A Voteless People, Is a Hopeless People
Voteless People is a Hopeless People, instituted by the Fraternity in the 1930s, empowered African Americans who had the right to vote, but were prevented from doing so because of poll taxes, threats of reprisal, intimidation, and lack of knowledge about the voting process.
For over 75 years, voter education and registration have been the dominate focus of this program. At the close of the 20th century, the focus expanded to include political awareness and employment.
Omicron Alpha Lambda hosts and/or participates in the following events:
- Mayoral Candidate Forums
- City Council Think-Tanks
- Voter Registration Drives
- Political Intelligence Roundtables
- Poll Watchers
- Voter Transportation
The goal of Project Alpha is to provide accurate information to African-American males between the ages of 12 and 15, as it relates to the following issues: Responsibility, Respect and the Role of Males in Relationships, Adolescent Pregnancy and Fatherhood, Safe Sex, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Intimate Violence in Relationships. All chapters of the Fraternity participate in Project Alpha."
Omicron Lambda Alpha focuses on the following in its workshops:
- Share knowledge by combating ignorance and fear with factual information.
- Change attitudes by providing motivation toward positive changes in sexual behavior.
- Provide skills by creating a sense of empowerment and self-esteem.
Go-To-High School, Go-To-College
Since 1919, the Alpha Phi Alpha national program "Go-To-High School, Go-To-College" has focused its efforts on the importance of completing secondary, as well as post-secondary education. For African-American men, education substantially increases one's chances for economic success. Through this educational initiative, young men receive information and learn strategies that facilitate success. Additionally, Alpha men serve as excellent role models for the youth participants to emulate.
Omicron Lambda Alpha provides the following:
Boys to Men Conference is an intensive one day seminar for young men between the ages 13 and 18 to receive clothing contributions and interactive instructional sessions on Colleges/Universities, Sexuality, Etiquette, Dress, Spirituality, Conflict Resolution, Leadership, and Teambuilding.
The Distinguished Gentlemen's Club is Omicron Lambda Alpha's extension of "Go-To-High School, Go-To-College" and provides young men with additional mentoring, leadership preparation, and college/university readiness in their sophomore and junior years of high school. Because the program meets monthly during the academic year, Alpha men are able to provide in-depth interactive instructional sessions that are designed on an ongoing basis to specifically meet participant needs. The young men are also taught the value of community service and partnerships through activities with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Hands on DC.
Omicron Lambda Alpha recognizes the importance of tutoring young people striving for academic excellence and created OLA Tutors--lead by trained Alpha men who provid tutoring services. Our Tutoring efforts span from elementary to high school. OLA Tutors render year-round academic support to elementary and high school students. This program is another extension of "Go-To-High School, Go-To-College".
Omicron Lambda Alpha continues to establish and maintain strong community service relationships in the Washington, DC metropolitan area while developing leaders and promoting brotherhood and academic excellence.
Happy Hour: OLA in the City Series
OLA takes the time to fraternize and build relationships with other organizations. This leads to partnering opportunities within the community and supporting each other's events.
For information on more events happening during the year, review our calendar.