Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated (ΩΨΦ)
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated is an international fraternity and was the first African-American national fraternal organization founded at a historically black college. Omega Psi Phi was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by three undergraduate students and their faculty advisor. The Founders were Howard University juniors Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper, and Frank Charles Coleman, and faculty advisor Dr. Ernest Everett Just. Each of the Founders distinguished himself in his chosen career: Bishop Edgar Love, became Bishop of the United Methodist Church; Dr. Oscar Cooper, was a prominent physician who practiced in Philadelphia for over 50 years; Professor Frank Coleman, was the Chairman of the Department of Physics at Howard University for many years; and Dr. Ernest E. Just was a world-renowned biologist.
Omega Gentleman Youth Academy (Omega G.E.N.T.)
The Omega Gentleman Youth Academy (OGYA) was established by Mu Mu Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and is facilitated in partnership with Bridge Builder Charity Foundation, Inc. Based on Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s Cardinal Principles (Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift), the Omega Gents Academy is designed to teach and encourage young African-American men in high school to positively define, plan, pursue and achieve their goals. Annually, our mentoring services include educational workshops and outings, academic enrichment symposiums, community service projects, social and recreational outings, local college campus tours, career visibility and/or development outings.
Educational workshops will follow a structured format involving a topical presentation, an open discussion, followed by group exercises to ensure understanding of the lesson. Topics covered during educational workshops included but not limited to:
· Self Esteem
· Goal Setting & Planning
· Academic Achievement & College Preparedness
· Developing Positive Relationships
· Etiquette & Respecting Women
· Community Service
· Health & Well-being
· Proper use of Social Media
· Career identification and development
As Scholarship is a Cardinal Principle of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, we expect the full engagement and commitment of each Omega Gent and their parents/guardians in the pursuit of academic excellence throughout the school year. To that end, an Omega Gents’ academic standing is recorded during the application process and ongoing academic and classroom performance is monitored throughout the school year to include but not limited to regular and mandatory submission of academic transcripts, progress reports, and report cards.
Academic Enrichment Symposium (AES)
The purpose of the AES is to provide Gents and their parents/guardians important information regarding college admissions criteria, guidance on how to become a competitive college applicant, and how to find and apply for financial assistance. These day-long symposiums feature presentations on SAT & ACT preparation, financial aid application processes, time management, and personal portfolio creation. At the end of the event, Gents are given a personal portfolio binder and additional materials to start their journey.
College Campus Tours
Gents are introduced to college life on the campus of a variety of Texas colleges and universities. The all-day event involves a student-led tour of the campus, lecture halls and sports facilities. Gents have an opportunity to visit schools within the college and ask questions about possible areas of interests.
Career Days / Job Banks (Spring-Klein Chamber of Commerce)
The MMN Chapter will work with local executives and/or schools to schedule a career day. In addition, the Job Bank module of the Omega Gents Program includes resume writing skills, interview and presentation skills development, pre and post-interview communications planning, and dress to success tips and recommendations.
Community Service (Mu Mu Nu Chapter & Houston Area Coalition of Chapters)
Community service is a cornerstone of our program, and Gents learn through experience that they can make a difference. We will participate in a variety of service projects including food collection for the Houston Food Bank, food and clothes drives, a visit to a nursing home, and assistance to other local organizations as needed. Omega Gents can expect to complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service.
Social and recreational outings include but are not limited to events such as bowling, movie night, college and professional sporting events, and banquets. While all of our events are well attended and receive great feedback.
Big Brother / Little Brother Connections Program
We have learned through experience that regular engagement between a Mentor (a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity) and an Omega Gent is helpful in the positive development of the Omega Gent. As such, each Omega Gent will have a dedicated Big Brother to engage. Mentors are directed to engage their Omega Gent at least once a week, be it via a phone conversation, text messaging and/or other forms of social media, and/or in person.
Youth Academy Banquet/Program
We will have a year ending banquet to celebrate the Omega Gents Youth Academy. The Omega Scholarship recipients will be announced at this banquet, awards will be given to all Omega Gents and Graduating Omega Gents will be eligible to receive College Scholarship stipend awards. Additionally, Omega Gent’s will receive a Souvenir Program honoring their participation in the Youth Academy program. All Omega Gents will be responsible for raising a minimum of $200.00 in revenue. This can be achieved by selling or purchasing (5) Banquet Tickets at $20 each = $100.00 and purchasing or receiving a Full-Page Advertisement ($100.00) from a Business or Individual on their behalf) for the Souvenir Program Booklet. This can be a combination of Ads or one single Ad. This souvenir booklet will also serve as an opportunity for Senior (Graduating) Omega Gent’s only to increase their individual scholarship awards total. Any (Graduating) Omega Gent’s who sell additional banquet tickets and/or souvenir advertisements above the minimum requirement will receive a portion towards their Scholarship award. All Omega Gents will receive Banquet Tickets, 3 are complimentary for parents/guardians.
How to apply?
Our formal program occurs during the traditional academic year, from September to June, in line with your local school district’s academic calendar. To apply or receive additional information such as scheduling and/or application timetable coordination, please contact your school’s Guidance Counselor or the Social Action Chair of the Mu Mu Nu Chapter at SocialAction@NorthHoustonQues.org. Applications need to be received by August 1st if you would like to participate in this academy. Applications can be found on the MMN chapter website.
There is no enrollment fee or monthly dues for participation in the OGYA. A limited number of specific events and/or activities may require parent/guardian financial support, at which a fee may be required. Parents/guardians will be informed of such events and fees at least two weeks prior to the event by the OGYA Leadership Team.
The prospective participant will be a high school student from high schools in the North Houston area and recommended by their School Guidance Counselor or a member of Mu Mu Nu Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (MMN). Their Guidance Counselor or the Fraternity member making the recommendation to determine whether class schedule and extracurricular activities afford him an opportunity to participate in the program will interview prospective participants informally. The prospective participant should have a 2.5 GPA (exceptions may be possible for special cases based on school counselor or fraternity recommendation), should be a member of different organizations in a leadership role, and attend church. They must also have a goal to attend a College/University/Technical school upon graduation.