Established in 1922, by then General President S.S. Booker, the program focuses on the importance of completing secondary and collegiate education as a road to personal advancement. Through the “Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College” educational initiative, young men receive the information and learn strategies that facilitate success. Alpha men serve as excellent role models for yout participants to emulate.
In 1980 the Fraternity began a collaborative effort with the March of Dimes, to implement Project Alpha. This 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.
The initiation of Project Alpha began in the late 1970s in Chicago by the Brothers of Iota Delta Lambda. The relationship with the March of Dimes came in 1982 and led to the program becoming a national program 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 Fraternity members. The three goals of Project Alpha programs are to:
- Share Knowledge by combating ignorance and fear with factual information
- Change Attitudes by providing motivation toward positive changes in sexual behavior
- Provide Skills by creating a sense of empowerment and self-esteem
A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People
Initiated as a national program of Alpha during the 1930s 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. Throughout the 1990’s and into the new century, the focus has shifted to include political awareness and empowerment, delivered most frequently through town meetings and candidate forums.