In 1976 Ervin Baxter, a High School Geography teacher had a vision. His vision was to provide a class of promising young men a means of support that would promote growth in key attributes of manhood and provide a lasting foundation to assist them throughout their lives. This foundation was laid using the blueprint of the Guide Right Program of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Initially, 16 young men were mentored by members of Kappa Alpha Psi and were guided in the process of forming what would be known respectively as Young Kappas. These young men would stand on the pillars of brotherhood, unity, and service. During their initiation process the young men would learn to work, think, and to act as a single unit.
They would also learn to serve their community by their participation in fundraising events that would raise money to assist senior members of the community in stimulus need. The organization would also provide hands on assistance by performing yard maintenance for senior citizens who were unable to do for themselves and would otherwise have to pay for such services. It was this type of service that would build character in those young men.
The organization grew from the original 16 young men to a total of 44 young men in a matter of just three years. These young men would mature into adulthood and become members of the armed services, college graduates, business owners, real estate investors, lawyer, judge, clergymen, husbands, and fathers. Their many successes in life can be directly attributed to their participation in the program.
In September of 2020, several of those young men gathered in their hometown of Aiken, South Carolina, to honor and pay tribute to a man who poured so much of himself into their lives and asked for nothing in return, other than they be good men. During that time, the idea for the Ervin Baxter Scholarship and the Young Kappa Foundation was birthed.
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