Poughkeepsie Alumni Chapter
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The Poughkeepsie Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Kappa Kares Enrichment Program is designed to offer students in grades 2-5 the opportunity to pursue academic work outside of the traditional school setting at a more intense and accelerated pace in order to expand their comprehension in the areas of math and reading. The program also provides an environment in which students may receive social, emotional, and academic support while constructively interacting with other students. The curriculum offered in the enrichment classes aligns with local and state standards while including materials at and above primary school grade levels. The instructors, fellow brothers, are responsible for creating individual and group lesson plans, assessing the students, and assigning homework to be completed outside the program hours when necessary.
In addition to expanding each student’s academic growth, another important feature of the program is exposing the students’ to various career possibilities through class discussions, field trips, and other activities that encourage students to begin establishing the self-confidence, work habits, and social skills conducive to long-term academic success. It is well documented that the support networks established during the early years of a child’s development are particularly important in helping a student to maintain academic interest and constructive friendships with other academically advanced students. This program is constantly being reviewed for enhancement in order to stay a step ahead of the ever-changing challenges that our young people face.
The Poughkeepsie Alumni Foundation of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dutchess County have joined together to help contribute to the support of mentoring the youth of the area. Under the guise of playing chess, these two organizations have collaborated in helping to expound upon the youths’ cognitive development through the exploration of playing games. Chess strategy consists of setting and achieving long-term goals during the game — for example, where to place different pieces — while tactics concentrate on immediate maneuver. These two parts of chess thinking cannot be completely separated, because strategic goals are mostly achieved by the means of tactics, while the tactical opportunities are based on the previous strategy of play. POK Alumni Foundation of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and BBBS are taking these same strategies of setting and achieving long-term goals by helping to prepare the youth.
The Liberty Partnership Program (LPP) is a program funded by the New York State Education Department. The Liberty Partnership Program of Newburgh partners with the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, community organizations, businesses, and parents to help students graduate from high school and go on to higher education or meaningful employment. LPP of Newburgh offers public school students in grades 6-12 assistance by addressing two main goals:
Identifying students who are at risk of dropping out of school
Providing those students with services to improve their ability to complete high school, advance to post secondary education, and carry on to the workforce.
Since 2008, the Poughkeepsie Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc has been able to conduct a series of workshops designed to assist students in their preparation for post high school education. The workshops helped dispel any fears or myths about college in an effort of making them aware that going to college is obtainable. The workshops also instructed the students on how to carefully select a college that best suits their career aspirations and lifestyles. During the workshops the students were given the opportunity to ask questions about the planning process for college, as well as, inquire about campus life.
The Poughkeepsie Alumni Foundation of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc has been a symbol of hope and compassion in the city of Poughkeepsie of New York. Housed in the landmark church of Beulah Baptist Church, the soup kitchen serves a large number of the natives a hot nutritious meal and as well as donate lots of clothing items. Anyone who comes to the door is welcome -- without question or qualification.
The purpose of the soup kitchen was designed in an effort of recognizing and addressing the vital importance of providing basic nourishment to those who are hungry. Together with the solidarity and commitment of the members Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and those of Beulah Baptist Church, we strive to be a gateway for positive change in the lives of the people we serve and seek to enlarge our guests' capacity for help and reconnect them to the broader community.
Each year the Poughkeepsie Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi participates in the Angel Tree Christmas program to provide a positive impact on the lives of young people in the Hudson Valley who have parents housed in state or federal correctional facilities. Through the Angel Tree Ministries, our chapter is able to work with a local church to enable prison inmates to provide gifts for their children.
Members of our chapter pledge their time and money to purchase gifts based on the requests submitted by the inmates. The gifts are distributed to the kids during a Christmas celebration hosted by the partnering church. Gifts include clothes, games, educational toys, and bare necessities that value at $20 per gift. Over the past two years, our chapter has committed to purchasing over 80 gifts for children who have parents who participate in the Angel Tree Ministry.
Since its inception, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. has always maintained a proud heritage of academic achievement. In the spirit of this storied heritage, the Poughkeepsie Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. annually awards scholarships to young men who are graduating from high school with the aspiration to pursue a college career. At the end of the 2007/2008 academic school year, the Poughkeepsie Alumni Chapter proudly awarded $3500 in scholarships to young men from Danbury (CT), Poughkeepsie (NY), Newburgh (NY), and Middletown (NY) communities. For the class years from 2009 to 2018, the chapter continued to support the academic achievements of local college bound young men by awarding $30,000 in scholarship funds to deserving students in Newburgh (NY) and Danbury (CT).
This year, we are pleased to award $8,000 in scholarships funds to students in New York's Orange and Dutchess counties and Danbury, Connecticut. This benevolence is simply a demonstration of the Poughkeepsie Alumni Chapter's commitment to helping young men further their education through financial support, even in times of our country's economic hardships.
Consistent with the standards set forth by the founders of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the awardees were chosen for their high moral character, community involvement, and academic achievement.