While my father was alive, I would witness his passion and commitment through his profession by helping individuals classified as “the least of these,” his service to our church by serving God’s people faithfully as a Deacon, and through the community by supporting the community organizations in many ways. What stands out most for me is his love and passion for our youth, specifically our Black and brown males. He was intentionally committed, so we stand committed.
When my father passed away, I wanted to stand tall and continue his legacy, specifically focusing on the areas he provided his gifts --- through service, educational programs, and community, leaning deep into urban and rural geographical areas where lack may be prevalent.
I count it an honor to continue my father’s legacy through this initiative for our Black men and boys. With an amazing host of men (and women) that stand with me to help push this initiative in a more excellent way.
With Passion + Commitment to Black Men and Boys
Sharyse M. Porter - Visionary
The KP Initiative exists to be a positive community change agent in the lives of minority males, specifically Black and brown males. We are respectfully named after the late Kenneth L. Porter- beloved father, husband, and community servant. Like Mr. Porter, we will come alongside our men and boys and help them see their unlimited potential to live healthy, productive, and impactful lives.
It started with responding to a call from fourth and fifth-grade boys at a local elementary school in Trenton, New Jersey in 2017. Our boys desired to be seen and heard through their actions, which required us to create a specific program that allowed them to fellowship in a shared space. Meeting twice a week, our program grew from ten (10) to forty (40) boys overnight. We acknowledged our calling and began strategically adding additional focus areas to the KP Initiative.
Realizing the disparity in underserved communities, and the historical impact of systemic structures that greatly impact Black men and boys, we decided to continue to build up this space and come alongside our men and boys and help them see their unlimited potential to live healthy, productive, and impactful lives.
To create a positive atmosphere for intergenerational learning among Black and brown males regarding relevant topics and issues. We strive to provide a safe space of expression, dialogue, fellowship, and encouragement.
We believe that Black males have the potential to change the narrative of their legacy to one filled with an unquenchable passion to serve their families and community and to successfully overcome cultural and personal barriers. We believe they should have the unrestrained courage to leave a legacy that will build community and inspire the next generation.