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2/10/2024

Alpha Academy February 2024 Session

Overall: We are excited that attendance is holding steady after the new year. After introductions, presenting the overview for the day, and feeding the mentees, we introduced the Origin of Black History Month to all of the mentees. This topic was both informative and engaging for the mentees. The focus on the origin of Black History Month was particularly relevant and essential for the mentees to understand and learn about. We introduced the topics in a way that allowed for discussion and reflection on the contributions of famous African Americans that are in relation to the 2024 Black History Month theme – African Americans and the Arts. After our group discussion, we split up so that each age group could continue with their projects and learning journeys. Elementary school mentees continued their STEM learning journey by learning more about the EV Storm robot and created a program that they downloaded to the robot that focused on its movements. The middle school mentees were guided through the recap of each step of the car design process, from sanding to discussing potential and kinetic energy. They have been asked to bring their completed cars to the March session. The High School mentees were split into two teams and played Black History Month Kahoot it where the winner will receive gift cards in March. The questions focused on notable African Americans who significantly contributed to society, African Americans in the Engineering Field, and important Black History facts. Elementary: The elementary school student portion of the February session went very well. The students were very enthusiastic and highly motivated. During the session, students learned the various components that make up the EV3 Mindstorm robot and how they function. In addition, students created a computer program to download from the desktop to the robots. Their programming focused on robot’s movement. After the session, one of the students came up to me and said, "You did good!" As a teacher that comment really meant a lot. Middle School: For the individual middle school curriculum, we planned activities like the Black History card game and Kahoot trivia, which likely added an element of fun while still reinforcing crucial historical knowledge. Incorporated the Pinewood Derby car recap session of hands-on activities was fantastic for teaching practical skills and principles of physics and car maintenance. Bro. Boles, Askins, Wilson and Hood actively guided the mentees through the recap of each step of the car design process, from sanding to discussing potential and kinetic energy. Encouraging the mentees to bring their completed cars to the next meeting fostered accountability and a sense of accomplishment. A few mentees still needed to complete the sanding part, but they ensured the team they would have the cars completed for the next AAMP meeting on March 9, 2024. The mentees were instructed to bring their cars in the shoe box. High School: The high schoolers were divided into groups. They played Black History Kahoot it against each other where we focused on important Black History facts and notable African Americans in the Engineering field and who have significantly contributed to American society. Two captains were named by Bro. Hardman: Evan and Tobias. Then, we went around the room as they selected their teammates. It was the Ravens (Evan's Team on the right side of the room) vs the Patriots (Tobias' Team on the left side). We proceeded to play the game; it was fun, as we had a few lead changes. We then proceeded to address the answers to the questions using the notes to the questions as a starter. Brothers Kenneth Williams, Dillard, and Simmons assisted Bro. Hardman and Bro. Hood with leading conversations around the Kahoot it facts.

12/16/2023

The Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated Remembers Fallen Veterans and Participates in Wreaths Across America 2023

CROWNSVILLE, MD. On December 16, 2023, the Brothers of the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, participated in the national Wreaths Across America Day to commemorate fallen veterans. Twenty-five Eta Eta Lambda Chapter Brothers laid 500+ wreaths on the graves of our heroes at Crownsville Veteran’s Cemetery. The annual program invites volunteer community members to come out to the cemetery in December to coordinate wreath-laying in ceremonies hosted at thousands of participating locations in all 50 states. Eta Eta Lambda Chapter Brothers closely identify with the mission of Wreaths Across America which is to Remember the fallen; Honor those who serve; and Teach the next generation the value of freedom. A plurality of our chapter membership are veterans and all seven of the charter brothers of our chapter are veterans. Coordination for the chapter’s participation in the 2023 event was led by Brothers Michael Askins and Michael Hardman, Sr., both of whom are veterans of the United States Army and whom both served more than 20 years in the armed forces. The event also served as a catalyst to remember and visit a few of our brothers who entered Omega Chapter and are also buried on the grounds of the Crownsville Veterans Cemetery: Charter Brothers Robert H. Haygood, Sr., Lawrence E. Knight, Jerry H. Luck, and Past President Bro. William Hayes. Remembering our veterans who answered the call of service to our country in the same way the fraternity and chapter endeavors to be of service to the community is a solemn obligation and privilege. The Eta Eta Lambda Chapter takes seriously this opportunity and is committed to participating in this event each year.

11/23/2023

HHL Brothers help give out Thanksgiving day lunch

Brothers Andre Dillard and Michael Bertty served the community of Brooklyn Maryland at Park Elementary School on Thanksgiving morning providing 200+ families with clothes, turkeys, and canned goods. It was a sea of people who sought assistance to have a blessed Thanksgiving. Our honoree, Dr. Shawn Ashworth from the masquerade ball and president of Food 4 Thought Community Outreach Services, Inc., ran the event.

10/21/2023

2023 Black and Gold Masquerade Scholarship Ball

🎭✨ Last night's #alphaphialpha Black and Gold Masquerade Scholarship Ball was a night to remember! 🌟 The atmosphere was electric, the food was exquisite, and the music by DJ Clottey kept us dancing all night long. 🎶 Seeing everyone in their stunning dresses and sharp tuxedos was a sight to behold! 👗🕺 Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the magic of the evening. Your presence made it unforgettable! ✨ A special highlight of the evening was the opportunity to honor four outstanding community leaders. Their dedication and contributions have made a lasting impact on our community, and it was a privilege to recognize their efforts. 🏆 📸 We captured so many fun moments in photos – laughter, dancing, and unforgettable memories. Check out our gallery to relive the night's highlights! 📷 Let's continue spreading the love! ❤️ Consider making a difference by supporting the Eta Eta Lambda Foundation. Your donations go a long way in empowering our community and creating positive change. Visit our website to donate: www.etaetalambda501c3.org/donate

9/9/2023

Alpha Academy Kicks Off New Season

There was a lot of information given in this session about what the mentees will be doing this school year, and the significant differences to the program. We are still in session once a month from September to June, but we have extended our meeting time one hour, so we will end our sessions at 1PM instead of 12PM. We are also splitting the age groups this year (Elementary, Middle, High School) in an effort to meet the specific needs of each age group. Each age group will have specific focuses and goals. We have a new digital sign-in process using QR codes, meaning each mentee will have a lanyard that they will need to bring with them each session. This will be their entry into the program each month, so it is important. Another big change this school year is our location. Our opening session was at Georgetown East Elementary, but our remaining sessions will be held at Annapolis Middle School. Annapolis Middle is on Spa Rd., and is about 1 mile from Georgetown East Elementary School. More details to come on Annapolis Middle School. The Pinewood Derby car project has expanded further and will continue this school year. The Pinewood Derby car project will be the main focus of the middle school aged mentees, and Race Day will consist of TWO other mentoring programs this year!! AAMP is back in action and ready to make a difference in your son's life!! Session #1 will be on October 14th and we will start promptly at 9AM. See you There!!

8/26/2023

HHL Community Cookout

ANNAPOLIS, MD. On August 26, 2023, the Brothers of the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, delivered the first ever Community Engagement Cookout for the City of Annapolis. The cookout, centered on connecting to community and partnering with community resources, included providing food for community members, a book bag and school supply collection to benefit a local school, and a resource fair for residents to engage with. The brainchild of Brother Michael Bertty, II, the event was shepherded under his direction, while the newest members of the chapter, Brothers Hardman, Butler-Sims, Askins, Brailsford, Bryant, Dove, and Gross facilitated the day of execution. Brothers from across the Mid-Atlantic Association of Alpha Phi Alpha Chapters (MAAC) were present. Community partners who participated in the resource fair include, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Anne Arundel County Police Department, the Anne Arundel County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. There were also elected officials and school leaders present. Annapolis City Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell-Charles, Representatives from the Office of the Mayor for the City of Annapolis, Chapter Brother Dr. Mark Bedell, Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Chapter Brother Andre Dillard, Senior Manager of Mentor Programs for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Cheryl Cox, Principal of Mills- Parole Elementary School, and Audra Whayland, Principal of Annapolis High School. Over two hundred community members participated in this first event and on Thursday, August 29, 2023, Brothers Bertty, Dillard, Hughes, Pittman, and S. Williams were able to formally donate the collected supplies to Phoenix Academy in Annapolis . Owing to the fraternity’s commitment of being Servants of All, the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter is committed to making this engagement activity an annual event and the brothers of the chapter look forward to cultivating the relationships formed with the community partners to further reach our community through working together on initiatives that we have a shared vision.

8/12/2023

The Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated Hosts 2023 Chapter Retreat

ARNOLD, MD. On August 12, 2023, the Brothers of the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, gathered for their annual chapter retreat, this year hosted on the campus of Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland. The retreat, intended to be an opportunity for reflection on the past year and a formal strategic planning session for the upcoming year, calls together the brothers of the chapter for a full day of engagement, spirited dialogue, honesty, creativity, and focus to ultimately continue to deliver on service to the residents of Anne Arundel County and Maryland, while fortifying our collective commitment to the brotherhood and the mission of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. This year’s retreat proved a pivotal event for our collective body, providing an invaluable opportunity to reflect upon the accomplishments of the past year. The retreat, coordinated by Chapter Vice President Brother Jamar Turner, allowed for the facilitation of a comprehensive review of our slate of activities, a constructive analysis of areas that demanded refinement, and a collaborative planning session for the year ahead. By considering feedback and embracing a spirit of open dialogue, the retreat led to the implementation of strategic improvements across various fronts. Some highlights of these improvements include enhancing our communication channels, which will result in a more impactful social media presence. Another is the introduction of age-focused activities through our signature Alpha Academy Mentoring Program, which will foster greater inclusivity and engagement, which the chapter believes will lead to heightened participation and retention. Chapter Brothers committed to enhancing participation at the regional and national level including seeking leadership positions where plausible. Improving our fiscal outlook and moving away from solely relying on dues as a funding source, the chapter spent time on improving fundraising strategies, which allowed for a thoughtful assessment of what had proven effective and what requires innovation. The retreat also underscored the importance of fortifying brotherly bonds, an overarching goal that remained at the forefront of discussions. In sum, the retreat served as a crucible for transformative growth which the chapter is confident will leave an indelible mark on our organization's trajectory moving forward.

