The Hampton-Newport News (VA) Alumni Chapter attempts to embody and replicate the purpose and objectives of GUIDE RIGHT, the international service program of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Through an appointed Commission, the chapter focuses its Guide Right effort on the following objectives:
To help youth, especially those of high school age, in the selection of courses leading to vocations compatible with their aptitudes, interests, and personalities.
To assist students, while they are in training, to get started in employment, and to progress successfully in their chosen fields.
To assist parents in the handling of their children by giving them opportunities to talk over their problems with those who know and are successful in their chosen vocations.
To afford the less fortunate youths a respite from the drudgery of the streets, through sponsored entertainment and cultural enrichment.
To inform youth of the values of higher education, of assistance available for continued educational pursuits, scholarships, loans, professional counseling, fellowships, etc.; of various occupational and professional opportunities; and of current lab or demands and the trends on the labor market, supply rewards, etc.
Kappa Alpha Psi's commitment to young people is well established, and our collective Guide Right efforts will continue to serve as a mechanism to "inspire service in the public interest".
The Kappa Youth Leadership League is a program designed to aid young men of high school age to grow and develop their leadership talents in every phase of human endeavor. Kappa League provides both challenging and rewarding experiences to enhance their lives. Since the fundamental purpose of Kappa Alpha Psi is ACHIEVEMENT, it is therefore the Fraternity's primary purpose to help these young men achieve worthy goals for themselves, and make constructive contributions to their community when they assume leadership roles.
The basic objectives of the Kappa Youth Leadership League may be summarized as follows:
To help youth, especially those of high school graduating classes, in their selection of courses leading to vocations compatible with their aptitudes and personalities.
To assist students, while they are training, to get started in the employment, and to progress successfully in their chosen fields.
To assist parents in the handling of their children by given them the opportunities to talk over their problems with those who know and are successful in their chosen vocations.
To afford the less fortunate youths a respite from the drudgery of the streets, through sponsored trips to ball games, zoological garden, museums, theater, and other activities.
To inform youth of the values of higher education, assistance available for continued pursuits, scholarship, loans, professional opportunities, and of current labor demands and the trends on the effect of these demands and trends on the labor market
The Chapter has maintained an active chapter of the Kappa Instructional Leadership League since 1974. The Kappa League, as it is more commonly called, is the social implementation of Guide Right. It serves as a vehicle for providing cultural exposures, leadership training and mentoring for young men between the ages of 13 and 18. Through club-oriented activities, the officers and members of the Kappa League perform projects that will expose them to planning, execution, reporting ideas, and simulating good leadership characteristics designed to raise their aspiration levels. Since the fundamental purpose of Kappa Alpha Psi is ACHIEVEMENT, it is the fraternity’s primary purpose to help these young men achieve worthy goals and to make notable contributions to their communities when they mature as adults. Additionally, the Kappa League is a “breeding ground” for chapter scholarship recipients and representatives in the Eastern Province Student of the Year Pageant.
Kappa Cardinals Athletic Association
In addition to the maintenance of its Kappa Youth and Achievement League mentoring program, the Hampton-Newport News Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Inc., through its Kappa Cardinals Athletic Association, effectively uses sports as a means to maintain continuous contact with over 200 area youths each year. Through this contact, academic performance is monitored and tutoring is provided as needed. The Chapter, in partnership with the City of Hampton’s Department of Parks and Recreation, aspires to provide wholesome recreational activity and mentoring for young men and young ladies living in Hampton, Newport News and surrounding areas.
The chapter provides administrative support and oversight for four youth football teams, three cheer squads and nine basketball teams. The ages range from 5 to 12 years for football/cheerleading, and from 6 to 18 years for basketball. Currently football teams are divided into three divisions by age: Flag; ages 5 and 6, Mighty Mites; ages 6, 7 and 8, Midgets; ages 9 and 10 and Intermediates; ages 11 and 12. There are five divisions for basketball: Mighty Mites; ages 6, 7 and 8, Midgets; ages 9 and 10, Intermediates; ages 11 and 12, Juniors; ages 13 and 14, and Seniors; ages 15 through 18. Each year the Kappa Cardinals Athletic Association places two teams in the Mite, Midget and Intermediate Divisions, and one team in the Junior and Senior Divisions.
Key to the athletic program is its educational component. Progress reports and report cards are monitored and tutoring is required for every student athlete who receives a grade below “C” in any subject. Members of the Chapter serve as tutors along with other volunteer educators.
The budget for the sports program averages over $25,000 annually. Revenue to support the activities of the athletic association are derived from nominal participation fees from athletes, general fundraising, concession stand revenues, and individual contributions made by and through the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Achievement Foundation.