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Programming & Services

The Evanston Kappa League Program is a leadership and mentorship program for North Shore high school students. In partnership with the Evanston Township High School, the Evanston (IL) Alumni Chapter (EAC) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. provides students enrolled in the Program (also known as Kappa Leaguers) a variety of programs and services to help prepare Kappa Leaguers for success in high school and in life after high school.

The Evanston Kappa League Program’s mission is to provide educational readiness opportunities (e.g. college) for economically disadvantaged and/or underrepresented minority males, primarily, African-American high school youth. In so doing, we integrate college-readiness, mentorship, service initiatives and leadership principles to foster academic success, personal development and preparedness for life after high school.  Our Program is always looking for students that demonstrate academic promise, post-secondary education and/or career advancement, leadership potential and interest in receiving mentorship and guidance.

Programming and Services

We provide a number of programs and services to our Kappa Leaguers including learning sessions, immersive experiences, summer reading and mentorship. At the end of each academic year, we hold an awards ceremony recognizing the achievements of graduating senior Kappa Leaguers as they make the transition to life after high school. Below, we describe each of our key programs and services.

Summer Book Reading Program

Our summer reading program is designed to keep Kappa Leaguers engaged with the program over the summer.  This gives new Kappa Leaguers an opportunity to learn new material and get to know other members of the Program.

Over the summer of 2021, our Kappa Leaguers read the book Letters to a Young Brother by Hill Harper. Offering inspirational advice in a down-to-earth style, Hill’s unique compilation of letters in this book provided wisdom, guidance and heartfelt insight to our Kappa Leaguers. This was an effort to help chart their path to success.  Based on the Harper’s motivational speaking at inner-city schools across the country, the letters dealt with the tough issues that face young people today.

Kappa Leaguers met once a month over the summer to discuss topics covered in the book. Topics covered included self-discipline, goal setting, debt and finances, family dynamics, relationships and self-growth. During discussion sessions, brothers from the Evanston (IL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. helped to address questions and shared their own experiences when navigating through the issues.

Community Service

Our Kappa League Community Service Program focuses on getting Kappa Leaguers exposed to and engaged with community service events and local partners.  For the 2022-2023 academic year, we held two key events, highlighted below.

Evanston James Park Cleanup – The Evanston Kappa League met at Evanston’s James Park for its first community service project of the academic year.  The Kappa Leaguers met in the morning at the Park, ate donuts and drank orange juice before heading out to the grounds for clean-up.  A park staff member provided an overview of what we were going to do for the day.  That included a number of topics including the importance of park cleanup and how to apply mulch.  The Kappa Leaguers broke up into two main groups.  The first group was focused on applying mulch to the base of trees and the other group focused on picking up trash using trash pickup sticks and buckets.  Halfway through the cleanup, the two groups switched roles.  Once the event was done, the Park staff member thanked the Kappa Leaguers for their help.

Family Focus Clothing and Food Drive – Evanston Kappa League met at Family Focus, a non-profit focused on delivering programming and services to families in the Chicago area, for the second community service project.  Along with the members of the Evanston Alumni Chapter, Kappa Leaguers dropped off clothing, canned food and non-perishable donations for distribution to families in need.   While at Family Focus, the Kappa Leaguers worked with a Family Focus organizer to unpack, organize and set aside expired canned and non-perishable food while socializing and having fun. Family Focus was really appreciative of the Kappa Leaguers spending time helping out as Family Focus largely depends on volunteers to meet their goals.

Training Sessions

Our leadership sessions are designed to provide Kappa Leaguers with lessons to help prepare them to be successful at high school and in life. Members of our Chapter present lessons and topics to Kappa Leaguers at least once a month.  Our Chapter members have a diverse set of experiences and jobs ranging from health care to technology professionals. This diverse background in various industries allow us to present meaningful topics to our Kappa Leaguers. Examples of topics covered in the past include: Personal Branding, Time Management & Running a Successful Meeting, Interpersonal, Presentation & Public Speaking Skills, Financial Literacy, Health and Well-Being and Leadership.

Immersive Experiences

Our immersive experiences program provides Kappa Leaguers exposure to new experiences and people outside the Chapter.  This is intended to help them develop interests in industry segments to prepare them for life after high school.  During the 2022-2023 academic year, we had three key events, highlighted below. Each academic year, we plan to provide similar programming to Kappa Leaguers.

The Garage at Northwestern University – Kappa Leaguers were exposed to the Garage, a local start-up innovation lab, focused on helping entrepreneurs build the knowledge, grit, and network for bringing new ideas to life.  Kappa Leaguers were exposed to technology such as 3D printing and virtual reality and were taken through a few exercises by lab staff.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Discussion Panel – Kappa Leaguers heard from graduate (Kellogg School of Business) and undergraduate students at Northwestern University. Kappa Leaguers came prepared with questions.

Golf Clinic at the Glenview Golf Club – At the Glenview Golf Club, Kappa Leaguers were introduced to golf fundamentals by Northwestern University instructors on how to drive and putt.

Mentorship

Each Kappa Leaguer has been assigned to a mentor from the Evanston Alumni Chapter.  Mentors have met with their Kappa Leaguers over the phone once every 2-3 weeks (depending on availability) to check in and see how things are going with each Kappa Leaguer.  When help is needed, the mentor works with the mentee to address the need – e.g. homework assignments and tapping into networks and finding resources to help.

Check out our TV Channel and Newsletter!

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Evanston Kappa League TV is a news update about our Program.  Please check out the latest video!

Also, our program regularly publishes a newsletter for Kappa Leaguer’s family and friends.  Our newsletter is intended to provide insight on what we have been up to.  To see the Evanston Kappa League’s programming and services in action, please check out our newsletters:

Evanston Kappa League Newsletter – Edition #3 – November 2022

Evanston Kappa League Newsletter – Edition #2 – February 2022

Evanston Kappa League Newsletter – Edition #1 – September 2021

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Becoming a Kappa Leaguer

Students and that apply and are accepted into our Kappa League program can expect access to a strong support network as well as opportunities to build valuable skills, participate in social/community service activities and create lasting friendships.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for our Program, students must meet the following requirements to be considered for membership:

In order to be eligible for our Program, students must meet the following requirements to be considered for membership:

1. Be a high school student currently enrolled at ETHS or whose father is an active member of EAC*

2. Be classified as a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior at the time of application

3. Have at least a 2.5 GPA and provide the most recent high school transcript **

4. Provide at least one (1) letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, employer, pastor or community leader

5. Submit an application and participate in an interview 

6. Selected candidates are expected to participate in an induction ceremony 

NOTES

*High school students that are not students at ETHS or whose father is not an active member of EAC may apply and may be selected. However, the total number of non ETHS students selected will be based upon the total capacity of students in the program.  
**Exceptions may be requested in the application.

Key Dates for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

 

Important dates for the 2023-2024 Academic Year:
 
September 5th: Start accepting applications.
 
September 22nd: Applications due by 5PM on this date.
 
September 26th: Review applications.
 
October 2, 3, or 4th: Interviews (virtual or in person, details forthcoming).  Mandatory.
 
October 19th: Induction ceremony (in person) 6:30PM at ETHS.  Mandatory.
 
October 21st: 1st Kappa League meeting for returning and new Kappa Leaguers 3-5PM at ETHS.  Mandatory.

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