5/29/2023

The Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated Co-Sponsors Inaugural Men’s Health Fair

ANNAPOLIS, MD. On May 20, 2023, the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated partnered with the other members of the Anne Arundel County Alliance of African-American Fraternities. Member organizations of the alliance include the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, seated in Annapolis, Maryland, the Annapolis, Maryland Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, the Mu Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Incorporated, seated in Annapolis, Maryland, and the Pi Zeta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, seated in Anne Arundel County Maryland. This group is a collective of organizations founded to create positive changes in the communities in which we live and serve, giving special attention to helping the least fortunate among us.  The event occurred between 10 am and 2 pm at Georgetown East Elementary School in Annapolis, Maryland. Through the inaugural Men’s Health and Resource Fair, the alliance endeavored to provide medical and mental health, social and emotional support resources, along with financial literacy information for young and adult males in our community. The Eta Eta Lambda Chapter takes seriously it’s responsibility to serve as conduits for access to services and change agents to better prepare and equip men with the tools and skills that will contribute to knowledge development in hopes of yielding optimum success as self-supporting and responsible citizens in our community. The event included presentations by panelist from across our community including Ascension St. Agnes Hospital Center, where medical professionals provided an informative discussion on the importance of prostate cancer screening. The event also featured informational booths from insurance companies, Anne Arundel County Police, Fire, and EMS, and representatives from the Anne Arundel County Social Services who were bringing awareness to opioid and fentanyl abuse in the county while sharing life saving tips for intervention. Eta Lambda Chapter was also prominently represented amongst the panelist, including Brother James Henson who presented on financial literacy and planning and Brother Karon Wilson who presented on mental health awareness. The chapter representative to the planning committee was Brother Andre Dillard, who serves as Principal of Georgetown East Elementary, the host of the successful event. There were over 70 men present, and there was also entertainment arranged for young men through the service of the Big Show Game Truck a local minority owned and operated business. This event was the first of what is intended to be an annual event and partnership with the Alliance.

4/29/2023

Brother Nivek Johnson participated in the Westland Middle School Colorsplash Run

Brother Nivek Johnson participated in the Westland Middle School Colorsplash Run. The Color Run was held on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at Westland Middle School in Bethesda, Maryland. The school Parent Teacher Association (PTA) hosted the color run. The run was a fundraiser for school funds related to teacher appreciation events, school assemblies, field trips, and various other school and extracurricular activity costs.

4/20/2023

Charter Month - Formal Dinner

Eta Eta Lambda brothers dressed up for the occasion for our charter month dinner honoring The Elite Seven at the Severn Inn - Annapolis. Severn Inn is located on the eastern side of the Naval Academy Bridge, the Severn Inn provides panoramic views of Annapolis, the Naval Academy, and the Severn River

4/12/2023

Charter Month - Axe House

This evening brothers took their talents visiting Axe House for Axe Throwing which can get very competitive 👀🤝🏽 brothers were able to give lessons to the rookies. Can you tell which ones are the vets?

4/8/2023

Alpha Academy - Know Your Rights - Session 7

Alpha Academy recognizes the critical importance of educating its students on their rights, and thus, it ensures that this topic is covered annually. This year's session was particularly informative, with guest speakers Bro. Officer Maury Fontaine from the PG County Police Department and Dr. Ja'Ken T. Caston the Principle at Jessup Correctional Institution. During the session, the mentees gained valuable insights into how to interact with the police, including what to say and do when confronted by law enforcement and police motives during questioning. They also learned about different types of offenses, the distinction between theft and robbery, as well as the difference between being detained and arrested. Additionally, he spoke about the importance of body cameras and the fact that parents should not expect police to parent their kids. The mentees were deeply engaged throughout the session, with many asking multiple questions. Dr. Caston's presentation was particularly impactful, as he shared his experiences in reforming inmates through education. The mentees learned that many inmates regretted not having positive role models in their lives. Dr. Caston also painted a vivid picture of the daily life of an inmate, including living in a cramped cell, adhering to strict eating schedules, constant monitoring, dealing with gangs, and minimal supplies when family support is lacking. The mentees asked Dr. Caston a multitude of questions, demonstrating their eagerness to learn more. Following the "Know Your Rights" discussion, the mentees moved on to the challenging task of balancing their cars. This activity required them to determine the appropriate weight to add to their cars and the optimal location for the car's center of gravity within a specified range from the rear axle. This ensures that the cars are heavy enough to mitigate aerodynamic drag and the CG is placed in an optimal location to maximize potential energy without the negative effect of snaking.

3/25/2023

Brothers Show Off their Golf Drive Game at NPHC event

Bros. Sweet, Hairston, and Montero participated in the Divine 9 TOPGOLF Tournament in Baltimore, MD. This was a national fundraiser to benefit Divine 9 Scholarship Programs and occurred at all participating TOPGOLF venues. A few sponsors were Callaway and SmartWater. The cost was a $40 Donation

2/18/2023

AAMP - African American Heritage Tour of Annapolis

HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH!! In celebration of Black History month, the Alpha Academy mentoring program had two sessions. On our second session, held February 18th, we took our mentees on a walking tour where they learned about the rich BLACK history that built the city of Annapolis. The tour was led by Janice Hayes-Williams & Stacie Williams of Our Local Legacy Tours. The version of the tour that we went on was called the "Up Town Tour". We started at Asbury United Methodist Church on West St., we visited and learned about the Stanton Center and its importance to the community being one of the first 1 room school houses in Annapolis for black boys and girls. Our next stop was the Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial and learned about the March on Washington where 500 residents from Annapolis and Anne Arundel County loaded buses to attend the March on Washington on August 28th 1963 to fight for jobs and freedom. We learned about how this was one of the major turning points in the Civil Rights Movement. Next we were given special access to tour the Banneker Douglas museum and learn about the artifacts and paintings inside as well as the history of the building and what it meant for black people in Annapolis, and many other historical facts on the way. We also visited the State House, took a tour of the inside, and learned about Thurgood Marshall and about his statue located right out back. This was an amazing session that had our mentees mind blown with the rich history they learned, and they had plenty of questions for our tour guides. We encourage all who have not taken any of the Black History Walking Tours to schedule one for you and your family in 2023. It is truly an experience!

2/17/2023

Eta Eta Lambda Foundation Donates $4050.60 to Annapolis Middle School

This past Friday HHΛ brothers were able to participate in Annapolis Middle School’s First Annual Black History Month program. This event was able to highlight organizations across the county as well as the AACO-NPHC. On behalf of the HHΛ foundation, we were able to present a check to the school in the amount of $4050.60 towards school uniforms for the students.

2/12/2023

Ice Cold Portraits

ICE COLD PORTRAITS were taken during the Superbowl party.

2/11/2023

Phellowship February - Navy/Army Basketball

Brothers at the Navy vs Army basketball game. This event was part of Phellowship February.

2/4/2023

Maryland Polar Plunge

Eight Ice-Cold Annapolis Alphas took part in the Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Springs State Park. The temperature at plunge time was 23F. Eta Eta Lambda raised over $2500 for the Special Olympics of Maryland. Thank you to everyone that donated!

1/14/2023

Alpha Academy - Session 4 - Positive Behaviors and Relationships

We were extremely excited to meet with our mentees following the Holidays. Our first session in 2023 was a success and we are currently still on schedule with our Pinewood Derby Car Project. The session's topic was "Positive Behavior and Relationships" and it was led by brothers Jamar Turner and Nivek Johnson. During the session, after a brief recap of our December session, we covered many topics heavily affecting our mentees today. We discussed stereotypes, what they are, and how they affect how we are perceived, manhood and what that means to our mentees, what it means to respect women, consent, and how to improve relationships with women. We were impressed at how much our mentees knew about these subjects. Following the session we split the young men into groups of about 5-6 and started the "Barbershop Talk" portion of our program. This is where we, in smaller groups, start to get to know our mentees outside of the topics we present each month. We want to emphasize belonging and safety for mentees, ensure all mentees are getting the same level of engagement, and determine what our mentees need individually and determine how to meet those needs, whether it be tutoring to help with grades, assistance with figuring out their next steps in life, family issues, and getting feedback from them on things they would like to see during our program. We plan to continue this breakout portion of the program every month moving forward. Following our breakout session we continued making progress on our Pinewood Derby car project. During the month of December the designs that our mentees designed and submitted, were cut and returned to the young men. Once they had their cars back, we let them balance their cars so they could determine the center of gravity for weight placement, gave them sandpaper, and taught them how to sand their vehicles. We had some additional cuts for those who missed December, and for the few mentees who joined the program this month so everyone is included. Their homework between this session and our next session on February 11th is to continue sanding their cars in preparation for the next steps!!!!!!!!

12/17/2022

Wreaths Across America

Chapter Brothers participated in the annual Wreaths Across America Day. Wreaths were laid at the grave site of THREE of our Chartering Brothers. Bro. Robert H. Haygood, Sr., Bro. Lawrence E. Knight, and Bro. Jerry H. Luck. All three graves were at Maryland Veteran’s Cemetery, Crownsville. Each December, on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and at more than 3,700 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.

11/19/2022

Thanksgiving Baskets

Brothers gave Thanksgiving baskets to those in need at Georgetown East Elementary School.

10/15/2022

Alpha Academy - Session 1 - Health and Wellness

The theme of Session 1 was physical and mental health.  During this session, Brother Dr. Adrian Hood led a group discussion on healthy eating habits and techniques to make good choices when there are few options. A demonstration was also given on the different steps of taking a person's blood pressure and what each step means. We all learned something from that. Afterwards, The "Price is Right" game was played. The group was split into 5 Mentee/Mentor teams and each tried to determine the price of a given healthy item without going over. The winning team won the snack which included packaged nuts, yogurt, bananas, smoothies, boiled eggs, and apple slices.  Bro. Brian Boles then presented information on mental health, how to identify the signs, and how to seek help. Also, The 2022-23 rendition of the Alpha Academy Mission statement was decided. The same 5 teams worked together to come up with an upbeat rendition of our Mission Statement.  All teams submitted outstanding suggestions but in the end, it was a battle between Team 1 and Team 2. Eventually, Team 2 won out with its version including a chorus of beats hammered out on the table while the mission was read to the cadence.

9/17/2022

Alpha Academy Kickoff

On Saturday, September 17, the Alpha Academy officially started the 2022-23 school year. Over 40 returning and new mentees showed up and each received their onboarding package inside an Alpha Academy swag bag. They, and their parents were told about the history of the program and well as what to expect this school year. They onboard packet and the curriculum was discussed. In addition, there was a open floor for mentees and parents to give feedback and suggestions for what they would like to see in the upcoming year. The session ended with the mentors and mentees chatting the Alpha Academy Mission Statement.

6/18/2022

Juneteenth Parade

The Brothers of HHL celebrated Juneteenth by walking downtown Annapolis for their Juneteenth Parade. It was an amazing chance to fellowhsip with the community as well as other divine 9 organizations.

