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"Education must not simply teach work - it must teach Life."

- W.E.B. Du Bois


The fraternity’s national programs are community outreach mentoring initiatives that have been adopted by the organization’s governing body and mandated for implementation by all of its chapters.

Alpha Phi Alpha’s special Initiatives are programs and activities that are sustained through collaborative efforts, memoranda of understanding, and/or outside financial assistance, which Alpha chapters are encouraged to implement.

A Voteless People is A Hopeless People

“A Voteless People is a Hopeless People” (aka VPHP) 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 have remained a dominant focus of this outreach activity for over 65 years. In the 1990’s, the focus shifted to include political awareness and empowerment, delivered most frequently through town meetings and candidate forums.

Go To Highschool 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.


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Alpha Lambda Chapter is pleased to offer a scholarship to a graduating high school MALE SENIOR from an underserved and/or underrepresented community in the Greater Cleveland.(Ohio) Area.

Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity have goals and objectives which make for a “natural alliance” between the two organizations. Through this alliance, the two organizations are achieving their goals by utilizing the Scouting program to its greatest potential as a programming resource.

Project Alpha

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.

Alpha Esquires

The Alpha ESQuires of Cleveland, Ohio, established in 2009, are a group of young men mentored by the Delta Alpha Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. This male mentoring program is for students in grades 8-12 throughout the Greater Cleveland area. Students are engaged in mentoring activities, community service, academic enrichment, and physical fitness programs that aims to develop the young men to be productive citizens. The Alpha ESQ Men are also affiliated with the Boys Scouts of America Venturing program and the National Step Show Alliance.

Brothers Keeper

Formally called the A. Charles Haston Brother’s Keeper program, this service program developed with the mission of advocating and improving the quality of life for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s senior brothers, their spouses and widows; brothers who are retired and have disabilities or ailments; and vulnerable community members.

College Life to Corporate Life Initiative (C2C)

The College Life to Corporate Life Initiative (C2C) was created to develop the human resources of Alpha Phi Alpha and cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with corporate partners resulting in rewarding career opportunities for the members of Alpha Phi Alpha and increased critical mass of diverse talent for its corporate partners. This is accomplished, in part, by organizing and conducting workshops and seminars related to personal and professional development for members seeking to improve their quality of life.

March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We believe that every baby deserves the best possible start. Unfortunately, not all babies get one. We are changing that.

Thurgood Marshall Oratorical Debate

Our focus remains the same to the Greater Cleveland Area students, schools, and community partners.  Thurgood Marshall Oratorical Debate (TMOD) Education Project will develop a generation of 21st century of leaders by developing the research, analysis, communication and literacy skills of middle school and high school students that will certainly be used in the workforce and lifelong learning. 

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America

The Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America program was implemented during the fraternity’s 1990 General Convention. The two organizations signed an agreement to assist each other in reaching their goals of working toward the positive development of African-American youth and empowering their families and communities.

Leadership Development Institute (LDI)

Mission is to develop a 21st century generation of leaders. This mission starts with young people, particularly those who demonstrate the potential to comprehend and apply the fundamental principles needed by leaders as well as whom, by virtue of their age and education, are often looked upon as role models.

Thus, the Institute, which is implemented in five regions, seeks to equip high school students, primarily sophomores to seniors, with vital leadership skills.


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