The Kappa Leadership Institute – Chicago, commonly referred to as the Chicago Kappa League Program, is a 501c3 program operated and funded by the Edward G. Irvin Foundation.
The program's mission is to provide educational college readiness opportunities for economically disadvantaged and/or underrepresented minority males, primarily, African American high school youth. In so doing, it integrates college-readiness, mentorship, service initiatives and leadership principles to foster academic success, personal development, and global understanding and interracial harmony. Since 2005, the Kappa Leadership Institute – Chicago has successfully supported hundreds of young men in the Chicago metropolitan area.
The Kappa Leadership Institute - Chicago, one of Chicago’s highest performing and most experienced African American high school mentoring, college-readiness and leadership programs, brings together the comprehensive resources required to shape high potential males from underserved neighborhoods into academic achievers and life-long community leaders.
The Kappa Leadership Institute - Chicago approach provides a rigorous support system built to develop and hone the academic and interpersonal skills necessary for admission to top tier colleges and universities, and ultimately, a lifetime of success.
Kappa League seeks to create educational opportunities for academically motivated low-income and/or underrepresented high school males who have few alternatives to under performing schools in their neighborhoods. Kappa League incorporates global awareness, mentoring, Academic Enrichment, College Readiness, Tutoring and Study Skills, and Leadership Development programs to achieve its goals.
The program receives no government funding and does not charge students tuition to participate in the program. Students are asked to participate in annual fund raising to help the program meet its annual operating budget.
Embracing the motto: "Achievers.....It's who we are......It's what we do," all students in the Kappa League are high school age young men who are adamant about the fact that they plan to attend college and will pursue a professional career that will be rewarding and vital to their community.
Kappa Leadership Institute - Chicago students come from the greater Chicago Metropolitan Area representing more than 32 different high schools. Over 80 percent of our young men qualify for a free lunch, and the majority resides in single female head of household family. We actively recruit students from public and private high schools, with about 60-70 percent of our incoming young men coming from public schools.
Kappa League enhances the high school curriculum with four years of College Readiness training, Academic Enrichment, Global Awareness and Leadership Development programs. All students are required to attend a 6-week global study abroad experience, ACT preparation classes, college site visits, and college counseling sessions from freshman year forward. All programs occur during non-school hours and are not available to the young men at their respective high schools.
In addition to the mentorship, Kappa League believes that the Academic Enrichment, College Readiness, Tutoring and Study Skills, and Leadership Development programs contribute greatly to its student’s acceptance into four-year colleges and universities. Kappa Leadership Institute - Chicago helps its students focus on developing their ability to prepare high quality work, critical thinking skills, and selecting and applying for acceptance to a rigorous college or university.
As a Kappa Leaguer, each student must maintain a 3.2 unweighted G.P.A. per academic quarter, participate in bi-monthly training meetings, complete 40 hours of community service work per/year, attend required college tours and cultural events and conduct a three day public conference entitled "Making the Right Moves". Each student is required to chart his academic course of study, prepare a profile of his career, write an autobiography, and organize his procedures for post-high school education. Each student is also required to be exemplary of each area of the “Kappa League Phases” as denotes good leadership characteristics.
As the college admissions process becomes increasingly more competitive, colleges are placing value on more than numbers (GPA and test scores) but are reviewing applications from a holistic approach. A particular emphasis and value is being placed on students’ leadership qualities and leadership involvement. This trend extends beyond colleges, but exists with employers, foundations, and agencies. The Kappa Leadership Institute - Chicago strives to ensure that our students are provided with cutting-edge programming that will best prepare them for success in their personal and professional lives.
The leadership development initiatives of our program is necessary to better prepare our students to see themselves as leaders and embrace leadership opportunities and roles with confidence. We know that our students will develop the necessary tools to affect change in their lives and the lives of others.
Through leadership oriented activities, the student officers and students of the Kappa League are afforded tremendous opportunities to access quality educational institutions and are exposed to a diverse group of business professionals. These social, cultural and educational resources position our students to stand out amongst their peers as leaders and make a more powerful impact in their communities. Students at the Kappa Leadership Institute - Chicago perform projects that expose them to planning, execution and reporting of ideas that simulate good leadership characteristics designed to raise their aspiration levels.
All Kappa Leaguers are exposed to politics through Kappa League, local, state, and national elections. Kappa Leaguers experience career advancement techniques through several application, interview, and self-sell practice events. They practice good conduct of fair play in sports and gain the art of sophisticated, competitive participation in simulated areas that affect their lives. Each Kappa League student is exposed to the arts and other various types of entertainment and practice conversation versus communication and etiquette versus manners.
All activities and programs are taken from one or more of the following phases:
•Phase I – Self Identity
•Phase II – Training
•Phase III – Competition
•Phase IV – Social
•Phase V – Health Education