"Making an investment in our young people is the most important thing we can do."
- Stephen Lawrence
Chairman, The Diamond Foundation
With the statement above, the newly elected Chairman of The Diamond Foundation, gave a clear vision of the continued mission of the foundation. Given our connection and history with the New Brunswick Alumni Kappa League program, we have a vehicle in place that we can continue to enhance. But what impact has the Kappa League program had on its members? When you pour time, energy and resources into young people, you watch them grow and blossom into amazing individuals.
Kappa League is a program for the educational, occupational and social guidance of male students in grades 6th-12th. It was designed to help young men grow, receive, and develop their leadership talents in every phase of human endeavor. It falls sunder the mentoring umbrella of the Guide Right program of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Kappa League was founded on Thursday, February 12, 1969, by the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., at Alain LeRoy Locke High School in Los Angeles, CA. There are seven phases of Kappa League. Its is through these areas that we look to enrich and enhance the lives of young men. The seven phases of Kappa League are:
Phase I - Self Identity/ Purpose
Phase II - Training
Phase III - Competition
Phase IV - Social
Phase V - Health Education
Phase VI - Economic Empowerment & Education
Phase VII - College & Career
The New Brunswick Alumni Kappa League Program was established in the fall of 2004. From its inception over 200 young men have been inducted into the program. Students are inducted from 7th to 12th grade. Graduates of the program have attended two year colleges, four year college and joined the United States Armed Forces.
..some of the schools/careers our Kappa Leaguers have selected.
HOW DID KAPPA LEAGUE IMPACT YOU OR YOUR SON'S LIFE?
Branden R. Renee
SSgt, USAF, CPhT, NCOIC
NBA Kappa League Alumnus
Class of 2013
"I thank all the mentors for their wisdom, empathy, insight and unconditional support. I value all the efforts to ensure my son knew he mattered as a young black man. He knew his family loved him, but didn’t connect how much of an impact he could make in the classroom and society until he was mentored and groomed by these men.
This program left a lasting impact of dominance and self worth in everything he’s tasked with. He his mentors were all professionals, that looked like him and spoke like him. He strives to be the best at all levels in order to simulate this. His goal is to be Chief in the US Air Force.
So far he’s started 3 mentoring programs and every Thanksgiving, Christmas and beginning of the school year he holds donation drives. He watched and now he serves. I can attribute this to Kappa League."
Kappa League Parent
Mother of Branden Renee
"Kappa League provided a brotherhood for our son at a very young age. The advisors are positive role models that set the expectations for the young men very high and make certain each of them reaches their highest potential.
My son learned early what it meant to be apart of a brotherhood and what comes with it. He aims to represent himself in a positive way, as well as helping his brothers do the same. Even today, our son will only move with other young men who share the same qualities he developed as a proud member of Kappa League. Every opportunity our son has to visit, he does without hesitation. He has high regards for the advisors, believes in the program and will always be apart of the family. "
Kappa League Parents
Mother of Isaac Eason III
Isaac Eason III (on the right), KL Alumnus (Class of 2017) and an engineering major at Virginia State University, gives a university tour to another Kappa Leaguer and advisor.
"Joining Kappa League in the beginning of my freshman year of high school was one of the best decisions of my life. There weren't a lot of boys that looked like me where I went to school. So being surrounded by guys that looked like me and liked what I liked made, Kappa League a safe space for me. Looking back at what Kappa League taught me about the college process, job interviews and the standards you should be setting yourself at that age set me up to successfully transition into college and into the 'real world' with great success.
As a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (Bachelor's Degree in Food Business Management), I've started to realize my lifelong dream of becoming chef. Although the journey is just beginning and it can get hot in the kitchen, I take the tools taught by Kappa League with me every day - always ask questions, give my all and make a difference in someone else's life. When I cook and plate food, I give a little of myself back to the world!"
The New Brunswick Alumni Kappa League program is nothing short of SUPERB! The men are exceptional mentors. Their kindness and willingness to share their own experiences, while listening to the young men is a successful formula. To be honest, the more I think about it, it’s more than a program. It’s developing lifelong relationships.
As an alumni parent, I am proud to say, both of my sons have benefited from these men being in their lives. My oldest is not a big fan of trust or communication. However, Kappa League unapologetically burst through that barrier. He gained trustworthy supporters, confidants, advocates and allies. Now, at twenty-five years of age, it is very important to him that [Kappa League advisors] Dr. Gray and Uncle Book (Dr. Larnie Booker) know he’s doing well and making good decisions. My youngest is shy and quiet. He internalizes but after two years with Kappa League and their unique methods, he began opening up more, which speaks volumes because he has mild autism. It takes a lot to get him excited but mid-week he’d start reminding me about Saturday’s meeting and how he couldn’t miss it.
I want you to understand how important these men are and what they do. During the majority of my son’s participation., we no longer lived in New Jersey because my job relocated us multiple times. I’ve purchased airline tickets and driven four or more hours to ensure they made their meetings on time. My commitment is a direct result of their extraordinary dedication and focus on making the boys better version of themselves. Bottom line, they are phenomenal men of God and I’m thankful that they entered/continue to be a part of our lives."
Kappa League Parent
Mother of Sebastian Banks and Jaylin McConnaughey
Sebastian Banks, Kappa League Inductee Class of 2015, Tamika McConnaughey and Jaylin McConnaughey, Kappa League Class of 2012. Sebastian is completing his freshman year of college. Jaylin recently enlisted in the United States Army.
Chef de Partie, Fish Roast
BOKA - Chicago, IL
NBA Kappa League Alumnus
Class of 2014