4/12/2022

Charter Week - Taco Tuesday

Overall: We are excited that attendance is holding steady after the new year. After introductions, presenting the overview for the day, and feeding the mentees, we introduced the Origin of Black History Month to all of the mentees. This topic was both informative and engaging for the mentees. The focus on the origin of Black History Month was particularly relevant and essential for the mentees to understand and learn about. We introduced the topics in a way that allowed for discussion and reflection on the contributions of famous African Americans that are in relation to the 2024 Black History Month theme – African Americans and the Arts. After our group discussion, we split up so that each age group could continue with their projects and learning journeys. Elementary school mentees continued their STEM learning journey by learning more about the EV Storm robot and created a program that they downloaded to the robot that focused on its movements. The middle school mentees were guided through the recap of each step of the car design process, from sanding to discussing potential and kinetic energy. They have been asked to bring their completed cars to the March session. The High School mentees were split into two teams and played Black History Month Kahoot it where the winner will receive gift cards in March. The questions focused on notable African Americans who significantly contributed to society, African Americans in the Engineering Field, and important Black History facts. Elementary: The elementary school student portion of the February session went very well. The students were very enthusiastic and highly motivated. During the session, students learned the various components that make up the EV3 Mindstorm robot and how they function. In addition, students created a computer program to download from the desktop to the robots. Their programming focused on robot’s movement. After the session, one of the students came up to me and said, "You did good!" As a teacher that comment really meant a lot. Middle School: For the individual middle school curriculum, we planned activities like the Black History card game and Kahoot trivia, which likely added an element of fun while still reinforcing crucial historical knowledge. Incorporated the Pinewood Derby car recap session of hands-on activities was fantastic for teaching practical skills and principles of physics and car maintenance. Bro. Boles, Askins, Wilson and Hood actively guided the mentees through the recap of each step of the car design process, from sanding to discussing potential and kinetic energy. Encouraging the mentees to bring their completed cars to the next meeting fostered accountability and a sense of accomplishment. A few mentees still needed to complete the sanding part, but they ensured the team they would have the cars completed for the next AAMP meeting on March 9, 2024. The mentees were instructed to bring their cars in the shoe box. High School: The high schoolers were divided into groups. They played Black History Kahoot it against each other where we focused on important Black History facts and notable African Americans in the Engineering field and who have significantly contributed to American society. Two captains were named by Bro. Hardman: Evan and Tobias. Then, we went around the room as they selected their teammates. It was the Ravens (Evan's Team on the right side of the room) vs the Patriots (Tobias' Team on the left side). We proceeded to play the game; it was fun, as we had a few lead changes. We then proceeded to address the answers to the questions using the notes to the questions as a starter. Brothers Kenneth Williams, Dillard, and Simmons assisted Bro. Hardman and Bro. Hood with leading conversations around the Kahoot it facts.

4/2/2022

Know your Rights and Pinewood Derby Race

Know your rights discussion and Pinewwod Derby Race

2/12/2022

African American Tour of Annapolis, MD

On Saturday, February 12, 2022, over 50 mentees, mentors, and parents participated in an African American Tour of Annapolis, MD.  Our LegacyTours provided the tour, and our excellent tour guide was Mrs. Janice Hayes-Williams, an expert in African American families and culture
around Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Note: Mrs. Hayes-Williams was recently awarded the 2021 Preservation Award. (https://historicannapolis.wixsite.com/hablog/post/2021-preservation-award-janice-hayes-williams)

The day started at 9:00 a.m., with breakfast provided by the Alpha Academy, followed by everyone meeting at the downtown dock. The participants included Alpha Academy participants, their mentors and family members.

The tour began at 10:00 a.m. at the Alex Haley Memorial.  According to the research conducted by Alex Haley (the author of the book, “Roots”) Kunta Kinte was an African from the Gambian town of Jufferee. The family history shows he was sold into slavery. Kunta Kinte was one of 98 survivors on the slave ship that arrived in Annapolis, Maryland on
September 29, 1767. He was seventeen years old. Here, the students were told about the early history of Annapolis and given a brief overview of what to expect from the tour.

In 1992, the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, under the leadership of President and Founder, Leonard A. Blackshear, started the process of building the now completed Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, which includes the restored 1981 replacement plaque commemorating Kinte’s arrival.

After the introduction, the tour continued to the Museum of Historic Annapolis.  We were greeted by Ms. Mary-Angela Hardwick who told us that we were the largest crowd since their reopening last November with their newest exhibit. Participants had the opportunity to view artifacts and to watch a short aerial tour of Annapolis.

On our way to the Maynard-Bugress House, we stopped off at the Annapolis City Hall.  Here, the students learned that this Hall provides municipal services for residents of Annapolis. The building houses government offices, including the Annapolis legislative body, and provides public records, government services, and information about Annapolis services.

After that, we walked to the Maynard-Bugress House, home of two successive African-American families from 1847 to 1990. The Maynard-Burgess House is a tribute to the aspirations of the free black population of Annapolis in the 1800s.  For 143 years, the house was continuously owned, occupied, and improved by two families of free African Americans: the Maynard family from 1847 to 1914 and the
Burgess family from 1914 to 1990. They represented an ability to
maintain autonomy and identity in the face of oppression.
The next stop was to South St. The significance of this neighborhood was that it used to be all black in the early 20th Century. Wiley H. Bates (the tour guide’s great uncle), used to live at the corner of South St.


Next stop, the Banneker-Douglass Museum. The Banneker-Douglass Museum (BMD), named for Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass, was dedicated on February 24, 1984. The original museum was housed within the former Mount Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church in the heart of historic Annapolis.  Thanks to a community-led effort to transform the former Mt. Moriah AME Church building into a museum, the
BDM opened on February 24, 1984. Considering this legacy, the BDM focuses on a community-based approach to building collections and exhibition and in providing tours, public programs, and other services.


Next stop, the Maryland State House.  The beautiful Maryland
Statehouse is 225 years old. It is the oldest state capitol in
continuous legislative use and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capital. The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783 to August 13, 1784. During that time, George Washington came before Congress to resign hiscommission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the
Treaty of Paris was ratified, marking the official end of the
Revolutionary War.

The final stop, the Thurgood Marshall Statue. Thurgood Marshall was one of this century's foremost leaders in the struggle for equal rights under the law. A native of Baltimore, Marshall graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. He earned his law degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. After earning his law degree, Marshall returned to Baltimore and began his long association with the NAACP. In 1967,
Marshall became the first African American to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Following Marshall's death in 1993, the state of Maryland decided to honor the great civil rights leader and jurist with a memorial at the State House in Annapolis. This is where we took a final group photo.


This was a great tour and we all were thoroughly enlightened by thisexperience. 


Photos can be found here:

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12/4/2021

Founder's Day Celebration

Founder's day celebration at Bro. Hood's home.

11/13/2021


College Tour - Univ. of Maryland Eastern Shore

The mentors and mentees traveled by chartered bus to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to get a tour of the campus. This is their homecoming weekend so the mentees were able to experience college life during one of the most festive times of the year. This was a day full of knowledge and fun


View photos here:  UMES Visit Photos

9/11/2021

Alpha Academy Kickoff

Today we kicked off the 2021-22 Alpha Academy season at Georgetown East in Annapolis, MD. Mentees and parents were given an introduction by our Director of Educational Activities, Bro. Brian Boles. He gave an overview of the program and what everyone should expect. He went over the form and answered any questions parents had. He then had the
mentees participate in some ice breaker activities that required interaction with possible future mentors. We provided chicken sandwiches and drinks from Chick-Fil-A as well as some fruit.

Brother Dextor Moore then talked about our STEM-focused activities, including mechanisms, robotics, racing cars, and chess. He spoke about the advantages of having a strong STEM background. 

Brother Michael Bertty and Brother Boles then highlighted our season-long Pinewood Derby activity, with mentees and mentors designing, cutting, sanding, painting, and building racing cars. There will be awards for fastest cars, best design, and more. After the discussion, Brother Bertty ran his sleek-red car against Bro. Boles', regal-looking, old gold with black stripes beauty. They went back and forth with winning, and after a few races, the mentees got involved. We could see that this activity is going to be fun for all of us.

5/29/2021

Georgetown East Food Giveaway

Brothers assisted Georgetown East Elementary with their food giveaway

4/14/2021

Charter Week

Brothers celebrate Charter Week with comedy, service, and fellowship.

1/9/2021

Your Physical & Mental Health

The mentors will give a presentation on physical and mental health. The students will learn about the importance of regular checkups, exercise,  hydration,  nutrition, the importance of sleep, and some examples of well-known athletes and the obstacles they overcame when they were youths. The talk will then take on the more serious subject of mental health.  Dr. Jones will discuss symptoms of depression and how to identify it in yourself and others, and strategies to deal with it.  Also, he will tackle many of the myths associated with mental health in black men.  

Some resources:
National Alliance counseling Services - https://www.nami.org/Home
Safe Harbor Counseling Services - https://www.safeharbor1.com (1-800-305-2089 )
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1800-273-8255
Crisis text line in English/Spanish - 1888-628-9454
Signs of Suicide Curriculum - https://sossignsofsuicide.org/spot-sign


Slides From  January 9, 2021

11/21/2020

Holiday Baskets

Brothers packing Holiday Baskets at Bro. Dillard's school.

2/3/2024

The Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated Participate in the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge to support Special Olympics, Maryland

SANDY POINT STATE PARK, ANNAPOLIS, MD. On February 3, 2024, the Brothers of the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, participated in the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge, a Maryland Tradition of over 30 years. More than 10 Eta Eta Lambda Chapter Brothers took the plunge into the Chesapeake Bay amid a frigid 40 degree day. Brothers Eugene Sweet, Jr., Jamar Turner, Tarik Harris, Andre Dillard, Adrian Hood, Sr., Michael Ligons, Jr., Sherod Cooley, Brian Boles, Gerald Russell, Jamal Whaley, Malik Branch, all participated in the event. In preparation for the big plunge, brothers were featured on the Washington, DC NBC affiliate WRC-TV 4 for a spot encapsulating why supporting the event is so important for members of the chapter. (https://youtu.be/RowllrWccPk) Collectively, the chapter raised more than $3,500 to support the effort, which was more than 700% of the original fundraising goal. The Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated values the opportunity to support such a worthy cause which ultimately creates opportunities for children and young adults in our community to engage in sports and team building activities regardless of their perceived physical and mental limitations.

12/2/2023

HHL Day Party

Following the filled to capacity MAAC breakfast, The Eta Eta Lambda Chapter hosted a Celebratory Day Party in Annapolis at El Torro Bravo II. Over 100 guests attended the day party, which was planned and executed by a committee led by Brother Jason Wilder, a 32-year brother of the fraternity. Brothers Tony Pittman and Michael Hardman, Sr. kept the crowd moving on the turn tables. There were members from other Divine Nine Organizations present including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Incorporated, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. The chapter appreciates the support for our partners in greekdom especially as the chapter endeavored to party with a purpose. Portions of the proceeds from the event will support the chapter’s philanthropic efforts through the Eta Eta Lambda Foundation, of which Brother Michael Ligons, Jr., is the new chair. The Eta Eta Lambda Chapter joins all of the Brothers of the Fraternity is honoring our seven Jewels for their vision, tenacity, and spirit. It is an honor to be able to continue and celebrate their legacy.

