The Winter Park Kappa League Host Kappa League C.A.N Photo

Determining a career path can be a very difficult decision. More difficult that than can be how to get there when you determine what you would like to do. Realizing the difficulties with both, the Winter Park Kappa League partnered with the Central Florida African American Chamber of Commerce and hosted the Kappa League C.A.N Series. Kappa League C.A.N which stands for career and networking is a forum that brings together middle and high school students with professionals that serve on a panel to discuss college, careers, and keys to success.

The panel moderated by Winter Park Alumni Chapter brother and WESH 2 news anchor, Stewart Moore had an array of professionals from different backgrounds. The panel consisted of Ms. Summer Knowles also a WESH 2 news anchor. It also had entrepreneur and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity brother, Cameron Saulsby along with Ms. Roberta Walton with the Orange County Clerk of courts office and Mr. Olivier Guerin the branch manager for Central Florida branches of Charles Schwab & Co. All the panelist were very candid about what brought them to their current careers and some of the missteps they may have experienced along the way. The audience which consisted of the ladies of the Charmettes and Rhoers club in addition to the young men of the Orlando Kappa League who also came out to support the Winter Park Kappa League were very engaged. After Mr. Moore started off the discussion with the pertinent question, “what is your typical day like?”, the young people asked question that ranged from “how did you choose this career?” to “what is the favorite story that you’ve covered?”

After the discussion ended, the panelist were gracious enough to stay and field additional questions from the young men and women present. They provided great advice and direction for the young people to take away. There was great feedback from those involved and the members of the Winter Park Kappa League Advisory Committee were pleased with the impact it had on the youth. Kappa League Advisor Anthony Stepney stated, “we engage members of the community from local businesses to share their knowledge and experience to support our most valuable asset, our young people. In turn, we make sure young people are informed and better prepared as they embark upon the next chapter in their career and educational pursuits.” Thanks to great panelist and a willing and open audience, they were able to do just that.

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 League has strong ties to giving back to the community. As a result, the Mobile Kappa League participates in community service events throughout the entire year. I serve as the Second Vice President of this leadership development organization. One of my office duties is coordinating community service projects for the organization. Every summer season, individual Kappa Leaguers complete various projects to meet their required service hour goal. From June 1 – August 10, the Kappa Leaguers collectively acquired over 3,000 hours of community service. These hours were completed at some of the following locations: Providence Hospital, Mobile Rescue Mission, Prichard City Council, Boys and Girls Club, USA Medical Center, and LeinKauf Elementary School.

I interviewed Johnathan Maize who is a senior at Faith Academy, and Paul Lockett who is a junior at Murphy High School. As Johnathan states, "I collected the most service hours at Camp Smile over the summer where I learned that showing love and being a positive role model can change someone's life". He goes on to say that his community service impacted his life as a result of working with a young man with Cerebral Palsy, which showed, how blessed and grateful he was. As Paul states, " Most of my volunteer hours came from Mobile Baykeeper events which in part has helped me to learn more about the large amount of planning that goes into large events". He also explains that the amount of community support for non-profit organizations in Mobile is amazing and seeing such high attendance at events showed him a side of Mobile he would have never seen had he not been volunteering.

Community Service is not just a random act of kindness to society. It is a purposeful goal of our expanding economy. In Mobile, Alabama, we are reminded by the Mobile County Public School that “It Starts With Us.” Paeton Harris Mobile Kappa League Second Vice President .

Submitted by : Paeton Harris, Mobile Kappa League, Second Vice President

KL at Jackson State 2016

On Saturday, November 12, 2016, the Mobile Kappa League traveled to Jackson State University to tour the campus and attend the Alabama A & M vs. JSU football game. The Kappa Leaguers received an excellent tour from their advisors Carl Cunningham Sr., who is a 1970 graduate and Carl Cunningham Jr., who is a 1995 graduate.

Carl Cunningham Sr., explained to the Kappa Leaguers about the Jackson State University Tragedy. According to Carl Sr., on May 15, 1970, dozens of Jackson, MS city and state policemen unloaded more than 460 rounds of gunfire into JSU's Alexander Hall after claiming to have seen a sniper in a window on the building's top floor.

The shooting was the culmination of years of racial tension in the city. Phillip Lafayette Gibbs, 21, a junior, and James Earl Green, 17, a senior and James Earl Green from nearby Jim Hill High School, were killed. Carl Sr. stated, “I jumped in the bushes right across the street from where we are standing as watched everything take place. We had to immediately evacuate the campus. Because I had a car, I transported students from campus to the bus station so they could get home.

I never had a commencement ceremony because everybody was sent home.” All the Kappa Leaguers were deeply moved by this history lesson from our advisor. After the college tour we headed to the stadium to enjoy the football game and the marching bands of Alabama A & M and the Jackson State University Sonic Boom of the South.

I asked Kappa Leaguer Bert Horace what he enjoyed the most about the trip and he said, “I enjoyed the history lesson of the Gibbs-Green shootings. I did not know that took place. These are the things we do not learn in our history books at school. I am glad that I came on this college tour.”

Submitted by: Renado Pettaway, Director of the Mobile Kappa League Public Relations