BIG BROTHERS / BIG SISTERS OF AMERICA

Big Brothers / Big Sisters of America

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America program was implemented during the fraternity’s 1990 General Convention.The two organizations signed an agreement to assist each other in reaching their goals of working toward the positive development of African-American youth and empowering their families and communities. The focus of this partnership is to:

  • Increase the number of African-American children exposed to positive African-American adult role models
  • Increase minority representation on local Big Brothers/Big Sisters’ Board of Directors
  • Increase positive perceptions of both organizations in the African-American community
  • Expose African-American boys of Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs to positive Alpha role models and the programs of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

“We in Alpha must get with it.” It should be the part of every Alpha Chapter program to go into the ghetto — take one man or boy and share with him some of our own life experiences. Our fraternity proclaims “Love for all mankind.”Let us make this a reality. Our work with the ghetto man is for the purpose of raising his aspirations and helping all of us understand the basic problems involved.”

-Thurgood Marshall. 1966, from Sphinx Magazine, 1976.