(L-R): Eugene Quishenberry, Dr. George D. Taylor, Larry Hammond, Harold Reese, Montarce Martin, and Chapter Basileus Johnie Drawn.
Basileus Johnie Drawn, Zeta Tau Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity received an award from State Assemblymembers Isadore Hall and Reginald Byron Jones Sawyers, Sr. during March 2014 Legislative Week.
The Legislative award recognized service the fraternity is providing "to advocate the California Legislature on behalf of African American boys and men."
Both statesmen joined in celebrating the work of Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternities, Inc. They illuminated the community-based work these organizations provide young African American boys "so that resources from the State of California can be utilized to promote the general well-being" of this population.
In Pasadena, Basileus Drawn announced a Zeta Tau Chapter initiative: Saturday May 3, 2014 at Cal Tech University, the Fraternity will sponsor a mentoring and parenthood initiative for at-risk youth of Pasadena/Altadena.
"Zeta Tau Chapter will target at-risk youth" for its ManChild Conference. Drawn said, "We, in Zeta Tau, want to show our youth by our deeds that education is important, relationship building is necessary for success," and, whether one is interested in the arts or sciences, success is possible if one remains committed, focused and engaged.
Several youth have signed up for the ManChild Conference. They will be introduced to possibilities and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Inspector Michael Haynes, Southern California Air Quality Management District will introduce the youth to "an academic enrichment" life changing experience.
Drawn said youth will participate in five different workshops: Goal Setting, STEM, Relationship Building, Co-curricular activities, such as, athletics, music, and gang affiliations, and the importance of making informed choices.
When asked what new knowledge youth and their parents will take away from the conference, Drawn said, we want them to know that "regardless of their particular or peculiar circumstance," our youth must plan to live in a dynamic world, one that expects them to be "prepared, productive and accountable."
What is happening in Pasadena and greater Los Angeles is taking roots nationally. Robert Fairchild, Chairman, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's International Committee on Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiatives said, in addition to Los Angeles —"Good things are happening in places like Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Virginia, San Antonio and other locations."
Fairchild, a Vietnam Veteran, asserted, "When we rise above the thought process of me-ism we begin to make a real difference in the lives of people." He said the International Fraternity is solidly behind all Fraternity initiatives that engage fathers in reuniting with their sons. Single mothers, he said, can't raise young boys by themselves.
"We, Omega men, must continue to be the leading African American male organization," he said, "that seeks to break the cycle of youth devaluing education, dropping-out of the quest for education, engaging in violence and other negatives that seem to spate our communities and disadvantage our young African American males."
Parents, especially fathers, are encouraged to attend the one-day ManChild Conference and become more involved in the daily lives of their children. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. sharp.