The Fraternity’s national programs are devoted to the uplifting of the African American community. Alpha Phi Alpha today has formed national mentoring partnerships with organizations dedicated to helping minority youth, such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, Boy Scouts of America, March of Dimes and the Head Start program. The Fraternity also is involved with the Habitat for Humanity project to provide decent and affordable housing to the needy.
Education and scholarship remain major focuses in today’s Alpha Phi Alpha. The College Scholarship Bowl testing the intellect of Brothers was introduced in the current era as a feature of General Conventions. The Fraternity’s “Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College” program, first established in 1919, was reintroduced; and a General Presidents’ Scholarship was endowed as part of Alpha Phi Alpha’s Education Foundation.
A program that helps teenage males learn about their role in preventing teenage pregnancies taught from a male perspective. The first program of its kind in the nation, Project Alpha has served as the model for a new generation of male responsibility programs.
GO TO HIGH SCHOOL, GO TO COLLEGE
A program counseling youth on the importance of post-secondary education while introducing them to promising professions. Through the program, students and their families are provided information about college entrance and financial aid. The counseling thrust is augmented by a vigorous scholarship program for college-bound youth.
A VOTELESS PEOPLE IS A HOPELESS PEOPLE
The Fraternity continues its vigorous program to register and educate voters and get them to the voting polls on election day. The voter registration slogan developed by Alpha Phi Alpha in the 1930s continues to serve as a battle cry for the Fraternity’s voter registration and education efforts.
To learn more about Alpha Phi Alpha's national programs and initiatives visit www.apa1906.net for more information.
ALPHA ESQUIRE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
The Iota Rho Lambda Chapter established the Alpha Esquires at its chapter on September 20, 2014. The Alpha Esquire Leadership Development Program consists of young black men in the metro Detroit area who are in the 8th thru 11th grade. The purpose of the program is to assist young black men achieve high scholarship, excellence, good leadership skills and maintain progress toward their life goals while becoming a source of inspiration in their own communities.
As part of the development of the young men they will be focused on a series of interactive modules which include but not limited to: Time management/Study skills, Leadership skills, Financial planning, Respect for womanhood, Public speaking, etc.
To learn more or if there are questions about the Alpha Esquire Leadership Development Program, please connect with us PontiacAlphaEsquires@gmail.com
“A Voteless 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.”