“I AM Y.A.” Movement Kicks Off With A Bang

By: Bro. Stephon Dingle, Assoc. Editor to The Sphinx Magazine

The sweet sounds of jazz filled the room as Bro. Chip Shelton and his Peacetime Band soothed the crowd at the Harlem Alphas’ “Jazz Happening” Fundraiser.  The initiative supports the chapter’s Go To High School, Go To College National Program entitled Young Achievers, which since 1998 in partnership with Links Inc., provides mentorship and college preparation to local high school students who come from communities in the Bronx and Harlem.

At the fundraiser, there was a great turnout and at one point standing room only as locals and the Brothers of Alpha Gamma Lambda Chapter was able to raise over $2,000 for this year’s students. The chapter’s Director of Education, Bro. Victor Perkins, a Spring 2013 initiate, was elated with the outcome and said he expects great things from this year’s program.

“It’s always good to see the brothers of Alpha get together along with the community and see a noble cause come to fruition for these young people that need our help,” Perkins said.


Two days after a successful fundraiser, The Young Achievers Program held their orientation for its students. This year’s catchy theme, “I AM Y.A.” was repeated throughout the festive gathering, something Perkins said these students should remember and take pride in the fact that they can follow in the footsteps of some of the program’s successful alumni who are away at various colleges. In the crowd, were some familiar faces who are now seniors in high school and there were many young new ones as they were accompanied by school counselors and interested parents.

Over 40 students attended the orientation, which is almost triple the number from last year’s program. Students were introduced to what Young Achievers were and how they too would be helped to become successful. They also had the opportunity to eat and fellowship with counselors, potential mentors and brothers of the Harlem Alphas.


The Young Achievers Program was featured on the local airwaves of WHCR 90.3 FM, The Voice of Harlem, as Bros. Victor Perkins and Mohamad Doumbouya were guest spreading the word about Young Achievers and the “I AM Y.A.” movement. On the show, they talked about the state of young black males in Harlem and where the Young Achievers Program fits in the bigger picture. There is a need for mentors and if you are interested in joining the “I AM Y.A.” movement, you are encouraged to reach out to Bros. Antonio Alston or Bryan Braswell, the Young Achievers Mentor Advisors.

Be sure to join the Harlem Alphas and Its Young Achievers at their next joint session as they will discuss The Importance of Safety when dealing with the NYPD and Dressing for Success. This session will be held at Harlem Hospital RM6101, on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 6:30PM We Look forward to you joining us!

To Listen to the Radio Interview in its entirety click on the following link: http://bit.ly/1cNfXP6

Sugar Hill Children's Museum Across from the Historic Harlem Alpha House

JPSTRIP-blog480 The $80.2 million stacked cube design of the Sugar Hill Children's Museum is quickly rising now on 155th Street just east of St. Nicholas Avenue right across the street from the Alpha House. This new construction has now been dubbed the Sugar Cube because of its striking geometric layout and the 13-story building will also have 124 units of affordable housing. Everything appears to be moving quickly now and the entire complex should be ready by early 2014. More in the New York Time | Art: LINK

Harlem Alphas Rollout on the River

On a warm summer night in August, the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Gamma Lambda chapter successfully hosted their inaugural roll bounce event. The Riverbank State Park in Harlem was covered in Black and OLD gold as the brothers and their guests rolled around the rink in one of the hottest events of the summer. Two DJS rocked out for hours to some of the old school roll bounce songs and the latest hits.

Of course we couldn’t leave without an electric slide, cupid shuffle or wobble…on skates, and in the middle of the rink, that is.  All we needed was some afro wigs, bell bottoms and multicolor shirts and you wouldn’t be able to tell us that we weren’t the resurgence of the Roll Bounce days of the 1970s and 80s. Some people were naturals, you know the type that twirl around the rink and backwards skate with minimal effort, others not so much – unless holding on for dear life as they scooted around the rink counts, and some fell (a lot) but we won’t count that.

Members of the National Pan Hellenic Council and a couple of Harlem based community organizations had a blast CHILLIN with the Harlem Alphas and we are looking forward to keeping the party going with some highly anticipated events this fall and next spring. All in All, Riverbank State Park was effectively frozen despite it being one of the hottest nights of the summer.

Check out the pics here: Facebook.com/harlemalphas