The Brothers Keeper Program

Goodwill is the monarch of this house, men unacquainted, enter, shake hands, exchange greetings and depart friends. -The House of Alpha Brother’s Keeper is a service program developed with the mission of advocating 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: Objective 1: Assist in maintaining living environments that are compatible with participants’ levels of functioning Objective 2: Assist in maintaining the upkeep of participants’ properties Objective 3: Assist with health care decision-making Objective 4: Provide companionship Objective 5: Provide legal services Objective 6: Provide transportation Objective 7: Ensure adequate supplies of food, water, and clothing, with special emphasis on disaster management and recovery. For additional information, contact: Director of Educational Activities Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Headquarters 2313 St. Paul Street Baltimore, MD 21218... read more

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 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. (Verify with your secretary of state, county recorder or parish office your voting registration status and/or questions.) Election Calendar Federal Election Commission (Quick Answers) Voter Registration Drive [VRD] Organizer / Agent - VPHP State Focal Point (Pending) You can’t do anything unless you are sure that YOU are registered to vote: Go to and register to vote. Sometimes brothers move from place to place and don’t get registered right away. We understand, but now is the time. Check with your loved ones see if they have registered. Your wife or (voting age) child might have moved with you. What about your co-workers? Church members? Chapter brothers? Are they registered to vote?Take a second to ask them. If not, let them use your computer (and printer).  Together go to Encourage them to share what they learned and help others by forward the link so they can pass it on! Is there a chapter in your area where you can go help out? Go to Chapter Search, enter the state or city where you are located and contact a local chapter for additional information. If this suggestion isn’t... read more

Project Alpha

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation began collaboratively implementing Project Alpha in 1980. 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. The three goals of Project Alpha programs are: Sharing Knowledge by combating ignorance and fear with factual information. Changing Attitudes by providing motivation toward positive changes in sexual behavior. Providing Skills by creating a sense of empowerment and self-esteem. Project Alpha week, which started in 2000, targets the second week of October every year. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. chapters all across the country execute the program with their local March of Dimes to implement Project Alpha programs. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS Provides education for young males 12-15 years old on sexuality, fatherhood and the role of males in relationships. Motivates young men to make decisions about their goals and values, and act in ways that support their decisions. Builds young men’s skills through role-playing. Utilizes appropriate male role models and mentors. PROJECT ALPHA CURRICULUM The Project Alpha curriculum focuses on five key topics: Responsibility, Respect and the Role of Males in Relationships Adolescent Pregnancy and Fatherhood Protecting Yourself and Your Partner Sexually Transmitted Diseases Intimate Violence in Relationships FAQS Wilbur Jackson, National Project Alpha Coordinator for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., answers to the most frequently asked questions about the... read more

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.   FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT Director of Educational Activities 2313 St. Paul Street Baltimore, MD 21218... read more

The Jewels of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Henry Arthur Callis became a practicing physician, Howard University Professor of Medicine and prolific contributor tmedical journals. Often regarded as the “philosopher of the founders,” and a moving force in the Fraternity’s development, he was the only one of the “Cornell Seven” to become General President. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., he was a medical consultant to the Veterans Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama. Upon his death in 1974, at age 87, the Fraternity entered a time without any living Jewels. His papers were donated to Howard’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. Charles Henry Chapman entered higher education and eventually became Professor of Agriculture at what is now Florida A&M University. A university funeral was held with considerable Fraternity participation when he became the first Jewel to enter Omega Chapter in 1934. Described as “a Brother beloved in the bonds”, Chapman was a founder of FAMU’s Beta Nu Chapter. During the organization stages of Alpha Chapter, he was the first chairman of the Committees on Initiation and Organization. Eugene Kinckle Jones became the first Executive Secretary of the National Urban League. His 20-year tenure with the Urban League thus far has exceeded those of all his successors in office. A versatile leader, he organized the first three Fraternity chapters that branched out from Cornell: Beta at Howard, Gamma at Virginia Union and the original Delta at the University of Toronto in Canada. In addition to becoming Alpha Chapter’s second President and joining with Callis in creating the Fraternity name, Jones was a member of the first Committees on Constitution and Organization and helped write the Fraternity ritual. Jones also has the... read more