The Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation hosts an annual celebration and scholarship awards ceremony. In 2021, the event is the 16th Annual L.A.M.P. Scholarship Celebration and will occur as a virtual program on May 29, 2021 at 11:30 am. At the Scholarship Celebration, the Foundation will recognize eight graduating high school seniors who are members of the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program. The Foundation will award each student a scholarship to support their future endeavors. The Scholarship Celebration also provides an opportunity for businesses, individuals, and community organizations to support the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program and the graduating seniors through sponsorship and scholarship donations. You can support the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program through being a Sponsor [...]
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The Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Eta Lambda Omega Chapter (Pasadena, California Alumnae), cordially invites all middle school and high school students to attend the 2021 Virtual Career STEAMposium on Saturday, March 20, between 8:30 AM and 1:00 PM PT / 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM CT / 11:30 AM ET and 4:00 PM ET. Three points that govern the prevailing objective of Career STEAMposium are that we want to expose, demystify and engage students in industries and careers that are constantly changing. Through the Career STEAMposium, students will learn about a future career blueprint, practical skills, and the academic subjects they need to [...]
GZBF's February 2021 Newsletter As we conclude Black History Month, Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation (GZBF) joins you in paying special homage to notable African Americans, their achievements and more broadly, their enduring societal legacies. These rich legacies live on through GZBF’s most recent social action initiatives detailed in this month’s newsletter including: a Black History Month tribute, a summary of GZBF's L.A.M.P. Mentor Program which featured mock interviews in January, a spotlight on the Man Cave at the SoCal Women’s Conference, and a STEAMposium SoCal Aerospace News Network feature story. It is my hope that our newsletter not only fosters dialogue through education, but also enhances the intellectual curiosity needed for [...]
Graduates with their recognition certificates, and clockwise, Gilbert Holmes, L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Coordinator, Ramsey Jay Jr, GZBF President, Earle Charles, Assistant L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Coordinator, and Michael Armstrong, Keynote Speaker On May 30, 2020, the GZBF recognized the accomplishments of ten outstanding high school graduates during its annual L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Celebration and Scholarship Awards Ceremony. The virtual program began with a musical interlude while the seniors, their fellow Mentees, family, friends and supporters. The musical interlude ended with the song “Glory” by Common and John Legend, and their very poignant line, “No one wins the war individually. It takes the wisdom of the elders and the young people’s [...]
GZBF is deeply saddened by the passing of longtime supporter Genita Evangelista Johnson, fondly referred to as “GiGi”, the life partner of Richard Allen Williams, M.D. She died June 13, 2020, at the age of 84. GZBF President, Ramsey Jay, Jr., said in a statement: “Gigi was a fierce youth empowerment advocate and an absolute model of doing well by doing good. I count myself as one of the lucky ones who was able to have my life enriched by her rich friendship, and GZBF was a fortunate partner of her transformative philanthropic initiatives”. GiGi was an educator, a businesswoman and a philanthropist, whose absence will be keenly felt. She was [...]
In 1984, Archon Hackley Woodford, a Kaiser physician and a longtime member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity’s (the Boulé’s) Xi Boulé (Los Angeles Chapter) realized that Pasadena, California, which had a thriving population of black professionals had no presence of the Boulé. He set out to fill that gap and searched for potential candidates. His search lead him to identify 11 congenial professional men to fill the gap. The group first met in the home of Archon J. B. Singleton, a local dentist, who lived in Pasadena, California, who was also a member of the Fraternity’s Xi Boulé. After several meet and greets, Dr. Woodford requested permission from Sigma Pi Phi [...]
GZBF L.A.M.P. Mentor Program continued its 2020-2021 activities with a September session on the topic Politics, Civics and Participatory Democracy, and a discussion of the book, The Ideal Team Player. The session began with a panel of Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer from the 50th Assembly District, Councilman John Kennedy from the Pasadena City Council 3rd District and Archon Bertral Washington, Deputy Fire Chief, San Bernardino County Fire Department. The panelist participated in a 30-minute presentation where they talked about who they are, what their job entails, what constitutes the areas of their responsibility, what internship opportunities exist in their respective offices, and what advice they have for young African American men who [...]
GZBF launched its signature program, the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program for academic year 2020-2021. The initial session for the year occurred on August 29, 2020 and keeping with the commitment to the health and safety of the Mentees, Mentors and volunteers, was via a Zoom platform. There were 30 new and returning Mentees, 5 Mentor/Volunteers and 12 Parents of new Mentees. The session began with an orientation for the new and returning Mentees and the parents of New Mentees. During the orientation, Archon Gilbert Holmes, Program Coordinator and Archon Ramsey Jay, Jr., introduced the participants to the goals and expectations of the Program and the calendar for the year.After the initial orientation [...]
March of 2020 was the beginning of a new way of life as everywhere someone turned, from playgrounds to parks, from schools to public libraries, and all other events where youth could become motivated and inspired was suddenly being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was also true as GZBF in partnership with the Pasadena/Altadena Ivy Foundation, the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Pasadena City College were set to kick-off their 5th Annual Career STEAMposium. Everyone from the students, to presenters, to parents, and the organizations that sponsored the event were excited and elated to once again gear up for was certain to be [...]
Nicholas Richard-Craven is a bright young leader who is truly aiming for the stars. The Pasadena scholar plans to be among the first African-Americans involved in the Mars missions. Richard-Craven is a remarkable young man who has been striving towards his dream of pursuing a future in aerospace. He is a graduate of Pasadena’s Polytechnic High School with a 4.1 GPA and he will be attending Duke in the fall. He represents the next generation in aerospace. “I’m interested in astrophysics,” Richard-Craven said. “I’m interested in Mars and what SpaceX is doing. I want to join that mission, it’s my dream.” Richard-Craven, who was admitted early decision to Duke last December, [...]