Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation, Inc. 

      P.O. Box 5263    |    Greenville, SC 29606-9998  |     (864) 735-0880


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Announcements

The page list the Foundation's announcements, press releases, and opportunities. Please contact the foundation at contact@gglapa.org with any questions or comments about the information listed below. 

JVOC Broadcast is available on @AlphaGreenville

posted Feb 20, 2017, 8:59 AM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 9:01 AM ]



Furman University, Traveler's Rest, South Carolina - Our 2017 Joseph Vaughn Oratorical Competition was held on this past Saturday (February 18th) at Furman University. The thirteen (13) finalists competed with seven minutes orations on the topic of “Hope, Harmony, Humanity: Are They Still Relevant in Contemporary America?”. 

AGF recorded the final round on twitter's periscope feed and the re-broadcast will be available on our account until the end of this month.

 

300 Students selected for the 2017 MLK Youth Program

posted Feb 2, 2017, 4:10 AM by Bobby Clark

RSVP online at https://mlkypgcf-2017.eventbrite.com/ by Friday, 2/3/17

Travelers' Rest, South Carolina- Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation is again holding their Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Award Program for High School Students in Greenville County. This program has been held in Greenville for more than 37 years and seeks to recognize talented students and encourage them to stay in school and attend college. Awards are given to students by a selection determined by each High School and cover five different areas: Academics, Art, Leadership, Athletics, and Music. 

This year, AGF is recognizing 300 students in those categories, a record number of winners for this event. The winners are selected from all High Schools in Greenville County and the program will offer two unique options for students and parents. 

The first option is the morning's events will include a College Fair and more than a dozen universities are scheduled to attend. That college Fair is named after former superintendent, Dr. Rudolph Gordon who served in Greenville County for many several years. Dr. Gordon passed away in 2012 and we are proud to honor him for his dedication to education in Greenville. 

As a part of the fair, we also have two seminars for student and parents. the first will be on the first year of College where students from Furman, USC-Upstate, and Clemson University will serve on a panel and give their experiences of their first year. The final session will have Finanical Aid Advocate, Lakishia Dinkins, speak about how to start the Financial Aid process for students. 

the final part of the program, is the Awards ceremony where winners will receive their award and light refreshments will be served. A group picture of the MLK winners will be take after the ceremony. 

All student winners should have been contacted by their High School Guidance Office and give a information sheet on the event.  We are asking all winners who plan to attend the program to RSVP online at https://mlkypgcf-2017.eventbrite.com/ by Friday, February 3rd. 

AGF selects Baxter as 2017 MLK Citizenship Award Winner

posted Jan 5, 2017, 4:00 AM by Bobby Clark

Mrs. Peggy B. Baxter was selected as this year's award winner

 
Greenville, South Carolina - Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation along with Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha has selected Peggy B. Baxter as the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award winner. The award will be presented at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala on January 29th at the Melvin and Dottie Younts Conference Center on the campus of Furman University. The Gala will start at 3 PM and features dinner and entertainment from the local community.

In addition to presenting the winner of this year's award, the Gala serves as a lead event for MLK Activities in Greenville and at Furman University. Programs are planned from January 13th to February 18th of this year.
 
Mrs. Baxter retired from Children's Hospital Oakland in Oakland, CA and relocated to her native Greenville, South Carolina in 2003. At the time of her retirement, she was Senior Administrator for the Community Health and Governmental and Affairs at the hospital, and her tenure covered a span of 23 years. Mrs. Baxter has lived a "lifetime for work" for children and their health needs both in California and locally in Greenville.
 
She began as a Director of Clinical Social Work and after four years moved into various administrator roles and functions an executive staff for most of the service areas throughout the pediatric medical, teaching and research center. Prior to joining Children Hospital Peggy worked in Community Mental Health in various roles from Psychiatric Social Worker to Director of a Community Mental Health Clinic for children and families. For several years, she served an adjunct instructor at a Community College where she taught Human Growth and Development and Urban Sociology. For more than 35 years while in California, she served on numerous not-for-profit Board of Directors and statewide public policy commissions.
 
Mrs. Baxter is a founding Director for the Black Woman Organization for Political Action, and Director Safe Passage. She serves her local community as a member of the Sterling Land Trust Board of Directors, and Greenville’s Habit for Humanity's Board of Directors. She is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and serves on the Board of Director for South Carolina Cancer Alliance, New Horizon Family Health Center and the Piedmont Heath Foundation.
 
