Go To High School, Go To College
This program, established in 1922, concentrates on the importance of completing secondary and collegiate education as a road to personal advancement. Through this educational initiative young men and women receive valuable information and learn strategies that facilitate success.
Over 100 high school students from low performing schools participated in the event at Pearson Community Center. Students were segmented in groups of 20 and rotated through a series of 45 minute workshops on the following topics: benefits of an education; college admissions requirements; financing a college education; and selecting a college and a major.
Partnering with the March of Dimes Defects Foundation, the program was implemented 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 youth. Local high school students gathered at the Pearson Community Center to learn more about the aforementioned topic from leading experts in the local community.
Voter Education/Registration Program
"A Voteless People is a Hopeless People" 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. Most recently, we partnered with the local election departments and community based organizations to conduct voter education, registration and verification initiatives that assisted thousands of Southern Nevada residents.
Brother’s Keeper Program
Keeper is a service program developed with the mission of advocating for 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.
The mission of the AMDOT organization is to encourage students to seek admittance to a four year university institution of higher education. AMDOT advisors work with youth to support and empower them to attend any college or university of their choice, despite cost, past grade record, and any other obstacles. This dedication to higher education is reinforced through bi weekly meetings, one-on-one advising, financial aid and scholarship search, workshop, career exploration, goal setting, personal essay writing, and money management so that “No Child is Left Behind.”
The Alpha Men & Divas of Tomorrow Youth Organization annual Spring College Tour allows the organization to help provide under privileged youth the opportunity to visit various colleges throughout the country each year. The mission of the organization is to mentor youth who want to further their academic success by graduating from high school and attending a 4-year College or University. Thus, the organization believes that every member desiring to pursue higher education deserves a college tour experience in efforts to better themselves. The final outcome of the college tour is that members become motivated and begin a path of personal improvement morally, ethically, and professionally.
Thanksgiving Basket Drive
Partnering with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., this program initiative is dedicated to ending hunger and preserving the environment, as well as a an educational component to encourage healthy life styles. Last year, nearly 20 organizations, community leaders and individuals provided donations to assist us in distributing Thanksgiving Turkey baskets to 155 needy families and seniors at Doolittle and Henderson Community Centers.
Black Books Bonanza
Black Books Bonanza is a one of a kind prestigious event that gives tribute to ‘Black Literature’ through the youth in the community. The event not only pays homage to various renowned ‘Black Authors’ from both the past and the present, but it also assists the youth in perfecting their public speaking skills as they give full creative designed presentations highlighting the author(s) of their choice. Throughout the program the participants are judged by a panel of their community leaders and mentors who evaluate their overall content and arrangement for categories of either an individual or as a group production. In addition, the event is also highlighted by a guest speaker from the literary community who encourages the youth with their own personal bibliography and success story.
Stepping is a rhythmic dance that is a form of expression of unity. It combines intricate footwork, hand movements, and vocals. The step team provides an excellent opportunity for the members to build their confidence, inculcates team spirit, and promote unity. AMDOT has showcased their talents by participating in Step Shows throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Their stepping accolades include winning the Las Vegas Unity Fest Step Show in 2004, 2006, and 2007, participating on the 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Las Vegas All Star Step Teams, participating in the JAM Youth Explosion Step Show in 2008 in the Turks & Caicos Islands, winning 2nd Place Best Fraternity Youth Group in the 2009, 1st place Best Fraternity Youth Group in 2013 & 2010 Las Vegas Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, and UNLV Jazzitudes 2009 & 2010 Special Feature Step Team.
Back to school drive - Members pass out school supplies and food for local school aged children ages 5-12.
Pearson Halloween Safe Night - AMDOT hosts a candy booth and/or work in the haunted houses to give kids a frightening safe experience.
NakLand - A free Kid’s Carnival hosted by the Gentlemen of NuAlpha Kappa Fraternity, INC. in an underserved community of Las Vegas, Nevada. AMDOT members participated in preparing child identification cards and hosting a literacy awareness booth.
Healthy Kids Festival hosted by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension - Healthy Kids Festival is an effort to reduce childhood obesity by teaching families how to be healthy and active. AMDOT members assisted vendors in weighing and measuring children, registration, and actively engaged event participants in group activities. Group members also assisted in the event booth set up and event clean up.