kappa League took first places in the Quiz Bowl. The conference concluded with the participants being treated to an outing at one of Greenville's major theme parks. Plans are currently underway for next year conference to be held in Atlanta.
In this months cover story of LA Youth, Kappa Leaguer Maceo Bailey scores a big win for student fairness in the Los Angeles School System!!
This past Thursday, the Chicago Kappa League Institute's Director and National Guide Right Commission Vice Chairman Rodney Gore was interviewed by ABC News 7 discussing the success of elevating their Kappa Leaguers into College Ready Leaders.
On Thursday, February 23rd the Richardson Plano Kappa Leaguers were interview on the internet radio show "On the Level With Billy Fields" Listen to the podcast here and the view the post radio show!
Check out the Post Show on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=w7RfzYslVxk#!
Young men of color face a problem of perception. Underwhelming test scores, lower than average grades, poor college matriculation rates…society has buried our future generations under a mountain of low expectations.As a result, Kappa Alpha Psi is launching a new national program aimed at providing support and assistance to young men. The “Diamonds in the Rough” program will seek to undertake a number of methods to address some of the trends that have historically chal-lenged the success of young men of color.
“This is a multi-pronged initiative that is geared to generating mentors for high school students to help these young people improve their grades and test results,” said Grand Polemarch Wil-liam “Randy” Bates Jr.
“Beyond that, we want to develop the resources to assist young people to a greater degree in their quest for col-lege admissions and ἀnancial aid,” the Grand Polemarch said. “What’s more, our goal is to locate $1 million to pro-vide scholarships to deserving students. It’s a large goal, but we have successfully taken on other hefty projects in the history of our fraternity.”The program represents the vision of the Grand Polemarch, whose administra-tion is stressing the need to develop the academic performance and admission and ἀnancial prospects of young men, beginning as early as junior high school. In addition, the administration is also seeking to expand leadership training for undergraduate members of the fraternity, speciἀcally through Kappa’s Undergraduate Leadership Institute.
The centerpiece, however, is the “Diamonds in the Rough” program, which follows a two-pronged approach to change many of the trends that have beset achievement on the part of young men of color. Achievement becomes the loupe through which we may uncover the value of these hidden gems.
An important part of empowering the young men is providing access to educational opportunity. The fraternity, under the auspices of Guide Right chairman and vice chairman, L-mani S. Viney and Carl Cunningham, respectively, has finalized a deal to offer comprehensive standardized testing support as well as other professional development tools via an online portal.
Kappa Leaguers will have access to state of the art tools as they prepare for SAT and ACT examinations. Additionally, the program will offer tutorial exercises in resumé building, college entrance essays and more.
Further, the committee is in the initial phases of assembling a database of Kappa professionals in admissions and ἀnancial aid departments at colleges across the country. The goal is to build a network of contacts for Kappa Leaguers as they com-plete and submit their applications.Of course, getting into college is only the ἀrst step; tuition is another matter. To that end, the fraternity is aggregating volumes of scholarship information to be made available to leaguers via an online database. Applicants will be able to search based on various criteria, including family income, academic performance, geographic preference and area of study, among others.
Combined with the testing prep, application tips and admission contacts, “Diamonds in the Rough” provides a wide-ranging suite of powerful tools to set our Kappa Leaguers on the course for success.The second prong of the program relates to altering the communal percep-tion of young men of color. “Diamonds in the Rough” will spotlight the academic and social achievements of the participants, thereby expanding the vision of what is expected of them.
“I’ve always been a big picture guy,” Brother Viney said. “My inclination is to swing for the fences. ‘Diamonds in the Rough’ is designed to fundamentally change how society sees these young men and how they see themselves.”That’s an essential component to broadening their horizons about what the leaguers can achieve in later life.
Since he entered his teens, Jaylin J. Mc-Connaughey has been an active par-ticipant in the Kappa League program run by the New Brunswick Alumni Chapter in New Jersey. He has been involved in the group’s regular meetings, which has allowed the chapter’s brothers to help him prepare for standardized tests, teach him to make spellbinding oral presentations, and train him in the ἀner points of leadership.
A year ago, however, Jaylin’s mother had to relocate to the suburbs of Atlanta. The move forced the high schooler to look at life without the Kappa League program that had been so much a part of his development. But Jaylin’s mother would have none of it. She decided that her son had beneἀtted so deeply from his participation in the program that he needed to continue to be involved.
So, at least once a month, Jaylin Ḁies from Atlanta to New Jersey to attend Kappa League meetings and activities. “I didn’t grow up with a father, and my mom ἀgured that she really couldn’t teach me how to be a man,” Jaylin said. “These brothers of Kappa are kind of my fathers. They taught me everything from how to tie a tie to how to make effective 30-second presentations to interviewers.”
Jaylin’s experience — and the unusual lengths and distance he undertakes in order to participate in the New Brunswick Kappa League program — is a symbol of how the fraternity is shaping the lives of young men around the country.
For the last decade, the New Brunswick Alumni Chapter has run a Kappa League pro-gram whose impact on young men has been profound and considerable. The program started with about a dozen junior high school-aged young men. Today, there are more than 50 students in more than 20 schools.
“Now we have a full agenda of activities for our Kappa Leaguers,” said Alex Gray, the director of New Brunswick’s Kappa League program. “We have leadership training, pro-grams that help with academic preparedness, college preparation and so much more.”Brother Gray recently earned his doctor-ate in educational leadership from Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. His dissertation was a study of the impact of the New Brun-swick Kappa League program on preparing its participants for college.
His study determined that the chapter did a better job in preparing the Kappa League students for college and academic support than their respective high school guidance counselors and other support personnel. “We have a level of contact with them, a relationship that fosters a lot of trust. We get to know them well, and there is mutual respect and trust.”The chapter was recognized by win-ning the Jay Crosby Award for the best Kappa League program in the Northeastern Province, as well as the same award at the Centennial conclave in Indianapolis.
Jaylin’s mother, Tamika McCon-naughey, said that, with her son’s father and grandfather not living in close proximity to the teenager “the New Brunswick Alumni men quickly ἀlled those shoes and I am forever indebted to them.“ She added: “The gentlemen have hectic schedules of their own with their wives, children, jobs, etc. However they still carve out time for the young men and Kappa League. They do it with such style and grace.”
Larnie Booker, the chapter’s pole-march, said that he views the Kappa League program as New Brunswick Alumni’s most signiἀcant endeavor. “On our web site, we say that we’re committed to saving young black males and protect-ing our future,” Brother Booker said. “And we feel that people should hold us accountable for what we say. We won’t do parties much because it’s not our strength. But we do work hard with young men in the com-munity. That’s our strength.”