11/18/2023

Alpha Academy attends Morgan State University 10th Annual STEM Expo

Alpha Academy loaded up the bus and traveled to Baltimore to attend Morgan State University's 10th Annual STEM Expo. Nearly one thousand students and adults attended this fabulous event which featured activities and workshops from a variety of MSU Departments, DoD Components, and other organizations including Patriot Technology Training Center, Learning Undefeated, and STEAM our Dreams. The event was highlighted by a discussion with Lt. Col George Hardy, one of the two surviving Tuskegee Airmen.

10/14/2023

Alpha Academy Session #1 Summary

Overall: We had a great turnout for our first actual session. After introductions, presenting the overview for the day, and feeding the mentees, we covered the topic of “Positive Behaviors and Relationships”. We had a lot of great feedback from the mentees as we discussed relationship factors, stereotypes, and how to treat women. Then we split into our groups to start our sessions. Elementary: The mentees engaged in their first Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activity, focused on engineering, including defining the profession, and the required academic preparation. The students learned about the different types and characteristics of engineers. We introduced the engineering design process and how this process is used to systematically solve problems. The goal was to reinforce that engineers are problem-solvers who can improve the lives of people with creative solutions, including for personal and technical problems. The students were given a scenario and were required to use the information presented to build a futuristic Ferris wheel prototype from a STEM kit that will be used in a Star Trek movie. The students were engaged and eager to learn how to use STEM kits, and very quickly moved to begin the project. They did a great job of assembling the Ferris wheel, as each was different and reflected their personalities. Middle School: The mentees started learning about the Pinewood Derby car project that they will be completing over the course of the school year. We touched on the process and timeline and explained the tournament “Race Day” that will take place in May of 2024. Following the intro to their project, we went back into the Positive Behaviors and relationships discussion. The students learned about proper handshakes, using a firm grip, and making eye contact. We also gave them a couple of scenarios in which they explained to us how they would promote themselves and handle the situations. High School: The mentees received a presentation by SECU Bank on the basics of budgeting. They learned about what a budget is, the importance of budgeting, what it considerations should go into making a budget, suggestions for following their budget plan, and typical percentages of how you should split your pay. They were also told that they will be building their own budget in December. If they are not working or do not have any income to create a budget, then they will be given scenarios. This session was engaging, and all positive feedback was received. Click the photo to view the full photo gallery.

8/31/2023

Alpha Academy at Back to School Night at Arundel High School

Brothers Boles, Bertty, and Wilson participated in Arundel High School's Back to School night. They allowed parents and students to learn about Alpha Academy and the upcoming year's curriculum, which includes financial literacy, career development, public speaking, and college preparation.

8/26/2023

HHL Participates in City of Annapolis Commemoration March for the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington

ANNAPOLIS, MD. On August 26, 2023, the Brothers of the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, marched in the Annapolis City Commemoration of the 60 the Anniversary of the March on Washington. The historical March on Washington occurred in August 1963, helmed by Brother Dr. MartinLuther King, Jr. The vision then was to display a show of solidarity and acquire the attention of the elected officials in the Nation’s Capital that the nation demanded Civil Rights and equal treatment under the law. There was a formal national event, where marchers returned to Washington to commemorate the anniversary of the original march. Hundreds of Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated participated in that event, including Eta Eta Lambda Chapter’s own Brother Jason Wilder. A little closer to home, the City of Annapolis, and the Maryland Center for History and Culture collaborated to host a solidarity march on the Maryland State Capital, Annapolis, to commemorate the anniversary. The fight for equal rights, voting rights, and a rallying cry to address police brutality were central themes of the march in Annapolis. March participation efforts were led by Brothers Andre Dillard and Dr. David Butler-Sims, who were able to collaborate with the members of the Delta Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (also seated in Annapolis), to host a welcome reception for the marchers. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Sister Michelle Pittman (wife of our own Brother Tony Pittman), was our chief contact for orchestration. Other brothers from the chapter who participated in the march included Brothers Reverend Dr. Jeffrey Gray, Dr. Tarik Harris, Delvin Owens, Tony Pittman, and Jamar Turner. The march included a walk through historic Annapolis and allowed for stops at significant African American sites and monuments. Owing to the fraternity’s commitment of being proving service and advocacy for our communities, the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter will continue to use the collective voice of the brotherhood to fight for fairness and equity in our community, throughout our nation, and the world.

6/10/2023

The Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated Closes Another Successful Alpha Academy Year

ANNAPOLIS, MD. On June 10, 2023, the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated closed another successful year of its signature mentoring program, Alpha Academy. Alpha Academy is a program thrust of the Project Alpha national program championed by the international organization. The program kicks off in August and runs through the academic school year. Young men from grades 3-12 engage in a 10-month long program where the brothers of the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter spend the second Saturday of every month with them teaching and coaching them on a wide variety of topics which range from personal grooming and professional dress to fiscal responsibility, knowing your rights in interacting with law enforcement, and college preparedness. This year’s program included mentoring over 100 young men over the course of the year and added an additional high school centric program at a secondary site within Anne Arundel County Public Schools. The programs were hosted at Georgetown East Elementary School in Annapolis and Arundel High School in Gambrills. The highlights from this year’s program included the return of the very successful engineering and carpentry skills project in the form of the creation of Pinewood Derby cars, a project championed by Michael Bertty, II. and Brothers Dr. Adrian Hood. This year’s project also featured a collaboration with Alpha Phi Alpha’s Pi Upsilon Lambda Chapter (seated in Upper Marlboro, Maryland), in the form of a Pinewood Derby race against their mentoring program. There was also a college visit to Stockton University in New Jersey and a walking African-American History tour of Annapolis. From the program kickoff at Annapolis Bowling Alley to the closeout program at Georgetown East, which featured an immersive game truck experience from local and minority business owner Carl Hampton, the proprietor of Big Show Trucks, Committee Chair, and newly elected Director of Educational Activities, Brother Stephen Williams helmed one of the Alpha Academy program’s most successful year ever.

5/28/2023

Bro. Andre Dillard Leads New Anne Arundel County School Mentoring Program

The senior manager of mentorship programs is a brand new position created by Anne Arundel County School Superintendent, Chapter Bro. Dr. Mark Bedell. The position was created to ensure that the school system will offer a diverse portfolio of mentoring options for community volunteers seeking to mentor youth, create partnerships with outside organizations that already have established mentoring programs, and ensure each student who has a mentor or is part of a mentor program, will receives the unique type of support that best meets their needs. The senior manager of mentorship programs will ensure that the school system embraces a district-wide strategy to engage more students in all levels (elementary, middle, & high schools) based mentoring programs. Mentoring within schools has become an increasingly popular and effective way to bring a caring adult or older peer relationship to the lives of more youth. The goal of this new position is to provide opportunities for students to partner with a caring adult that will help them to better achieve educational and social-emotional growth and development. Bro. Dillard will be the first person to hold the position and build it from the ground up. Bro. Dr. Bedell is winding down his 1st full year. When asked about this program, he said the school mentor program is the start of a long process of bringing hope and opportunity to every student in the county, a mission he’s been on since 1997. “We still have people in parts of our community where they feel hopeless,” he said. “If we can instill hope in our educators of what could be self-efficacy being significantly improved, not only in the educator but in the children, that’s where the magic begins to take place from a belief standpoint.”

4/22/2023

AAMP - Painting of the Pinewood Derby Cars

Today, the weather held off just long enough for Alpha Academy mentees to complete painting of their Pinewood Derby cars. Race Day is May 20th as Eta Eta Lambda will take on the Alpha Academy Program of Pi Upsilon Lambda.

4/15/2023

Brothers take GEES mentors to the Reginald Lewis Museum

Brothers Andre Dillard, Marrell Harden and Jamar Turner took eight young black males from Georgetown East Elementary School (GEES) to the Reginald Lewis Museum in Baltimore, MD. After the museum visit we had lunch at Chick-fil-a and Chipotle. The young men had a great time! These young scholars are part of the GEES Black Male Mentor Program. In addition to Brother Dillard (GEES principal), Brothers Marrell Harden, James Henson, Tye Gillins and Clarence Edmond serve as mentors to the young men and come to the school once a week for one on one mentoring sessions. There are several other trips and activities planned for the mentees over the next couple of months including a trip to the local bowling alley, a visit from a game truck, and a charter boat fishing trip on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Programs like these are crucial in supporting young black males and helping them thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. By providing them with positive role models, engaging activities, and unique experiences, the program is helping to empower these young scholars and set them on a path for success. Kudos to Brothers Dillard, Harden, Henson, Gillins, Edmond, and Turner for their dedication to mentoring and making a positive impact in the lives of these young men.

4/11/2023

Charter Month - Top Golf

Brothers in the bond. Yesterday, April 11, 2023 The Elite House traveled to Top Golf in Baltimore for Phellowship Tuesday. As you can see brothers are showing off their skills 👀💪🏾 Charter month has been off to a great start. Stay tuned for upcoming posts highlighting day by day activities.

4/5/2023

Brother's Participate in "The Living Last Supper"

Bro. Rev. Dr. Jeffery Gray's Church, Agape Deliverance Ministries performed an unforgettable evening as they presented "The Living Last Supper" play! The audience Witnessed the poignant reenactment of Jesus Christ's final meal with his disciples, portrayed by a talented cast of actors. This powerful production transported viewers back in time to the fateful night before Jesus' crucifixion and provided a moving reminder of the sacrifice that He made for us. Brother in the play: Bro. Jeffery Gray, Bro. Michael Ligons, Bro. Wendell Moore and Bro. Kenneth Williams

3/16/2023

Arundel High School March Session – Building Credit

Bro. Williams and Bro. Bertty met with about 30 students at Arundel High on 3/16/23 for our March session. During this session, we covered the importance of credit and building credit. This session was led by SECU Bank's Mr. Quill Hamilton. SECU Bank would like to continue our partnership into the 2023-2024 school year. We care currently working with Arundel High's John Henderson, Karol Muhammad, and Zsavelle Smack. The young men at Arundel High School are much more receptive now that we have opened lines of communication in which we speak with the young men weekly

2/18/2023

Brother Dillard earns 4th Degree Black Belt

Congratulations to Bro. Andre Dillard for earning his Taekwondo 4th Degree Black Belt

2/17/2023

AAMP - Towson Basketball

Alpha Academy at a Towson University Basketball Game.

