P_R_I_N_C_E_ _W_I_L_L_I_A_M_ _C_O_U_N_T_Y,_VA_— _ April 18, 2018
The award winning Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) Omega U Youth Academy Program spoke to the Prince William County (PWC) Public School Board and Superintendent on April 18, 2018 at the PWCPS Board Meeting in the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center of Manassas, Virginia. Jamal and Jamel Carter, seniors at Potomac Senior High School (PSHS), spoke on behalf of the 125 student organization based in Prince William County. Students listened to inspiring words and support from board members including Lillie Jessie, Kate Arnold, Diane Raulston, Justin Wilk, Loree Williams, and Gil Trenum.
Omega U, was established in 2009 and has grown to over 125 students in the past 2 years serving the greater PWC under the direction of Bro. Michael Frazier. Omega U offers after school mentoring/study hall sessions at Dumfries ES, Henderson ES, George M. Hampton Middle, and Potomac Middle, and Potomac HS in addition to Freedom HS and Colgan HS in PWC.
In the past two years, the Omega U Program has executed over 100 Hours of community service, 300 Hours of weekend mentoring events, 280 Hours of after school mentoring, and has provided a total value of $121K to PWC schools since 2016 and more than $500K since 2009. The PWC school district is the 2nd largest school system in the state of Virginia, and the 4th largest in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Students of Omega U have executed on student led INOVA Blood Drives, Feeding the Homeless, Highway Cleanup, and annual support of National Public Lands Day at Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge, Virginia. Omega U is open to all youth males from 3rd grade to graduating seniors and targets students from low-income single parent families.
The Omega U Program mission is to serve, support, and partner with the PWC Public Schools by offering a “Word Class Education” with after school and weekend mentoring initiatives that includes STEM Labs and the Omega U Flight Drone Program, Pre-College Initiative (PCI), Career Readiness workshops, college field trips, and health and sport initiatives.
In 2018, Omega U became a National Society of Black Engineers Junior Chapter serving PWC with partnerships with Virginia State University, Virginia Tech University, Northern Virginia Community College, and George Mason University. In July 2018, Omega U student scholars from single-parent families will attend a one week long Engineering Camp at Virginia Tech, College of Engineering. Students live on campus for one week while they attending engineering, physics, and science classes with hands-on labs to foster a better understanding and increased knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The Omega U Youth Academy Program continues to grow and foster a wonderful youth experience for students in PWC and the Northern Virginia and Metropolitan area, and is a leading youth academy program for Omega Psi Phi and PWC. To learn more about Omega U, please visit our website at http://www.omegaupwc.com.
PLL is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over more than 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.
Since the Chapter’s founding in Dumfries, VA, in January 2004, PLL has supported public and community events across the region, benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship and social action. PLL has previously been named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. International Chapter of the Year for three separate years since the Chapter’s founding. PLL is honored with this most prestigious honor bestowed by the fraternity.
Pi Lambda Lambda serves Prince William County, the City of Manassas, Manassas Park, and Stafford County .