(Inglewood, CA) - A group of leaders representing Kappa Alpha Psi, one of the world's oldest African American fraternities, recently received three days of intensive training to replicate, throughout the country, unique science and aerospace learning centers for minority children and youth.
The group of 16 men was trained by Hildreth and Bettye Walker, Ph.D., the husband-wife team who founded A-MAN, (African American Achiever's Network, Inc.), International Science Discovery & Learning Center and developed its curriculum. The center's programs are designed to "provide and foster an interest in science through hands-on activities for minority youth, encouraging them to pursue careers in science and technology," according to Dr. Walker
While science and aerospace is the core of the curriculum, the achievements of African American health professionals, scientists and inventors are also stressed. The science center is the site of Sirius B, the only simulated space flight model of its kind in the world. Kids enter the module and perform tasks as though they were astronauts.
The workshop was coordinated by Craig Pierre, the National Guide Right Commission Chair of the KAPPA's. The sessions were conducted at A-MAN's Inglewood headquarters and included instruction in starting and operating the centers. Using the 21-page manual they authored, the Walkers covered each aspect of the administration and maintenance of the center, so that the KAPPA leaders could return to their cities and "prepare youth to become leaders in science, math and technology," said Hal.
The KAPPA's have indicated a desire to replicate the A-MAN centers in their 12 provinces throughout the country. Samuel C. Hamilton, International President, said "Kappa Alpha Psi is blessed to have the opportunity to develop and grow the strategic alliance with A-MAN."
For the Walkers, who co-founded the Center in 1991, the relationship is "a dream come true ... with this alliance, we are well on our way to fulfilling our promise to expand the centers nationwide," said Dr. Walker.
Guide Right is the fraternity's official national service project, and as such, galvanizes the strength of its thousands behind projects it promotes around the globe.
The fraternity's Western Province was represented by President Curtis Silvers and Western Province Liaison, Stanley Stain; Ventura Chapter President, Wren Bass; Century City Chapter, Kevin Kinsey; Inglewood Chapter members Dr. Boris Ricks and Walter Fletcher, Role Model Coordinator.