2/11/2023

Walking Tour of Annapolis - Black History Month

HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH!! In celebration of Black History month, the Alpha Academy mentoring program had two sessions. On our second session, held February 18th, we took our mentees on a walking tour where they learned about the rich BLACK history that built the city of Annapolis. The tour was led by Janice Hayes-Williams & Stacie Williams of Our Local Legacy Tours. The version of the tour that we went on was called the "Up Town Tour". We started at Asbury United Methodist Church on West st., we visited and learned about the Stanton Center and its importance to the community being one of the first 1 room school houses in Annapolis for black boys and girls. Our next stop was the Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial and learned about the March on Washington where 500 residents from Annapolis and Anne Arundel County loaded buses to attend the March on Washington on August 28th 1963 to fight for jobs and freedom. We learned about how this was one of the major turning points in the Civil Rights Movement. Next we were given special access to tour the Banneker Douglas museum and learn about the artifacts and paintings inside as well as the history of the building and what it meant for black people in Annapolis, and many other historical facts on the way. We also visited the State House, took a tour of the inside, and learned about Thurgood Marshall and about his statue located right out back. This was an amazing session that had our mentees mind blown with the rich history they learned, and they had plenty of questions for our tour guides. We encourage all who have not taken any of the Black History Walking Tours to schedule one for you and your family in 2023. It is truly an experience!

2/9/2023

Bro. Davesus Omosun - Annapolis High School Black Expo

Brothers I was to congratulate and say great job to Brother Davesus Omosun and the ANNAPOLIS HS BLACK STUDENT UNION for an awesome Black Expo event last night at Annapolis HS. This was the first time event at the HS and the advisors and BSU club gave us powerful poems, spoken word, dance, musical numbers, monologues uplifting videos and more. Many turned out to support. Their displays gave us countless history of black culture and more importantly some great history about AA CTY AND ANNAPOLIS! I’m so proud of those young men and women who performed!!! 06 to our brother!!!!!🤙🏽

2/4/2023

Phellowship February - Bowie State Basketball Game

Brothers gathered to catch a Post Chapter Meeting - Bowie basketball game as a part of Phellowship February.

1/6/2023

Bro. Ralph Thomas Receives Award

Congratulations to Brother Ralph Thomas for your award from the Caucus of African American Leaders and the Transformative Justice Coalition for your tireless work to ensure that the rights of voters are respected and protected.

12/10/2022

Alpha Academy - Session 3 - Presenting Yourself as a Black Male

We had a great session titled "How to Present Yourself as a Black Man". In this session we discussed proper hygiene and the importance of having routine hygiene practices from brushing AND flossing daily, use of deodorant and why it should be used daily, preventing dry skin/being ashy with lotion explaining to lotion the whole body, not just arms and legs and one of the most important things we all should remember on a daily, which is checking your breath!! We discussed the importance of keeping gum or mints, drinking plenty of water and eating regularly and how they all can affect your breath . We covered many aspects around regular grooming and its importance. We covered keeping your nails clipped which keeps dirt from forming under your nails, why you should wash your body AND hair daily with shampoo and conditioner to minimize dandruff and dry scalp, and keeping Chapstick to keep from dry and cracked lips. We touched on first impressions and why they are important, proper mannerisms and properly wearing a suit. We then split the session up separating the high school young men from the elementary and middle where we covered "Interviewing 101", while we worked with the elementary and middle school young men on tying ties. Every young man got to go home with at least one tie for their practice, and to complete one of their homework assignments. Regarding our Pinewood Derby Car project, we had a brief recap of what we learned in November with regards to weight placement, aerodynamics, and different examples of cars that have been already cut, to assist them with their sketches. All of the young men finalized and submitted their sketches during the December session in an effort to have them all cut and returned by January's session

11/12/2022

Alpha Academy - Session 2 - Government and Politics

With this past week being full of voting and elections we felt it was fitting that our topic for November session #1 was Government and Politics. During this session, our aim was to explain to our mentees the importance of voting as well as dive into our country's history with regard to voting rights showing them where we were vs. where we are now. We went over some of Maryland's current elected officials and discussed the structure of voting ballots as we passed sample ballots to the mentees and got their feedback. We then moved into discussing the United States constitution. We covered its purpose and its 3 part structure (Preamble, Articles, Amendments). Being that one of the aspects of the constitution speaks on the right to vote, it was a perfect segway into our next topic of voting in the United States. We discussed the timeline of voting rights in the U.S., touching on the amendments and Acts that were passed that changed who could vote and the limitations on minority voter groups, also known as voter suppression. We also discussed the branches of government and explained the difference between the federal government and the state government and the responsibilities for each. We also touched on the local government (Town/County) explaining to our mentees that local governments control Parks and Recreation services, Police and Fire departments, Public Works, and finances for schools and community projects. We felt it was important to explain to our mentees how their schools get their money, who the AA Co. Superintendent is, and who is on the school board, the Mayor, and city council. Our takeaways from November session #1 are; our mentees will be able to identify elected officials in their communities, they will understand the importance of voting, how to identify and explain the three branches of government, and how education works in the county and state.

10/15/2022

Schools enBloom: Garden Winterizing

enBloom, or enBloom Collective, is a diverse group that provides healing and wellness offerings for all. We unite business owners, volunteers, start-ups, change-makers, and families through our programming and services created by and for the communities we live in. We address the global epidemic of social injustices and racial health disparities by prioritizing the healing and care of the Black community. In furthering our mission, we have adopted Georgetown East Elementary in a partnership to provide support for their community garden. Through a grant received, we can provide a curriculum for students to follow, community health initiatives (including health fares and training), and manpower through a partnership with HHL Foundation and scholarship funding to AACC.

9/17/2022

Kunta Kinte Festival

Scholarship and Service. This past weekend Brothers Brian Boles, Khalil Johnson, Malik Branch, Nivek Johnson and Gabe Rudasill participated in the 32nd Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival. Passing out school supplies to the community while informing them of Alpha Academy mentoring program as well as the Eta Eta Lambda Foundation

5/21/2022

Highway Cleanup

Brothers cleaned up our sponsored highway, named after one of our charter members, Brother Aris T. Allen.

4/9/2022

Alpha Academy - Rowan University College Tour

Overall: We are excited that attendance is holding steady after the new year. After introductions, presenting the overview for the day, and feeding the mentees, we introduced the Origin of Black History Month to all of the mentees. This topic was both informative and engaging for the mentees. The focus on the origin of Black History Month was particularly relevant and essential for the mentees to understand and learn about. We introduced the topics in a way that allowed for discussion and reflection on the contributions of famous African Americans that are in relation to the 2024 Black History Month theme – African Americans and the Arts. After our group discussion, we split up so that each age group could continue with their projects and learning journeys. Elementary school mentees continued their STEM learning journey by learning more about the EV Storm robot and created a program that they downloaded to the robot that focused on its movements. The middle school mentees were guided through the recap of each step of the car design process, from sanding to discussing potential and kinetic energy. They have been asked to bring their completed cars to the March session. The High School mentees were split into two teams and played Black History Month Kahoot it where the winner will receive gift cards in March. The questions focused on notable African Americans who significantly contributed to society, African Americans in the Engineering Field, and important Black History facts. Elementary: The elementary school student portion of the February session went very well. The students were very enthusiastic and highly motivated. During the session, students learned the various components that make up the EV3 Mindstorm robot and how they function. In addition, students created a computer program to download from the desktop to the robots. Their programming focused on robot’s movement. After the session, one of the students came up to me and said, "You did good!" As a teacher that comment really meant a lot. Middle School: For the individual middle school curriculum, we planned activities like the Black History card game and Kahoot trivia, which likely added an element of fun while still reinforcing crucial historical knowledge. Incorporated the Pinewood Derby car recap session of hands-on activities was fantastic for teaching practical skills and principles of physics and car maintenance. Bro. Boles, Askins, Wilson and Hood actively guided the mentees through the recap of each step of the car design process, from sanding to discussing potential and kinetic energy. Encouraging the mentees to bring their completed cars to the next meeting fostered accountability and a sense of accomplishment. A few mentees still needed to complete the sanding part, but they ensured the team they would have the cars completed for the next AAMP meeting on March 9, 2024. The mentees were instructed to bring their cars in the shoe box. High School: The high schoolers were divided into groups. They played Black History Kahoot it against each other where we focused on important Black History facts and notable African Americans in the Engineering field and who have significantly contributed to American society. Two captains were named by Bro. Hardman: Evan and Tobias. Then, we went around the room as they selected their teammates. It was the Ravens (Evan's Team on the right side of the room) vs the Patriots (Tobias' Team on the left side). We proceeded to play the game; it was fun, as we had a few lead changes. We then proceeded to address the answers to the questions using the notes to the questions as a starter. Brothers Kenneth Williams, Dillard, and Simmons assisted Bro. Hardman and Bro. Hood with leading conversations around the Kahoot it facts.

4/2/2022

MLK Parade

Eta Eta Lambda was the Host Chapter for the MAAC to inspire and to call on the Brothers in the area to  participate in the parade. We had about 70 Brothers from MAAC attend the parade as we marched  down West Street to Main Street of Annapolis, MD finishing at the Docks. We marched being unified by  wearing Alpha Phi Alpha shirts honoring MLK Jr., we chanted and performed a step routine. This was a  great outreach and reclamation tool for us and the surrounding chapters. We also had the privilege of  meeting Bro. Wes Moore who is running for Governor of Maryland.

1/8/2022

Positive Behaviors and Relationships

In our January session, we covered the critical topic of Positive behavior and relationships, led by Bro. Jamaal Whaley and Bro. Emmanuel Faulkner. We opened the session with an ice breaker on Kwanzaa, explaining the history of the celebration, what the days of Kwanzaa represent, and their associated principles. We were surprised to see how many young men know about and celebrate Kwanzaa!! Starting off the session, we learned about stereotypes and what they are, discussed common stereotypes, and things we can do to assist with breaking the negative ones. The young men were very involved and had plenty of feedback and suggestions.


After the first part of the presentation, we split the young men by age group. We discussed consent and relationships with women/girls for middle and high schoolers. We stressed the importance of understanding that "No means No" and gave many example situations; we were pleased that the young men were engaged and heavily participated.


We focused on showing respect to women in their families and their female teachers for the elementary schoolers.


Following the presentations, we continued working on our Pinewood Derby Car project. We were able to help the young men finalize their concepts, and we assisted with the creation of concept sketches for those that did not start one in December's session. We were able to get all sketches collected and are now ready to move on to the next step, which is cutting the profiles out of the pinewood blocks.

We feel January's session was very impactful. Most importantly, the topics were grasped by the young men who attended the session due to their consistent participation from the beginning to the end.


