L.A.M.P. Mentor Program

Ramsey’s Yellow Pad


On behalf of the Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation (GZBF) Board of Directors we wish you a pleasant Spring greeting. For this Yellow Pad communiqué I believe it is most apropos to provide an inside look at GZBF’s flagship social action program, the renowned L.A.M.P. Mentor Program. The 2 min video contained herein showcases several core tenets of our proprietary mentoring operating technology. Specifically, the video highlights the following: Rhythmic call and response to insure absolute focus and concentration Power of forensic speech / extemporaneous speaking to foster scholastic inquiry Peer to peer group critical thinking exercises to cultivate intellectual brotherhood Role model knowledge transfer from Mentors to Mentees fostered by [...]

Ramsey’s Yellow Pad2024-04-02T17:54:44-08:00

Congressman Tony Cardenas Inspires L.A.M.P. Mentees with an Impassioned Speech!


On December 16, 2023, at its annual L.A.M.P. Holiday Alumni Reunion and Toys for Tots Drive, the L.A.M.P. Mentees, and their parents heard an impassioned speech from Congressman Tony Cardenas of the 29 th Congressional District. Congressman Cardenas described many aspects of his long and fruitful career and ended his talk by asking each Mentee to reaffirm the words… “I Am a Leader” multiple times. Here is a one-minute video summarizing activities of the day. DONATE NOW

Congressman Tony Cardenas Inspires L.A.M.P. Mentees with an Impassioned Speech!2024-01-16T09:55:18-08:00

L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Visits Washington DC and the White House on the 2nd Capstone Experience Excursion.


The 2nd Annual L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Capstone Experience Excursion took 10 rising seniors, one graduating senior and six Mentors to Washington, DC for a week of college and museum visits, cultural activities and dinners with successful African American men from June 11-17, 2023. The group arrived at 7:00 am Sunday, June 11 and proceeded to the cultural center and restaurant at Busboys & Poets on 14th Street. Although everyone was tired from the red-eye flight from LAX, we all perked up when the shrimp & grits and other delectable dishes arrived for breakfast. After breakfast, the group checked into the two VRBO properties that would their homes for the week. Sunday [...]

L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Visits Washington DC and the White House on the 2nd Capstone Experience Excursion.2023-09-26T22:24:37-08:00

L.A.M.P. Launches 2023-2024 Program Year with Record Enrollment


The Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation’s L.A.M.P. Mentor Program began its 2023-2024 Program Year with an Orientation and Etiquette Workshop on August 26, 2023. The Program experienced exponential growth from last year and increased in enrollment from 36 African American high school male students to 60 and resultant challenges in terms of resources. The Orientation included the Mentees and approximately 95 parents and 12 Mentors and members of the Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation board of directors. Speakers included Archon Earle Charles, L.A.M.P. Program Director, Archon Ramsey Jay, Jr., Foundation President and Archon Gilbert Holmes, L.A.M.P. Director of Curriculum and Development. As part of the Orientation, the Mentors met each new Mentee and [...]

L.A.M.P. Launches 2023-2024 Program Year with Record Enrollment2023-09-26T22:18:00-08:00

Ten Outstanding High School Seniors Graduate from Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation


There was magic in the air inspiring an afternoon of Black excellence as the Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation (GZBF) hosted its 18th annual L.A.M.P Mentor Program Scholarship Celebration: Igniting the Torch of Empowerment at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel on May 20, 2023, in Pasadena, CA. The luncheon honors graduating seniors and rewarding them with scholarship support for college. The L.A.M.P. Mentor Program is open to African American men, grades 9-12, who desire to attend and graduate from the college or university of their choice. The luncheon was the culmination of a ten-month Program that included thirty-six students (10 Seniors, 11 Juniors, 8 Sophomores, and 7 Freshmen) who met at least one [...]

Ten Outstanding High School Seniors Graduate from Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation2023-06-25T22:16:19-08:00

L.A.M.P. Mentor Program The Year in Review


What a year it has been, and we are only halfway through. The 2022-23 L.A.M.P. Program year has been nothing but spectacular and there are five months to go before the highly acclaimed L.A.M.P. Scholarship Celebration where the High School Seniors matriculate from being L.A.M.P. Mentees to L.A.M.P. Alumni who are on their way to a College or University. In this edition of The Brotherhood! we will recount the various Events, Workshops, and Activities that made the first half of the 2022-23 program year so very special and meaningful to the L.A.M.P. Mentees month by month. The acronym L.A.M.P. which stands for Leadership – Achievement – Management – Professionalism now has [...]

L.A.M.P. Mentor Program The Year in Review2023-01-18T08:42:32-08:00



The August L.A.M.P. Workshop is usually the first session of the Program year, and this year was no different. In the 2022-23 program year, we enrolled thirty-six (36) Mentees of which approximately 50 percent were from the Pasadena area and the other 50 percent were from surrounding communities such as the San Fernando Valley, the Santa Clarita Valley, and Los Angeles. This cohort of students is grade-level stratified as follows – Freshmen (7); Sophomores (8); Juniors (11), and Seniors (10). The speakers at the August Workshop were three professionals (Mr. Everad Williams; Mr. Mark Page, and Mr. Kevin Bathune) from the Art Center College of Design (https://www.artcenter.edu ) in Pasadena, California. [...]


Public Speaking With Professor Ian Lising


For the September Workshop, the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program invited Professor Ian Lising to talk about and provide pointers and assistance on Public Speaking. Professor Lising teaches Speech and Communication at the University of La Verne. This workshop met at the Pasadena Rosebud Academy. Shawn Brumfield, the Director of the Academy, has graciously allowed the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program to meet at the Academy for the once-a-month workshops, and we thank her for her continued support of the Program. As is the custom at the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program, after registration and breakfast, the workshop began with an Ice Breaker led by Mentor Ramsey Jay, Jr. As part of the Ice Breaker, Mentor Jay [...]

Public Speaking With Professor Ian Lising2023-01-18T08:42:46-08:00

Fall Weekend Retreat


From October 7 to 9, 2022, L.A.M.P. conducted its inaugural Fall Weekend Retreat in the mountains of Wrightwood, California. At the Washington DC Experiential Excursion in June 2022, during our nightly reviews of the past day’s events and while sharing their opinion on each graduating senior on the trip, each Mentee acknowledged the value of sharing space with other Mentees at the monthly workshops on Saturday mornings however, they also expressed concerns that they did not have much opportunity to really get to know his fellow Mentees “on a personal” level within that format alone. After listening to what was a common theme, the L.A.M.P. leadership team decided to add a [...]

Fall Weekend Retreat2023-01-18T08:03:46-08:00

Consulting As A Career


The November Workshop on Consulting as a Career brought us back to the Pasadena Rosebud Academy. The speakers were three highly accomplished consultants from the world’s largest consulting firm, Deloitte (www.deloitte.com). In this workshop, the Mentees heard from three speakers who possessed vast consulting experiences in different roles at Deloitte. The speakers were - Mr. Donte Apperwhite, Manager of Workspace Services; Mr. Leric Banks; and Mr. Brendan Peterson. As the Ice Breaker for this workshop, Ramsey Jay challenged the Mentees to develop a curriculum statement for the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program using the two pillars of L.A.M.P. – Leadership-Achievement-Management-Professionalism and, Learn-Ask-Meet-Promise and including a mathematical formula that described The L.A.M.P. Mentor Program. [...]

Consulting As A Career2023-01-18T07:55:08-08:00
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