Greatly enjoyed attending the planning meeting for 19th Annual Omega Psi Phi Youth Leadership Conference and Mentoring Program (“YLC”) scheduled for 10-27-12 on the campus of the University of Southern California.
The meeting hosted by the mighty men on Tau Tau (Los Angles, CA) chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Omega Educational Foundation.
The conference started by Omega Man Ricky Lewis (I met
Brother Lewis last year while working the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend ) has provided information and mentorship to over 3400 Black male Youth between the ages of 8-18 in the greater Los Angeles area.
I was throughly impressed with the Tau Tau brother’s deep Enthusiasm for such a Noble Endeavor to love on and encourage young Black males!
Tonight the steering committee group including about 20 professional, college educated Omega Black men who all share two great passions: 1) unwavering love for young Black males; 2) service to their community. It is their love and commitment to service and understanding of their responsibility that prompts these successful men to sacrifice their evenings (the brothers meet twice a month), away from their own families, after a long day at the office to work towards the development of an organized, powerful, and memorable conference for America’s most vulnerable segment of society–Young Black Males.
Additionally, as proof of how serious these Omega’s are about the success of the YLC, the meetings are even open to non members of Omega Psi Phi who are interested the mission of the YLC to instill the principles of manhood, critical thinking, and personal and social responsibilities into young African American males and provide them with tools necessary for self respect, health, and wellness, community leadership and conflict resolution.
Tonight’s group included 86 year old WWII veteran brother Robert S. Hammond who has been actively pursuing Omega’s four cardinal principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift for over 63 years!
In closing, I’m looking forward to an opportunity to present a message that will inform, inspire, and empower the YLC attendees to seek, find, and maximize their educational, social, and economic opportunities. Further, I look forward to doing all I can to help publicize the YLC’s important and necessary work to save young Black men.