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12/4/2021

Founders's Day ICE COLD PORTRAITS

Food, Fun, Fellowship, and Fotos!   View gallary here: https://www.annapolisalphas.com/icecoldportraits

10/28/2021

Chapter Date Night

Monthly Date Night. This time, Rinconcito Mexicano in Odenton, MD.  This was also Bro. Boles birthday and he was surprised with a full plate of cream pie.  Great fun!

7/28/2021

Alpha Academy Meeting

The Alpha Academy Committee got together to conduct business and fellowship at Bro Bertty's house

5/15/2021

Chapter Date Night

Overall: We are excited that attendance is holding steady after the new year. After introductions, presenting the overview for the day, and feeding the mentees, we introduced the Origin of Black History Month to all of the mentees. This topic was both informative and engaging for the mentees. The focus on the origin of Black History Month was particularly relevant and essential for the mentees to understand and learn about. We introduced the topics in a way that allowed for discussion and reflection on the contributions of famous African Americans that are in relation to the 2024 Black History Month theme – African Americans and the Arts. After our group discussion, we split up so that each age group could continue with their projects and learning journeys. Elementary school mentees continued their STEM learning journey by learning more about the EV Storm robot and created a program that they downloaded to the robot that focused on its movements. The middle school mentees were guided through the recap of each step of the car design process, from sanding to discussing potential and kinetic energy. They have been asked to bring their completed cars to the March session. The High School mentees were split into two teams and played Black History Month Kahoot it where the winner will receive gift cards in March. The questions focused on notable African Americans who significantly contributed to society, African Americans in the Engineering Field, and important Black History facts. Elementary: The elementary school student portion of the February session went very well. The students were very enthusiastic and highly motivated. During the session, students learned the various components that make up the EV3 Mindstorm robot and how they function. In addition, students created a computer program to download from the desktop to the robots. Their programming focused on robot’s movement. After the session, one of the students came up to me and said, "You did good!" As a teacher that comment really meant a lot. Middle School: For the individual middle school curriculum, we planned activities like the Black History card game and Kahoot trivia, which likely added an element of fun while still reinforcing crucial historical knowledge. Incorporated the Pinewood Derby car recap session of hands-on activities was fantastic for teaching practical skills and principles of physics and car maintenance. Bro. Boles, Askins, Wilson and Hood actively guided the mentees through the recap of each step of the car design process, from sanding to discussing potential and kinetic energy. Encouraging the mentees to bring their completed cars to the next meeting fostered accountability and a sense of accomplishment. A few mentees still needed to complete the sanding part, but they ensured the team they would have the cars completed for the next AAMP meeting on March 9, 2024. The mentees were instructed to bring their cars in the shoe box. High School: The high schoolers were divided into groups. They played Black History Kahoot it against each other where we focused on important Black History facts and notable African Americans in the Engineering field and who have significantly contributed to American society. Two captains were named by Bro. Hardman: Evan and Tobias. Then, we went around the room as they selected their teammates. It was the Ravens (Evan's Team on the right side of the room) vs the Patriots (Tobias' Team on the left side). We proceeded to play the game; it was fun, as we had a few lead changes. We then proceeded to address the answers to the questions using the notes to the questions as a starter. Brothers Kenneth Williams, Dillard, and Simmons assisted Bro. Hardman and Bro. Hood with leading conversations around the Kahoot it facts.

4/3/2021

Welcome Spring 2021

The newest members of the ELITE Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

12/11/2020

Taking Care of Yourself and Presenting Yourself as a Black Male

Today's session began with a discussion led by Bro. Brian Boles,  Bro. Dexter Moore, and Bro. Gerald Russell on "Taking Care of Yourself and Presenting Yourself as a Black Male."  It focused on hygiene, etiquette, style, and grooming. The students learned about the importance of 1st impressions, daily cleaning routines, properly wear and accessorize a suit, tie a tie, properly shake hands, and the importance of being respectful to women. 
Brother Michael Bertty got the students excited about the pinewood derby cars they would make with their mentors. He showed some example cars and received some great ideas from the students on other designs.  Each student received a pinewood derby car to put into their shoeboxes.


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11/14/2020

Crab-N-Go Fundraiser

Overall: We are excited that attendance is holding steady after the new year. After introductions, presenting the overview for the day, and feeding the mentees, we introduced the Origin of Black History Month to all of the mentees. This topic was both informative and engaging for the mentees. The focus on the origin of Black History Month was particularly relevant and essential for the mentees to understand and learn about. We introduced the topics in a way that allowed for discussion and reflection on the contributions of famous African Americans that are in relation to the 2024 Black History Month theme – African Americans and the Arts. After our group discussion, we split up so that each age group could continue with their projects and learning journeys. Elementary school mentees continued their STEM learning journey by learning more about the EV Storm robot and created a program that they downloaded to the robot that focused on its movements. The middle school mentees were guided through the recap of each step of the car design process, from sanding to discussing potential and kinetic energy. They have been asked to bring their completed cars to the March session. The High School mentees were split into two teams and played Black History Month Kahoot it where the winner will receive gift cards in March. The questions focused on notable African Americans who significantly contributed to society, African Americans in the Engineering Field, and important Black History facts. Elementary: The elementary school student portion of the February session went very well. The students were very enthusiastic and highly motivated. During the session, students learned the various components that make up the EV3 Mindstorm robot and how they function. In addition, students created a computer program to download from the desktop to the robots. Their programming focused on robot’s movement. After the session, one of the students came up to me and said, "You did good!" As a teacher that comment really meant a lot. Middle School: For the individual middle school curriculum, we planned activities like the Black History card game and Kahoot trivia, which likely added an element of fun while still reinforcing crucial historical knowledge. Incorporated the Pinewood Derby car recap session of hands-on activities was fantastic for teaching practical skills and principles of physics and car maintenance. Bro. Boles, Askins, Wilson and Hood actively guided the mentees through the recap of each step of the car design process, from sanding to discussing potential and kinetic energy. Encouraging the mentees to bring their completed cars to the next meeting fostered accountability and a sense of accomplishment. A few mentees still needed to complete the sanding part, but they ensured the team they would have the cars completed for the next AAMP meeting on March 9, 2024. The mentees were instructed to bring their cars in the shoe box. High School: The high schoolers were divided into groups. They played Black History Kahoot it against each other where we focused on important Black History facts and notable African Americans in the Engineering field and who have significantly contributed to American society. Two captains were named by Bro. Hardman: Evan and Tobias. Then, we went around the room as they selected their teammates. It was the Ravens (Evan's Team on the right side of the room) vs the Patriots (Tobias' Team on the left side). We proceeded to play the game; it was fun, as we had a few lead changes. We then proceeded to address the answers to the questions using the notes to the questions as a starter. Brothers Kenneth Williams, Dillard, and Simmons assisted Bro. Hardman and Bro. Hood with leading conversations around the Kahoot it facts.

1/13/2024

Alpha Academy January 2024 Session

We had a great turnout for our first session of 2024 this past weekend. We are excited that attendance is improving and hope to finish the program and the school year strong. Your attendance is important. After introductions, presenting the overview for the day, and feeding the mentees, we did a presentation on the importance of Time Management and Organizational skills. We introduced them to Time management and its importance, the Eisenhower Matrix, why time management matters, common time wasters, and tips for effective time management. They were left with worksheets to assist them with personal time management. After our group discussion, we split up so that each age group could continue with their projects and learning journeys. Elementary school mentees continued their STEM learning journey by working in teams to learn the engineering concepts behind robots and build their own robot. Middle school mentees received their cut Pinewood Derby cars and should be sanding their cars between now and our next meeting on Feb 10th. The High School mentees participated in a resume building workshop and played Red Ink’d Taboo where they learned about personal branding, different ways to describe various career professions, and how to translate the work they do and hobbies they have into relevant work experience to be included on their resumes and college applications. They were left with worksheets to assist them in resume building. They are supposed to be answering the questions and bringing the worksheets back with them next month.

12/2/2023

Brothers of the MAAC came to Annapolis, MD to celebrate 117 years of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

ANNAPOLIS, MD. On December 2, 2023, the Brothers of the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, participated in the Mid-Atlantic Association of Alpha Phi Alpha Chapters (MAAC) Annual Brother Cheatham Memorial Founder’s Day Breakfast. The breakfast took place at the DoubleTree Hotel in Annapolis and the chapter brothers were there en masse to represent as the chapter seated in the host city. The event featured a keynote speech from Brother Andre Hepkins, an Anchor with WBALTV News in Baltimore. His speech, premised on the question of what is Alpha’s role in Civil Rights movement challenged the brotherhood to remind ourselves that Alphas started the Civil Rights Movement and Ended the Civil Rights Movement. Our role today is to carry on that legacy of requiring the best and demanding equity for our communities.

11/11/2023

Alpha Academy - Session #2 Hygeine and College Fair

Punt Pass & Kick competition was a good time for the elementary and middle schoolers. There was a lot of good information presented in the Hygiene presentation led by Mr. Turner. We also had a good turnout of high schoolers make it out to the College Fair in Ft. Washington. The college fair was very well attended, with over 70 schools. We received a thank you letter from the host chapter in hopes that we attend next year!

10/9/2023

Bro. Andre Dillard leading mentor training for AACPS Staff

@OEASAaacps ⁩ Senior Manager for Mentoring Programs Bro. Andre Dillard leading mentor training for ⁦@AACountySchools ⁩ staff. ⁦@APHIA262 #annapolisalphas #APA1906Network

8/31/2023

School Supply Drop-off at Phoenix Academy

Today, Brothers Dillard, Hughes, Williams, and Pittman dropped off school supplies, collected at the community cookout, to Phoenix Academy. Some supplies will be shared with Mills Parole because they have a good working relationship.

8/19/2023

HHL Participates in Bookbag Giveaways for the Start of Anne Arundel County Public Schools School Year

ANNAPOLIS and SEVERN, MD. On August 19, 2023, the Brothers of the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, divided and conquered to support simultaneous bookbag and school supply giveaways to benefit the children and families of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The Bywater Backpack Giveaway was held at the Boys and Girls Club on Copeland Street in Annapolis. Chapter Brothers Dr. Bedell (Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent), Dillard, Gray, Henson, and Moore joined with other community partners to assist in the facilitation of the program. This is an annual program in Annapolis which benefits families from across the city of Annapolis. The event is a pivotal event to support readiness for the school year for many families in the city. The Meade / North County Back to School Backpack Appreciation Block Party was held at Van Bokkelen Elementary School in Severn, MD. Brothers Bertty, Whaley, Owens, Brailsford, Dove, Boles, Butler-Sims, and Hood helped hand out hundreds of backpacks and school supplies with community members and other organizations from the Divine Nine. Brother Dr. Bedell also made an appearance at this event to support the chapter and members of the school district staff who were among the participants and coordinators for this event. This was the second year the Meade/North County Black to School Backpack and Appreciation Block Party was held and based on attendance, it is safe to say it will return next year. Between the two events, brothers of the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter assisted in the distribution of over 600 backpacks and hundreds of other school supplies. Supporting these kinds of events is important to the brotherhood. Finding inspiration from the Go to High School, Go to College National Program, preparing children for school and ensuring they have the support and the supplies they need to remove any initial barriers to learning is a critical part of our motto – being Servants of All. Next year, the chapter sets it sights on helping to increase the numbers of families we reach at each of the events by increasing our financial support of these worthwhile initiatives.

