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Kudos to my KAPPA Brothers! You are about to take the next steps in launching your professional development. While there are many daunting challenges in your undergraduate journey you possess the requisite skills to overcome them and strive toward your goal(s). You are the pipeline to fuel the ranks of the corporate sectors, professional, and higher education.

The Achievement Academy is here to offer the expertise of the Fraternity to aid you in succeeding at the highest levels. The Bond is a repository of knowledge and experience that can demystify your quest to make a difference in your life and the lives of others. As you explore the cohort areas you will uniquely see how you can benefit from these opportunities.

 

 

Achievement Academy Blog

  • Academy Blog
  • Medical School?
  • Why Law School?
  • ULI - Zeta Class
  • STEM
  • Graduate Opportunities…Your Future
  • Why K-12 Education?
  • Why Mentor?

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The Achievement Academy is designed to enhance the social, professional, and leadership experiences of the collegiate members in the Fraternity. The vehicle by which this is to be accomplished is through the development of vibrant mentoring and coaching opportunities that empower and enhance their agency. Our central foci are to ensure retention and graduation of our members while fostering an understanding of the steps necessary that lead to advanced degree opportunities and successful transition toward their career paths.

We have developed a cohort approach to assure members are matched with the mentoring experiences relevant to their goals.

AA4Cohort Directors are responsible for overseeing the content and relevant activities the collegiate members are being presented via their mentors There are six cohort areas our members can select from:

  • Corporate/Government
  • Education (K-12 and higher education)
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences/Humanities


The approach is to connect undergraduates with the necessary resources that enable them to make a successful step from college life to the professional ranks or advance degree programs.

We are developing corporate, education, government, and professional linkages to provide our participants a range of experiences during their undergraduate years to heighten their intellectual savvy on how to navigate these environments as productive contributors. Each Cohort Director will post blogs and opportunities highlighting some of their cohort’s activities during the year.

 

 

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Medical School?


Yes, a student can prepare for medical school from a variety of academic majors. Students apply to medical school from the traditional science disciplines, engineering, social and behavioral sciences, education, and humanities. The key part of their preparation in taking the appropriate science courses to prepare oneself for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).


Take a look at some of the discussions about preparation for medical school:

 

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Students I advise, consistently share with me that when they say they want to become a lawyer, others respond there are too many lawyers. My response to my students is that there are not a sufficient numbers of lawyers of color in the profession. What is your motivation in pursuing a legal career; are you interested in the practice, doing you want to teach, or do you want to apply the legal skills to shaping policy to impact your communities.
 
Check out this article as a starting point: Legal Education's Diversity Deficit

 

ULI

Undergraduate Leadership Institute May 31 - ­June 7, 2014:


Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., held its Zeta Class sponsored by General Electric in Cincinnati, OH. Ninety-seven of the best and brightest Collegiate members participated in the week long professional development experience across a myriad of themes; Brotherhood, Leadership, Campus Life, Community, Transitions, Managing Your Brand, and Achievement.

The focus is to equip these members with skill sets to improve their Collegiate chapters, expand their network and fellowship with fraternity leaders and undergraduate brothers, recognize and appreciate leadership styles similar to and different from their own, develop and understanding of the concept of leadership in the 21st century, learning how to facilitate change versus maintaining the status quo, identifying your personal ‘brand” and how to manage it, and finally learning about career opportunities at General Electric. These members had the opportunity to meet and learn life lessons from three Laurel Wreath recipients:

 

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Dr. Alvin Crawford
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Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

 

 

 

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Hon. Nathaniel R. Jones
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Retired United States Circuit Court Judge
and General Counsel for the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People

 

 

    

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Michael V. Roberts
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Chairman and CEO, The Roberts Companies

 

 

 

 

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We have heard the clarion call: Increase the number of underrepresented students of color selecting STEM majors and retain a greater percentage of these students to graduation. If you are a STEM major what steps are you taking to increase your success in the program?

Think about participating in learning communities if available or create one. Does your school have a National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) or Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) chapter? Start your path to success in STEM by being aware of and using the support resources your institution provides. Do you have a mentor and how often are you meeting with your advisor?

If you desire to be a researcher, security risk analyst, or information technology specialist at firms life Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, FBI, or National Institutes of Health, what steps do you need to be taking for preparation toward this career path.

So you love numbers, are you familiar with careers in Math, such as statistics, finance, and economics.

