Director: Russell Morgan, Jr.
New York Alumni uses its Guide Right committee
to work with and mentor students as well as provide various
programs throughout the year for children in the community.
Some of our programs include: annual Halloween and Christmas
parties, Jr. Kappa League Kane Team, participation in the Pan-Hellenic
Careers Conference, and field tripe to Columbia University sports
teams' games (football and basketball).
Guide Right History
Kappa Alpha Psi's Guide Right national service
program began under the guidance of Brother Leon W. Steward,
a YMCA secretary, of the St. Louis Alumni Chapter. Brothers
Steward and J. Jerome Peters studied the problem of continual
need of financial assistance and guidance of active undergraduate
chapters. Brother Stewards proposed solution was a program,
designated Guide Right, of guidance that assisted high school
seniors in the choice and pursuit of useful careers consistent
with the Fraternity purpose. This program was immediately adopted
at the local level to the extent of providing scholarship to
needy and talented participants. The 12th Grand Chapter adopted
Guide Right as the national service program of the Fraternity.
The basic objectives of Guide Right, can be summarized a
||To help youth, especially those of high school
age, in their selection of courses leading to vocations
compatible with their aptitudes, interests, and personalities.
||To assist students, while they are in training,
to get started in employment, and to progress successfully
in their chosen fields.
||To assist parents in the handling of their
children by giving them the opportunities to talk over their
problems with those who know and are successful in their
||To afford the less fortunate youths a respite
from the drudgery of the streets, through sponsored entertainment
||To inform youth of the values of higher education,
of assistance available for continued educational pursuits,
scholarships, loans, professional counseling, fellowships,
etc.; of various occupational and professional opportunities;
and of current labor demands and the trends on the labor
market, supply rewards, etc, (2) requirements for obtaining
employment, i.e. personal, scholastic, and economic.
Since its inception, The Guide Right program has swelled from
vocational programs to other programs like the Kappa Instructional
Leadership League. Now called Kappa League, this program sought
to help young men grow and develop their leadership talents
in every phase of human endeavor-participants would achieve
worthy goals for themselves and make constructive contributions
to their community when leadership roles become their responsibility.
This included studies in self-identity discipline, assurance,
awareness, and appearance; training (academic, career choice,
preparation, and organization); competition (politics, career
advancement, and sports); social (religion, the arts, entertainment,
conversation, communication, etiquette, and manners); and health
education (physical fitness, sex education, drugs, and health
New York Alumni's commitment to Guide Right has
been exhibited over the years through its work with various
projects including our Scholarship Foundation and a local Student
of the Year Pageant. Currently, NY Alumni sponsors two Kappa
League programs in Harlem:
Frederick Douglas Academy High School
Harriet Tubman Elementary School (a Junior Kappa League program)
Through Guide Right, NY Alumni has continued "Training for Leadership...".
Reginald F. Lewis Memorial Luncheon/Kappa Alpha Psi New York
Alumni Scholarship Foundation
The New York Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity Inc and its Scholarship Foundation have donated funds
to talented young men for over twelve consecutive years. With
this year's luncheon, the Foundation will have given nearly
two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000.00) to products of the
New York City School system.
The luncheon is the culmination of a decade-long
effort to support educational opportunity for youth. The Foundation's
beginning came in 1988, due to the inspiration of Jonathan P.
Hicks, a reporter for the New York Times and a member of the
New York Alumni Chapter. In that year, Kappa Alpha Psi New York
Alumni Scholarship Foundation Inc. was incorporated by the State
of New York as a non-profit scholarship foundation. Most of
the funding for the scholarships has been provided by members
of the Fraternity in the New York area who made personal contributions
aimed at making a college education available to talented young
men. In addition to fund raising, the foundation is involved
in mentoring and tutorial activities and hosting tours of college
campuses to introduce New York City youth campus environment.
Patrons of the luncheon also play a vital role
in helping to fund these scholarships and it serves as a testament
to these students that people in their community are behind
them. The scholarship luncheon also has significance because
it honors one of the Foundation's earliest and most generous
supporters, Brother Reginald F. Lewis, the late chairman and
Chief Executive of TLC Beatrice International Inc. He was a
cherished member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and an internationally
renowned businessman. Most important, however, was his spirit
of giving, which enabled so many organizations to help people
in every aspect of society.