In order to serve young men between the ages of 5 and 25, the mission of the Guide Right Committee is to promote goals, aims, and objectives of the fraternity, in a manner that is consistent to and appropriate for our targeted audiences. To uphold the original charge of Guide Right, and to incorporate the necessary tools which will enable us to adapt to today's changing landscape and environment.
Guide Right provides programming, role models, mentors, and financial assistance for at risk youth in the community.
In 1989, members of Columbia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. were evaluating new ways to enhance its “Guide Right” program. The fraternity’s National “Guide Right” program is a social outreach program that provides role models, mentors and financial assistance for at-risk youth throughout the country. The Columbia Alumni chapter decided to develop a Kappa Beautillion Inc. (KBI) program in response to the National program. The Beautillion consist of a series of supplemental educational workshops to enhance the school curriculum of young men in their junior and senior year of high school. The workshops address the math and writing portion of the SAT and ACT standardized tests, banking and finance, social etiquette, dressing for success, HIV/Aids awareness and prevention, conflict resolution, introduction to city and local government, cultural arts and collegiate sports events. The Beautillion concludes with the “Grande Finale”. Each Beau, accompanied by his Belle, is presented to society dressed in formal attire. The Beau’s parents are also introduced during the program. The Beaux perform a tuxedo dance and waltz starting with their mothers and ending with their respective Belle. The Finale concludes with the awarding of scholarships. The KBI enables all participants to raise funds for college scholarships by selling advertisements for a souvenir booklet. The families and fraternity members also assist the young men in raising funds. On April 19, 1990, the first twelve young men completed the program and $2,000.00 in scholarships was awarded.
In 1994, the Kappa Beautillion was incorporated and received tax-exempt status as a 501(c) 3 educational organization. In 1995, the KBI registered with the South Carolina Secretary of State as a nonprofit charity. In 1997, the KBI became a charter member of the SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO). On October 30, 1998 the Kappa Beautillion received the final 501(c) 3 determination letter. The organization continues to adhere to high standards of ethics and nonracial discrimination policies. To date, the Kappa Beautillion program has mentored over 300 young men and has awarded in excess of $101,000 in scholarships, including youth athletic teams, across the State of South Carolina.
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