LAMBDA OMEGA CHAPTER | MALE YOUTH ACADEMY| Norfolk, VA, February—June 2018
The Lambda Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated for years has conducted a fatherhood mentoring program better known as the Male Youth Academy. The MYA’s mission is to be a premier youth mentoring program by partnering with students, parents, schools, and community stakeholders to provide a unique academic and social environment that empowers and prepares youth to succeed in their academic, social, and career endeavors. Our goal is to provide young men the confidence and social tools needed to approach many of the distractions that may affect their ability to achieve their personal and academic goals.
At the beginning of the second school semester, the Lambda Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated developed a partnership with the administrative team and Southside Stem Academy at Campostella located in Norfolk, Virginia. This partnership resulted in the development and implementation of a revamped Male Youth Academy mentoring program. This year the focus was placed on young men that demonstrated the potential to become young scholars, but did not have access to resources and guidance.
Through the collaboration between Lambda Omega and Gamma Xi Chapters (Virginia Beach graduate chapter), our Male Youth Academy partnered with the Golden Fold mentoring program sponsored by Gamma Xi Chapter. The Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series schedule of activities and topics included:
- Lesson From History
- Building Your Inner Hero
- Mentored By Millionaires
- A Stronger Village
These sessions were held on the fourth Tuesday during the months of February thru June, facilitated by guest speakers and business leaders from the Hampton Roads community. To augment this series, the Lambda Omega Male Youth Academy would meet on the Saturday prior to the fourth Tuesday of each month. The Male Youth Academy’s Saturday sessions served as a “lead in” to the Woodson series to prepare the participants those sessions.
Outside of the Carter G. Woodson lecture series and the Saturday sessions held at the Omegas of Norfolk fraternity house, participants from the MYA also attended the 900 Men’s Breakfast sponsored by Second Calvary Baptist Church. The scholarship and community service award event was held at the Chesapeake convention center. Brother Anthony Knight sponsored several tables for the MYA participants and chaperones.Mr. James Brown, Network Broadcaster for CBS Sports and News was the keynote speaker for the event. There were over eight hundred black males and youth in attendance.
On Thursday, June 14, the administration of the STEM academy allowed the chapter to come in and host a closing ceremony for the eighteen MYA participants at the school, inviting their parents. Each young man who participated in the program received a certificate from the chapter. “We can confidently say that a solid foundation has been re-established for the program moving forward” says MYA coordinator Bro. Jerome Bynum.
Bro. Bynum plans to continue reaching out to the young men over the summer to keep them involved. On Monday, July 2 the chapter has provided tickets to attend the Norfolk Tides baseball game with young men who participated in the spring academy session. The MYA is scheduled to resume during the spring semester.
Lambda Omega Chapter is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, an international non-profit social and civic organization that has more than 700 chapters with more than 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide. Lambda Omega has a prolific tradition of supporting and collaborating with organizations on a local and national level to uplift and stimulate humanity. The chapter was chartered in Norfolk, Virginia in November of 1920 by five college graduates, under the administration of Grand Basileus Raymond G Robinson. Those five men were Elihue Burke, Walter C. Fulford, Dr. G. Hamilton Francis, Lafayette Howell, and Euric S. Peters.
It would be the night before Christmas and the Ques would be calling into pray
They started with a few but the line grew larger from day to day
The vision of one Bishop Stacatto Powell to be exact
He only knew that he had heard from God and that was a fact
So he called for his district chaplains to meet him on line at 6:30 in the morn; was that a joke?
