For the youth of South Sacramento, sometimes there is no one to look up to, no one to teach life experiences, or just somewhere to go. The Alpha Academy provides these services.
The Zeta Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Cosumnes River College created the Alpha Academy. The Alpha Academy is a 4-hour workshop, held one Saturday a month, that brings adult male professionals together with male high school and middle school students. Topics of discussion range from skill-building, motivation, academic performance, teen pregnancy prevention, career goals, and contemporary challenges and many other challenges young people face.
Three times a week, the Alpha Academy provides tutoring for boys and girls who need academic assistance in any subject. High school students can serve as tutors and earn community service hours.
“We really try to show our students that education is the path to greatness,” says John Taylor, a member of Alpha Academy.
The Alpha Academy also provides a parents support group. Parents can come and learn parenting skills, student and parent rights, and network with other parents.
“I really like that my kids are involved in this program,” said Sheila Spikes, a parent of two students in the Alpha Academy. “They are able to get the help they need and are involved in such a positive thing.”
The Alpha Academy Student Pledge states, “We have the power, we will excel, we are in control,we will graduate on time, with the highest grades possible, and move on to higher education.” The Alpha Academy helps to facilitate just that.