According to the Story of Kappa Alpha Psi, soon after the St. Louis Alumni Chapter’s beginning in 1921, Leon W. Steward and J. Jerome Peters were assigned to research possible programs that would assist in developing the youth of the Black community and to devise a “meaningful and practical approach” to the problem of Black youth underachievement. Ultimately, Brother Steward, a Y.M.C.A. Secretary, proposed a program of guidance to be designated as Guide Right, with the purpose of assisting high school seniors to choose and pursue useful careers.
The focus of Guide Right, from its inception, was to provide scholarships to needy and talented students, and to inform young people of the professions and other career options.
The basic concepts of Guide Right may be summarized as follows:
To help youth, especially those of high school age, in the selection of courses leading to vocations compatible with their aptitudes, interests, and personalities.
To assist our students with their coursework, with initial employment, and mentoring their progress in their chosen field. To assist parents in advising their children by giving them opportunities to talk over their problems with those who are successful in their chosen vocations.
To afford youth a respite from the drudgery of the streets through sponsored entertainment and cultural enrichment.
To inform youth of the values of higher education, of assistance available for continued educational pursuits such as: scholarships, loans, professional counseling, fellowships; and of various occupational and professional opportunities.
Kappa Alpha Psi’s commitment to young people is well established, and our Guide Right efforts, both individual and collective, continue to serve as a mechanism to “inspire service in the public interest”.
Taken from “Guide Right – A Historical Perspective”