Alpha Academy In Action
Alpha Academy Mission Statement
To inspire young minority males to improve academic and leadership skills while promoting personal success, growth and discipline by providing exposure to career and educational opportunities through positive relationships with mentors and role models.
Alpha Academy Motto
It’s easier to build boys…than to repair men.2016-17 Schedule
History and Scope of Alpha Academy
During the 2007 school year at Potomac Middle School (PMS), the then Principal Dr. Benita Stephens and Guidance Counselor Director and member of Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter, Bro. Richmond Hill identified the need for a program that would address the need for mentorship among the minority male students at the school. It was from this idea and through hours of tireless planning and organizing to create a partnership between PMS and Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter that Alpha Academy was given birth. The program was established to provide young males with positive role models and the information and skills necessary for academic success and productive citizenship. The program emphasizes leadership training, positive self-esteem, health and wellness, leadership development, community service, and career exploration. Students who participate in the program also have the opportunity to experience educational and exciting field trips and cultural events.
The Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has worked diligently to execute a program designed to deliver two of our National Programs, Project Alpha and Go to High School – Go to College. The Alpha Academy program serves as a vehicle for the brothers of Xi Alpha Lambda to interact and build relationships with male students. This partnership with Potomac Middle School creates a platform for a consistent positive presence for these youth, allowing the men of Xi Alpha Lambda to serve as role models to the future male leaders of tomorrow.
The students meet twice a month on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each session is strategically thought out by the mentors to address issues that are relevant to the young men in the Academy. The young men of Alpha Academy are taught valuable lessons which they are encouraged to take and share with their community along with affirmation statements and poems that they commit to memory. All of these elements provide for a unique program that enforces discipline and accountability for every participant.
Download the 2016-17 Alpha Academy Calendar of Events here.