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.