Chapter Conducts First Virtual Project Alpha in Fraternity
Epsilon Rho Lambda conducted its largest Project Alpha in the history of the chapter. In May 2020, more than 230 students registered for the virtual event. Also, $700 dollars in gift cards were awarded to students throughout the event. According to the event coordinator, EPL conducted the first virtual Project Alpha in the history of the fraternity.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the March of Dimes 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 "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 edcuational initiative, young men receive information and learn strategies that facilitate success. Alpha men provide youth participants with excellent role models to emulate.
Chapter Wins NC Democracy Grant
Epsilon Rho Lambda received a $1,000 North Carolina Democracy grant to support its "Adopt a County" program. Brothers served as Vote Protectors (otherwise known as poll monitors) at two sites One Stop Early Voting sites on Oct. 15 and Oct. 31 in Hoke County. The chapter also provided support on Nov. 3 for the General Election.
Vote Protectors serve as the eyes and ears on the ground at voting sites to identify problems, assist voters, and document voting site activities.
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. Voted 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 meetings and candidate forums.
Brothers Conduct Get Out the Vote Caravans in Fayetteville and Spring Lake
Brother's Keeper is a service program developed with the mission of advancing 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; and vulnerable community members. Upon identification of need, the Brother's Keeper program provides assistance to mature and ailing members of its communities. The Brother's Keeper program goal is to promote dignity and independence among Alpha family and community members who need help in keeping their lives and homes functional.