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Black History Month… a Few Facts to Ponder


Each year since 1976, during the month of February we celebrate Black History Month to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. One of the byproducts of the celebration of Black History Month is the knowledge shared by historians and educators about the contributions of African Americans to the history of the United States of America. Though some of these historic facts about Black people in America are known to many, some facts might not be that well known to all. Therefore, in this article, we will share a few facts about OUR history in America as we lift up our voices to say to all of America… [...]

Black History Month… a Few Facts to Ponder2022-02-21T16:49:57-08:00

January L.A.M.P. Focus: Interviewing and Learning Styles


At the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program January session we returned from in-person to virtual workshops due to the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron virus. Fortunately, because we were virtual from Match 2019 to May 2022, we were able to pivot effectively, and the Mentees had a rewarding experience. We had four workshops as part of the January 2022 session: Mock Interviews, How to Finance a College Education, the Benefits of Journaling, and L.A.M.P. Mentee Feedback. Mock Interviews: The Mock Interviews are an annual part of the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program. We had 15 African American men serve as interview panelists who were in five breakout rooms. Each panel had a series of questions [...]

January L.A.M.P. Focus: Interviewing and Learning Styles2022-02-21T16:49:49-08:00

Partnership with Shaquille O’Neal and JC Penney


One of the hallmarks of the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program is the requirement that Mentees model professionalism by wearing a suit and tie to all L.A.M.P. functions and activities. In Spring 2021, two L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Mentees, Marshall Dodds and Xavier Smith decided to start a Suit Bank for Mentees who may not have a suit to wear to L.A.M.P. Mentor Program sessions. Mentees who outgrew their current suits were encouraged to donate the suit to the Suit Bank and thus providing Mentees who were in need of a suit, the opportunity to obtain one. While thinking of ways to expand the Suit Bank, Xavier Smith’s mom, Elvia Bedolla, secured gift cards [...]

Partnership with Shaquille O’Neal and JC Penney2022-01-11T13:15:24-08:00

6th Annual Career STEAMPosium 2022


2022 Theme: Perseverance Powered by STEAM As we begin the year, we would like to invite you to the 6th Annual Career STEAMPosium Event. The 6th Annual Career STEAMposium will be held on Saturday, March 19th, 2022, from 8AM – 2:00 PM. The subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics (STEAM) pervade every part of our lives, and career opportunities in these areas are increasingly growing at a rapid rate. Technologists forecast that to be gainfully employed in the future, it is important to have the skills that companies want to gain access to. They continue to state that professions in the areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and [...]

6th Annual Career STEAMPosium 20222022-01-11T13:15:05-08:00

Community Outreach via Annual Toy Drive


Earlier in this Newsletter we wrote about one of the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program’s annual traditions, the Alumni-Mentees collaboration. At that same event, we also have another tradition which is to have each Mentee and Mentor bring an unwrapped gift for a child. The gifts are given to a charity that aligns well with the tenets of the L.A.M.P Mentor Program. As is the case every year, all our Mentees and Mentors participated in this effort to provide Toys to both boys and girls in need. The charity that was selected this year to be the benefactor of the 2021 Toy Drive is Friends In Deed in Pasadena, California. Friends In Deed [...]

Community Outreach via Annual Toy Drive2022-01-11T13:14:46-08:00

Special Thanks to Blair Imani Sessions


Throughout the year, the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program receives tremendous support and accolades from many members of our local and national community. We are privileged to express our gratitude to Ms. Blair Imani, author of the book, Read This to Get Smarter. Ms. Imani is a nationally recognized author. Her works include Read This to Get Smarter: About Race, Class, Gender, Disability, and More (2021), Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream (2020), and Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018). Ms. Imani has lectured and presented Oxford, Stanford, Brown, Harvard, Duke, and as well as numerous conferences in the US and abroad. [...]

Special Thanks to Blair Imani Sessions2022-01-11T13:14:19-08:00

Jacobs and the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program expand their Commitment to the Success of African American Young Men


The L.A.M.P. Mentor Program and Jacobs, a national leading engineering and STEM company, have enjoyed a mutual commitment to the success of the Program for many years. In November 2021, at its annual board meeting, Steve Demetriou, Jacobs’ CEO, announced a new level of support with a $100,000 gift to the Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation for the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program. The announcement came as part of the recognition of the service of Archon Robert Davidson for his 20-year tenure on the board of Jacobs. Archon Davidson introduced the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program to Jacobs and its senior leadership. Jacobs and Mr. Demetriou have been supporting the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program with an annual [...]

Jacobs and the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program expand their Commitment to the Success of African American Young Men2022-01-12T00:19:43-08:00

L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Alumni and Mentees Collaboration


According to Wikipedia, “A tradition is a belief or behavior (folk custom) passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past”. Another dictionary source defined tradition as – “The passing down of elements of a culture from generation to generation, especially by oral communication”. Both definitions were proven and demonstrated to be true on December 18, 2021, when L.A.M.P. continued its annual tradition of bringing back former Mentees who are now at universities across this land to speak to, and provide advice to, and take questions from the current Mentees. The session was moderated by the president of Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation, [...]

L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Alumni and Mentees Collaboration2022-01-10T14:52:28-08:00

L.A.M.P. Mentees and Parents See August Wilson’s Seven Guitars at A Noise Within in Pasadena, CA


One part of the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program includes the Mentees reading two books during the program year. This year, the Mentees read the August Wilson play, Seven Guitars. This is the second August Wilson play that the Mentees in the Program have read. In 2019, the Mentees read, Gem of the Ocean. Also in 2019, the Mentees and parents went to the local Pasadena theater, A Noise With, to see a rendition of Gem of the Ocean. In 2021, the Mentees and parents repeated that experience by seeing the rendition of Seven Guitars at the same theater. The experience had two significant components. First, the Mentees read the play in advance [...]

L.A.M.P. Mentees and Parents See August Wilson’s Seven Guitars at A Noise Within in Pasadena, CA2022-01-11T13:13:52-08:00
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