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Male Youth Learn about Responsible Choices at Project Alpha

posted Jul 29, 2014, 5:53 AM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Jul 31, 2014, 12:30 PM ]
Greenville, South Carolina - 
On Saturday, June 19, 2014, Alpha Greenville Foundation in partnership with the March of Dimes and Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha sponsored our annual Project Alpha Seminar. Piedmont Natural Gas ( was the sponsor for this year's event which was held at the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (  More than eighty male youths ranging from the age of 10 to 18 years old participated in this event. 

The chapter collaborated with local community organizations in order to make this an impactful day for participants.  Featured speakers were Reverend Darrin K. Johnson (ΑΦΑ) - Pastor, New Prospect Baptist Church and Dwayne Skinner (ΚΑΨ) - Senior District Executive, Boys Scouts of America , Mr. Stacey Ashmore – Community Outreach Coordinator of Greenville Family Partnership (, and Bro.Farroll Daniels (ΑΦΑ) - CEO of Save Our Sons (  These speakers addressed topics related to self-respect, respect for others, bullying, teen pregnancy, gang violence and cyber-social responsibility. 

The 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.” 

This year attendance was a 50% increase over last year 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.

2014 Project Alpha Attendees on July 19th

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.

Mr. Stacey Ashmore (above) and Bro. Farroll Daniels (below) speak to youth about responsibility and consequence.

 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. is the nation’s first Greek-letter fraternity established by African-American college students established on December 4, 1906 on the campus of Cornell University. There are more than 750 chapters worldwide with over 100,000 members. Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter is a local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha in Greenville. 

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.  (written by Rodney Dinkins)

We like to thank our sponsor, Piedmont Natural Gas, for their support of this community event.

Bobby Clark,
Jul 29, 2014, 5:53 AM