It is with good spirits that the Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation (GZBF) greets you as we navigate a most unique set of global circumstances in 2020. Specifically, under the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread racial justice campaigns, and the combination of a vibrant political climate and highly anticipated election season, we are compelled to make our contribution to this movement enduring beyond the moment. In line with that missional mandate, Ramsey Jay, Jr., GZBF’s President, was blessed to share a message titled “Amplifying This Supernatural Moment of Unity” at The Rock Christian Fellowship (Long Beach, CA). The message shares words of inspiration, combined with practical opportunities to advance [...]
GZBF’s LAMP Mentor Program began its 2019-20 year with a stellar event. On August 24, 2019, we gathered at Fleming’s Restaurant and Wine Bar for an Orientation for all Mentees and the parents of new Mentees. During the Orientation we focused on the expectations of the LAMP Mentor Program towards its Mentees and the parents of Mentees. We also focused on what expectations the Mentees and parents should have for the Program. Each Mentee and parent introduced themselves with their name, high school name and grade, and what they expected to gain by participating in the LAMP Mentor Program. Parents provided the name of a college they attended and what they [...]
Over two weekends in April 2020 during the COVID-19 experience of social distancing, I was privileged to be among four panelists who conducted virtual interviews for scholarships with a total of nine (9) graduating L.A.M.P. Mentor Program mentees. This was a completely exhilarating experience. Each of the students came to the virtual meeting properly dressed as one would expect of someone who was about to be interviewed in a professional setting. Amazingly in the entire interview session with each student, the lighting and background setting was just right and resulted in no distraction to the interviewing panel as each student received each question and provided very thoughtful answers to the panel. [...]
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. On April 16, 2020, GZBF’s Board of Directors held a virtual/online meeting to discuss how GZBF’s award winning L.A.M.P. Mentor Program could be optimized to best serve its mentees in light of the federal, state, county and city mandates surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. It progressed without a hitch or glitch. The meeting began at 7:30 pm with a Welcome from Ramsey Jay, Jr., GZBF’s President, and a discussion on Board Commitments and Recruiting. We then moved into Key Initiatives Report on the Foundations Social Engagement, Communication, Giving and our Legacy Engagements. This was followed by the treasury report, communications report, and a [...]
The main topic for the January 2020 GZBF’s L.A.M.P. Mentor Program activity was “Mock Interviews.” Since the inception of the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program, this subject has been one of the most popular sessions with students. GZBF recognizes that many students will soon be new entrants into the job market and they may lack experience in interviewing skills. GZBF believes strongly in the benefits of practice interview sessions and has included mock interviews in the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program curriculum each year in order to ensure that students are well prepared for the future. Ten Gamma Zeta Boulé members volunteered their Saturday morning to participate as interview panel members. It was pointed out [...]
John Humphrey, a GZBF LAMP Mentee, was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times for his outstanding athleticism. John, a Senior at John Muir High School, has received a full athletic scholarship to play football at UCLA. Equally important, John and the entire Humphrey family of boys have been consistent GZBF LAMP Program participants over the years.
This past June, I was fortunate enough to spend a weekend in San Antonio, TX attending the Boulé Scholars Network Conference. At the conference, I, along with six other young men from across the country, participated in various workshops focused on teaching professional and leadership skills. For example, we participated in a business etiquette workshop and were surprised with an on the spot public speaking session where we had to quickly craft and deliver an elevator pitch about ourselves to the entire conference. While I found the aforementioned activities rewarding, the most valuable sessions were the informal “fireside chats” that us students had with the members of the Boulé. In these [...]
Our next LAMP event is the Annual Holiday GZBF LAMP Mentor Program Alumni Reunion and Toy Drive. It will occur on December 15, 2018, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the home of Drs. Maurice and Dawn Cashie Hale. This event will feature a panel discussion by GZBF LAMP Mentor Program Alumni, who will share their respective college experiences with mentees and provide critical advice that can help each of them achieve in college. Each mentee will bring an unwrapped toy to donate to St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles and we encourage everyone who will attend to do the same. If you are interested in attending this festive [...]