Under the 11th General President, Simeon Booker, the Fraternity launched an effort to persuade one million young people to remain in school. Bro. Booker’s goal was to reach one million homes and to convince one million young people to remain in school. This program was known as “Go to College,” but it later was known as “Go to High School, Go to College.
Through its national program, Go-to-High School, Go-to-College, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has helped equip young men with the self-confidence and academic skills to become successful college-educated adults.
A Voteless People is a Hopeless People was initiated as a National Program 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.
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
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest
For more than 20 years, the Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter as held the annual MLK Oratorical Contest and Luncheon which recognizes the birthday and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a renowned member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
The purpose of the competition is to encourage oratory among students in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Every year, students from Essex County area schools are invited to participate by creating an original speech based on the theme selected for that year.
Alpha Alpha Lambda provides monetary awards to the finalist.