Alpha Phi Alpha and
Alpha Pi Lambda Projects & Programs
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, since its inception, has stood at the forefront of reducing the disparities between social classes within our communities. The Alpha Pi Lambda Chapter continues to uplift its community by actively and passionately implementing National and Chapter specific programs that carry that tradition - true Servants of All.
A Voteless People is a Hopeless People" - Voter Education/Registration Program
"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.
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.
A. Charles Haston's "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.
There are seven objectives to the program:
Objective 1: Assist in maintaining living environments that are compatible with participants’ levels of functioning;
Objective 2: Assist in maintaining the upkeep of participants’ properties;
Objective 3: Assist with health care decision making;
Objective 4: Provide companionship;
Objective 5: Provide legal services;
Objective 6: Provide transportation; and
Objective 7: Ensure adequate supplies of food, water, and clothing, with special emphasis on disaster management and recovery.
Youth Life Skills Institute
The Youth Life Skills Institute was founded as a result of a youth initiative of the Alpha Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity dedicated to helping Youth. Our mission is to implement efficient and effective programs that enrich, empower, and enlighten Youth with life skills to help them be successful in their life pursuits and to be better citizens and responsible adults in the communities in which they live.
YLSI is based on the concept of creating partnerships and collaborations with existing organizations of similar mission. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. There are many excellent organizations that already have good programs in-place. Such programs can be properly integrated within the context of the YLSI curriculum.
Please click the link to visit the Youth Life-Skills Institute website.
The Adopt-A-Highway Program was established in 1988 by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in response to growing public concern regarding litter along the state's highways. Its purpose is to decrease the amount of litter on North Carolina's roadsides and improve the beauty and quality of the environment. The Alpha Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has partnered with the North Carolina Department of Transportation since 1990 and currently cleans a two mile stretch of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard once per quarter.
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
A 20-year Collaboration
For more than 20 years, the men of Alpha Phi Alpha have been working with the staff and volunteers of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, taking Project Alpha to hundreds of communities and thousands of teen males. Alpha Phi Alpha and the initiation of Project Alpha Began in the late 70s in Chicago by the Brothers of Iota Delta Lambda. The relationship with the MOD came later in 1982, which led to the program becoming a national program.
The Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem was founded a by a group of parents whose children were being treated for cancer at Brenner Children’s Hospital. The effort was led by Dick and Penny Latham. The Lathams lost their son in 1980 at the age of three. The House was born out of a desire for the Lathams to honor their son and help the families of sick children being treated in Winston-Salem. The Alpha Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has been a proud partner with the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem since 2013. While volunteering at the RMH we fold linens, make deliveries within the house, organize donations, clean, and do whatever needs doing.