Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation LAMP Mentor Student Ambassadors with adult mentors. They include (from left) First Row: Carlo Taglioretti, Emmanuel Akosah, Evan Monroe, and Coleman Bryant. Second Row: Cole Clark, Payton Faulkner, Michael Pearson, John W. Jones, Bradey Foster, Ryan Alexander, and Gabriel St. Andrew. Third Row: Jonathan Benn, Robert Alexander, Charles Johnson, and Deven Osborne. Fourth Row: Mentors - Rodney Wallace, Raymond Ealy, Craig Washington, Harlan Ward and William "Ed" Washington.
If you were in Old Town Pasadena during the College Football National Championship weekend this month, you may have noticed a visible presence of smartly dressed young men interacting with out of town visitors using Apple tablets and the Pasadena App in providing direction, insight, knowledge and a upbeat positive attitude about the " Rose City". These young men were high school age students mentored and supervised by Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation's LAMP Mentor Program (GZBF). They served as "BCS City of Pasadena Ambassadors". LAMP (Leadership, Achievement, Management and Professionalism) Student Ambassadors were located in pairs during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Old Town Pasadena & Paseo Colorado District during the two day weekend leading up to the BCS National Championship game held on Monday, January 6th.
The young men were identified in red "LAMP" branded logo polo shirts and beige khaki pants and used hand-held computer tablets pre-loaded with all local dining, shopping and entertainment experiences and provided independent businesses with a personal concierge touch.
Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation president, Harlan Ward stated, "We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau to provide an important service for out- of- town visitors."
The LAMP Mentor students received considerable praise and comments from visiting Florida State and Auburn football fans who were visiting Old Town. Craig Washington, Tournament of Roses committee vice-chair and organizer of the effort stated, "The collaboration between Tournament of Roses, City of Pasadena and the Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation in providing a positive experience for college bound young men to engage with out-of-town visitors from all over the country as City ambassadors was extraordinaire."
Additional information about the LAMP Mentor Program can be obtained at their website, www.gammazetaboule.org.