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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, National Sigma Beta Club Ink Deal With Boy Scouts

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Washington, DC — Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and The National Sigma Beta Club Foundation, Inc. (PBS-NSBCF) and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) today (Sept. 8) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the three entities for the purpose of implementing educational collaborations and programs that empower and enhance the quality of life for youth and young adults.

The MOU dictates PBS-NSBCF to work with BSA in establishing relationships with its chapters in local communities to identify youth and young adult programs/projects consistent with the NSBCF’s curriculum, “Rise and Thunder” in an effort to  benefit from the partnership and BSA programs to the highest extent possible. It also predicates PBS-NSBCF will participate in BSA local communities’ unity awareness events and activities, which reflect the PBS-NSBCF mission and ideals of working aggressively in an effort to relieve the plight of America’s poor and disadvantaged youth.

“The signing of this Memorandum Of Understanding with the Boy Scouts of America allows us to further execute a more progressive mentorship program through our Sigma Beta Clubs,” said Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., Immediate Past International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. “We are elated at the opportunity to develop programs designed to promote outdoor leadership experiences, educational pursuits, life skills development, stimulate the intellect and provide positive life experiences for the youth and young adult population,” Mason added.

“It’s an honor for the Boy Scouts of America to partner with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. This is an awesome opportunity for true collaboration in order to address the unrelenting needs of the community,” remarked Lee Shaw, Director of the Boy Scouts of America National Alliances.

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Shown in photo (left to right) SEATED: Arthur R. Thomas, Esq., 31st International President Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., 34th International President Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; Lee Shaw, Jr., Director of National Alliances, Boy Scouts of America; STANDING (left to right): William B. Covington, Assistant Council Commissioner, Northeast Illinois Council Boy Scouts of America and Keith Walton, Associate National Director Boy Scouts of America (submitted photo)

“The partnership will focus on mentoring, workforce development, anti-bullying and community engagement. We are excited to join forces with the exceptional men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.,” Shaw commented.

“As we develop this partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, one of our goals is to plot a trajectory of young men believing they have limitless possibilities as they pursue college to become entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors or corporate executives and ultimately conscious men actively making a difference in their communities,” said Micheal Cristal, 35th and current International President, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

In aligning some of its youth programming with the Boy Scouts of America, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. hopes to improve the quality of life for the young men in the communities it serves. The National Sigma Beta Club Foundation which provides management and oversight over the administrative, organizational and the programs and activities of Sigma Beta Clubs– the youth affiliate entities of PBS Alumni Chapters, will be leading the campaign to mentor and impact the young men.


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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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