6/2/2023

The Eta Eta Lambda Foundation Sponsors Successful Inaugural Golf Tournament

CROWNSVILLE, MD. On June 2, 2023, the Eta Eta Foundation, the 501c(3) partner of the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, hosted its first ever Golf Tournament to benefit the foundation’s scholarship granting endeavors. Hosted at the picturesque and serene Preserves at Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville, the tournament honored beloved son of Annapolis, and charter brother of the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter, Brother Dr. Aris T. Allen, Sr. The tournament featured seven foursomes and was championed by our own Brother Stanley Simmons, who served as the architect for the event. Participants were joined by Celebrity Golfer, member of the PGA, and Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, Tatiana Jones. The event commenced with remarks from Brother Simmons, Chair of the Eta Eta Lambda Foundation, Brother Rev. Dr. Jeffery Gray, and the son of our honoree, Aris T. Allen, Jr. Coach Jones also offered remarks, shared opportunity for future partnership all before she led her foursome to an 8 under par victory for the tournament. The inaugural event grossed over $6,000 due in large part to sponsorships and registration from the teams. The Hole 13, $10,000 Hole-in-One Challenge, which required golfers to sink a putt from over 182 feet away, remained safe after the tournament since no golfer managed the feat. The tournament recognized the first, second, and third place finishing teams and recognized two men and two women who each managed closest to the pin or longest putts over the course of the tournament. The tournament concluded with lunch catered by Mission Barbeque and an awards ceremony. Next year, the foundation has set an aspirational goal of securing a full complement of golfers for the tournament, which allows 72 golfers or 18 foursomes to compete. Preliminary plans include securing the first Friday in June 2024 and returning to our host course for this year’s tournament.

5/20/2023

Pinewood Derby - Race Day

Race Day against Pi Upsilon Lambda Chapter at Arundel High School.

4/20/2023

Bro. Jamar Turner Recognized as 2023 Anne Arundel County Public School Rising Star

Alpha achievement: Bro. Jamar Turner was recognized tonight by Anne Arundel County Public Schools , as a 2nd year Rising Star Teacher in the 5th grade classroom. Read more about Bro. Turner and the impact he is having on the youth in his classroom. Keep holding up the light bro. Onward and Upward 🤙🏾 ‘06 For more information on Bro.Turners achievement check out rising star article: https://aacpsschools.org/development/2023/04/20/jamar-turner/ The text from the article is copy/pasted below just in case the article is no longer accessible: 2023 Rising Star at Marley Elementary – Jamar Turner Jamar Turner I am an AACPS: Special Education Teacher, Marley Elementary | 22-23 Rising Star We are excited to spotlight Jamar Turner. Jamar Turner is a 22-23 Rising Star Teacher. Mr. Turner was nominated by the school’s principal, Tamara Kelly-Molock. The Marley Elementary School Special Education teacher is a Morehouse College alum. We had an opportunity to talk with Jamar about being recognized as a Rising Star Teacher. Here are a few highlights of the conversation: Describe who you are in 5 words or less. Young. Motivated. Driven. God based and organized . What was your motivation to go into education? Seeing the need for more male educators, specifically black male educators. Having somebody that looks like you, sounds like you, and having that shared experience can definitely motivate children. I definitely wanted to bridge that gap where just by being present in the child’s life matters and shows success to them. What would you tell yourself about your potential as an educator? Don’t limit yourself. The sky is the limit. What one thing do you love about working in your school? It feels like home. I don’t feel like I’m coming to work. I’m working with educators that have the same mindset of changing children’s lives, but as far as the atmosphere and the flow of the building, everybody gets along. We push each other to be successful. What is your favorite memory of your family and friends supporting you on your journey as an educator? My mom is my #1 motivator, but not even just my mom, my aunts, my cousins, my grandmother are there. I didn’t have to ask for anything. If I needed anything for my classroom, they got it for me. It takes a village and they are my village. Thinking about the future of education, what are you most excited about for schools? I think the improvement of technology within our buildings is the future. We’re starting to see many different ways to learn. I think it is going to be able to enhance different styles of learners and help them become more successful. What is one hidden talent you have that no one, or few people, knows about and would surprise them? I definitely think my talent is my voice. I can engage myself in conversations where I don’t know where they’re going, but I see that I finished a lot of conversations where people are inspired by me. It feels nice. If you had to make a time capsule about this year as a rising star teacher and you had to include an item, an image, a quote and a song/melody, what would you include? The image are the yearbook pictures from my first and second year. Just to see how much I’ve changed. My quote “the Sky’s the limit” because I’ve accomplished so much and still want to accomplish so much more. I have a album instead of a song, it would be Jay-Z and The Blueprint. Jay-Z talks about the blueprints of his life. So I’m definitely connecting that to knowing I need a blueprint of my life. What is one reason why someone should choose to become a teacher? I don’t look at this as a career and this is a lifestyle to me. So if we want to see the world change from something that might not have went right when we were children, our generation has the direct impact on the youth and let them be the change. I always say if you can’t start with you, then pass it on to the next person and let them make the change. Louis Nesbitt, PDM Department LNesbitt@aacps.org The journey of an educator is a lifetime. We are thankful to those who have chosen to embark on this path. As a community, one of our greatest capacities is availability, so when the opportunities arise, find your own way to support education.

4/13/2023

Brothers attending the Easter Regional Convention ERC91

Over 20 brothers headed down to Hampton, VA to the 91st Easter Region Convention. It ran from April 13 - April 16.

4/9/2023

2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Brothers held their 2nd annual easter egg hunt this Easter Sunday

3/31/2023

HHL welcomes Neophytes in an Exuberant Presentation Show

ARNOLD, MD. On March 31, 2023, the Eta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated welcomed a new class of neophytes into the bond of brotherhood through a high energy Neophyte Presentation on the campus of Anne Arundel Community College in the Kaufman Theatre. The 300-seat theatre was standing room only. Audience members from across the National Panhellenic Council (NPHC), family members, friends, and well-wishers packed the venue to welcome seven accomplished men into the House of Alpha. At the helm, were the Dean of Membership, Brother Delvin Owens (Spring 2018, HHL) and Assistant Dean, Brother Michael Bertty, II (Spring 2002, NI). These brothers worked with these men to prepare them for the one and a half our performance, which included greetings to the members of the NPHC organizations, greetings to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated Brothers from visiting chapters, the recitation of Fraternity and Chapter History, the Aims, Mission, and Motto of the Fraternity, two poems (Invictus by William Ernest Henley and Test of A Man by an unknown author). There was an inventive skit, a parody from the cult classic 1995 film, Friday (written by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh), and two name reveals for the new brothers. The final introductions are as follows: Mr. Michael Hardman, Sr., a retired US Army Veteran of 21 years, who hails from Lake Charles, Louisiana, currently resides in Severn with his wife and two children. He currently works for the United States Department of Defense and serves as CEO of his own non-profit and coach for youth football. Hardman was introduced to the brotherhood and the public as #1, MAJOR PAYNE. Dr. David Butler-Sims hails from Prince George’s County, Maryland, currently resides in Bowie with his husband. He is the Division Director for the Division of Public Support Operations at the United States Social Security Administration, and an Adjunct Professor of English at Anne Arundel Community College. Butler-Sims was introduced to the brotherhood and the public as #2 KING AUTHOR. Mr. Michael Askins, a retired US Army Veteran of 22 years, who hails from Florence, South Carolina, currently resides in Odenton with his wife and son. He currently works for the United States Department of Defense and serves as mentor and leader in his Freemasonry Lodge. Askins was introduced to the brotherhood and the public as #3 BONE CRUSHER. Mr. Jonathan Brailsford hails from Bronx, New York currently resides in Odenton, Maryland with his fiancé. He is a current employee of the US Department of Defense and he volunteers his time as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Anne Arundel County. Brailsford was introduced to the brotherhood and the public as #4 LOCK BOX. Dr. Dedric Bryant, a Medical Doctor Resident, is from Crownsville. He will be embarking on his medical residency in Lansing, Michigan this June after graduation from medical school this coming May. Bryant was introduced to the brotherhood and public as #5 PROMO. Mr. Jordan Dove, a Financial Advisor, is from Gambrills. A prior semi-pro Soccer Player, Dove also serves as a referee for soccer programs across Maryland. Dove was introduced to the brotherhood and public as #6 COLD SWEAT. Mr. Charles (Trey) Gross, III, is from Annapolis. A recent graduate of Delaware State University, he is a declared prospect of both the NFL and XFL. He currently serves as a Student Success Coordinator in Anne Arundel County Public Schools and coaches youth football. Gross was introduced to the brotherhood and public as #7 SHOW TIME.

3/11/2023

Youth Symposium - Womens History Month

Congratulations to our mentees for completing yet another Alpha Academy Mentoring Session. Our March session was a bit different from our other regular sessions and was open to all parents, young men and women, not just AAMP. We held a Youth Symposium in partnership with the Lambda Delta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. We started our session by celebrating Women's History month, learning the background of the celebration and how it began and our mentees got to hear from a couple of women who have advanced in their industries, talk about Women's History Month and its importance to them. Our Youth Symposium consisted of many fun activities such as learning chess, Barbershop talk for the young men where we have dialogue about real issues/problems/concerns they are dealing with as well as get any questions they may have answered. We also had "Salon Talk - A shop full of sisters" which was the Barbershop talk equivalent for the young ladies. The young ladies also had a "Punch & Paint" workshop where they got to socialize, paint, and have punch and snacks. There were also smaller STEM workshops setup in the gym that the boys and girls could visit at their leisure. We had fun fitness activities and relay activities where the mentees got to pie the mentors in the face. There was a living museum where QR codes were used to make the different exhibits come to life. The AAMP mentees got to continue progress on their pinewood derby cars in preparation for Race Day on May 20th. We even had workshops for the parents that covered various health related topics. We plan to bring the youth symposium back even bigger in 2024!!

2/17/2023

AAMP - Towson Basketball

Alpha Academy at a Towson University Basketball Game.

