Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated (ΩΨΦ)
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated is an international fraternity and was the first African-American national fraternal organization founded at a historically black college. Omega Psi Phi was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by three undergraduate students and their faculty advisor. The Founders were Howard University juniors Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper, and Frank Charles Coleman, and faculty advisor Dr. Ernest Everett Just. Each of the Founders distinguished himself in his chosen career: Bishop Edgar Love, became Bishop of the United Methodist Church; Dr. Oscar Cooper, was a prominent physician who practiced in Philadelphia for over 50 years; Professor Frank Coleman, was the Chairman of the Department of Physics at Howard University for many years; and Dr. Ernest E. Just was a world-renowned biologist.
From its inception, Omega Psi Phi has worked to build a community of high achieving, like-minded African-American men dedicated to its Cardinal Principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift. Omega Gents Youth Mentoring is a program that exemplifies these principles.
Omega Gents Youth Mentoring Program (Omega Gents)
The Omega Gents Youth Mentoring Program was established by Sigma Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and is facilitated in partnership with Northern California Area Chapters. The Omega Gents Program is designed to teach and encourage young African-American men in middle and high school to positively define, plan, pursue and achieve their goals.
The Program includes several educational workshops and outings, an Academic Enrichment Symposium, local college campus visits and tours, community service projects, career visibility/development outings, and social and recreational outings.
Our formal program occurs during the traditional academic year. The official commencement for the Program year is the Annual Youth Mentoring Camping Trip, which is held in conjunction with other Northern California Chapters of Omega Psi Phi that sponsor youth mentoring programs.