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Guide Right is a program for the educational and occupational guidance of youth, primarily inspirational and informational in character. Its reach extends to high schools and colleges alike. In the latter, giving due attention to the needs of undergraduate Brothers.  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. Jesse Jerome Peters, later to become the eighth Grand Polemarch, was chairman of the committee, during the administration of W. Ellis Stewart as Grand Polemarch.That insured adoption of the Program as the Fraternity's National Service Project.The purposes of the Guide Right Service Program are 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, while the community is made aware of the problems that may be encountered as these youth seek to realize lives of usefulness


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.


The Kappa Leadership & Development League is a program designed to aid young men of high school age to grow and develop their leadership talents in every phase of human endeavor. Kappa League provides both challenging and rewarding experiences to enhance their lives. Since the fundamental purpose of Kappa Alpha Psi is ACHIEVEMENT, it is therefore the Fraternity's primary purpose to help these young men achieve worthy goals for themselves, and make constructive contributions to their community when they assume leadership roles. The basic objectives of the Kappa Leadership Development League may be summarized as follows:


  • To help youth, especially those of high school graduating classes, in their selection of courses leading to vocations compatible with their aptitudes and personalities.

  • To assist students, while they are training, to get started in the employment, and to progress successfully in they're chosen fields.

  • To assist parents in the handling of their children by given them the opportunities to talk over their problems with those who know and are successful in their chosen vocations.

  • To afford the less fortunate youths a respite from the drudgery of the streets, through sponsored trips to ball games, zoological garden, museums,theater, and other activities.

  • To inform youth of the values of higher education, assistance available for continued pursuits, scholarship, loans, professional opportunities, and of current labor demands and the trends on the effect of these demands and trends on the labor market


In 2006, the Upper Marlboro/Waldorf (MD) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in association with Kappa Youth Development, Inc. launched Kappa Kare. This initiative was to focus on increasing health education and wellness in ways that are meaningful and impact the lives of Men-of-Color and their families. Specifically, the Kappa Kare initiative is to increase health literacy, assist the mentally and economically under-served people to access needed health care services and medications, as well as, to increase their knowledge and access to valuable medical informational resources. Kappa Kare continues to work with families and communities in two states (Maryland and Virginia) and the District of Columbia. We have used a Faith-Based/Community approach, which helps Men-of-Color by involving their families and community in Kappa Kare’s designed and implementation program.

The leading causes for Men-of-Color are:

  • Heart Disease

  • Cancer

  • Cerebrovascular Disease (Stroke)

  • Accidents

  • Diabetes

  • Homicide

  • Pneumonia & Influenza

  • Respiratory Disease (COPD)

  • HIV (AIDS)

  • Mental Health


For more information regarding Kappa Kare, please click here.


Diamonds in the Rough is Kappa Alpha Psi’s national campaign to promote the academic, social and service based Achievements of young men of color. It is an aggressive counter to the negative stereotypical images that have generalized and stigmatized young males for decades and provides a strong argument that throughout this country exists thousands of young men of color that are achieving in every field of human endeavor.


"The time has come for Kappa Alpha Psi to take a more central role in the plight of college bound African American and Latino boys. The Diamonds in the Rough initiative will expose young men across the nation to an intense college preparatory and scholarship access program. By investing time, support and resources into our Guide Right programs, we can positively impact and changes the lives of the young Black males we serve.”  - William "Randy” Bates, Esq.- 32nd Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.


 The Diamonds inthe Rough campaign, will expose young men across the nation to an intense college preparatory and scholarship access program. Through innovation and old fashion hard work, the Diamonds in the Rough campaign will carry out its mission by leveraging participants’ talents , remediating their deficiencies and provide greater access to potential financial support in order to make obtaining a college degree a reality.


The Three Goals of Diamonds in the Rough:

  1. To implement a rigorous college preparation program focused on increasing the post secondary opportunities for Kappa Leaguers

  2. To provide greater ACT/ SAT test preparation resources to improve the testing outcomes of Kappa Leaguers

  3. To provide educational scholarships for each graduating class of Kappa Leaguers and to increase the access to scholarship opportunities for Kappa Leaguers nationally.

To contact the Diamonds in the Rough Program Chairman, please click here.

Our Foundation

Chartered in Maryland in 1994, the Kappa Youth Development, Inc. (KYD) operates as the philanthropic charitable arm of the Upper Marlboro/Waldorf (MD) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

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Our Work - Our Impact

Guide Right
Diamonds in the Rough
Charles Couny Kappa League

We recognize that the pressing issues facing our youth and communities in the 21st century can only be solved through a multi-faceted approach.  Since 1995, KYD has supported the communities of Charles and Prince George's County, Maryland through scholarships, youth mentoring programs and initiatives, and community health and wellness programs to name a few.

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Our Community

The Kappa Youth Development is dedicated to enabling and promoting the advancement and positive change needed to under resourced and represented communities. Through the generous support of like minded organizations and individuals who share our values, we can reach the common goal of enhancing the lives of those impacted, particularly through education, training, and community redevelopment.

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