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.
Our Local Effort: Alpha Academy
The chapter manages the Alpha Academy program, a 3-year academic and leadership program for African American male students who are high school sophomores. Six (6) students are selected for the program and are paired with two mentors each – a college brother from one of our local undergraduate chapters and an alumni brother from Gamma Phi Lambda. Over the course of the three years, the cohort participates in various activities and a curriculum designed to promote academic excellence, develop leadership skills, and encourage community service. The curriculum and activities include:
College Preparedness Activities
Visits to Local Companies
Lectures from Community Leaders
Development and Execution of a Community Action Plan
Exploring Education Interests and Career Paths
The ultimate goal is to make every participant college ready. In 2016, 100% of the graduating cohort attended college!
Our Local Effort: Leadership, Technology, and Innovation (LTI) Conference
Each year the chapter hosts the Leadership, Technology, and Innovation (LTI) Conference to build a bridge between young men of color in the City of Oakland and the technology industry. The conference offers participants hands-on workshops to develop applied technology skills, information about the exciting careers in the technology industry with a special emphasis on STEM-related positions, and networking opportunities with young professionals in the field.