Hudson County Community College Partnering to Present First Annual ‘Boys to Men’ Conference for African-American and Hispanic Youth

Posted: 3/28/2012
Deseree McFarlane

Jersey City, NJ – On Friday, March 30, 2012, approximately 300 African-American and Hispanic high school students from all around New Jersey are expected to participate in the first Annual “Boys to Men Conference” at Hudson County Community College. The event, which is being offered in partnership between the College, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Jersey City Alumni and Kappa League Chapter, will be held in the College’s Culinary Arts Institute/Conference Center from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The “Boys to Men Conference” provides young men and their counselors, chaperones and parents with strategies and advice on how to be successful in college and in life. Workshops have been designed and will be offered to help participants establish goals and plans-of-action that will lead to them making positive contributions in their families, schools and communities. The sessions scheduled include: “College Preparation 101,” “Career Prep 101,” “Being a MAN of Purpose,” “Benefits of a Community College,” and “Parents’ Guide to Preparing Black & Hispanic Males for Academic Achievement.”

“This conference is important for several reasons,” said HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert. “First, it provides a forum for young men of color to learn about the ways a college education will benefit them and it offers insight as to how they may prepare to pursue that education. Secondly, it is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of committing to achieving certain personal goals that will translate into providing leadership and constructive contributions to family and community.”

Kappa Alpha Psi is a collegiate fraternity with a predominantly African-American membership. Founded in 1911, the fraternity has never limited its membership based upon color, creed or national origin, and has 700 undergraduate and alumni chapters located in every state in the U.S. There are also international chapters in the United Kingdom, Germany, Nigeria, South Africa, Korea, Japan, the Caribbean, St. Thomas, St. Croix, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Kappa Alpha Psi is committed to training its members for community leadership roles and encouraging members to achieve academic excellence. Kappa Alpha Psi sponsors community service programs that promote social welfare and academic scholarship through the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, and supports the United Negro College Fund and Habitat for Humanity.

Kappa Alpha Psi members are dedicated to their work with young people and to providing youth with inspiration and counsel in choosing a career. Members are also involved in informing the community about the challenges confronting young people and working to involve the community in helping to overcome those challenges and make young people’s lives useful and fulfilling.