Mu Lambda Foundation is elevating the quality of education for children in need on a permanent, sustainable basis. Our work with “Partners in Ending Illiteracy” is an illustration. The partners represent some of the smartest, most generous organizations across the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. These collaborations help us reach children who can now experience the joy of reading and owning new books. We work with our partners, making it possible for us to lead the way in providing new digital content as well, so that the children we serve will be able to access reading as new technology unfolds.
The Henry Arthur Callis Academy, a successor to our Beautillion Program, is conducted at Frank Ballou Senior High School. Meeting monthly with up to 20 students, the Foundation members and Ballou SHS staff address college preparedness, mentoring, job shadowing, college visits and social interactions. The Foundation has a five-year strategic plan that will create opportunities to positively impact rates of success of local African American male youth along their trajectory from positive academic and social experiences in middle and high school, high school graduation, college entrance, and college completion. When executed, our strategic plan will provide a full range of Academy experiences and activities for African American young men in grades 9-12. Because Hart Middle School, where we conduct Project Alpha, is a feeder school for Ballou SHS we will potentially work with the same students from grades 6 though 12. Our strategic plan calls for expansion of these programs to additional schools throughout the District of Columbia.
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. This program is also included in the Henry Arthur Callis Academy. Project Alpha is a national sex education and responsible behavior program that Mu Lambda Foundation conducts monthly.
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.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS of Project Alpha are:
- Provide education for young males 12-15 years old on sexuality, fatherhood and the role of males in relationships.
- Motivate young men to make decisions about their goals and values, and act in ways that support their decisions.
- Build young men's skills through role-playing. Utilize appropriate male role models and mentors.
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
"A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People" was initiated as a National Program, irrelevant of party affiliation, of Alpha Phi 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. The Mu Lambda Foundation works with the members of Mu Lambda Chapter to register citizens to vote and encourage them to do so in every election.