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Mu Lambda Foundation is elevating the quality of education for children in need on a permanent, sustainable basis. Our Partners in Ending Illiteracy represent some of the smartest, most generous organizations across the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. These collaborations help us reach millions of 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 Foundation’s charitable activities include Project Alpha, an anti-teen pregnancy program oriented to males; the Henry Arthur Callis Academy, a mentoring program for male students in grades 9 – 12; work with the DC Food Bank; assisting at the Ronald MacDonald House; and college scholarships for needy youth. A donation from individuals, combined with the Combined Federal Campaign, DC One FUND and other fundraising efforts, will allow an expansion of current programs and an increase in the number and amount of college scholarships.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation began collaboratively implementing Project Alpha in 1980. This 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 at Hart Middle School in SE Washington.
The Henry Arthur Callis Academy, formly 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 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.
Project Alpha (1500 served) – Is a national sex education and responsible behavior program that Mu Lambda Foundation conducts annually. Project Alpha is provided to at least 10 schools per year in Washington, D.C. An estimated 150 students per year have participated in this program.
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.
- 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.
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.
Mu Lambda Foundation’s Beautillion Program has been in place for more than 17 years. Since its inception the Beautillion Program has mentored approximately 200 young men and provided approximately $310,000 in scholarships. The program has conducted more than 215 workshops, using at least 50 different pro-bono presenters.
The program maintains relationships with graduates well into and past their college years. Many past participants return annually to provide advice and encouragement to current program participants. Youth who participate in the program have formed lasting supportive bonds with the mentors and among themselves. These relationships have been reported as a great source of motivation throughout participants’ college experiences.
Mu Lambda Foundation is committed to increasing the number of healthy children and adults in our community. It is working with its partners to provide mobile oral health screening to children in the District of Columbia. In addition to oral screenings, oral health care videos, information kits, and information assistance on Dental Care providers and insurance is provided.
Mu Lambda Foundation funds and distributes food to families in need. In addition to cooking meals at the Ronald McDonald House, the Foundation performs Clean-the-Block community service work. We do all of this and more by making the connections between the resources and needs in our community. With our members and community partners, we work to make our community a better place for all.