- Pam Jones
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Pi Lambda Chapter
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas (BBBSCA) and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Pi Lambda Chapter recently launched a partnership to empower young men of color in Central Arkansas.
In alignment with the renewed commitment at the national level, the partnership will have a deeper focus on outreach, engagement and opportunities to provide career and higher educational readiness to youth, and Pi Lambda Chapter members will serve as mentors for the 1 on 1 mentoring program, participate in annual fundraising events and activities, and support BBBSCA mentor recruitment initiatives. And the two-year partnership will serve to:
Increase the role of African American children exposed to positive African American adult role models
Increase minority representation on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas Board of Directors
Help expose African American boys to positive Alpha role models and the programs offered by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
“I’m excited that this renewed commitment will help us empower Central Arkansas young people through mentorship. By partnering with the Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., we are able to implement signature mentorship programs at Washington Elementary and Hall High schools,” said BBBSCA CEO Raymond Omar Long. “And as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, I have experienced first-hand the impact, both personally and professionally, the Fraternity can have on young men,” Long continued.
“Alpha Phi Alpha’s posture toward service is best realized when we partner with proven organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters,” Ryan D. Davis, President of Alpha Phi Alpha, Pi Lambda Chapter, stated. “It gives us an opportunity to live out what we profess, and to secure the future of our community’s children, one child at a time.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ partnership with Alpha Phi Alpha began after member Dale Long was made Big Brother of the Year in 1991. He reached out to the then General President Henry Ponder for the entire Fraternity to become involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Dale Long, who is still a Big Brother, is the national partnership chairman and is a current board member with Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, an NLC member, and an African American Advisory Council member.
Under the leadership of Alpha Man Artis Stevens, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated announced the renewal of its long-standing partnership to empower young men of color. Both organizations recognize a shared commitment to developing leaders, promoting brotherhood and academic excellence. With 30 years of existing partnerships across the country, BBBSA and Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc., will take its efforts nationally to reach more young men through one-to-one mentoring.