Educational workshops will follow a structured format involving a topical presentation, an open discussion, followed by group exercises to ensure understanding of the lesson. Topics covered during educational workshops included but not limited to:
As Scholarship is a Cardinal Principle of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, we expect the full engagement and commitment of each Omega Gent and their parents/guardians in the pursuit of academic excellence throughout the school year. To that end, an Omega Gents’ academic standing is recorded during the application process and ongoing academic and classroom performance is monitored throughout the school year to include but not limited to regular and mandatory submission of academic transcripts, progress reports, and report cards.
The purpose of the AES is to provide Gents and their parents/guardians important information regarding college admissions criteria, guidance on how to become a competitive college applicant, and how to find and apply for financial assistance. These day-long symposiums feature presentations on SAT & ACT preparation, financial aid application processes, time management, and personal portfolio creation. At the end of the event, Gents are given a personal portfolio binder and additional materials to start their journey.
Gents are introduced to college life on the campus of a variety of Virginia colleges and universities. The all day event involves a student led tour of the campus, lecture halls and sports facilities. Gents have an opportunity to visit schools within the college and ask questions about possible areas of interests.
Phi Phi Chapter will work with local executives and/or schools to schedule a career day. In addition, the Job Bank module of the Omega Gents Program includes resume writing skills, interview and presentation skills development, pre and post interview communications planning, and dress to success tips and recommendations.
Community service is a cornerstone of our program and Gents learn through experience that they can make a difference. We will participate in a variety of service projects including food collection for the Richmond Food Bank, food and clothes drives, a visit to a nursing home, and assistance to other local organizations as needed. Omega Gents can expect to complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service.
Social and recreational outings include but are not limited to events such as bowling, movie night, college and professional sporting events, and banquets. While all of our events are well attended and receive great feedback.
We have learned through experience that regular engagement between a Mentor (a Brother of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity) and an Omega Gent is helpful in the positive development of the Omega Gent. As such, each Omega Gent will have a dedicated Big Brother to engage. Mentors are directed to engage their Omega Gent at least once a week, be it via a phone conversation, text messaging and/or other forms of social media, and/or in person.
We will have a year ending banquet to celebrate the Omega Gents Youth Academy. The Omega Scholarship recipients will be announced at this banquet, awards will be given to all Omega Gents and Graduating Omega Gents will be eligible to receive College Scholarship stipend awards. Additionally, Omega Gent’s will receive a Souvenir Program honoring their participation within the Youth Academy program. All Omega Gents will be responsible for raising a minimum of $200.00 in revenue. This can be achieved by selling or purchasing (5) Banquet Tickets at $20 each = $100.00 and purchasing or receiving a Full-Page Advertisement ($100.00) from a Business or Individual on their behalf) for the Souvenir Program Booklet. This can be a combination of Ads or one single Ad. This souvenir booklet will also serve as an opportunity for senior (Graduating) Omega Gent’s only to increase their individual scholarship awards total. Any (Graduating) Omega Gent’s who sell additional banquet tickets and/or Souvenir advertisements above the minimum requirement will receive a portion towards their Scholarship award. All Omega Gents will receive Banquet Tickets, 3 are complimentary for parents/guardians.
The prospective participant will be a high school student from high schools in the Richmond area and surrounding counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, and recommended by their School Guidance Counselor or a Brother of Phi Phi Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Their Guidance Counselor or the Fraternity member making the recommendation to determine whether class schedule and extra-curricular activities affords him an opportunity to participate in the program will interview prospective participants informally. The prospective participant should have above average grades (Preferably, B and above, but may be a C for the yearly average), should be a member of different organizations in a leadership role, and attend church. They must also have a goal to attend a College/University/Technical school upon graduation.