She is married to Charles Baxter and they reside in Greenville South Carolina. She is a Deacon at Long Branch Baptist Church of Greenville, SC. 
 
We are proud to include her with more than thirty winners of the MLK Citizenship Awards in the 38 years of the MLK Gala's history. Please join us as we honor Mrs. Baxter's accomplishments and the great legacy of Dr. King's life and message at this year's Gala. The Gala also raises funds for the Luke H. Chatman Scholarship, which is given proudly to Greenville High School students annually for four years.

AGF schedules Annual Oratorical Contest for Feb. 18th

posted Nov 25, 2016, 6:46 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Jan 18, 2017, 10:05 PM ]

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Greenville, South Carolina - It is that time again to plan for the 2017 Joseph Vaughn Oratorical Contest sponsored by Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Furman University.  The packet of information for submitting your registration information is available on the Joseph Vaughn Oratorical Competition Event Page with an history of the the past events. 

This year’s topic is “Hope, Harmony, Humanity: Are They Still Relevant in Contemporary America?”  Please note that the Entry Form (page 3) must be submitted no later than January 19, 2017 and the Written Speech submitted by January 27, 2017 and the Final Competition scheduled for February 17, 2017. 

We hope you will encourage any High School Students of Greenville County to enter this competition and also plan to attend the final event in February.  If you have never attended one of these competitions, we feel you will enjoy seeing the talent of our local youth.

Michael Chatman, Program Chair.
2 Space Drive
Taylors, South Carolina  29687
Office: 864-355-8395/Fax: 864-355-9904/Cell: 864-505-0420
Email: mchatman@greenville.k12.sc.us

2017 MLK Scholarship Gala Set for January 29th

posted Nov 1, 2016, 5:19 AM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 5:19 AM ]

Greenville, South Carolina - Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation along with Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha will again sponsor its 38th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala at 3 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Melvin and Dottie Younts Conference Center on the campus of Furman University. 

The Gala features a full course dinner and live entertainment. Recent years have seen the Scholarship Gala positioned as a kickoff event for Martin Luther King activities in Greenville and surrounding areas; however this year, the Gala will be held at the end of January.  Tickets are $50.00 per person and can be purchased from any member of the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter or by calling Alpha Greenville Foundation at (864) 735-0885. Tickets will be available online, after December 25th.

Proceeds from the Scholarship Gala support the Luke H. Chatman Scholarship for local high students as well fund other community efforts such the MLK Youth Program, Gordon College Fair, and Joseph Vaughn Oratorical Competition. See Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation website for more information, www.alphagreenville.org. 

Last year, Bajeyah Eaddy, CEO of CEO/Founder of Standing Against Violence Everyday, Inc. (S.A.V.E), has been selected as the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award winner which was presented at Gala. In addition to presenting the winner of this year's award, the Gala is the longest held annual Commemorative event MLK Holiday for the Upstate and serves the culminating event for the Foundation's fundraising efforts. 

After November 15th, a listing of the MLK 2017 events as well as event profiles can be found on the Alpha Greenville Foundation's webiste at www.alphagreenville.org.

Download MLK Solictation Letter & Sponsorship Packet for 2017 are available for download below. 
All sponsorships and Ads are due by December 25th. 

2016 Project Alpha to held on July 16th; Register by July 1st

posted Jun 1, 2016, 10:32 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 10:47 PM ]

Greenville, South Carolina - Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation is sponsor its annual Project Alpha Seminar on July 16, 2016 at the Kroc Center in Greenville, South Carolina. The event will start at 10 AM and last until 2 PM. 

Project Alpha is a set of educational seminars for adolescent males conducted collaboratively by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the March of Dimes. First developed in 1980, the program's goal is to assist young men with making responsible life decisions. The program will have several speakers on various topics related to male life experiences. There is an emphasis placed on the notion many life decisions have consequences and they should be aware of those consequences. 

Parents and young adult males between the age of 12-17 can attend and can register online at http://projectalpha-agf-2016.eventbrite.com/ by July 1, 2016. All attendees are required to have parental consent because of the frank nature of the discussions and topics that are discussed. Online registration participants should bring their tickets to the event. 

For more information about the Project Alpha agenda, you can contact the Program Chairman, Chuck Ford, at (864) 325-2809,  send an email to contact@alphagreenville.org or view the Project Alpha event page on the Alpha Greenville Website.

