I am most proud to be in a position to make a difference in the lives of so many young men of color and galvanize older Black males to strengthen their involvement with Black youth in the
communities across the country.
L-Mani S. Viney is responsible for educating over 1600 students throughout his 17 year career as a teacher of Social Studies at Piscataway High School in Piscataway, NJ. He is the program coordinator for Piscataway High Schools newly formed 50 Strong Peer to Peer Mentoring program which focuses on improving the life and academic outcomes of young men of color and underserved youth in the high school.
In 2011, Viney was appointed the National Guide Right Committee Chairman of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated during the 100 year celebration of the Fraternity’s existence. Under his leadership, Kappa Alpha Psi increased their impact in serving over 12,000 young men of color in 400 locations throughout the country.
Most importantly, he helped place Kappa Alpha Psi among the ranks of national organizations impacting Black male achievement through the appointments to such national boards including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America national African American Leadership Council, Hobson Incorporated’s Urban Initiative, the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation and the mentoring stakeholder’s advisory team for the National Mentoring Partnership.
This also paved the way to have the opportunity to work closely with the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for African Americans, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and the College Board.
A few principles that Viney lives by are "I. Never subscribe to the thought of impossibility. II. Movements are greater than any one individual, so play your role accordingly. III. Live life by your passion and purpose and nothing else."