L.A.M.P. Mentor Program

2020-2021 L.A.M.P. Mentor Program September Session


GZBF L.A.M.P. Mentor Program continued its 2020-2021 activities with a September session on the topic Politics, Civics and Participatory Democracy, and a discussion of the book, The Ideal Team Player. The session began with a panel of Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer from the 50th Assembly District, Councilman John Kennedy from the Pasadena City Council 3rd District and Archon Bertral Washington, Deputy Fire Chief, San Bernardino County Fire Department. The panelist participated in a 30-minute presentation where they talked about who they are, what their job entails, what constitutes the areas of their responsibility, what internship opportunities exist in their respective offices, and what advice they have for young African American men who [...]

2020-2021 L.A.M.P. Mentor Program September Session2020-11-16T01:45:29-08:00

2020-2021 L.A.M.P. Mentor Program


GZBF launched its signature program, the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program for academic year 2020-2021. The initial session for the year occurred on August 29, 2020 and keeping with the commitment to the health and safety of the Mentees, Mentors and volunteers, was via a Zoom platform. There were 30 new and returning Mentees, 5 Mentor/Volunteers and 12 Parents of new Mentees. The session began with an orientation for the new and returning Mentees and the parents of New Mentees. During the orientation, Archon Gilbert Holmes, Program Coordinator and Archon Ramsey Jay, Jr., introduced the participants to the goals and expectations of the Program and the calendar for the year.After the initial orientation [...]

2020-2021 L.A.M.P. Mentor Program2020-11-16T01:42:30-08:00

L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Scholarship Awards “Seeing the Infinite Possibilities”


Graduates with their recognition certificates, and clockwise, Gilbert Holmes, L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Coordinator, Ramsey Jay Jr, GZBF President, Earle Charles, Assistant L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Coordinator, and Michael Armstrong, Keynote Speaker On May 30, 2020, the GZBF recognized the accomplishments of ten outstanding high school graduates during its annual L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Celebration and Scholarship Awards Ceremony. The virtual program began with a musical interlude while the seniors, their fellow Mentees, family, friends and supporters. The musical interlude ended with the song “Glory” by Common and John Legend, and their very poignant line, “No one wins the war individually. It takes the wisdom of the elders and the young people’s [...]

L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Scholarship Awards “Seeing the Infinite Possibilities”2020-11-16T01:17:39-08:00

GZBF’s 2019-2020 LAMP Mentor Program Begins


GZBF’s LAMP Mentor Program began its 2019-20 year with a stellar event. On August 24, 2019, we gathered at Fleming’s Restaurant and Wine Bar for an Orientation for all Mentees and the parents of new Mentees. During the Orientation we focused on the expectations of the LAMP Mentor Program towards its Mentees and the parents of Mentees. We also focused on what expectations the Mentees and parents should have for the Program. Each Mentee and parent introduced themselves with their name, high school name and grade, and what they expected to gain by participating in the LAMP Mentor Program. Parents provided the name of a college they attended and what they [...]

GZBF’s 2019-2020 LAMP Mentor Program Begins2020-11-16T00:23:07-08:00

L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Scholarship Interviews


Over two weekends in April 2020 during the COVID-19 experience of social distancing, I was privileged to be among four panelists who conducted virtual interviews for scholarships with a total of nine (9) graduating L.A.M.P. Mentor Program mentees. This was a completely exhilarating experience. Each of the students came to the virtual meeting properly dressed as one would expect of someone who was about to be interviewed in a professional setting. Amazingly in the entire interview session with each student, the lighting and background setting was just right and resulted in no distraction to the interviewing panel as each student received each question and provided very thoughtful answers to the panel. [...]

L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Scholarship Interviews2020-11-16T00:37:16-08:00

L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Provides Mock Interview Session


The main topic for the January 2020 GZBF’s L.A.M.P. Mentor Program activity was “Mock Interviews.” Since the inception of the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program, this subject has been one of the most popular sessions with students. GZBF recognizes that many students will soon be new entrants into the job market and they may lack experience in interviewing skills. GZBF believes strongly in the benefits of practice interview sessions and has included mock interviews in the L.A.M.P. Mentor Program curriculum each year in order to ensure that students are well prepared for the future. Ten Gamma Zeta Boulé members volunteered their Saturday morning to participate as interview panel members. It was pointed out [...]

L.A.M.P. Mentor Program Provides Mock Interview Session2020-11-16T00:32:15-08:00

LAMP Mentor Program Holiday Alumni Reunion and Toy Drive


Our next LAMP event is the Annual Holiday GZBF LAMP Mentor Program Alumni Reunion and Toy Drive. It will occur on December 15, 2018, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the home of Drs. Maurice and Dawn Cashie Hale. This event will feature a panel discussion by GZBF LAMP Mentor Program Alumni, who will share their respective college experiences with mentees and provide critical advice that can help each of them achieve in college. Each mentee will bring an unwrapped toy to donate to St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles and we encourage everyone who will attend to do the same. If you are interested in attending this festive [...]

LAMP Mentor Program Holiday Alumni Reunion and Toy Drive2020-11-16T00:20:25-08:00



In November, we had a very meaningful and informative event. On November 17, the LAMP Mentor Program and the Good Man Movement met at Polytechnic School Upper School Library. We had a discussion of the theme for the 2019 Luncheon and watched the movie BlackKKKlansman. For most of the young men, this was their first exposure to the specific perceptions, views, language and actions of white supremacy and the Klu Klux Klan. The movie also provided a picture of the Black culture and Black Power movement of the 1970s. After the movie and over lunch, we met in small groups to discuss the movie and the book The Lies My Teacher [...]

LAMP MENTOR PROGRAM UPDATE2020-11-16T00:18:15-08:00
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