 

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world- Nelson Mandela

 

WHY GRADUATE SCHOOLGraduate Nupe

  • Where/How you enter the World of Work
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Social change-advocacy
  • Creating new knowledge

 

WHAT TO STUDY

  • More specialized than undergraduate major
  • Participate in departmental research
  • Learn nuances and depth of major via Summer Research Opportunities
  • Internship experiences
  • Faculty mentor

 

WHEN TO APPLY

  • Collect application materials during your 3rd year
  • Register and take admissions examinations (GRE, GMAT, LSAT)
  • Submit completed applications by November/December
  • Discuss schools/programs with faculty mentor
  • Develop your admission timeline.

 

FIND FUNDING SOURCES

HigherEdMoneyIf you are that competitive applicant (GPA=3.33+), full funding provided.


K-12 library pic 520 320 c1 center topIf you are reading this it is because you have chosen or are considering the path of education as your profession.

So why should you choose this noble career?

Here are several reasons why you should consider becoming an educator

 

  • Helping the youth of today become the achievers of tomorrow. 
  • In demand profession. Very few professions have a need for American American and Latino men as K-12 Education, especially in our urban and suburban districts where there is a significant African American and Latino population
  • Potential to become a school leader and impact school policy for the betterment of the youth
  • A purpose driven profession. 
  • Contriubute to the Black Male Achievement movement. 

For decades there has been a crisis in America with the underrepresentation of African American males in K-12 education. As national dialogue has turned its attention on the issue of increasing Black male achievement among youth it goes without saying that African American male educators will play a major role.  To be clear, the nation is in need of African American and Latino male teaches. Yet, as noble as this cause is, understand that this is no easy profession. This is a profession for those of you who have the strong desire to work with children of all kinds, improve achievement and help to make a better world by developing better youth. If this fits you then welcome.

See this video on the need for Black Male teachers from Secretary of Education: Arne Duncan.

 

 

If you are reading this it is because you are interested in mentoring an undergraduate member. Like many successful individuals you may have some questions and concerns before you decide to delve into the commitment of mentoring someone else. Questions can range from:

  • Do I have the time and capcity?
  • What can I really offer?
  • Will my mentee listen?
  • Will we get along?
  • How much responsibility will I have?

These are indeed legitimate questions that every person should ask themselves. It means that you are taking the idea of becoming a mentor seriously.  But the real question you are asking is "Why should I mentor?" In truth there are many great reasons why you should be a mentor. Here are a few:

  • Someone mentored you. Whether intentionally or unintentionally the reason you are where you are in life is because others took the time out to guide you. It's time to return the favor to someone else.
  • Apart of your legacy. What good is it to be successful if you cannot point to anyone that you helped?
  • Benefits the mentor also. When mentoring someone in your profession or major it pushes you to keep up with all of the new practices, information and resources.
  • Keeps you young! There's nothing better than interacting with young people to add years to your life!
  • Gives purpose to your life. Yes you are helping others. But you are helping yourself.
  • You become a "If I only knew back then, what I know now" prevention specialist. Its an opportunity to guide a young person through the pitfalls you couldn't avoid and see what the results are. 

Mentoring is not a one size fits all form of volunteering.  Time and capacity is something to seriously consider. But there are several forms of mentoring in which alumni members of Kappa Alpha Psi can take part in:

  • 1 to 1 mentoring: Connecting with undergraduate members in your area
  • Group based mentoring: Connecting with undergrads from a particular chapter or those within your major 
  • E-Mentoring: If proximity is an issue, you can utilize the Achievement Academy site and email to connect and advise undergraduates from afar
  • Resource Provider: In extreme cases where constant contact may be tough, you can serve as a resource provider. That is a mentor who has access to a great deal of information, resources and opportunities in which undergraduates can take advantage of. 

So basically if you have a genuine concern for the well being of undergraduate members there is a place for you as a mentor. So how do you get started?

  • Complete the mentor application form. This form can only be completed by members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity,c Incorporated.  You will be asked for your membership ID.
  • Upon approval join the "Mentor Central" community site for all the up to date information and training for mentors
  • Determine what type of mentor is most effective for you from the above listing. (No matter which one you choose, it is important to make at least a 1 year commitment)
  • Connect in your professional cohort

So now you have all of the information you need! Thank you for your interest in becoming a mentor for the Kappa Alpha Psi Achievement Academy. Please also feel free to refer another member to join the cause!

Ready? Set? Mentor!