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Ricky Lewis Provides 30 Years of Youth Leadership to Boys in LA

“Men from all walks of life are mandated to lead, educate, and protect their communities. Ricky Lawrence Lewis is one of those men who has provided a model of how that is done.”

Close to 30 years ago, Ricky Lewis started the Omega Educational Foundation with his fraternity chapter in Compton, the Tau Tau Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The Youth Leadership Conference started at Compton College and it brought young men together ages 8-18 for a day of mentoring, education, and inspiration. Self-esteem enhancement, goal setting and achievement, health and wellness, family unity, social and personal responsibility, academic excellence, and conflict resolution workshops were provided for these young men, and over the years many lives were redirected away from gangs and trouble in school for these participants. The Annual Youth Leadership Conference has evolved into the leading Youth Leadership Program in the nation.

Today Mr. Lewis leads that fraternity nationally. In July 2022, in Charlotte, NC, Ricky Lewis was elected the 42nd Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and has taken the reigns of one of the most powerful African American organizations in the world.

Ricky Lewis grew up in Los Angeles from the age of 13 years old. He went to John Muir Jr. High School and graduated from Fremont High, later attending the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he was initiated into Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Nu Mu Chapter in 1981.

Ricky’s accomplishments include serving on the Board of Directors at the Weingart Aquatic Center YMCA in South Los Angeles, where he also served 4 consecutive years as Chairman of the Board. He has also been employed in the Aerospace industry for the past 38 years.

He is currently the Executive Director of the Omega Youth Leadership Conference and Mentorship Program in Los Angeles, an organization that has impacted the lives of over 30,000 young men over the last 30 years.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is an international fraternity with over 700 undergraduate and graduate chapters. The fraternity was founded on November 17, 1911, by three Howard University juniors, Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper, and Frank Coleman, and their faculty adviser, Dr. Ernest Everett Just. Omega Psi Phi is the first predominantly African American fraternity to be founded at a historically black university.

The Mighty Tau Tau Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was established on February 3rd, 1961 in Compton, California; the third chapter was chartered in the Los Angeles area. Even though there was not a 4-year university, men in Compton found it necessary to start a graduate chapter there. Because of their courage, brotherhood, class, and intellect, the Ques remain the most powerful group of African American men in America. Coming out of Compton, this chapter is known as the Mighty Tau Tau throughout the nation. Members come from all professions: doctors, lawyers, politicians, police, teachers, preachers, and entertainers just to name a few.

Rooted in the Compton community, Tau Tau Chapter has become a recognizable name nationally throughout the fraternity. Through the chapter’s “Compton Initiative,” they have built relationships and partnerships with community leaders of the City of Compton. The Tau Tau chapter continues to be at the forefront of innovative leadership.

The chapter sponsored a water borehole to provide clean water to the Nsuta Bimma community of Ghana, Africa. The chapter also hands out food boxes to the people of Compton via the Uplift LA Institute. Since 2014, they have provided over $150,000 in scholarship money to African American male high school seniors in the Los Angeles area by way of the Annual Scholarship Gala.

 Mr. Lewis will be honored and recognized for his contributions to the entire Greater Los Angeles community. On February 3rd at the 2024 Black History Month Lifetime of Excellence Awards and Gala at the LA Crystal Hotel & Casino in Compton, he will be given a hero’s tribute. Several other members of the community were selected because of their long-time service to the community and they will be joining Mr. Lewis on this night of tributes.