Shawn Mason leads the Brooklyn Long Island Kappa League in influential fashion
The Brooklyn Long Island Kappa League is a program for young men of color in grades 6-12 that aims to provide leadership, educational, and career-readiness skills that guarantee success. Shawn Mason provides information and knowledge to Brooklyn Long Island Kappa League participants as President and “Guide Right” Advisor. He emphasizes the importance of education and the value of also being a great leader in your community.
Mason has been a certified New York City Department of Education teacher for 25 years, as well as a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. the work and service he continues to do today. Mason shared how some of the setbacks he faced growing up pushed his limits, reminding him there’s nothing he can’t achieve. “Not allowing child poverty, abuse and the struggles of everyday life to mentally bind me, and understanding that I have a purpose in this world and staying true to who I am, reminded me that there is no There’s nothing I can’t accomplish, and I get that faith and that strength and that courage and that wisdom from my mom and my grandmother, who always instilled that in me,” Mason said.
Mason has been a great leader in his community with his involvement in the BLI Kappa League, as he expressed, “I have a passion for leadership development when it comes to helping young men, in ensuring they have the tools and skills necessary to be successful.” The BLI Kappa League offers young men a plethora of opportunities that allow them to learn about topics critical to success, such as preparing for college, financial literacy, STEM, and various community service initiatives.One of the main targets of this program is to prioritize the success of men through activities and opportunities that are aimed at their giving them the ability to explore the many career paths they wish to pursue.This prepares them for what Mason calls “career readiness”, which is an essential aspect of preparing them for life after graduation and beyond. “I make sure my kids are civically engaged in a variety of ways, like making sure they’re constantly involved in community service, college tours, and the innovation panels we host,” Mason explained.
Last month, on June 12, the Brooklyn Long Island Kappa League held its college signing ceremony, where several young men were honored for their academic achievements and accomplishments. Among some of the scholarships and awards presented was the Oprah Winfrey Scholar Award, which seeks someone who embodies the true values that the BLI Kappa League possesses. Jalen Williams is the recipient of the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship from Morehouse College, which means his college education is paid for for four years as a result of his participation and civic engagement in the program. “This young man embodies what the Kappa League stands for – he is the ultimate example of what I continue to hope the Kappa League can continue to provide for these young men,” Mason said.
The devotion that Shawn Mason brings to his work will lead him and the BLI Kappa League to whatever great success it is destined for. Mason’s ultimate hope for the League would be to eventually be able to provide each of these young men with scholarships and, most importantly, to see them excel in whatever profession they take up in life. “To see each of these young men succeed in their various career fields and that they in turn give back and invest in their communities would be my ultimate hope,” he concluded.