On December 16, 2023, at its annual L.A.M.P. Holiday Alumni Reunion and Toys for Tots Drive, the L.A.M.P. Mentees, and their parents heard an impassioned speech from Congressman Tony Cardenas of the 29 th Congressional District. Congressman Cardenas described many aspects of his long and fruitful career and ended his talk by asking each Mentee to reaffirm the words… “I Am a Leader” multiple times. Here is a one-minute video summarizing activities of the day. DONATE NOW
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From the memories of two successful Capstone Experience Excursions trips to Washington, D.C. with rising seniors came the “seeds of development” that led to the Fall Retreat, a modified L.A.M.P. Workshop held Saturday, October 28, 2023, at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. Most of the thirty-seven Mentees confirmed to attend knew early on that this was not going to be a regular workshop. First, Mr. Holmes and Mr. Charles had informed them that the normal wearing of suits and ties was not required; that casual/comfortable dress was ok, and that this event would last all day with drop off at 8:30 am Saturday morning and pick-up not occurring until [...]
Developing excellent COMMUNICATION skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership. The leader must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others. If a leader can't get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn't even matter. Gilbert Frank Amelio, (DOB: March 1, 1943) is an American Technology Executive. Amelio worked at Bell Labs, Fairchild Semiconductor, and the semiconductor division of Rockwell International. (Wikipedia) ______________________________________________________________ September, the month known for the start of vibrant fall colors, high-school football, home-coming events and L.A.M.P.’s workshop on writing excellence in business communications. After a satisfying continental breakfast, greetings [...]
On behalf of the Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation (GZBF) Board of Directors, please accept my season’s greetings, and best wishes to you and yours. This November’s Yellow Pad missive coincides with the giving season that started with Giving Tuesday which yields a seminal invitation to join us in making an indelible impact on the lives of scholars in our renowned L.A.M.P. Mentor Program. I submit that GZBF’s stewardship of the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program underwrites a philanthropic selection which consistently produces superior returns. L.A.M.P. has a 17 year track record of deploying a proprietary operating technology to empower African American adolescent males by: (1) administering exemplary leadership training, (2) teaching practical interpersonal [...]
L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Visits Washington DC and the White House on the 2nd Capstone Experience Excursion.gzb_admin2023-09-26T22:24:37-08:00
The 2nd Annual L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Capstone Experience Excursion took 10 rising seniors, one graduating senior and six Mentors to Washington, DC for a week of college and museum visits, cultural activities and dinners with successful African American men from June 11-17, 2023. The group arrived at 7:00 am Sunday, June 11 and proceeded to the cultural center and restaurant at Busboys & Poets on 14th Street. Although everyone was tired from the red-eye flight from LAX, we all perked up when the shrimp & grits and other delectable dishes arrived for breakfast. After breakfast, the group checked into the two VRBO properties that would their homes for the week. Sunday [...]
The Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation’s L.A.M.P. Mentor Program began its 2023-2024 Program Year with an Orientation and Etiquette Workshop on August 26, 2023. The Program experienced exponential growth from last year and increased in enrollment from 36 African American high school male students to 60 and resultant challenges in terms of resources. The Orientation included the Mentees and approximately 95 parents and 12 Mentors and members of the Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation board of directors. Speakers included Archon Earle Charles, L.A.M.P. Program Director, Archon Ramsey Jay, Jr., Foundation President and Archon Gilbert Holmes, L.A.M.P. Director of Curriculum and Development. As part of the Orientation, the Mentors met each new Mentee and [...]
Fall Greetings to You & Yours, On behalf of the Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation (GZBF) Board of Directors, in this month’s edition of The Brotherhood, I am honored to share three matters of significance. Washington D.C. - Experiential Excursion The L.A.M.P. Mentorship Program concluded its program-year in June 2023 with a remarkable capstone Experiential Excursion to Washington D.C. Notable highlights included a historic visit with the Ambassador of Guyana, the Honorable Samuel Hinds at the Guyana Embassy, and a prearranged tour of the White House. As tremendous as this capstone was for our eleven rising seniors and six mentors, it was merely an enticing precursor of what was to come a [...]
There was magic in the air inspiring an afternoon of Black excellence as the Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation (GZBF) hosted its 18th annual L.A.M.P Mentor Program Scholarship Celebration: Igniting the Torch of Empowerment at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel on May 20, 2023, in Pasadena, CA. The luncheon honors graduating seniors and rewarding them with scholarship support for college. The L.A.M.P. Mentor Program is open to African American men, grades 9-12, who desire to attend and graduate from the college or university of their choice. The luncheon was the culmination of a ten-month Program that included thirty-six students (10 Seniors, 11 Juniors, 8 Sophomores, and 7 Freshmen) who met at least one [...]