MLK Scholarship Gala Directions

posted Jan 9, 2016, 9:47 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Jan 10, 2016, 5:40 AM ]

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Greenville, South Carolina - We hope to see at MLK Scholarship Gala at 3 PM at the Melvin and Dottie Younts Conference Center on the campus of Furman University.  The center is above the Timmons Auditorium and there is plenty of parking for the event. 

We are asking guests arrive at 2:30 PM to seat at their tables.  Again, thank you for supporting our effort and celebrating Dr. King and legacy. 

Here are your options for directions for the event: 

Furman Location Page for Younts Center Center

Gate Entrance for Younts Conference Center


Please note, there is signage to direct you to the Younts Conference Center. 

Scholarship Gala to showcase MLK Citizenship Award

posted Dec 19, 2015, 9:18 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Dec 21, 2015, 6:25 AM ]

Ms. Bajeyah Eaddy is named 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award Winner

Greenville, South Carolina - Gamma Gamma Lambda and Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation have announced their 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award winner, Bajeyah Eaddy. Ms. Eaddy will receive the award at the 37th Annual Martin Luther King Scholarship Gala on January 10th at 3 PM. 

Both Gamma Gamma Lambda and Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation are continuing our partnership with Furman University since 2008, and together they are sponsoring several events on Furman's campus starting with the Scholarship Gala on January 10th and continuing to the Joseph Vaughan Oratorical Competition on February 20th. "it is great to celebrate 37 years of service to the community. ", says Travis Smith, Vice Chairman of Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization formed in 2012. "Our partnership with Furman has also allow us to address some of the tremendous needs in the community. The mission of this year's award truly aligns with our foundation's efforts to reach the community."

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Bajeyah Eaddy has been selected as
the 2016 MLK Citizenship Award Winner

As an abuse survivor and CEO/Founder of Standing Against Violence Everyday, Inc. (S.A.V.E) for more than two years, Ms. Bajeyah Eaddy has led the effort in the Upstate to address the challenging problem of abuse against women. S.A.V.E, a 501(c) tax exempt non-profit based in Mauldin, South Carolina, was founded as an organization dedicated to and focused on helping rebuild lives, families, and communities through education on dating abuse and domestic violence.

 

Nothing destroys the fabric of families more than witnessing or experiencing violence in action, word or deed. Many families find it hard to rebuild when violence has been introduced or children have been subjected to it from a very early age. S.A.V.E.'s focus is "Rebuilding hope in the heart, one person at a time!". Its vision is to rebuild lives, families, homes, communities, and neighborhoods by saving one person at a time from domestic violence and dating abuse, while simultaneously working to end violence of any and every kind.

S.A.V.E. mentors and supports at-risk women by sponsoring group sessions with women and teens dealing with dating abuse. It makes a positive impact by helping people to know the signs of abuse through summits, church seminars, youth seminars and other community involvement.

We are proud to count Ms. Bajeyah Eaddy among the many winners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award.The Scholarship Gala serves as both a "kickoff event" to the Upstate Community's Martin Luther King Celebrations but also primarily as a Community Celebration of our shared goal to "Build the Beloved Community" in the Upstate. The Gala will continue to celebrate our past foundation youth winners with the upcoming events in January and February of 2016 (see the complete list of events).

"The Beloved Community" is a concept popularized from Dr. King's 1957 Nobel Peace prize speech as the aftermath of the nonviolent struggle. The Foundation solicits funds through the Gala to support several different programs in the Greenville area including the Luke H. Chatman Scholarship, which supports four local students at various universities across the state.

The following is a list of events sponsored by the Alpha Greenville Foundation and Furman University.


January 2016

 

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala
    Sunday, January 10, 2016 | 3:00 PM |
    Melvin and Dottie Younts Conference Center, Furman University
    Tickets are $50 per person include a Dinner, Live Band, & Presentation of 2016 MLK Citizenship Award winner.

