The Eta Eta Lambda Chapter is the 262nd House of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., was chartered on April 14, 1959 by seven men who resided in the Anne Arundel County communities. Aside from the many social injustices many African-American faced during these times, these men wanted to provide higher educational opportunities for young Africa-American males in the community they served. By taking advantage of the Fraternity’s “Voteless People is a Hopeless People” program the chapter began voter drives to get young black men to register to vote and educated them on the importance of voting. Over the years that follow the chapter has been involved with the NAACP Civil Rights Movement and advocated for many social changes that have occured in the county. Mentoring young men has not only been apart of the Fraternity as a whole but also apart of the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter. We have been mentoring since 1959. However, it was not until 1993 that the idea of an actual dedicated program began to form. Learn more about our chapter at: www.apa262.com.
From 1993-1995, the mentoring program operated at Annapolis Elementary School, where participants had the opportunity to visit the Spruill Family Farm and assist the brothers in their fundraising efforts. This was a continued mentoring effort from 1995 to 2000.
Hearing a call beyond the Chesapeake Bay, the mentoring program stretched beyond Annapolis to the Eastern Shore at Kent Island High School from 2000-2002 under the guidance direction of Brothers Andre Dillard and Walter Reap.
Perceiving the growing needs of young males in Annapolis, Eta Eta Lambda established a Boys Scout Troop from 2003-2005 at the Robinwood Recreational Center, which operated a mentoring/educational program in addition to the traditional scout activities. Upon completion in Robinwood, the program transitioned to the Obery Court Recreational Center in 2005.
Due to an increased desire to reach a greater audience, the mentoring program was grounded in the Anne Arundel County School System. From 2006-2007, the program was operated twice a month at Annapolis High School; however, greater expansion was still needed.
Humbly answering the call of help from the county, the mentoring program transformed into the Alpha Academy Mentoring Program and was open to all young men in Anne Arundel County in grades 6-12, collaborating with Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Har-Pearl Spruill Foundation.
In 2010, Alpha Academy was open to young boys in grades 3-5. Presently, the Alpha Academy Mentoring Program continues to provide workshop sessions every second Saturday of each month from September through May. Offering numerous educational workshops that consist of various topics, discussions, interactions, speakers, and much more.
This collaborative project is designed to provide education, motivation and skill-building on issues of responsibility, relationships, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases for young males ages 12-15.
The "Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College" program, established in 1922, concentrates on the importance of completing secondary and collegiate education as a road to advancement.
Because of poll taxes, threats of reprisal, and lack of education about the voting process. Voter education and registration has remained a dominant focus of this outreach activity for over 65 years.
It is our mission is to develop a 21st century generation of leaders. This mission starts with young people, particularly those who demonstrate the potential to comprehend and apply the fundamental principles needed by leaders.