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In Memoriam Genita Evangelista Johnson (1935-2020)

GZBF is deeply saddened by the passing of longtime supporter Genita Evangelista Johnson, fondly referred to as “GiGi”, the life partner of Richard Allen Williams, M.D. She died June 13, 2020, at the age of 84. GZBF President, Ramsey Jay, Jr., said in a statement: “Gigi was a fierce youth empowerment advocate and an absolute model of doing well by doing good. I count myself as one of the lucky ones who was able to have my life enriched by her rich friendship, and GZBF was a fortunate partner of her transformative philanthropic initiatives”. GiGi was an educator, a businesswoman and a philanthropist, whose absence will be keenly felt. She was [...]

In Memoriam Genita Evangelista Johnson (1935-2020)2020-11-16T01:52:23-08:00

Black History and Black Excellence

In 1984, Archon Hackley Woodford, a Kaiser physician and a longtime member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity’s (the Boulé’s) Xi Boulé (Los Angeles Chapter) realized that Pasadena, California, which had a thriving population of black professionals had no presence of the Boulé. He set out to fill that gap and searched for potential candidates. His search lead him to identify 11 congenial professional men to fill the gap. The group first met in the home of Archon J. B. Singleton, a local dentist, who lived in Pasadena, California, who was also a member of the Fraternity’s Xi Boulé. After several meet and greets, Dr. Woodford requested permission from Sigma Pi Phi [...]

Black History and Black Excellence2020-11-16T01:49:18-08:00

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

GZBF Gives Back: Career STEAMposium 2020

March of 2020 was the beginning of a new way of life as everywhere someone turned, from playgrounds to parks, from schools to public libraries, and all other events where youth could become motivated and inspired was suddenly being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was also true as GZBF in partnership with the Pasadena/Altadena Ivy Foundation, the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Pasadena City College were set to kick-off their 5th Annual Career STEAMposium. Everyone from the students, to presenters, to parents, and the organizations that sponsored the event were excited and elated to once again gear up for was certain to be [...]

GZBF Gives Back: Career STEAMposium 20202020-11-16T01:53:44-08:00

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

Amplifying This Supernatural Moment of Unity

It is with good spirits that the Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation (GZBF) greets you as we navigate a most unique set of global circumstances in 2020. Specifically, under the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread racial justice campaigns, and the combination of a vibrant political climate and highly anticipated election season, we are compelled to make our contribution to this movement enduring beyond the moment. In line with that missional mandate, Ramsey Jay, Jr., GZBF’s President, was blessed to share a message titled “Amplifying This Supernatural Moment of Unity” at The Rock Christian Fellowship (Long Beach, CA). The message shares words of inspiration, combined with practical opportunities to advance [...]

Amplifying This Supernatural Moment of Unity2020-11-16T01:19:28-08:00

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

GZBF Goes Virtual in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. On April 16, 2020, GZBF’s Board of Directors held a virtual/online meeting to discuss how GZBF’s award winning L.A.M.P. Mentor Program could be optimized to best serve its mentees in light of the federal, state, county and city mandates surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. It progressed without a hitch or glitch. The meeting began at 7:30 pm with a Welcome from Ramsey Jay, Jr., GZBF’s President, and a discussion on Board Commitments and Recruiting. We then moved into Key Initiatives Report on the Foundations Social Engagement, Communication, Giving and our Legacy Engagements. This was followed by the treasury report, communications report, and a [...]

GZBF Goes Virtual in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic2020-11-16T00:34:56-08:00
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