Programs

Omega Serving The Community

The Bridge Builder Mentor Program is a Social Action activity facilitated by the Phi Upsilon Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The Chapter has been serving the Monmouth County community  for sixty five years (1952-Present).

Our Goal: Increase College & Career Readiness

Bridge Builder operates in a classroom environment and meets once a week for one hour. Twenty (20) fourth grade boys are selected by the school administrator based on parents request for mentoring services. Brother Matthew Stevens, author and youth service professional, coordinates a series of activities with the Chapter members, boys, parents and teachers

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

Outcomes are measured  through monthly pre and post tests. Individual student portfolios are managed with teachers and parents to determine increases in knowledge, modifications in behavior, enhancements in parental involvement.
The program also hosts Special One Day Mentor Activities for the Middle and High School.These activities are in-line with National Mandated Programs to include Voter’s Registration and Assault on Illiteracy and service an addition 500 youth.

Manhood Training

The concept of manhood is explored through a series of fun and interactive activities. Youth are challenged to complete tasks that help them make a transition from being a boy to young man.

Scholarship Focus

A weekly journal and monthly pre and post test  are administered to determine knowledge acquisition. Parents and teachers are provided these materials to assist with student achievement markers. 

Youth Perseverance 

Case studies and role playing exercises are used to teach  boys how to:
•    Think critically and make sound
•    decisions 
•    Resolve conflict and manage time

Week 1: Manhood

Individual student journals are used to establish and accomplish personal, parental and academic (teacher) goals. Parents and teachers review the journals weekly and the coordinator guides the youth to develop implementation strategies and self evaluation plans.

Week 2: Scholarship

Multi-media presentations of famous Omega men and their career accomplishments are highlighted. The men include: Ernest Everett Just, Charles Drew, Thurgood Marshall, Earl Graves, Tom Joyner, Michael Jordan, SteveHarvey, OJ Anderson, AJ Calloway.

Week 3: Perseverance

A series of case studies and role playing activities are used as experiential learning activities to teach youth how to:
•    Resolve conflict and think critically
•    Use interpersonal communication and self management skills

Week 4: Uplift

Once a month a different Chapter member attends the session to expose youth to various careers through interactive presentations.
See picture above from Aviation Exploration Day at the Black Pilots of USA annual field trip.

One Day Mentor Activities


Voter’s Registration 2016 - On Oct 8 the Chapter takes 20 High School boys to the NJ State Pan Hellenic Council/NJ Black Issues ConferenceVoter’s Registration event.Upon returning boys are mentored to conduct a voter’s registration drive and lead in school elections.

Dress For Success Founders Day Event -  On Nov 17, Brother Bobby Brown, former NFL Player and current corporate lawyer, will lead a discussion of being a STUDENT athlete. Chapter members will teach 200 boys how to tie a neck tie provided by Brother Alvin Perry (Bow-Tie Up Inc.)

Assault on Illiteracy - In February (Date TBA) NY Giant player Victor Cruz is invited* to conduct a book reading/signing event with the entire football program (Pop Warner-Varsity) at the MLK Middle School.  600 boys will be will be provided books and older players will read with younger players (* Depends on Mr.Cruz’s availability)

2016-17 Career Workshops

•    Oct -Brother Dr. Kenneth Pierce, Veterinarian Ophthalmologist    
•    Nov - Brother Dr. Michael Brantley, Dentist and Elected Official
•    Dec - Brother Lawrence Lawson, Retired Superior Court Judge
•    Jan - Brother George Giles, Retired NJ State Police Officer
•    Feb - The Beach Bruhz,* current Monmouth University Football Players and Class of 2016
•    Mar - Brother Dr. Jason Largely, Podiatrist
•    Apr -Brother Darren Martin, Computer Scientist
•    May - Brother William Parrish, Owner Noble Strategies Inc (Eta Pi Chapter)

* Youth are invited to Monmouth University for a college tour

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Video of Bridge Builder Mentor Program

"Help Us End The Saggin Phenomenon by donating $10 to purchase a neck tie for our Dress For Success Founders Day Event on Nov 17."
 
Neck ties can be sent to PO Box 366 Neptune, NJ 07753