The main topic for the January 2020 GZBF’s L.A.M.P. Mentor Program activity was “Mock Interviews.” Since the inception of the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program, this subject has been one of the most popular sessions with students. GZBF recognizes that many students will soon be new entrants into the job market and they may lack experience in interviewing skills. GZBF believes strongly in the benefits of practice interview sessions and has included mock interviews in the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program curriculum each year in order to ensure that students are well prepared for the future. Ten Gamma Zeta Boulé members volunteered their Saturday morning to participate as interview panel members. It was pointed out [...]
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John Humphrey, a GZBF LAMP Mentee, was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times for his outstanding athleticism. John, a Senior at John Muir High School, has received a full athletic scholarship to play football at UCLA. Equally important, John and the entire Humphrey family of boys have been consistent GZBF LAMP Program participants over the years.
This past June, I was fortunate enough to spend a weekend in San Antonio, TX attending the Boulé Scholars Network Conference. At the conference, I, along with six other young men from across the country, participated in various workshops focused on teaching professional and leadership skills. For example, we participated in a business etiquette workshop and were surprised with an on the spot public speaking session where we had to quickly craft and deliver an elevator pitch about ourselves to the entire conference. While I found the aforementioned activities rewarding, the most valuable sessions were the informal “fireside chats” that us students had with the members of the Boulé. In these [...]
Our next LAMP event is the Annual Holiday GZBF LAMP Mentor Program Alumni Reunion and Toy Drive. It will occur on December 15, 2018, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the home of Drs. Maurice and Dawn Cashie Hale. This event will feature a panel discussion by GZBF LAMP Mentor Program Alumni, who will share their respective college experiences with mentees and provide critical advice that can help each of them achieve in college. Each mentee will bring an unwrapped toy to donate to St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles and we encourage everyone who will attend to do the same. If you are interested in attending this festive [...]
(Front Row, from left), William Washington, Raphael Henderson, Harlan Ward and Charles Richardson. Back row, from left), Clark Rucker, Andrew Oliver, David Pryor, Ramsey Jay, Jr, Dwight Lee and Gene Little.) On November 2, 2018, as part of its social action commitment to the community, GZBF joined in a partnership with the So Cal Women’s Health Conference to present the “Man Cave” at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel. For years, the health conference had focused primarily on health issues confronted by women. However, GZBF has worked with Ms. Lena Kennedy, CEO/Founder, So Cal Women’s Health Conference to coordinate the Man Cave segment for the last four years. The goal of [...]
In November, we had a very meaningful and informative event. On November 17, the LAMP Mentor Program and the Good Man Movement met at Polytechnic School Upper School Library. We had a discussion of the theme for the 2019 Luncheon and watched the movie BlackKKKlansman. For most of the young men, this was their first exposure to the specific perceptions, views, language and actions of white supremacy and the Klu Klux Klan. The movie also provided a picture of the Black culture and Black Power movement of the 1970s. After the movie and over lunch, we met in small groups to discuss the movie and the book The Lies My Teacher [...]
The October LAMP Mentor Program activity was another spectacular event. We joined The Good Man Movement for their Speed Networking activity on October 13, 2018, at Mt. Zion Church of Ontario, in Ontario, CA. The program introduced the Mentees to six (6) young (40 and under) successful African-American men. The speakers represented a number of careers. They included a fire fighter (Gary Clark), a doctor (Larnell Ferrell), a celebrity barber (Fred Hawkins), an electrician (Lonal McKnight), an engineer (Ferris Harvey) and a hotel and casino executive (Howard Taylor). The Mentees spent 15-20 minutes with each speaker and rotated through all the young men. The speakers talked about their careers and how [...]
Cal Poly engineering majors serving as mentors (standing on top back row), Diamond Bar high school student mentees, instructor Scott Chang, at far left, Pomona City Councilmember Rubio Gonzalez, at far right, and, seated in front Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval, and seated immediately behind Sandoval is LAMP mentee and Diamond Bar student Melvin Houston A new engineering mentoring program at Cal Poly University Pomona is hopefully heading for high schools throughout the Pomona Unified School District after a successful six-week summer pilot at Diamond Bar High School. Melvin Houston, a GZBF LAMP Mentor Program student, was instrumental in helping get the entire program off the ground. Houston was inspired to [...]
On November 8, 2018, Clark D. Rucker was named a finalist for the 2018 Amelia Earhart Award in acknowledgment of his accomplishments and contributions to The Boeing Company and to the Amelia Earhart Society. For the past 14 years, Rucker, has given back to the next generation of scientists, working with high school students, mentoring robotics clubs, offering advice about college and internships, and assisting college students in creating their resumes and other career advice. Rucker is a Board Director of the Gamma Zeta Boule’ Foundation where, among his many contributions, he champions the foundation’s annual March STEAMposium. He has also received two Global Diversity & Inclusion awards for his volunteer [...]