In 1988, the Phi Epsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. began a mentoring program which met at the William Emslie YWCA on Saturdays. It was ran by former Basileus John Williams until 1991 and then through the Bob Lanier Program at Kensington HS in 1994. Originally, the Gents program was ran under the leadership of Basileus Avon White of Phi Omega Chapter. In 1998, Ozzie Lumpkin revitalized the program, and a little while later, Bert Stevenson joined the advisement team.
On April 24, 1999, on a sunny Saturday morning, 29 young men came to school #53 for the Omega Psi Phi Mentoring Bridge Builder Program. Thirteen out of twenty-nine young men saw it through to the rebirth of the Omega Gents Mentoring Program.
In the fall of 1999, Mr. Cedric Holloway took over the program and manages it today.
GENTS • 4-24-99
On Monday June 2, 2003, under the advisement of Mr. Cedric Holloway, of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Mrs. Chaka Felder-McEntire, of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Omega Queens Mentoring Program was formed in the sense of duty to the community and belief in Coleman Love.
Eighteen ladies from various Buffalo high schools were joined together to form the Genesis Line of Omega Queens Sisterhood. Their colors of violet, white and silver stand for beauty, purity and removal of negativity. Their pillars of Sisterhood, Scholarship and Community Service are upheld to the highest of standards.
In the fall of 2003, Ms. Adia Jordan, also of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. joined the Omega Queens to serve as the co-advisor for the program.
Qualified • Unique • Educated • Elegant • Nubian • Sisters