November 2013 Chapter News

 Community Conversations About Mental Health

On Thursday November 7th, 2013 The Queens Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. cosponsored Community Conversations about Mental Health with the Black Psychiatrists of Greater New York, Social Service Board of United Social Services, Inc. , New York Society for Ethical Culture, Empire State Medical Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Zeta Lambda Chapter, and Friends of Ebonie. The keynote speaker was Hakeem Rahim, Ed.M., M.A., Founder & President, Live Breathe, LLC. The Community Conversations about Mental Health is an interactive night of professional networking and round-table discussions with African American leaders in business, law, mental health, education, civic, and faith-based organizations. The specific focus of this night was African American Professionals. The event was well attended with Professionals across the medical field as well as in the fields of finance, technology, marketing, and advertising. The event had roughly 150-200 people in attendance and was very informative. Thank you to Brothers Caleb Terry, Thierry Cazeau, Derrick Isaac, Gerald Augustin, and Akini Moses for attending on behalf of the Queens Alumni Chapter. Special thanks to Dr. Karinn Glover for allowing the Queens Alumni Chapter to be able to participate and sponsor such a great event along with all the other noteworthy organizations.

 First Kappa League Session of the Fraternal Year

On Saturday November 9th 2013, the Queens Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated had its first Kappa League session of the scholastic year at Queensborough Community College (Bayside,NY). During the first session we welcomed back the returning Kappa leaguers; meeting and acquainting ourselves with the new Kappa Leaguers. We had 19 Kappa Leaguers in attendance. We met with parents prior to the session detailing the outlook for the scholastic year’s sessions, trips, uniforms, protocols etc.. Essentially, the first session was an orientation. Thank you to the brothers in attendance: Caleb Terry, Thierry Cazeau, Guichard Cadet, Jackson Georges, Bernard Robert, Gavin Bennett for helping to facilitate the session, I truly appreciate your time. I am very excited about our next session as the topic is near and dear to my heart. We will be visiting the Schomburg Center (Harlem, NY)

 Feed The needy

On Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013, the Queens Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. had its annual Feed the Needy Thanksgiving Initiative. But this year was a little different in that the event was fully executed by the chapter. In previous years the chapter would volunteer at a local church or soup kitchen and help serve food. However this year, the chapter commissioned a caterer, found a location to serve the food from, and contacted a myriad of homeless shelters, senior homes, foster care homes, and non-profits in the Jamaica, Queens area to let them know about the event. We provided hot meals to the underserved community of Jamaica, Queens. The food was sponsored by caterer Kashema Williams of SHE CAN COOK!, who provided delicious meals for the community. The event was held at Parish of Grace Community Hall in Jamaica from 11am-1pm. It was well attended by over 30 brothers and volunteers from the area. QA was able to make a huge difference in the lives of many as people consistently throughout the afternoon came by to get a hot meal. Brothers not only setup the event, served, and cleaned up, but most importantly had conversations with individuals that were eating. We look forward to making this event bigger and better next year.

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