It is vitally important to train and equip the youth of today for the leadership opportunities that will be present in their future. Dream Builders Foundation’s goal is to provide support to organizations that foster individual growth, and develop youth leadership skills. Dream Builders Foundation supports the efforts to inspire and empower youth to a life dedicated to achievement and service.
In May 2014, the Dream Builders Foundation delivered on its promise. The Foundation funded the inaugural pilot leadership development program “Kappa Academy”, hosted by the leadership of Northeastern Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. The Northeastern Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. has been training young men for leadership for more than 84 years. Kappa Alpha Psi has trained thousands of young men in lifelong skills that can mean the difference between mediocrity and success. By providing these young men with leadership education through the eyes of positive role models from vested individuals (fraternity leadership), the young men have become empowered to escape poverty and whatever obstacles stood in their way to meet their aspirations in life.
The Northeastern Province’s Kappa Academy is an extension and enhancement of the leadership training that is afforded to its membership. The Northeastern Province’s leadership development program and the Dream Builder’s Foundation mission alike share a strong dedication to empowering youth and particularly young men of color who are in need. We both want to provide underserved youth with life skills and training.
About the Northeastern Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
The Northeastern Province was established in 1930 when James E. Allen was appointed the first Northeastern Province President by then Grand President, Archie A. Alexander. The province is made up of over 40 Undergraduate and 30 Alumni Chapters. The Province covers a geographical area spanning from the tip of New England in the north through Delaware in the south, and Pennsylvania in the west over to Germany and the United Kingdom. In addition to Germany and the United Kingdom, the province spans the following states: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Within the construct of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. the Northeastern Province is one of 12 Provinces nationally.
About the Pilot Program
On May 10, 2014 the leadership of the Northeastern Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity successfully hosted the inaugural pilot leadership development program, “Kappa Academy”. Because of the funding from Dream Builders Foundation, the Northeastern Province was able to support enhanced leadership training for 14 Collegiate Members from various colleges and universities across the Northeastern Province.
The goal of the program was to develop dynamic Collegiate Kappa Leaders in order to build strong Collegiate Chapters. The overall program objectives were to:
- To provide a structured fraternal training ground that produces stronger collegiate leadership within the Northeastern Province
- To transition strong collegiate leadership into effective chapter growth and operational excellence
- To inform and equip the conference participants with quality leadership training that will be applicable to several facets of life
- To create an environment that fosters fellowship, fraternalism, and reinforces individual commitment to service
- To promote mental, physical, and spiritual growth
The pilot program was an intensive one day program (8am – 5pm), that focused on three strategic areas of leadership; 1) The CEO Mindset, 2) Theoretical Leadership and 3) Chapter Operations. The program host location was the Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport, 28 Day Hill Road, Windsor, CT. 06095. The participants benefited from the instruction and intriguing presentations of the Northeastern Province’s key leaders; Jimmy McMikle, the 26th Northeastern Province President, Craig C. Chisholm, the Senior Province Vice President and Oyeleye Odewunmi, the Immediate Past Junior Province Vice President.
The Program’s Measurements of Success
The following metrics were used to measure the success of the Northeastern Province Kappa Academy Pilot Leadership Development Program:
|Pre and Post Surveys||# participants participating in the program||Participants feel more confident about their future and becoming a leader in their communities or on campus.|
|Participants who were not in leadership roles prior to participating in the program||# of participants, ethnicity, age group||Participants feel they can compete/lead in the global economy|
|Participants confident in teaching and talking to their peers about leadership.||# of participants taking on new leadership roles
# of participants participating in Peer Training (on campus or within Kappa Alpha Psi)
|Participants feel confident about applying to graduate school and gaining employment|
|Participants interested in taking on leadership roles after the training||# of participants that have leadership roles and what type of leadership role||Participants understand how to lead|
Overall, the pilot program was a resounding success. All participants departed the program with an increased sense of purpose and indicated that they were more confident in their ability to become more effective leaders.