Ten years ago the national organizations of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.(APHIA) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS) formally partnered. Their common goal was to meet the needs of so many young boys in the U.S. who wanted Big Brothers and mentors. BBBS is one of the most successful mentoring organizations in the country, matching children with caring adults in the community. APHIA called upon its membership to become Big Brothers so that more African-American boys could benefit from a mentoring relationship. In 2007 the Beta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. located at Virginia State University, became the first Chapter in the U.S. to have 100 percent of its membership mentoring as Big Brothers. Moreover, the Beta Gamma Chapter served 17 boys during the 2007 school year, the most children served by any single chapter in the country. A legacy has begun, as the Beta Gamma Chapter is again at 100 percent for the 2008 school year.
It’s right to feel pride: Big Brother Idris Robinson with Little Brother John Trell.
Big Brother Timothy James leads Little Brother Trey in learning public speaking.
The Men of Alpha Phi Alpha set a high standard for youth. Pictured here (back row left to right) are Michael Tucker, Brandon Benjamin, Kirk Williams, Chino Simmons, Travis Tucker,Christopher Coleman, Gregory Holloway, Romell Floyd, Branden Riley, and Ashmore Hyndman, and (front row, left to right) Timothy James and Idris Robinson.
Building computer skills, it’s Big Brother Michael Tucker with Little Brother Trashawn.