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

Meeting With Alumni


The L.A.M.P. workshop each December is quite special because it is when former L.A.M.P. Mentees, the Alumni of this program come back to speak to the current Mentees. This year, nine Alumni returned to speak candidly with the Mentees. The contingent of Alumni spanned the spectrum of 2022 graduates from L.A.M.P. to Sophomores; Juniors; Seniors, in universities across this nation to a former Mentee who has been in the workforce for a while, working in wealth management for Goldman Sachs. Though it is not customary for anyone who is not a Mentee or a Mentor or a Speaker to attend L.A.M.P. workshops, we usually break this custom in the December meeting [...]

Meeting With Alumni2023-01-18T08:43:46-08:00

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
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