The New York Alumni Foundation serves as our philanthropic arm at the New York Alumni Chapter. Through the NYAF, we fund our various scholarships that are administered throughout the fraternal year. The foundation sustains the following scholarship programs: The Student of the Year Pageant, The J. P. Hicks Mass Communications Scholarship, The Crimson Merit Scholarship, The Association of Black Educators of New York (ABENY) named a scholarship after one of our Past Polemarchs, Brother Fernley Murray (Deceased). The ABENY – Fernley Murray Scholarship is endowed by the NYAF through donations that are raised amongst the membership of the chapter. NYA has also recently established the Oliver W. Parson Scholarship that will be endowed by the membership of NYA as well. The NYAF also funds the five scholarships that are awarded at the Reginald F. Lewis Scholarship Luncheon on an annual basis. We host several fundraisers for the NYAF during the course of the fraternal year. We make account in our budget for the payment of at least $10,000.00 in scholarships annually.
On Monday, March 24th 2014 The New York Alumni Chapter partnered with the The Organization of Black Maritime Graduates Inc. (OBMG) to host “Minorities in the Maritime Industries, Past and Present Panel Discussion”. The target audience was composed of graduating high school and college students and professionals currently in the field and those who may have had an interest in the field. In addition to the panel discussion, OBMG also set up the Blacks in the Merchant Marines Storyboard Exhibit that was provided by the Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea.
On Wednesday March 26, 2014, the New York Alumni Scholarship Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The New York Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, hosted its annual J. P. Hicks Family Mass Communications Scholarship Reception at the United Federation of Teachers Headquarters at 75 Broadway. Led by its Chairman, the late Brother Jonathan P. Hicks, the NYAF was able to raise much needed funds to award five deserving students at the University of Liberia’s School of Journalism. The scholarships are administered every year and provide the recipients with a full year’s tuition and a laptop of their own to complete their assignments. Brother Hick’s legacy will be preserved by the foundation’s current chairman, Immediate Past Polemarch Jose M. Zenon, thus ensuring that Brother Hicks’ dream of equal education for all and his love of Journalism will live on.
On May 20, 2014 Brothers from the New York Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi participated in the I.S.68- Isaac Bildersee Middle School, Academy of Entrepreneurship and Law announces Career Day. The goal of the program was to expose the student body to the many requirements needed to enter the work force. Brother Sean Carswell presented on the Maritime Industries career path. Topics included attending a Maritime Academy, potential jobs available upon graduation and advance degrees in the Maritime field. At the end of the presentation, Brother Carswell held a Q&A session with the students. By the end of the presentation, students and teachers alike were interested in learning more about the maritime industries.
On Saturday, October 4TH, 2014 New York Alumni partnered with The Eta Eta Omega and Tau Nu Omega chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Rho Psi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, to host the Community Health Awareness Fair at the St Mary’s Recreation Center in The Bronx, NY. The health fair consisted of arts, crafts, health screenings and seminars of healthy life choices. Brothers from the chapter also participated by facilitating health and exercise training sessions.
Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, New York Alumni once again exhibited their desire to serve. On Thanksgiving Eve, members of the chapter made the annual journey to the Dunleavy Milbank Center in Harlem to participate in their “Thanksgiving Holiday Community Feast”. At this event, various restaurants, foundations and charitable organizations donate food, desserts and their time to provide Thanksgiving meals to the community. This year, NYA served in several stations. Whether we were greeters, clean – up crews, dessert counter workers – you name it – NYA gladly did it to provide a much needed service for the community at large.
Earlier in the week before Thanksgiving Day, New York Alumni, through our Social Action Committee re-established our prior relationship with Greater Calvary Baptist Church. We all met at Greater Calvary earlier in the week to prepare Thanksgiving baskets that would be later distributed to a homeless shelter in the neighboring community. On Thanksgiving Day we attended a Thanksgiving Service at the church, where we received a “Spiritual Meal”, as we sat in with members of Greater Calvary as their Pastor and our Chapter Brother, Rev. Dr. Stephan P, McKinney, delivered the sermon for that morning which admonished us all to “Fix Ourselves To Be Vessels Of GOD”, so that we may be properly used in HIS service.
After the Thanksgiving morning church service concluded, Brothers still had a desire to serve. We decided to return to the Convent Avenue Baptist Church, just a few short blocks away from our beloved Kappa Kastle. We have built up a good reputation for helping out at that church. Brothers from all over the city and abroad know that if they want to be of assistance to someone on Thanksgiving, they can ALWAYS come join NYA in any and all of our community service events.
On Saturday, December 20th, members of the New York Alumni Chapter hosted their annual holiday party, where we get together with our families and friends to celebrate the Holiday Season. While we celebrate, Brothers are also thoughtful and sensitive to the needs of those that may be less fortunate than ourselves. Brothers that attend our December chapter meeting or attend the Holiday party donate toys that we in turn donate to various charities. In the past, we have donated to the children’s ward at Harlem Hospital, Abyssinian House, Covenant House and various shelters in our local vicinity. This year our new partner was the Salvation Army.
The New York Alumni Chapter, being located in Harlem, in the very heart of the “City That Never Sleeps”, is always at “Ground Zero” when it comes to social and political issues that affect not just our local service area, but our city as a whole.
On Saturday, December 13th, the Brothers of The New York Alumni Chapter were Socially Aware and Very Determined as they attend the Millions More March To End Police Brutality. The protest, in response to several incidents of police brutality which have spawned the “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe” campaigns, awakened something within the Brothers of NYA and also Brothers of the Metro Chapters. NYA opened up the Kappa Kastle which served to be the base camp and general meeting headquarters where Brothers from all over the city could come and prepare signs and share information in regards to the parade route, alternate meet up locations and important information that we as protesters needed to know in order to have a safe and issue free protest. As we departed the Kastle and walked the protest route to the steps of One Police Plaza, the overwhelming sense of social relevancy of the occasion most certainly was impressed upon the minds of all the Brothers in attendance. It was more than just a community service event to be attended, it transcended the Greek Letters on our chest– it was a movement of social relevance in which as men of color, were compelled to attend. The day was one of great unity and went without incident for any of the Brothers of our Noble Clan.
NYA: Advocates for Equal Justice for All
New York Alumni’s own Brother Guy Mitchell, or should we say the Honorable Guy Mitchell has just been appointed to the position of Judge in the Bronx Criminal Court. Brother Mitchell, a 1987 initiate of the Mu Delta Chapter, has been an advocate for community outreach since he was a teenager growing up in Harlem NY. He has helped youth as a camp counselor, basketball coach, public speaker and has vowed to bring the same “community” based approach with him to the bench. He believes that the best way to see justice served is by educating the public, but especially our youth, on what they must learn as young adults to avoid becoming statistics in the prison system. He is well known within his local community and has facilitated workshops and classes for local area children and constituents of the community on “What To Do When Stopped By The Police” and discussions of “Stop And Frisk”. Brother Mitchell started his career in law in 1991, working in the Office of the Bronx District Attorney. He then relocated to the Virgin Islands in 1999, to work in the capacity of Administrator of Prosecutors on the island of St, Thomas, St. Croix and St. Johns. In 2001, Brother Mitchell returned states side and began a career with the Office of the NYS Attorney as Assistant Attorney General In Charge of the Harlem / Bronx Regional Office. As of February 13, 2015 he now serves the position of Judge of the Bronx Criminal Court and will be sworn in by Mayor Bill DeBlasio in March. We commend him on such a wonderful achievement and look forward to our continued partnering on future community service efforts.