The Achievement Academy (AA) is an enrichment/mentoring program that begins in October of each year and conclude in May. This is to allow for synchronization with the student’s academic year. The sessions are the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month and are an hour and a half in duration. The sessions are held at the Kappa Achievement Center (5521 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144). The program is broken into three sections: Youth Leaders, ages 9-12; Middle Managers ages 13-14; and Kappa League ages 15-18.
The Achievement Academy provides multifaceted mentoring, counseling and training programs, which assist African American male youth from 9 to 18 years of age. Our primary focus is on the development of life skills and educational accomplishment. The Achievement Academy serves as a vehicle to allow our students to learn about key life related topics that are not incorporated in the traditional school curriculum. The program provides the students with knowledge and tools that will allow them to excel in the classroom and in the real world. The topics they learn will provide them with a strong foundation for them, as they become responsible adults.
A secondary objective of the Academy is to counsel parents in developing a motivated student. We do this by hosting a series of workshops for them. The workshop presenters are Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi and professionals from the Philadelphia area.
This group ranges from 9-11 year old young men. The facilitators of this group are Brothers Mark McCall and Zahir Coney. Topics covered during the specified time frame are as follows: Money Management, Goal Setting, Police Brutality, Compliance, and knowing your rights, Current Social/Events, Edutainment Games (science, history, and math), Listening and Comprehension Skills, Investing in stocks, Age appropriate Etiquette and Behavior in public, Bullying and showing respect to others.
This group ranges from 12-13 year old young men. The facilitators of this group are Brothers Stephen Mitnaul and Darien Headen. Topics covered during the specified time frame are as follows: behavioral attitudes for deescalating situations, knowing and understanding your rights and how to apply them, proper male to female attitudes and engagement, personal SWOT analysis to increase self-awareness identifying areas for correction and growth among many others.
This group ranges from 14-18 year old young men. The facilitators of this group are Brothers Troy Robinson and Brother Linwood Green. Topics covered during the specified time frame are as follows: Current Events, Private vs Public vs Charter High School’, Public Speaking, Time Management, Goal Setting, College Preparation-Part 1, HBCU’s vs. PWI’s, Sex Education, Racism & Police Brutality, College Preparation- Part II, Philadelphia’s Current Events, Learning Legal System and Life after High School. Parents Empowerment Workshop Program – Topics covered during the specified time frame are as follows: Raising African-American Boys to be productive and positive Men, Financial Aid for College, What you Should Expect from Your Child’s School, How to Improve Your Personal Finances, Budgeting and Managing Your Cash Flow, Obama Care, Mental Health in Urban Settings, Time Management, How to Improve Your Resume Writing, Education Access and Retention, Philadelphia’s Current Events and Legal System’s, Life Experiences, College Experiences and Insight from former Kappa Leaguers. Post-Achievement Academy Collegiate Mentoring Program (PAACMP) – This program was started by Brother Keith A. Earle in 2009 in order to further provide academic and life-skill guidance to former Achievement Academy students who are entering higher education. To date, the program has matriculated 36 students, of which 17 had earned degrees from institutions of higher learning, and produced 6 brothers who are active members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.