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Local Alpha History – San Diego, California
Local Alpha Programs
Martin Luther King Jr. Pageant
The Pageant’s purpose is to showcase the talents of youth from San Diego’s high schools. Candidates are encouraged to participate in a series of educational and cultural seminars throughout the year, and are presented to the community in a formal banquet event. Candidates are then encouraged to help fund the program by selling advertisements to the pageant’s souvenir program. In this way, they learn some of the basics of economics. All monies collected go toward cash awards they receive at the conclusion of the program. Candidates are judged at a gala event where the royal court is selected. They are then feted in the annual MLK Day Parade.
Go–To–High School, Go–To–College
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.
In San Diego we've branded our go to high school, go to college program with the title Continued Academic Excellence Program, (CAEP)
This long-running program, conducted at local high schools, features mentoring services, self-esteem workshops, and provides scholarship information to high school juniors and seniors when they matriculate to college. At the culmination of the program, book scholarships are awarded to each student during their first semester of college.
Voter Education/Registration Program
"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. Voter education and registration has 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.
TELL EVERYONE YOU CAN TO REGISTER TO VOTE, AND VOTE.
The March of Dimes and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. began collaboratively implementing Project Alpha in 1980. Designed to provide young men in our community with current and accurate information about teenage pregnancy prevention, Project Alpha consists of a series of workshops and informational sessions conducted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers.
Brother’s Keeper Program
Brother’s Keeper is a service program developed with the mission of advocating for 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. Upon identification of need, the Brother’s Keeper Program also provides assistance to mature and ailing members of its communities. Limitations caused by advanced age place demands on family members, caregivers, and the larger community to ensure that elders remain independently functional. The goal of the Brother’s Keeper Program is to promote dignity and independence among Alpha family and community members who need help in keeping their lives and homes functional. There are seven objectives to the program:
Alpha Head Start
This program works with the Neighborhood House Association’s Head Start program in assisting in the fatherhood and male involvement component.
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