A Bowie group is looking for a few good men.
The Bowie/Mitchellville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity will be holding an open house for its mentoring programs designed for young men on Saturday. The open house will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Rennie Forum at the Student Center at the Prince George’s Community College in Largo.
The alumni chapter offers mentoring programs that offer everything from study tips and help with the SAT exam to others geared toward improving African-American youths in a variety of ways ranging from cultural sensitivity to emotional development and physical fitness.
Byron Holmes, vice polemarch of the Bowie/Mitchellville chapter, said the programs are geared toward county residents 10- to 18-years-old, but no youth would be turned away.
“The only thing we ask them to do is to have a one-year commitment,” he said.
Those enrolled in the program meet twice a month on Saturday on the PGCC campus, Holmes said. Participants experience a variety of events ranging from field trips and workshops to seminars. Last year about 30 children visited Luray Caverns in Virginia and tentative plans for this year are to take youths to the Newseum Museum in Washington, D.C., Holmes said.
The chapter has been organizing the program for about seven years, Holmes said. Demand is expected to be high for the program as the chapter has increased advertising through working with other organizations, he said. Holmes said he had already received about 15 calls from interested parents by Aug. 29.
“This is the most phone calls I’ve ever seen from parents,” he said. “We anticipate a larger crowd than last year.”