Scholarships for male High School seniors
Alpha Boys Institute for Life Skills development for Middle School students
Leadership Development for male students 13 - 18
The Beta Eta Lambda Scholarship Foundation of Alpha Phi Alpha launched its new Alpha Boys Institute on September 24 at Prospect Church’s Youth and Education Center. This new Institute was started to teach life skills to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys at targeted low performing Northeast OKC schools. The ultimate intent is to reduce the drop rate and incarceration rate of our young black men. Year one of this Institute has been streamlined to cover only 6th graders at F.D. Moon Academy and Northeast Academy. Our plan is to expand to cover Millwood and Douglas in Year 2. This project has been fully supported by the Beta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity where the majority of volunteers will be sourced. The National President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.. Mark Tillman, has challenged Alpha Chapters across the nation to expand their work with boys to help improve the plight of our young men. We are uniquely sharing with benefits of many college careers while also introducing the boys to the financing benefits of learning a trade. We will also have subject matter experts talking to the boys about conflict resolution (anger management), danger of alcohol, drugs, STDs, and gangs. We will also have sessions on personal hygiene, citizenship, black history, public speaking, and health & nutrition. The session will be conducted the 1s and 3rd Wednesday each month during the school year and will meet at the Prospect Church Multi-Purpose building.
This launch of this new Alpha Boys Institute would not be possible without the financial support of the following donors: Southwest Urban Foundation, Chickasaw Nation, Sandridge Energy, Sam’s Club, Biglow Funeral Directors, Raising Canes, and Chic Fila. We have some other donors with pending management approvals.
The principal of F.D. Moon, Warren Pete, and the interim principal of Northeast Academy, Scot McAdoo, both shared there excitement of helping there students. There has also been very good feedback from the 6th grader parents who expect great things from their boy’s participation. The sessions begin October 1st. If anyone in interested in sponsoring a student for $300 or being a donor of any type, please make checks payable to: Beta Eta Lambda Scholarship Foundation at P.O. Box. 21021, Okla. City, Oklahoma 731565. Any questions, contact Ken Lawson, Foundation Board Chair (441-0004).