General Admission Tickets are available by calling (864) 735-0880 or by GGL Chapter (864) 441-9067
After Dec. 26, 2015, at mlkgala2016.eventbrite.com  

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
    Monday, January 18, 2016 | 8 AM to 11 AM | TD Convention Center
    Presented by Upcountry History Museum- Furman University with Furman's Heller Service Corps

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Celebration
    Thursday, January 24, 2016 | 5 PM | Daniel Memorial Chapel, Furman University
    Reverend Kimberly Jackson ’06, chaplain at the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center in Atlanta, Georgia, serving students from Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, Morris Brown, and Spelman Colleges

February 2016

    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Speaker:  
      Juan Williams -- CLP 
      Thursday, February 3, 2016 | 7 PM to 9 PM |  Melvin and Dottie Younts Conference Center, Furman University
      7 PM Lecture | 8 PM Book Signing

    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Program & Rudolph Gordon College Fair
      Saturday, February 6, 2016 | 9 AM to 1 PM| Trone Center, Furman University
      Open to the public, MLK Youth Program winners honored,
      College Students will speak to winners on their first of year of college; Financial Aid Seminar for Parents.

    • Joseph Vaughn Oratorical Competition
      Saturday, February 20, 2016 | 10 AM to 2 PM | Trone Center, Furman University
      Open to the public, MLK Youth Orators will speech on "Is there a Correlation between the Civil Rights Movement of our Past and the Civil Disobedience of our Present?"


    Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation
    , established in 2012 as a public 501c3 non-profit, tax-exempted organization, our mission is to aid the poor and disadvantage and help them toward a life of self-sufficiency. Sometimes referred to as the Alpha Greenville Foundation, our programs address teenage pregnancy prevention, college preparation & awareness, educational scholarships, youth leadership development and other similar programs. We serve the Upstate area of South Carolina, and are affiliated with the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of ΑΦΑ in Greenville, South Carolina.

     

    Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter is the Greenville, SC Chapter established in 1941. The Chapter was chartered as the third Alumni chapter in the District of South Carolina under the Fraternal administration of Brother Ray W. Logan, 16th General President and Brother Jos. H.B. Evans, General Secretary. For more than seventy years, and under the Umbrella of the National Organization, Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter has set as its objective to carry out the mandates of "Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love for All Mankind".

     

    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., (ΑΦΑ) the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on December 4, 1906. The Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice – educationally and socially – at Cornell. The founders and early leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.

     

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    2016 Joseph Vaughn Oratorical Contest set for February 20th

    posted Dec 15, 2015, 5:43 AM by Bobby Clark

    Greenville, South Carolina - It is again time to start the process of securing contestants for our 2016 Joseph Vaughn Oratorical Competition.  Each year since 2008, Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation, in conjunction with Furman University host this competition to give 9 thru 12 grade students in Greenville County an opportunity to display their oratorical skills and compete for prizes. 

    This year, the final competition is scheduled for February 20, 2016 and the event page has all information and dates necessary to apply for the competition.  We ask that you help us get the word out to students in the Greenville Community and encourage them to enter this competition.  This is a very exciting event and an excellent showcase of talent in the Greenville Community.

    Please help us make this 2016 Joseph Vaughn Oratorical Contest the biggest and best to date.  Please share this information with any inspiring orators.

    Michael Chatman
    Chairman, Joseph Vaughn Oratorical Competition
    Office: 864-505-0420

    Students spoke at the 2015 Joseph Vaughn Oratorical Competition at Furman University

    37th Annual MLK Scholarship Gala will be held on January 10, 2016

    posted Oct 18, 2015, 8:38 AM by Bobby Clark

    Furman University -  The Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation will present their 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala at Furman University on January 10, 2016. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Luke H. Chatman Memorial Scholarship and five educational programs (MLK Youth Day program, Rudolph Gordon College Fair, Leadership Development Citizenship Educational Institute, Joseph Vaughan Oratorical Competition and the Upstate Project Alpha Seminar).
     
    Sponsors will receive great media exposure throughout the Foundation 2016 educational campaign. We will display your company signage during the Gala, provide tickets to attend the Gala, and have your company logo and personal message listed on programs and video presentations for the five major educational events throughout the year. By participating in the gala, you will be joining an illustrious group of corporations, local businesses, civic groups and individuals.
     
    Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation (www.alphagreenville.org) , a registered non-profit organization (38-3882028) was established in 2012 as a public 501c3 non-profit, tax-exempted organization, our mission is to aid the poor and disadvantage and help them toward a life of self-sufficiency. Our programs address teenage pregnancy prevention, college preparation & awareness, educational scholarships and youth leadership development.
     
    Please help make a difference in our community by contributing to the success of this year's gala.

    For your convenience, we have attached the details about gala advertising. If you have questions, or would like to make arrangements for an ad, please call the Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation Office at (864) 735-0880 or contact us at contact@alphagreenville.org.

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