Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.’s nationally mandated Guide Right program requires Kappa Alpha Psi Chapters to provide a program for the development and training of young African-American male students. The Achievement Academy was founded to encompass all initiatives that satisfy this requirement for young men aged 9 through 12.
Conceived in 1922 by Kappa Alpha Psi Brother Leon W. Stewart, Guide Right became the fraternity’s national service program. Guide Right encompasses many of our youth oriented programs such as mentoring, college preparatory programs, and tutoring. However, the Flagship Initiative of the Guide Right Service Program is the Kappa Leadership Development League (Kappa League).
Kappa League is a subset of the Guide Right, our National Service Initiative. Under the chairmanship of Mel Davis, the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter’s Social Action Program took the form of training activity for young men of the Alain Leroy Locke High School. Called the Kappa Instructional Leadership League, it was designed to help young men grow, receive, and develop their leadership talents in every phase of human endeavor. It provided both challenging and rewarding experiences, which richly enhanced their lives. Membership was open to male students from the tenth through the twelfth grades. The fraternity sought to help these young men to achieve worthy goals for themselves and make constructive contributions to their community when leadership roles become the responsibility.
Kappa League was founded on Thursday, February 12, 1969, by the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., at Alain LeRoy Locke High School. Kappa League was adopted by the Grand Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. at the 56th Grand Chapter which was held August 12-15, 1970. The founders of the Kappa Instructional Leadership League were Mel L. Davis and Edgar H. Bishop, an Elder Watson Diggs Awardee.
Philadelphia Alumni Chapter Achievement Academy
The Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Philadelphia Alumni Chapter established The Achievement Academy in 1992 under the leadership of Philadelphia Alumni Polemarch Tarleton Williams and his successor (and former Executive Director of Kappa Alpha Psi) Ernest Brown.
- The Philadelphia Achievement Academy was founded at the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Achievement Center. The program started with about 20 students which made up of 1 group – Life Skills.
- Brother DeAndre K. Jones started the program. Bother Jones was the first student to graduate from the Achievement Academy and later become a member of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. Brother Jones later served as the Vice President on the board of the Achievement Academy.
- Because of growth in the academy, the program leaders decided to split the program into 2 groups – Life Skills & Youth Leadership.
- The Achievement Academy formed a partnership with Germantown Friends School. The program began to hold all its sessions at the school going forward.
- Brother Troy A. Robinson started the program. Brother Robinson was the second student to graduate from Achievement Academy and later become a member of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. Brother Robinson later served as the Vice President on the board of the Achievement Academy, and then Guide Right Chairman for the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter.
- Under the leadership and direction of Brother Keith A. Earle, the Post Collegiate Achievement Academy Program (PCAAP) was established. The PCAAP was created to build a connection and mentor our students after graduation from high school and as they matriculate through college.
- The Achievement Academy formed a partnership with Imhotep Charter High School. The program began to hold all its sessions at the school going forward.
- Because of growth in the academy, the program leaders decided to split the program into 3 groups – Life Skills, Youth Leadership & Kappa Leaguers.
- In efforts to service the community in which we are located, the Achievement Academy program moved back to the original meeting cite – The Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Achievement Center
Past Presidents of the Achievement Academy include:
- Brother Brian Schaffer
- Brother Zahir A. Coney Sr.
- Brother Paris O. Sandlin
- Brother Kenneth Brown
- Brother Linwood R. Green III