The KEL Foundation’s solution to the many problems that at-risk young men face consists of a comprehensive mentoring program that promotes continual involvement and communication. Young men who are a part of our mentoring program become better citizens within their community.
Mentors meet with young men two Saturdays per month during the school year for three hour periods. All of the learning is in support of a positive attitude towards self-development, high academic achievement and, ultimately, employment. The focus of the mentoring program is to teach life skills that enhance their employment opportunity. An emphasis on study skills and personal organization will provide ongoing reinforcement of academic excellence. In fact, an important segment of our mentoring program is Project Alpha and gang prevention and awareness.
Leadership Development Institute (LDI)
The Leadership Development Institute (LDI) is a three day event held on a local college/university campus (students stay in the dormitory). The aims are to develop individuals into dynamic leaders of tomorrow. LDI seeks to equip young men with vital leadership and life skills which enhance their employment opportunity.
To this end, we instruct the participants in parliamentary procedures, conflict resolution, models of leadership, public speaking, community and civic engagement, cultural awareness, and educational enhancement skills. The primary objectives of LDI are (1) To develop positive youth leaders throughout Prince George’s County (2) To expose students to various leadership skills, opportunities, and challenges.
There are three key youth components:
Employment readiness, and
Field trips, special events and recognition activities complement the regular meetings. Additionally, there is an affiliate program called Introduction to Aviation, which is presented by Let’s Go Up to the Twenty-First Century.
2LDI Primary Goals
Develop positive youth leaders
Expose students to various: