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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.