by Rahman Johnson
Jacksonville, FL – The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity was recently recognized as the top largest chapter in the country. The group received the honor at the National Conclave (bi-annual convention) in New Orleans, LA. “It’s an honor to be leading our organization in Jacksonville during this historic time”, said Mark Chapman, III, who was recently installed as President (Polemarch) of the local chapter.
During the meeting, the chapter’s youth mentorship program known as “Guide Right”, was also the recipient of several awards. Former local President Dennis Gamble was honored as the Guide Right Program Advisor of the Year and the program itself received honors for being the top program among large chapters.
“Our goal was never to win an award but to make sure that we were doing our part as mentors in the community. This is just the beginning”, said Gamble.
The Guide Right program was started in 1922 and is the official National Service Program of the fraternity. The local program mentors young men in grades 6 – 12. The students meet regularly for community service projects, SAT/ACT prep and empowerment workshops.
“With the momentum we have from getting these awards, we are planning to do more outreach so that we can engage and empower our community even further”, said Chapman.
Nationally, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity has more than 150,000 members in 22 countries worldwide. The Jacksonville Chapter was chartered in 1925 on the premise of civic engagement and training men for leadership in life.