In this nation the problem of single parent households and fatherless children has become an epidemic. In 2005, close to 70% of all black children were born into fatherless households. These numbers increase with each passing year.
According to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children growing up in fatherless homes are more likely to run away, have behavioral disorders, commit suicide, abuse drugs, drop out of school, end up in prison, commit violent crimes and become teen parents out of wedlock.
The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the first black Greek letter fraternity in the nation, understands the importance of a community of support in every youth’s life, specifically focusing on fatherless African American boys and their need for a strong, male role model.
Through their partnership with the March of Dimes, Alpha Phi Alpha’s Project Alpha seeks to provide mentoring to at-risk youth within the African American community. Project Alpha is a national initiative that seeks to provide “education, motivation and skill-building on issues of responsibility,” teaching young men ages 12 to 15 about fatherhood and the role of males in healthy relationships. Their program includes education on abstinence, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy in the hopes of inspiring wise decision making in the future.
Famous members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity include but are not limited to Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Rhodes Scholar and former Jamaican Prime Minister Norman Manley, W.E.B. Dubois, Duke Ellington and Frederick Douglass.