Guide Right / Kappa Leadership League
Conceived in 1922, the Guide Right Program is the fraternity’s national service program for the educational and occupational guidance of youth. Its reach extends to high schools and colleges alike. The Guide Right Program is our signature youth development program that prepares young men for leadership. The program is geared to insure that leadership, academic, and cultural refinements are byproducts of its implementation.
Purpose / Mission
The Hampton-Newport News (VA) Alumni Chapter attempts to embody and replicate the purpose and objectives of GUIDE RIGHT, the international service program of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Through an appointed Commission, the chapter focuses its Guide Right effort on the following objectives:
- The Encouragement of School and College Attendance
- Assist Young Men in Selecting Appropriate Careers to Fit Themselves for Life.
- The Development of Leadership Qualities.
- The ACHIEVEMENT of Academic Success.
- The Provision of a Respite from the Drudgery of the Street through Wholesome Recreational Activity.
The Guide Right Commission develops an annual program pursuant to these objectives. The program is geared to insure that leadership, academic, and cultural refinements are bi-products of its implementation. The Commission has adopted a two-pronged approach to meeting its objectives:
The Guide Right target population is male youths on the Virginia Peninsula. The Guide Right Program conducts weekly tutoring sessions with contact s with 20 students (average), monthly professionally development programs/workshops, road trips to colleges, national and international events to enhance career and leader development. Ninety five (95%) of the seniors matriculate on to college. The Guide Right Program includes 8 high schools and 9 middle schools in the Hampton Roads area and has established partnerships with other community service organizations such as the Eastern area Links, Newport News Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), Boys and Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula, and the Hampton Department of Parks and Recreation. Our Guide Right Program budget is approximately $7,000.00.
Kappa Leadership League
The Chapter has maintained an active chapter of the Kappa Instructional Leadership League since 1974. The Kappa League, as it is more commonly called, is the social implementation of Guide Right. It serves as a vehicle for providing cultural exposures, leadership training and mentoring for young men between the ages of 13 and 18. Through club-oriented activities, the officers and members of the Kappa League perform projects that will expose them to planning, execution, reporting ideas, and simulating good leadership characteristics designed to raise their aspiration levels. Since the fundamental purpose of
Kappa Alpha Psi is ACHIEVEMENT, it is the fraternity’s primary purpose to help these young men achieve worthy goals and to make notable contributions to their communities when they mature as adults. Additionally, the Kappa League is a “breeding ground” for chapter scholarship recipients and representatives in the Eastern Province Student of the Year Pageant. The Chapter’s Guide Right program has enjoyed a collaborative partnership with the Newport News Chapter of Links, Inc. for the last three years. This year’s Pathway to Success initiative has been a tremendously rewarding.
Kappa Cardinals Athletic Association
The Chapter effectively uses sports as a means to maintain continuous contact with over 300 area youths each year. Through this contact, academic performance is monitored and tutoring is provided as needed. The Chapter, in partnership with the City of Hampton’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the City of Newport News’ Department of Parks and Recreation, aspires to provide wholesome recreational activity and mentoring for young men and young ladies living in and around the Wythe Community in Hampton, and the Southeast Community in Newport News.
- The chapter provides administrative support and oversight for four youth football teams, four cheering squads, and eight basketball teams that compete in the city of Hampton.
- The Chapter has also sponsored a baseball team in the Anderson Park Youth League in Newport News for the last 25 years
As a non-profit, public foundation, the Hampton-Newport News Alumni Chapter Achievement Foundation offers scholarships to both private individuals and members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. Scholarships are awarded annually to assist graduating high school seniors to attend college. The selection of students is based on academic achievement, community involvement, and extra-curricular activities, and demonstrated potential in leadership positions. This program relies solely on our fundraising efforts and community support. The Scholarship Program traditionally provides 7Scholarships annually for approximately $10K. The Foundation also established a Scholarship Endowment Fund and is currently raising funds to achieve a level to sustain current scholarships, and potentially, increase annual giving.