JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Photos of father and daughter dances fill social media sites. But, mother and son dances are few and far between.
"Mothers, we heard your cries," said Cornelius C. Moore, a member of Kappa League. "We had the father/daughter dance. Now it's the mothers. We want to honor them. Especially our young men, we want to honor their mothers."
The mother and son dance will be Sunday, May 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the ASU Pavilion. It is $20 per couple with an additional $5 for each son. Refreshments will be served. Proceeds from the event will be used for scholarships.
Kappa League is a program for the educational, occupational and social guidance of male students in grades 6 through 12. It was designed to help young men grow, receive and develop their leadership talents in every phase of human endeavor.
"What we try to do is get the young males of this region, and try to instill in them a sense of brotherhood and leadership through many different initiatives," Moore said. "We work with the school districts, primarily Nettleton and Jonesboro. We work with those young men and try to get them prepared for life after school and also to mentor them through life's choices."
The nucleus and primary focus of the Kappa League revolves around "Five Phases" which are self-identity, training, competition, social and health education.
"We have a junior Kappa League which is sixth and seventh grade," Moore said. "And then the Kappa League is ninth through twelfth. So two different groups to kind of tackle two different phases of life basically."
Undergraduate members of Kappa Alpha Psi, and their alumni, from the campus of Arkansas State University, support the program.
"So we all partner together to help these young men," Moore explained. "We believe in achievement in every field of human endeavor and so we teach these young men achievement. Results from hard work, basically. And so we teach them that life skill, that ethic of working hard to achieve anything that they may want."