Partnership with Shaquille O’Neal and JC Penney

2022-01-11T13:15:24-08:00

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

2022-01-12T00:19:43-08:00

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

2022-01-10T14:52:28-08:00

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

2022-01-11T13:13:52-08:00

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

L.A.M.P. PAC FOUNDING CHAIR STEPS DOWN

2022-01-11T13:13:18-08:00

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

16th Annual L.A.M.P. Scholarship Celebration

2021-04-08T16:55:52-08:00

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 [...]

16th Annual L.A.M.P. Scholarship Celebration2021-04-08T16:55:52-08:00

L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Scholarship Awards “Seeing the Infinite Possibilities”

2020-11-24T16:24:28-08:00

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 [...]

L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Scholarship Awards “Seeing the Infinite Possibilities”2020-11-24T16:24:28-08:00

2020-2021 L.A.M.P. Mentor Program September Session

2020-11-16T01:45:29-08:00

GZBF L.A.M.P. Mentor Program continued its 2020-2021 activities with a September session on the topic Politics, Civics and Participatory Democracy, and a discussion of the book, The Ideal Team Player. The session began with a panel of Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer from the 50th Assembly District, Councilman John Kennedy from the Pasadena City Council 3rd District and Archon Bertral Washington, Deputy Fire Chief, San Bernardino County Fire Department. The panelist participated in a 30-minute presentation where they talked about who they are, what their job entails, what constitutes the areas of their responsibility, what internship opportunities exist in their respective offices, and what advice they have for young African American men who [...]

2020-2021 L.A.M.P. Mentor Program September Session2020-11-16T01:45:29-08:00

2020-2021 L.A.M.P. Mentor Program

2020-11-16T01:42:30-08:00

GZBF launched its signature program, the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program for academic year 2020-2021. The initial session for the year occurred on August 29, 2020 and keeping with the commitment to the health and safety of the Mentees, Mentors and volunteers, was via a Zoom platform. There were 30 new and returning Mentees, 5 Mentor/Volunteers and 12 Parents of new Mentees. The session began with an orientation for the new and returning Mentees and the parents of New Mentees. During the orientation, Archon Gilbert Holmes, Program Coordinator and Archon Ramsey Jay, Jr., introduced the participants to the goals and expectations of the Program and the calendar for the year.After the initial orientation [...]

2020-2021 L.A.M.P. Mentor Program2020-11-16T01:42:30-08:00

Young Duke Student, Nicholas Richard-Craven of Pasadena, Has Set his Sights on Mars

2020-11-24T16:35:14-08:00

Nicholas Richard-Craven is a bright young leader who is truly aiming for the stars. The Pasadena scholar plans to be among the first African-Americans involved in the Mars missions. Richard-Craven is a remarkable young man who has been striving towards his dream of pursuing a future in aerospace. He is a graduate of Pasadena’s Polytechnic High School with a 4.1 GPA and he will be attending Duke in the fall. He represents the next generation in aerospace. “I’m interested in astrophysics,” Richard-Craven said. “I’m interested in Mars and what SpaceX is doing. I want to join that mission, it’s my dream.” Richard-Craven, who was admitted early decision to Duke last December, [...]

Young Duke Student, Nicholas Richard-Craven of Pasadena, Has Set his Sights on Mars2020-11-24T16:35:14-08:00
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