Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation, Inc. 

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


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Responsible Life choices emphasized to Local Male Youth

posted May 22, 2017, 6:54 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated May 22, 2017, 6:54 PM ]

More than 70 youth are empowered to make responsible decisions at annual Project Alpha Seminar

Contact: Chuck Ford, Bobby Clark
Program Chair: Chuck Ford
Event occurred on July 16, 2016 from 10 AM to 2 PM., Greenville, South Carolina
Questions please contact Chuck Ford, contact@gglapa.org or (864) 325-2809 (cell)

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Some attendees at the Project Alpha Seminar at the Kroc Center on July 16th. 
 
Greenville, South Carolina - On July 16th, Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter, in partnership with the March of Dimes and Alpha Greenville Foundation with our Foundation sponsor, Piedmont Natural Gas, sponsored our annual Project Alpha Seminar. Walmart of Travelers Rest was an important sponsor for the event which was held at the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. More than seventy youth ranging in age from 10 to 18 participated in this event which emphasizes responsible decision making as many life situations were discussed at the seminar. 

Collaboration was a key element to the success of the program. "Even if the program is called Project Alpha, we know it takes all of us to send the message to youth to make responsible choices," stated Bro. Chuck Ford, Program Chair. "The goal is to impact young men with accurate information and role models who have made good choices.”

The chapter collaborated with the local community to make this an impactful day for all participants. Featured speakers were Reverend Darrin K. Johnson (ΑΦΑ), Pastor, New Prospect Baptist Church, Attorney Christopher Jackson, lawyer with The Department of Social Services, Mr. Stacey Ashmore – Community Outreach Coordinator of Greenville Family Partnership, and Bro. Patrick Gramblin (ΑΦΑ), Purchasing Manager at BMW Manufacturing. The speakers addressed topics related to self-respect, respect for others, bullying, how to interact with members of the law enforcement agency, teen pregnancy, gang violence and cyber-social responsibility.

Collaboration with other community groups was a key element to the success of the program. "Even if the program is called Project Alpha, we know it takes all of us to send the message to youth to make responsible choices," stated Chuck Ford, Chair of the Program. "The real goal is to impact young men with accurate information and role models who have made good choices.”

The attendance this year was consistent with previous years and highlights the continued efforts to reach into the local community. A solid message was conveyed to all of the youth participants, sponsors and parents who attended.  

Mr. Stacey Ashmore informs participants
about STDs and prevention.

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The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. They fund programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies. Established in 1938 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to put an end to polio, the March of Dimes accomplished this mission within 20 years. Following this victory, the March of Dimes turned its attention to saving babies from birth defects -- mental and physical problems that are present at birth.

Today, the March of Dimes is one of the largest voluntary health agencies in the country, with 92 chapters nationwide. There is a 60-year track record of breakthroughs that save babies, including neonatal intensive care units, surfactant therapy, fetal surgery and folic acid education. Seventy-five percent of funds spent go to research and programs.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on December 4, 1906. The Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter was chartered on August 24, 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina under the Umbrella of the National Organization and the first African-American Greek-Letter Alumni Chapter in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Established in 2012 as a public 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempted organization, Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation's 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, 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.

Project Alpha 2017 schedule for July 15th

posted May 22, 2017, 6:53 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated May 22, 2017, 6:59 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 by July 15, 2017. 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 or send an email to contact@alphagreenville.org.

AGF Names 2017 LHC Scholarship Winners

posted May 20, 2017, 10:58 AM by Bobby Clark

Congratulations to Jared Dakota Dawson and Kai Alexander Standifer

Greenville, South Carolina - Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation is proud to name our selections for Luke H. Chatman Scholarship for 2017, Mr. Jared Dakota Dawson (Riverside High School) and Mr. Kai Alexander Standifer (Maudlin High School). Each will receive $750.00 per year for four years for attending a college of their choice by Spring 2018. 

"We are very proud to be supporting these two students with their college careers. We expect great things from both of them", Jimmy Durante, Scholarship Chair and Treasurer of AGF. AGF awarded two students this year to fill the void, since we didn't have four students to support. AGF Board members attend award ceremonies for winners, when possible. 


Mr. Kai Alexander Standifer of Simpsonville, was one of the 2017 LHC Scholarship winner. Along with Mr. Jared Dakota Dawson (Riverside High School, not pictured)

Since 1987, the Gamma Gamma Lambda chapter has coordinated and given the Luke H. Chatman Memorial Scholarship which last year gave three $3,000.00 scholarship ($750 for four years), and has given more than $74,000 in scholarships to worthy local high school students.

These scholarships are based on the whole person concept, which encompasses academic achievement, leadership, citizenship, athletics and service to the community. Also, an applicant's financial need will be considered in the selection of the scholarships. As started in 2004, the scholarship application requires two letters of reference from the community.

More about the Luke H. Chatman Scholarship can be found on the program for the Scholarship.


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. 

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