Ok said the twelve because most of them liked to fish and were only country folks
So they called in on the line from north and south, east and west
Accepting the challenge to pray early each morning and to lead the devotion, giving it their best
The fellowship grew stronger between the Grand Chaplain and his praying Omegas,
So that one year, in person, we even met in Las Vegas
No, not to gamble, run the strip, or even see the sights,
Just as Omega Psi Phi praying men, along with the Grand Basileus Knox,
serving as men in the midst of darkness as the Supreme Basileus’ beacon lights
Now as men of Omega giving God all glory and praise, for all to Him is due
And it started early one morning, calling on line to pray, with just a few
“Merry Christmas to all and I will call you in the morning”
Bro. Rev. Dr. James Edwards, III
Zeta Iota via 6-98 Lambda Omega
NORFOLK, VA—Lambda Omega, Zeta Iota, Gamma Xi and Sigma Kappa Kappa chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated the achievements of their respective members, community leaders and high school essayists at a joint banquet celebration on November 18. The annual event was held in the banquet facility of Norfolk State University’s Scott-Dozier Hall. Les McKay of Lambda Omega served as emcee. The keynote address was given by Brad Hunter, Vice-President for Commercial Lending with TowneBank, and a member of Lambda Omega. The luncheon was the culminating event of a week of activities that kicked off with a “Power of The Vote” forum at Old Dominion University hosted by the school’s Tau Lambda Chapter and NSU’s Pi Gamma Chapter on November 13. Fraternity members celebrated Omega Psi Phi’s 106th birthday at a rededication ceremony in Portsmouth on November 17.
Norfolk-based Lambda Omega Chapter presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Fabius Tucker, and Herb Govan was their Superior Service recipient. The chapter recognized NSU’s President, Eddie Moore, as their Citizen of the Year. Moore, who is also an Omega Man, will be retiring in December of this year. Zeta Iota, located in Portsmouth, selected Stephanie Morales, Esq, as its Citizen of the Year. Morales was recently re-elected as Portsmouth’s Commonwealth Attorney. Lloyd Jackson, Jr. was their Omega Man of the Year, and Ovelton Malone was recognized for his Superior Service. Va. Beach’s Gamma Xi Chapter recognized James L. Barber as their Omega Man of the Year. Chesapeake’s Sigma Kappa Kappa Chapter presented Bri’Anne Green as its Citizen of the Year. Omega Man of the Year honors went to Kodi Fleming, the Lifetime Achievement Award to Brian “Jay” Glover, and Superior Service to Delwyn Peterson.
The Joint Achievement Week (JAW) $1000 award for best essay written by a high school senior went to Kanijah Brickhouse of Northampton High School in Cape Charles, VA. A $500 second place award went to Miles Edmond who attends Norfolk Collegiate in Norfolk. The members of the JAW committee were Kenneth Edmond, Michael Mitchell, Michael Williams, Stanley Barner and Dr. Leroy Hamilton. Dwayne Barber is the Basileus of Lambda Omega, Hank Mabry heads Zeta Iota, Gamma Xi is led by Turan Smith, Sigma Kappa Kappa by Justin Hampton. Alphonso Dale, Jr. is the Basileus of Pi Gamma and Leon Brewington leads Tau Lambda.
NORFOLK--As part of the city’s Neighbors Building Neighborhoods initiative, Norfolk hosted its fifth annual Neighborhood Expo on September 16 at Military Circle Mall. The Expo provides residents a forum to exchange ideas, spotlight neighborhoods, and be recognized for their accomplishments. It also provides opportunities for other stakeholders and businesses to share information on services and programs in a festive environment. At the recommendation of Vice-Basileus, Ron Moore, Lambda Omega became a “Movers” sponsor for the first time. This permitted chapter members to pass out flyers about an upcoming fish fry. They also shared information about the young male mentoring program that’s being rebooted.
This year’s Expo kicked off with a neighborhood parade inside the mall to celebrate neighborhood heroes. Six-year-old Julian, a CHKD hero, was the grand marshal. He was followed by the Norview High School Drum Line. Neighborhoods and exhibitors were encouraged to join the parade, bring banners, and dress as superheroes. There was also a dunking booth outside the food court to benefit CHKD. Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone, two assistant chiefs, and a deputy city manager were featured dunking booth targets. Entertainment included face painting, appearance by the East Coast Alliance of Cosplayers superhero group, and performances by the Toe 2 Toe Dancers, Mosaic Steel Band and Maury High School cheerleaders. Bro. Earl Fraley, chairman of Norfolk’s City Planning Commission gave welcoming remarks to Expo attendees.