A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People
A Voteless People is a Hopeless People was initiated as a National Program of Alpha during the 1930′s when many African-Americans had the right to vote but were prevented from voting because of poll taxes, threats of reprisal, and lack of education about the voting process. Voter education and registration has remained a dominant focus of this outreach activity for over 65 years. In the 1990′s, the focus has shifted to include political awareness and empowerment, delivered most frequently through town meetings and candidate forums.
Charles Haston Brother’s Keeper Program
Brother’s Keeper is a service program developed with the mission of advocating for and improving the quality of life for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. brothers, their spouses, and widows who are retired, are elders, have disabilities and are ailing. Upon identification of need, the Brother’s Keeper Program also provides assistance to mature and ailing members of its communities. Limitations caused by advanced age place demands on family members, caregivers, and the larger community to ensure that elders remain independently functional. The goal of the Brother’s Keeper Program is to promote dignity and independence among Alpha family and community members who need help in keeping their lives and homes functional.
Go–To–High School, Go–To–College
The “Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College” program, established in 1922, concentrates on the importance of completing secondary and collegiate education as a road to advancement. Statistics prove the value of this extra impetus in making the difference in the success of young African-American men, given that school completion is the single best predictor of future economic success. Through the Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College educational initiative, young men receive information and learn strategies that facilitate success. Alpha men provide youth participants with excellent role models to emulate.
Lending a Helping Hand
Fort Bend Food Bank
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the March Of Dimes began collaboratively implementing Project Alpha in 1980. Designed to provide young men with current and accurate information about teen pregnancy prevention, Project Alpha consists of a series of workshops and informational sessions conducted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers. The three goals of Project Alpha programs are:
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. chapters all across the country work with their local March of Dimes to implement Project Alpha programs. Project Alpha week is the first week of November and reaches more than 25,000 young men every year.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation began collaboratively implementing Project Alpha in 1980. This collaborative project is designed to provide education, motivation and skill-building on issues of responsibility, relationships, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases for young males ages 12-15 years. Designed to provide young men with current and accurate information about teen pregnancy prevention, Project Alpha consists of a series of workshops and informational sessions conducted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers.
The three goals of Project Alpha programs are:
- – Sharing Knowledge by combating ignorance and fear with factual information.
- – Changing Attitudes by providing motivation toward positive changes in sexual behavior.
- – Providing Skills by creating a sense of empowerment and self-esteem.
Project Alpha week, which started in 2000, targets the second week of October every year. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. chapters all across the country execute the program with their local March of Dimes to implement Project Alpha programs.
- – Provides education for young males 12-15 years old on sexuality, fatherhood and the role of males in relationships.
- – Motivates young men to make decisions about their goals and values, and act in ways that support their decisions.
- – Builds young men’s skills through role-playing. Utilizes appropriate male role models and mentors.
Project Alpha Curriculum
The Project Alpha curriculum focuses on five key topics:
- – Responsibility, Respect and the Role of Males in Relationships
- – Adolescent Pregnancy and Fatherhood
- – Protecting Yourself and Your Partner
- – Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- – Intimate Violence in Relationships
Alpha Phi Alpha Special Projects
Big Brothers / Big Sisters of America
The Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America program was implemented during the fraternity’s 1990 General Convention.The two organizations signed an agreement to assist each other in reaching their goals of working toward the positive development of African-American youth and empowering their families and communities. The focus of this partnership is to:
- – Increase the number of African-American children exposed to positive African-American adult role models;
- – Increase minority representation on local Big Brothers/Big Sisters’ Board of Directors;
- – Increase positive perceptions of both organizations in the African-American community ;
- Expose African-American boys of Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs to positive Alpha role models and the programs of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity have goals and objectives which make for a “natural alliance” between the two organizations. Through this alliance, the two organizations are achieving their goals by utilizing the Scouting program to its greatest potential as a programming resource.
Alpha Chapters/Brothers have and continue to:
- – Charter Scout units;
- – Serve as district, council, regional, and national leaders;
- – Refer promising and credible individuals for careers as volunteer and professional leaders in the Scouting program;
- – Develop special relationships and programs in conjunction with established units and levels of leadership.
Through the Scouts, Alpha men get involved in their neighborhoods with young men and help form positive character and leadership qualities in and for future generations.
College Life to Corporate Life Initiative (C2C)
In concert with the mission of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the College Life to Corporate Life Initiative (C2C) was created to develop the human resources of Alpha Phi Alpha and cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with corporate partners resulting in rewarding career opportunities for the members of Alpha Phi Alpha and increased critical mass of diverse talent for its corporate partners.
Goal: The College Life to Corporate Life (C2C) Initiative’s objective is to increase the number of formal partners, establish training modules and activities,
and complete job readiness preparation for college and alumni brothers to enter or grow into the corporate arena.
Scope: All brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. with a keen emphasis of our collegiate membership.