Alpha Phi Alpha provides 18th Annual Professional Development Academy for High School Students

Alpha Phi AlphaThe Mu Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. presents the 18th Annual L.E.A.D. Mentoring Academy for high school males on Friday, January 10, 2014. The Academy is a three-month Professional Development program for high school males, similar to Leadership Birmingham for adults. The Academy provides leadership development for a select group of young men in grade levels 9 through 12. L.E.A.D. stands for Leadership, Education, Achievement, and Development. Space is only available for 30 students to participate in this year’s Academy. Parents and guardians are asked to contact 205-470-8426 or log onto www.mupsilambda.com, for applications no later than December 27, 2013 to enroll their children in the Academy.

Students will receive training in Financial Planning, Time Management, Goal Setting Strategies, and Job-training skills such as Mastering the Interview and Resume’ Writing. Students will receive assistance in College Preparation, as well as hear Motivational Speeches from positive role models in the community. During the month of February, the Academy includes a ‘Whirlwind College Tour’ of universities and colleges throughout the state of Alabama, to be visited in a single day. The College Tour is open to both high school male and female students. Students also bond and network through a weekly Step/Drill Team comprised of students from multiple school systems in the metropolitan area. The Academy climaxes with a Graduation Ceremony and Step Presentation conducted by the students. A $40 participation fee is required for the program and covers three months of mentoring, meals, and instruction. All area school systems are invited to participate. The 2014 Alpha L.E.A.D. Academy Curriculum is as follows:

January 10, 2014 – Orientation
Orientation / Registration
Overview of Program Expectations
Introduction to Leadership
Photo Session
Completion of Student Profiles

January 11, 2014 – Self Development Emphasis
Session 1 – Sales and Entrepreneurship
Session 2 – Dress for Success
Session 3 – Time Management
Session 4 – Social Media/Internet Etiquette

January 25, 2014 – Career, Personal Finance and Legal Emphasis
Session 4 – Introduction to S.T.E.M. Careers
Session 5 – S.T.E.M. Professional Panel
Session 6 – Personal Finance
Session 7 – Knowing your Legal Rights

February 2, 2014- Black History Observance
Session 8 – Civil Rights Institute Visit

February 13 – College Preparation Spotlight
Session 9 – How to Choose a College 101

February 15- Whirlwind College Tour
Lawson State Community College
Miles College
Samford University
University of Montevallo
Talladega College
Jacksonville State University

February 22, 2014- Men’s Health and Community Service
Session 10 – “Project Alpha-Sexual Awareness
Session 11 – Physical Fitness
Session 12 – Mental Health-How to Relieve Stress
Session 13– Introduction to Service Learning/Community
Service

March 1, 2014- Community Service Project
Session 14 – Community Service Project

March 6-8 – Commencement Week
March 6 – Table Etiquette Dinner
March 7 – LEAD Graduation Rehearsal

March 8, 2014 – LEAD Academy Graduation Ceremony