The Kappa Foundation of Pompano Beach (KFP), a charter of one of Broward County’s most historic organizations, are demographically unique in that close to 40% of those residing in the community are African-American. Comprised mainly of Men of Color (MOC), KFP stands in the gap as a beacon of light for underserved communities most impacted by socio-economic and political disparities. Over the past decade, we have created significant change in the lives of local families, with careful attention to the personal development of area young people. We have accumulated a wealth of data and much needed research to improve outcomes for at-risk children.
We recognize the challenges young adults face growing up in diverse, metropolitan communities that have suffered from gentrification throughout the South Florida region, specifically northern Broward County. As a result, recently KFP established a new student chapter, Young Men of Color (i.e. YMOC), to help build peer leadership that will address the adverse issues many have from home to school to the gridiron. This model is steeped in community empowerment and intergenerational activities that leverage the best of Project-based Learning (PBL) activities for innovative engagement. We strongly believe in the value that stems from local communities finding resolutions to the existing problems of they face, one neighborhood at a time.