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.
- 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
Wilbur Jackson, National Project Alpha Coordinator for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Project Alpha program.
- I WOULD LIKE TO SET UP A PROJECT ALPHA PROGRAM. WHO NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED?
- HOW CAN MY AGENCY GET INVOLVED WITH THE PROGRAM?
- WHO IS THE TARGET AUDIENCE FOR THE PROGRAM?
- MY COMMUNITY IS VERY SENSITIVE WHEN IT COMES TO SEXUALITY EDUCATION. HOW CAN I GENERATE SCHOOL SUPPORT FOR THE PROJECT ALPHA PROGRAM?
- WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO RECRUIT YOUNG MEN TO PARTICIPATE?
- WHERE CAN I GET FUNDING FOR MY PROGRAM?
- HOW CAN WE FIND EXCELLENT SPEAKERS? WHAT QUALIFICATIONS SHOULD WE LOOK FOR IN SPEAKERS AND FACILITATORS OF OUR PROJECT ALPHA CURRICULUM?
- WHAT CAN OUR PROJECT ALPHA PLANNING COMMITTEE DO TO MAKE THE PROGRAM SUCCESSFUL?
- HOW CAN WE EVALUATE THE IMPACT OF OUR PROJECT ALPHA PROGRAM?
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT
Director of Educational Activities
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Headquarters
2313 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218