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Guide Right

Kevin Burnett



Guide Right encompasses many of our youth oriented programs such as mentoring, college preparatory programs, and tutoring. However, the Flagship Initiative of the Guide Right Service Program is the Kappa Leadership Development League (Kappa League). Guide Right is a program of the educational and occupational guidance of youth, primarily inspirational and informative in character. The purposes of the Guide Right Service Program is to place the training experience and friendly interest of successful men at the disposal of youth needing inspiration and counsel regarding their choice of a life’s career, and to arouse the interest of the entire community in the problems of youth as they seek to realize lives of usefulness.

  • Current Guide Right Objectives
    1. To Create the Next Generation of Leaders via Leadership Development
    2. Prepare students for college
    3. Mentor students to college graduation
    4. To positively impact youth through mentoring and training
    5. To prepare youth for academic success in middle school, high school and college
    6. To learn by interaction, doing and group dynamics
  • Core Initiatives:
  • STEM: Activities include getting involved with NSBE Jr, STE Career Fair, Utilize for free programming training. Microsoft Retail stores offer free STEM training.
  • College Success: Mentoring for college. 90% Graduation Rate. Facilitate Undergrad/Alumni partnership for the mentoring
  • College Prep Series: Naviance an online tool to assist students in preparing for college; Diamonds in the Rough webinars (DITR); FAFSA Awareness; College Signing Day, recognizing graduating high school seniors going to college.
  • Positive Video Reporting - KLTV: Creating positive video recordings of Guide Right achievements

Enhanced Initiatives & Partnerships:

  • Virtual College Tours                                                     Virtual College Conversations
  • Online Leadership Conference                                      STEM Drone Competition & Hackathons
  • Diamonds in the Rough Webinars                               #iamachievement 
  • #whykappasmentor                                                    #guiderightcommunityservice
  • National Kappa League Conference                        Financial Literacy program


Conceived in 1922 by Leon W. Stewart, and suggested at the twelfth Grand Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Guide Right became the fraternity’s national service program. Leon Steward is the founder of the National Guide Right movement of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Past Western Province Polemarch. Soon after the St. Louis Alumni Chapter’s beginning in 1921, Leon W. Steward and J. Jerome Peters were assigned to research possible programs that would assist in developing the youth of the Black community and to devise a “meaningful and practical approach” to the problem of Black youth underachievement.

Ultimately, Brother Steward, proposed a program of guidance to be designated as Guide Right, with the purpose of assisting high school seniors to choose and pursue useful careers. The focus of Guide Right, from its inception, was to provide scholarships to needy and talented students, and to inform young people of the professions and other career options.

The founding objectives of Guide Right may be summarized as follows:

  1. To help youth in selection of courses leading to vocations compatible with their aptitudes and personalities.
  2. To assist students while they are in training, to get started in employment, and to progress successfully in their chosen fields.
  3. To assist parents in the handling of their children by giving them opportunities to talk over their problems with those who know and are successful in their chosen vocations.
  4. To afford the less fortunate youths a respite from the drudgery of the streets, through sponsored entertainment and cultural enrichment.

To inform youth of the values of higher education, of assistance available for continued educational pursuits.

Our Impact


Number of youth currently enrolled in Kappa League Programs


Number of Kappa League Programs Across the Country


Percentage of Seniors Graduating from High School


Percentage of Students That Attend a 4 Year Institution


Number of Hours of Community Service Led By Kappa Leaguers


Number of Kappa Leaguers that have been Awarded the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship