Local Chapter Programs and Events
Delta Beta Lambda Chapter Local Programs, Events, and Donations
National Educational Program
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 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 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
VOTER EDUCATION - REGISTRATION PROGRAM
"A Vote-less People is a Hopeless People" (aka VPHP) 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 have 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.
[Verify with your secretary of state, county recorder or parish office your voting registration status and/or questions.]
You can't do anything unless you are sure that YOU are registered to vote:
Go to vote.usa.gov and register to vote. Sometimes brothers move from place to place and don't get registered right away. We understand, but now is the time.
Check with your loved ones see if they have registered.
Your wife or (voting age) child might have moved with you.
What about your co-workers? Church members? Chapter brothers? Are they registered to vote?
Take a second to ask them. If not, let them use your computer (and printer). Together go to nationalvoterregistrationday.org. Encourage them to share what they learned and help others by forward the link so they can pass it on!
Is there a chapter in your area where you can go help out?
Go to Chapter Search, enter the state or city where you are located and contact a local chapter for additional information.
REMEMBER: wear your Alpha gear and take plenty of pictures. Scroll up to the top of this page and download the official "First of All, We Vote™" logo and make shirts and other items that help get the word out. [This logo is for chapter usage only and not for resale.]Are you a college brother or do you know a college brother looking to make an impact on campus but needs more information?
Go to the Student Vote Project and click on "Getting Started." This site is a wealth of information for college brothers like you or contact the A Voteless People is a Hopeless People Committee at email@example.com for more information.
Want to see the voter registration toolkit for non-profits?
Visit www.nonprofitvote.org for other methods to educate others about voting in their state.
Did you know some states are enacting voter registration laws making it increasingly difficult for citizens to vote?
Find out how and stay current with laws in your state here, National Urban League: View Your Rights. [Verify with your secretary of state, county recorder or parish office your voting registration status and/or questions.]
TELL EVERYONE YOU CAN TO REGISTER TO VOTE, AND VOTE. REMEMBER, A VOTELESS PEOPLE IS TRULY A HOPELESS PEOPLE.
For additional information, contact the A Voteless People is a Hopeless People Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you and your chapter are approved in your state to do a Voter Registration Drive (VRD), then you are ready to enter the fight to register voters. If you are not registered to do a VRD, don't worry. You can still make an impact by partnering with other organizations and assisting their voter registration efforts.
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.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT
Director of Educational Activities
2313 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has been awarded grant funding by the US Department of Justice to provide mentoring to students ages 6 - 17 years old high school, in twenty-five (25) targeted cities across the country.
The General Office will evaluate proposals on a qualitative basis. This includes our review of the chapter’s standing at the area, district, regional and national levels, and final approval by the chapter’s Regional Vice President.
The following information provided below are answers to Frequently Asked Questions concerning the grant and its administration:
1. If my chapter was identified as one of the Pre-Selected Chapters, do we have to compete in the RFP Process?
a. Yes! Every chapter regardless of having been pre-selected as a potential host chapter for the OJJDP Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Grant will have to compete in the fraternity’s Request For Proposal Process.
2. How much money will each chapter get for participating in the process?
a. That depends on a number of factors. Each chapter will be funded based on the number of students that they will serve in their local program. Additionally, chapters should note that funds will not be awarded to the chapter, per se, but rather to a “City Account” that participating chapters can draw down from, based on a quarterly allotment allocated by the program. Please contact us if you have any questions.
3. Will every participating adult in the program (i.e. brothers and/or volunteers) be required to undergo a background check or just the mentors that have submitted their applications?
a. EVERY participating adult over the age of eighteen (18) years old will be required to submit a Mentor Application, located in the Mentor Policy and Procedure Manual BEFORE being allowed to participate in any federally funded initiative sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity with regards to this grant. No exceptions will be made.
4. What will the background check consist of and who is responsible for conducting said check, the chapter or the program?
a. The background check that each participating adult will undergo will primarily consist of a reference check and a check of the individual’s sexual offender status, via the United States Department of Justice’s national sexual offender criminal database. Said checks will be conducted by the fraternity and will be conducted on a rolling, continuous and on-going basis.
5. My chapter does not have seven (7) brothers that are active within the chapter but we want to participate in this opportunity. Does this factor disqualify us from participating?
a. No! Each chapter is encouraged to identify qualified adults, ages eighteen (18) years of age or older, to represent their chapter as mentors in the program.
6. My city was not on the list of “targeted cities” identified within the official announcement of the grant. Does that mean that we can’t apply for funding as well?
a. No, not necessarily. All chapters are encouraged to submit a proposal, if interested. A preference will go to those cities and chapters that are targeted within the grant, however, all compelling cases for funding and participation will be duly received and considered.
7. When will chapters that have responded to the RFP be informed of the status of their proposal and what are the next steps?
a. Within 48-hours of submission of a completed proposal, each chapter received a detailed letter acknowledging receipt of their proposal and all necessary next steps. Please refer to the Acknowledgment Letter for additional details.
8. The grant mentions that there is training that is involved. How will that training be conducted and will all program participants (i.e. Local coordinators and mentors) be required to attend?
a. Each participating mentor/volunteer will be required to undergo program training that will feature a wide variety of issues and learning modules that are designed to benefit and enhance both the program and the students we seek to serve. A detailed description of upcoming training opportunities are discussed in detail in the Acknowledgement Letter received by each chapter that successfully submitted a proposal.
9. When will my chapter start receiving funding and what can the monies be used for?
a. Our aim is to begin funding each of the targeted cities (NOT CHAPTERS) beginning February 1, 2016, and ending December 31, 2016. Each participating chapter will then be re-evaluated, based on their performance during that programmatic year, in consideration for continued funding in FY 2017.
10. The grant description mentions that there are employment opportunities related to the program. What are the jobs and can members and non-members alike apply for hiring consideration?
a. The program seeks to hire qualified personnel in several key positions to support the grant, including Program Manager, Executive Assistant to the Program Manager and Regional Coordinator. Please consult the Program Job Descriptions for more details.
For additional inquiries, please feel free to contact our program’s grant consultant directly, Bro. Elvin J. Dowling, at GHSGC-Grant@apa1906.net. Thank you.