About The Program

O.A.KS Institute is a three year college and career youth program aimed at providing college and career readiness, and early immersion for Black males in grades 6-12. O.A.K.S stands for Omega, Alpha, Kappa, and Sigma. The Institute will reinforce current college and career readiness programs of the Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternities while providing additional exposure and experiences in a college setting. 

Participants would include:

  • Omega Psi Phi / LampLighters

  • Alpha Phi Alpha / Esquires 

  • Kappa Alpha Psi / Kappa League 

  • Phi Beta Sigma / Sigma Beta Club

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O.A.K.S. Institute Benefits 


  1. Annual grant provided for each participating youth organization for every year of participation for ongoing activities that align with and reinforce O.A.K.S Institute training.

  2. Dual enrollment offered for high school participants with emphasis on Math and English 

  3. Connections with NCREI's Black Male Initiative 

  4. Includes Martin WORKS Academy and paid summer apprenticeships. Partial compensation will be restricted for program completion scholarships for each student. 

  5. Provides a 2-gen approach so that interested parents and caregivers of first-generation O.A.K.S. Institute students can enroll at Martin University and won't be first-generation by the time they are ready to start their college journeys.

  6. Speaker series featuring prominent Black men from our region (i.e. senior leaders, professional athletes, authors, artists, etc.). 

  7. Infuses community service and Black istory education in programming. 

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