Project Alpha was developed to assist African American teenage boys in south St. Petersburg to realize their full potential. The program has been in existence for over 22 years, and while many community leaders have contributed their time, the program has been sustained and nurtured under the able leadership of Charley Williams and Willie Felton, two experienced educational administrators in the area.
Students from area schools, grades 8 11, are recommended by guidance counselors to the directors of the program. These students are then invited to attend Saturday morning sessions for 810 weeks beginning in February.
The topics include: “How I made it” biographical sketches by community professionals, school survival tips, developing educational goals and values, how to handle bullying, sexual education for teens, problem solving in “real life” situations, building self-esteem, anger management and conflict resolution, and dealing with authority.
The program culminates in a weekend field trip to places of historical and educational interest. Last year the participants visited Washington, D.C. If participants are accepted to college they compete for scholarships awarded by the Fraternity.
In addition, alumni of the program, who are still in school, are invited to return for certain sessions on Saturday for reinforcement and additional mentoring. The program is funded by the Theta Eta lambda Alpha Foundation.