Brooklyn, New York- On February 28th, the Brothers of Alpha Upsilon Chapter “Brooklyn Omega” concluded
Black History Month by initiating its’ Male Mentoring Initiative. The program is part of the Chapter’s Project O.A.S.I.S – Omega Assisting Scholars Improve Society. The Brothers met with five young men ranging from ages 10-15 yrs old and opened the session with the topic “What’s on your mind?” This served as the ice-breaker to have the young men share what they would like to discuss during the two hour session. Topics mentioned were life, changing of the body, relationship, the future, education, peer pressure, and careers.
The young men had the pleasure of listening to Brother Ron Jones (E66) tell about his father-in-law, who was a Tuskegee Airman when one of the young men asked “Who were the Tuskegee Flyers?” The Brother shared their resumes with the young men. The importance of education was stressed throughout the meeting. Each young man impressed the Brothers by stating individually they want to be a software engineer, video programmer, business owner, lawyer/judge, and scientist rather than athletes. Brothers who participated in the program were Bro Ferdinand Verley (1-10-AU), Bro Ron Jones (2-66-E), and Bro Kirk Wilkinson (1-92-NT), along with their friend Clarence Smith, Front Desk Manager, London Hotel, USA.
This program is in collaboration with the W.I.N. organization (Women In Need), a not-for –profit organization that provides services for homeless families and families of domestic violence. The program will be held every third Monday of each month.