2/16/2023

AAMP - Annapolis High School - Stocks

Alpha Academy has a program at Annapolis High School during their lunch hour. This Thursday, we talked to the students about stocks and investing.

2/11/2023

Phellowship February - Navy/Army Basketball

Brothers at the Navy vs Army basketball game. This event was part of Phellowship February.

2/9/2023

Bro. Davesus Omosun - Annapolis High School Black History Month Celebration

The Black Student Union was started by Tinesha McNeill a season educator and member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Her, along with Bro. Davesus Omosun and two other staff members have helped black and brown students at Annapolis High School make history with this year's Black History Month celebration. The BSU hosted several events using the theme, Black Resistance, Black Resilience, Black Renaissance. The speaker series features prominent African Americans from the Anne Arundel County area, to include the first Black male Superintendent Dr. Mark Bidell. Other events included a libation ceremony, spirit week, and the first annual Beautifully Black Expo. History was made because this was the first time black month was celebrated to this magnitude and students of color given space to be seen, heard, and celebrated. Testimonial Brothers I was to congratulate and say great job to Brother Davesus Omosun and the ANNAPOLIS HS BLACK STUDENT UNION for an awesome Black Expo event last night at Annapolis HS. This was the first time event at the HS and the advisors and BSU club gave us powerful poems, spoken word, dance, musical numbers, monologues uplifting videos and more. Many turned out to support. Their displays gave us countless history of black culture and more importantly some great history about AA CTY AND ANNAPOLIS! I’m so proud of those young men and women who performed!!! 06 to our brother!!!!!🤙🏽

1/16/2023

MLK Day of Service

The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Eta Eta Lambda Chapter coordinated an MLK Day of Service event on January 16, 2023. The event, supported by the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Pi Omega Chapter, Mr. Allan Griffin, owner of B & A Brothers Driving School, and Delegate Shaneka Henson, took place at Chambers park. Hot meals, clothing, toiletries, and non-perishable food items were provided to anyone who showed up between 12 noon and 2 pm. Eta Eta Lambda is committed to servicing those in need and works to do so not just on MLK Day but throughout the year. We especially take pride in being able to provide for those in need on the day when the nation celebrates the life and philosophies of our dear fraternity brother, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

12/24/2022

Annual Bike Givaway in Annapolis' 8 Public Housing Communities

On Christmas Eve, Brothers from Eta Eta Lambda assisted Bro. Jamar Turner and his community service organization, Superior Future, with their annual bike giveaway. Volunteers traveled to each of Annapolis's eight Public Housing and Mixed Finance neighborhoods and personally delivered these brand-new bikes.

12/4/2022

Joint Founder's Day Celebration at BWI Hilton

Eta Eta Lambda teamed  with Delta Lambda to put together a spectacular  Founder's Day event at the BWI Hilton.

10/25/2022

Meet and Greet Dr. Mark Bedell

Images from our co-sponsored Meet and Greet with Fraternity Brother Mark Bedell, Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Dr. began a four-year term as Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools on July 1, 2022. He assumed the leadership of Maryland’s fourth-largest school district after spending six years as Superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools. Dr. Bedell is a talented, caring teacher, administrator and proven public school leader with a track record of success in urban districts. In 2022, he led Kansas City Public Schools to full accreditation status for the first time in more than 20 years.

10/8/2022

Bowie State Homecoming

Brothers having a great time at the Bowie State Homecoming.

8/27/2022

Alpha Academy Bowling

Alpha Academy held a bowling event at the Annapolis Bowl on Saturday, August 27. This event was open to anyone interested in our mentorship program. It allowed the kids to have a great time and meet new friends. It also allowed us to answer parents' questions about our school year-long program. Check out the video

4/16/2022

First Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The 1 st Annual Easter Egg Hunt was held at the Matthew Harmons Park in Hanover, MD kicking off at  10am for the Community. As our first Easter Egg Hunt we met our children attendee mark about 40-45  children. We had an infant section and older participant section which worked out perfectly where the  different age groups enjoyed themselves. The children hunted pre-stuffed eggs that had candy in them.  Each child was given a raffle ticket upon their arrival with the chance to win prize: premade easter egg basket (3) or a gift card (3). Brothers were there to assist with the set up and break down of the Easter  Egg Hunt.

4/6/2022

PTA Spaghetti Night at Bro. Dillard's School

PTA Spaghetti Night was held at Bro. Dillard's Georgetown East Elementary School. Brothers Simmons, Haynes, Russell, Smith, Boles, Richards, Hughes, and Harden helped out.

4/1/2022

The Seven Architects of Amenhotep III

April 1st, 2022 wasn’t a Tuesday, but it was Ice Cold. On the campus of Anne Arundel Community College, at the memorial of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Eta Eta Lambda held its second Neophyte Presentation for their Spring ‘22 line. On this day, The Seven Architects of Amenhotep III formally introduced themselves to the community and to the world. Surrounded by loving family, brothers and friends, these 7 men put on full display not only that burning passion for Alpha Phi Alpha within their hearts, but the strength of their bonds through a well executed presentation. The night began with the Seven Architects, led by their Dean, marching into an open space in front of the gathered crowd.  It ended with the 7 encircled by their brothers in Alpha singing their fraternity’s hymn. This presentation was a fine metaphor for the journey these 7 gentlemen took into the House of Alpha. After the hymn, as the air hummed with the spirit of Alpha, the crowd swarmed the 7.Sweaty from yelling, stomping, and moving, Malik, Jamar, Eddy, Nivek, Eric, Josh and Gabe were embraced by the crowd with open arms. April 1, 2022 will not be a day soon forgotten by these Alpha men.

12/11/2021

Your Physical & Mental Health

Alpha Academy Chair, Bro. Stephen WilliamS, Bro. Dr. Adrian Hood, and Bro. Dr. Trellis Jones gave a presentation today on physical and mental health. The students first learned about the importance of regular checkups, exercise, hydration, nutrition, and sleep. The talk then take on the more serious subject of mental health. Dr. Jones discussed symptoms of depression and how to identify it in yourself and others, and strategies to deal with it. Also, he tackled many of the myths associated with mental health in black men.


After the presentation, the students made progress with their pinewood derby cars by working with their mentors and putting their concepts down on paper.  The next step is to cut these profiles out of the pinewood block.


Some resources:
National Alliance counseling Services - https://www.nami.org/Home
Safe Harbor Counseling Services - https://www.safeharbor1.com (1-800-305-2089 )
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1800-273-8255
Crisis text line in English/Spanish - 1888-628-9454
Signs of Suicide Curriculum - https://sossignsofsuicide.org/spot-sign


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11/26/2021

Brothers give Bro. Simmons a paddle for his birthday

Eta Eta Lambda brothers took brother Simmons out to eat for his birthday after participating in the Eta Eta Lambda Foundation Fundraiser and presented him with a custom paddle.

10/9/2021

Taking Care of Yourself and Presenting Yourself as a Black Male.

aturday's session began with a discussion led by Bro. Brian Boles,

Bro. Dexter Moore, and Bro. Gerald Russell on "Taking Care of Yourself

and Presenting Yourself as a Black Male." It focused on hygiene,

etiquette, style, and grooming. The students learned about the

importance of 1st impressions, daily cleaning routines, properly wearing

and accessorizing a suit, tying a tie, properly shaking hands and the

importance of being respectful to women. Some students also went home with a few ties.

Brother Michael Bertty got the students excited about the pinewood

derby cars they will make with their mentors. He showed some example

cars and received some great ideas from the students on other designs.

Each student received a pinewood derby car to put into their shoeboxes.


View photos here: https://www.annapolisalphas.com/2021-09-11-aamp-session2

6/13/2021

Alpha Academy - End of Season Cookout

Alpha Academy end of season cookout.

4/24/2021

Bro. Branch Married

2/13/2021


Positive Behaviors and Relationships

Overall: We are excited that attendance is holding steady after the new year. After introductions, presenting the overview for the day, and feeding the mentees, we introduced the Origin of Black History Month to all of the mentees. This topic was both informative and engaging for the mentees. The focus on the origin of Black History Month was particularly relevant and essential for the mentees to understand and learn about. We introduced the topics in a way that allowed for discussion and reflection on the contributions of famous African Americans that are in relation to the 2024 Black History Month theme – African Americans and the Arts. After our group discussion, we split up so that each age group could continue with their projects and learning journeys. Elementary school mentees continued their STEM learning journey by learning more about the EV Storm robot and created a program that they downloaded to the robot that focused on its movements. The middle school mentees were guided through the recap of each step of the car design process, from sanding to discussing potential and kinetic energy. They have been asked to bring their completed cars to the March session. The High School mentees were split into two teams and played Black History Month Kahoot it where the winner will receive gift cards in March. The questions focused on notable African Americans who significantly contributed to society, African Americans in the Engineering Field, and important Black History facts. Elementary: The elementary school student portion of the February session went very well. The students were very enthusiastic and highly motivated. During the session, students learned the various components that make up the EV3 Mindstorm robot and how they function. In addition, students created a computer program to download from the desktop to the robots. Their programming focused on robot’s movement. After the session, one of the students came up to me and said, "You did good!" As a teacher that comment really meant a lot. Middle School: For the individual middle school curriculum, we planned activities like the Black History card game and Kahoot trivia, which likely added an element of fun while still reinforcing crucial historical knowledge. Incorporated the Pinewood Derby car recap session of hands-on activities was fantastic for teaching practical skills and principles of physics and car maintenance. Bro. Boles, Askins, Wilson and Hood actively guided the mentees through the recap of each step of the car design process, from sanding to discussing potential and kinetic energy. Encouraging the mentees to bring their completed cars to the next meeting fostered accountability and a sense of accomplishment. A few mentees still needed to complete the sanding part, but they ensured the team they would have the cars completed for the next AAMP meeting on March 9, 2024. The mentees were instructed to bring their cars in the shoe box. High School: The high schoolers were divided into groups. They played Black History Kahoot it against each other where we focused on important Black History facts and notable African Americans in the Engineering field and who have significantly contributed to American society. Two captains were named by Bro. Hardman: Evan and Tobias. Then, we went around the room as they selected their teammates. It was the Ravens (Evan's Team on the right side of the room) vs the Patriots (Tobias' Team on the left side). We proceeded to play the game; it was fun, as we had a few lead changes. We then proceeded to address the answers to the questions using the notes to the questions as a starter. Brothers Kenneth Williams, Dillard, and Simmons assisted Bro. Hardman and Bro. Hood with leading conversations around the Kahoot it facts.

11/21/2020

Alpha Academy - Punt, Pass, and Kick

Punt, Pass, and Kick competition

3/14/2020

Know Your Rights - Part 1

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