Purpose and Need:
We have several members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity currently serving as reading mentors with the WHIZ KIDS reading improvement program that meets at Prospect Church. This program covers 1st grade through 5th grade. We had outstanding success in improving the reading proficiency of the Moon Academy students assigned to our site. Our students & tutors meet every Thursday while school is in session. While visiting with the principal at Moon and Northeast, Ken Lawson was informed about the tremendously high dropout rate & crime involvement they are experiencing with their middle school boys and how they need help. They both mentioned how these boys seem to lack ambition and purpose. Ken was so moved by this crisis that Ken participated in a long meeting with my Brothers of Alpha and discovered that they shared my same passion to address this community situation. The Brothers of Alpha agreed to launch an OKC Boys Institute with the primary goal of teaching “Life Skills” that will hopefully reduce this drop-out rate and incarceration rate in our Northeast community. This program is designed to meet for two hours twice a month for the entire OKC school year. There will be many topics covered at each two hour session that are designed to improve the character and expand the ambition of 25 – 35 under-performing boys currently attending the following low performing middle schools: Douglas, Millwood, Northeast Academy, and Moon Academy.
Ken Lawson, the BELSF Board Chair, will be the coordinator of this Alpha Boys Institute. The Institute will be governed by the Board of Beta Eta Lambda Scholarship Foundation of Alpha Phi Alpha. More detail is listed below:Target Youth: The target schools: Northeast Academy and F. D. Moon Academy with planned expansion to Douglas and Millwood Middle School in 2015-16. We will work with school counselors and principals to insure enrollment at-risk youth. We will promote the availability of this assistance at the school PTA meetings.
We plan to expand our student coverage to both 6th & 7th grade and will expand coverage to include girls. We also plan to expand recruitment of students that we currently get from F.D. Moon Academy and Northeast Academy to Millwood and Douglas. We will continue to work with school counselors and principals to maximize enrollment at-risk youth. We will promote the availability of this assistance at the school PTA meetings.
The primary source of our volunteers will be from the pool the outstanding Men of Alpha. (Over 200 around the City) and the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The Alpha pool includes Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Phi Kappa Alumni members and students Univ. of Central Oklahoma and University of Oklahoma. We will also be working with subject matter experts as presenters for many of our sessions.
The Alpha Boys and Girls Institute will meet twice month at Prospect Baptist Church’s Multi-Purpose Building, 2809 N. Missouri, Oklahoma City. We will be renting Vans from Prospect for transportation of these students.
We will be hiring a nationally known evaluator to develop a professional and extensive student improvement measurement tool. Her process generates an automated summary sheet that show the areas of improvement. We will also be acquiring feedback from the counselors and principal. This feedback will include their views of behavior changes. Our more long-term success measurement is the improved graduate rate of students that participate in our program.
The primary source of our volunteers will be from the pool the outstanding Men of Alpha. (Over 200 around the City). The Alpha pool includes Alumni brothers and fraternity students Univ. of Central Oklahoma and University of Oklahoma. We will also be working with subject matter experts as presenters for many of our
We are working with an educational professional to develop an extensive life skill survey to be administered at the beginning of our program along with getting a summary assessment from the student counselors at the target schools. We are using that same educational professional to draft a post Institute
assessment while also aquiring feedback from the school counselors on behavior and academic performance improvement. This will be all summarized in a formal report and provided to each of major funding partners.
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