Kappa Alpha Psi inducts 50 into mentoring group

In September, the Lawrenceville-Duluth Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity inducted 50 young men from Gwinnett County Public Schools into the Kappa Instructional Leadership League.

The primary purpose of the Kappa League is to develop leadership skills, encourage strong academic achievement and refine the self-image of its members. For the past year, the recently chartered Lawrenceville-Duluth Alumni Chapter has been mentoring the students, who range in age from 10 to 18.

In the fall of 2008, the Alumni Chapter began a strategic partnership with three community organizations -- Five Forks Middle School, A. Worley Brown Boys & Girls Club in Norcross and Salem Missionary Baptist Church. The purpose of the partnership was to join forces with business leaders, faith-based organizations and others within the community to mobilize their efforts in reaching a single goal -- to improve the lives of others.

During the 2008-09 school year, members of the Lawrenceville-Duluth Alumni Chapter met monthly with the students at Five Forks Middle School. Community leaders were brought in to speak to the group about careers in medicine, law, engineering, business, dentistry and education. "Chat Sessions" were conducted with the students on topics such as conflict resolution, peer pressure and bullying. The students were also exposed to facilitators who instructed them on test preparation, improving studying skills, staying organized and preparing for college. The students also participated in several community service events.

The hard work and commitment the students demonstrated culminated with their official induction into the Kappa League. The members of the Lawrenceville-Duluth Kappa League embody a diverse set of academic skills and extracurricular activities.

"We recognize that each of these young men brings something of value to the group and our goal is to put them in a position to demonstrate that value in a way that is constructive and appropriate," said Benjamin Holmes, director of Guide Right for the chapter. "We are very proud of what these gentlemen have accomplished, and we have even higher expectations for them in the upcoming year. The success of this program is a direct result of parental involvement and the commitment of our strategic partners to work with the members of our chapter to improve this community."

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is a nonprofit, public service organization with a membership of over 150,000 college-educated men in more than 200 chapters across the world. The organization was established with a purpose to provide programs promoting human welfare. The Kappa Instructional Leadership League is a program of Guide Right, the national service program of Kappa Alpha Psi.

,i>Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.