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The Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation, L.A.M.P. Mentor Program commenced its 16th season of providing workshops on Leadership Achievement Management and Professionalism for African American high school males with sessions on August 28 and September 25, 2021. This year there are 36 Mentees in the Program. The first session of the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program was on August 28, 2021, at the Pasadena Rosebud Academy. The Academy is a Black-owned Charter School in Altadena, CA. This was the first in-person session since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic. The L.A.M.P. COVID protocols were developed with input from the COVID-19 Advisory Panel of the Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation Board of Directors. The protocol includes [...]
The genesis of the L.A.M.P. Suit Bank came from the caring and concern of two of our very own mentees; Xavier Smith and Marshall Dodds. They approached Therese Dodds and Elvia Bedolla, from the L.A.M.P. Parent Auxiliary Council, when they noticed some mentees were not dressed in the required business attire for the monthly events. Sensitive to the potential reasons for this Marshall Dodds stated: “Xavier and I thought a suit exchange program would be a great idea that would help mentees who didn’t have suits. I, myself, have had some nice suits handed down to me from family friends, which has allowed me more variety in my business attire. My [...]
Leading up to the beginning of the Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation’s 16th season the L.A.M.P. Leadership Team continued to develop strategies that are geared to enhance the experiences of Mentees as they traverse through the entire L.A.M.P. Mentor/Mentee curriculum. Recognizing that an integral part of the Mentees application for admission to Colleges and Universities across this nation, in addition to their academic accomplishments is also their community service involvement and demonstrated experiences. The L.A.M.P. Leadership Team therefore agreed on the strategy that will purposefully and overtly assure that each Mentee will be provided the opportunity to “Lead” while participating in the L.A.M.P. program. Commencing in the 2021/22 program year, the [...]
As the Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation (GZBF) embarks upon its 2021-2022 Social Action campaign, in my capacity as President, I am heartened by an increased sense of purpose, passion, and call for programmatic excellence from our Board of Directors. Specifically, on the heels of our annual GZBF strategic planning retreat, our Board coalesced around a central theme, and universal commitment, to “Institutionalize Our Infrastructure”. Institutionalize Our Infrastructure means that GZBF will be resolute on ensuring that our infrastructure is replete with the human resources, financial capital, technology protocols, and accounting / governance structures to ensure that we operate with great fidelity, and continue delivering communal results which are becoming predicative in [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]