L.A.M.P. Scholarship Celebration: Save the Date


  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 [...]

L.A.M.P. Scholarship Celebration: Save the Date2022-05-11T18:59:42-08:00

February L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Session: Historical Legacy


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 [...]

February L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Session: Historical Legacy2022-05-11T18:42:41-08:00

SPOTLIGHT- Evan Blyden


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 [...]

SPOTLIGHT- Evan Blyden2022-05-11T18:40:16-08:00

February L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Session: Financial Literacy


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 [...]

February L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Session: Financial Literacy2022-05-11T18:36:59-08:00

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

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



Therese Dodds, L.A.M.P. parent and the first Chairperson of the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Parents Auxiliary Council (L.A.M.P. PAC) has stepped down from her position. She made this decision due to promotions and added responsibilities at work and has handed the leadership post to Mark Fowler. Therese (pictured with her two sons, Marshall, and Landon) was the first chairperson of the L.A.M.P. PAC. Gamma Zeta Boule launched L.A.M.P. PAC in the 2020/2021 school year as a part of the Foundation’s Institutional Infrastructure (II) strategic goal. Therese brought many brilliant ideas to the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program and L.A.M.P. PAC including launching workshops for the parents, and many programs to engage L.A.M.P. parents in [...]

L.A.M.P. PAC FOUNDING CHAIR STEPS DOWN2022-01-11T13:13:18-08:00
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