Kappa Psi to be Honored for Outstanding Mentoring and Service of Youth
Chapter to be Given ‘BEST Friend’ Award on September 28th
Washington, DC—Tuesday, August 1, 2017—Kappa Psi Chapter will be honored on September 28, 2017 with the ‘Best Friend’ award from Best Kids, Inc., a local nonprofit mentoring organization that empowers youth in foster care to build better futures. The honor will take place at the 5th Annual Art of the Matter event on September 28th at the Navy Memorial Heritage Center in Washington, DC from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
“I am truly humbled by the efforts that the Brothers of Kappa Psi Chapter have made to uplift to the young men of BEST Kids,” said Brother Glen Yonkers, chapter Basileus. “While the best award is the long term success of the young men, we really appreciate BEST Kids for acknowledging our efforts.”
Kappa Psi has been involved with Best Kids since July 2016. The chapter hosts quarterly sessions with the young men from BEST Kids with goals of inspiring, exposing and preparing them for the many opportunities in their futures. Some of the prior session topics have included dressing for success, the principles of Manhood, a digital literacy, financial literacy for teens, and a career day where Omega Men share the journeys they took in their careers.
Brother Javin Rudolph III is the Kappa Psi Mentoring Chairman and said the partnership between the two organizations has been mutually beneficial. “BEST Kids works to enable youth to develop self-esteem, learn the principles of manhood and teamwork and build positive relationships – that is exactly what Kappa Psi works to do with young men. This is only the beginning!”
Best Kids’ Executive Director, Krislyn Mossman, said that Kappa Psi was nominated and voted on by the organization’s Board of Directors. “This award recognizes a partnering agency or group that has gone above and beyond to help advance BEST Kids’ capacity to deliver our programs,” she said. “We want to recognize you (Kappa Psi) for the outstanding partnership you’ve provided to us over the last year or so that has positively impacted our young men in our program.”
Brother Uri Robinson, chapter Vice Basileus, said that he hopes this award will encourage others to join the chapter’s efforts. “Youth mentorship is something we don’t take lightly. We strive to give our mentees an opportunity to learn from great men that look like them and also create a critical thinking path for themselves.”
Kappa Psi was chartered on the campus of Howard University in Thirkield Hall on November 19, 1926 by Bro. Dr. William Montague Cobb. We strive with the highest enthusiasm and commitment to uphold our Four Cardinal Principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift. Kappa Psi continues to serve the community of the District of Columbia as we are committed to continue to bring important community service projects in the District of Columbia.
Bro. Garrett James | 3-SP08-TLL
Kappa Psi Chapter | LM #6184
Chapter Editor – FY 2015-2017