For the September Workshop, the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program invited Professor Ian Lising to talk about and provide pointers and assistance on Public Speaking. Professor Lising teaches Speech and Communication at the University of La Verne. This workshop met at the Pasadena Rosebud Academy. Shawn Brumfield, the Director of the Academy, has graciously allowed the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program to meet at the Academy for the once-a-month workshops, and we thank her for her continued support of the Program. As is the custom at the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program, after registration and breakfast, the workshop began with an Ice Breaker led by Mentor Ramsey Jay, Jr. As part of the Ice Breaker, Mentor Jay [...]
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From October 7 to 9, 2022, L.A.M.P. conducted its inaugural Fall Weekend Retreat in the mountains of Wrightwood, California. At the Washington DC Experiential Excursion in June 2022, during our nightly reviews of the past day’s events and while sharing their opinion on each graduating senior on the trip, each Mentee acknowledged the value of sharing space with other Mentees at the monthly workshops on Saturday mornings however, they also expressed concerns that they did not have much opportunity to really get to know his fellow Mentees “on a personal” level within that format alone. After listening to what was a common theme, the L.A.M.P. leadership team decided to add a [...]
The November Workshop on Consulting as a Career brought us back to the Pasadena Rosebud Academy. The speakers were three highly accomplished consultants from the world’s largest consulting firm, Deloitte (www.deloitte.com). In this workshop, the Mentees heard from three speakers who possessed vast consulting experiences in different roles at Deloitte. The speakers were - Mr. Donte Apperwhite, Manager of Workspace Services; Mr. Leric Banks; and Mr. Brendan Peterson. As the Ice Breaker for this workshop, Ramsey Jay challenged the Mentees to develop a curriculum statement for the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program using the two pillars of L.A.M.P. – Leadership-Achievement-Management-Professionalism and, Learn-Ask-Meet-Promise and including a mathematical formula that described The L.A.M.P. Mentor Program. [...]
The L.A.M.P. workshop each December is quite special because it is when former L.A.M.P. Mentees, the Alumni of this program come back to speak to the current Mentees. This year, nine Alumni returned to speak candidly with the Mentees. The contingent of Alumni spanned the spectrum of 2022 graduates from L.A.M.P. to Sophomores; Juniors; Seniors, in universities across this nation to a former Mentee who has been in the workforce for a while, working in wealth management for Goldman Sachs. Though it is not customary for anyone who is not a Mentee or a Mentor or a Speaker to attend L.A.M.P. workshops, we usually break this custom in the December meeting [...]
As we approach the end of this school year and, as we usher off to college the 14 senior Mentees who will soon be alumni of the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program, we continue our outreach to the community to recruit and enroll other high school aged Black Young Men to come forward and become a Mentee in the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program. Even as the 2021-22 school year draws to a close, we have already started to receive applications for next year’s class… and we welcome them. If you are aware of a rising 9th grade through rising 11th grade young Black Man who can benefit from the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program, please [...]
In addition to the Financial Literacy portion of the February Mentor session, the Mentees heard from Retired Major Ronald Steptoe. Mr. Steptoe is a graduate of West Point and served 20 years in the U.S. Army. Through the efforts of his family to maintain their history, Mr. Steptoe told the Mentees the story of his ancestors who were freed Blacks after being indentured servants in the1680s. His 5th Great Grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War and as a result was awarded 400 acres of land in Virginia. His family farmed the land for decades. He talked and presented documentation that during the Revolutionary War, the British Army offered the Black slaves [...]
The Impact of COVID-19 on the National Basketball Association Current Mentee and Senior in the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program - Evan Blyden COVID-19 has added a new level of unpredictability to the NBA. Injuries have always played a role in basketball. They force players to miss time. Teams are left incomplete and have to cover for the member that is absent. These teams may suffer losses that could have been avoided if they had a full team. The same goes for a healthy team playing against a team missing key players. They might get a win they wouldn't have if both teams were healthy. Injuries have a huge effect on a team’s [...]
On February 26, 2022, the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program had a focus on financial literacy and Historical Legacy. The session started with breakfast and fellowship followed by an Ice Breaker. For the Ice Breaker, Mentor Ramsey Jay, Jr., divided the Mentees into four groups. He gave each group an assignment to draft and later articulate a definition of the acronym L.A.M.P., i.e., Leadership, Achievement, Management and Professionalism. Each group was to use their experiences in the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program as part of their definition. Each group had a Group Leader who was selected at random. The Group Leader had the responsibility of facilitating the conversation and describing in their own words what [...]
The 6th Annual Career STEAMposium themed Perseverance Powered by STEAM was held on Saturday, March 19, 2022 as a virtual event due to uptick of COVID cases related to the Omicron virus at that time. Though not all interested parties were attracted to yet another virtual or onscreen event, this year’s STEAMposium still garnered over 230 registrants. This event exposed middle school, high school and community college students to professionals in all aspects of STEAM through five workshops and five Virtual Field Trips. Workshop Speakers shared their backgrounds and brought them forward to their current roles so students knew that they could also succeed in STEAM careers. The students enjoyed Virtual [...]