“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
If there is any quote that aptly describes the “walk” of L-Mani S. Viney it would be this one. Since his graduation from Boston College in 1996, you can say that he has not worked a day in his life in his walk as a veteran educator, national youth leader, community activist, mentor, husband and father. His work is rooted in his core belief that every individual has the power to positively impacts and influences the lives of youth and runs with a passion and endless fire to continue to bring this belief to reality.
Since 1998 Mr. Viney has been responsible for educating over 1600 students as a teacher of Social Studies at Piscataway High School in Piscataway, NJ. Through his experience as a teacher and mentor, he was appointed 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 by transforming an external based mentoring program into a systemic element embedded into the day to day activities of the school.
In 2011 he was appointed the National Guide Right Committee Chairman of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. Under his leadership, Kappa Alpha Psi increased their impact in serving over 14,000 young men of color in 700 alumni and collegiate chapters throughout the country. Most importantly, he has helped place Kappa Alpha Psi among the ranks of national organizations working in the field of Black Male Achievement through appointments and cross sector collaborations with organizations such as 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 (MENTOR..) and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. 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.
Aside from his work as an educator and national youth program chairman, Mr. Viney has served as a speaker, facilitator and consultant for numerous programs, events and organizations. In 2012 he served as the national consultant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America on African American mentoring.He is the chief facilitator of the Inside/Outside Dad’s program for the Visiting Homemakers Service of Hudson County, aiding formerly incarcerated fathers in reuniting with their children through the court system. He has presented at conferences including the National Mentoring Summit, National Association of Blacks in Education, the College Board Dream Deferred Conference and the Naviance Summer Institute.
Through the years he has won numerous awards in NJ Amistad Teacher of the Year in 2006, Drum Major Award in 2011, Big Brothers Big Sisters Partner of the Year in 2014 and was recently named by the Black Men’s Dossier publication as one of the Top 25 Gentlemen History Makers Now. Currently, Mr. Viney lives in West Orange, NJ with his wife Deidra, son Lorenzo and “CEO of the Universe” daughter Dana. He is a mentor to his buddy and friend Elie with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He is also a graduate of Boston College with a degree in History
“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”