A local fraternity chapter has been awarded a grant of $4,500 to operate its youth education program.
The grant is a part of the “Mentoring Opportunities for Youth” that is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention.
The Delta Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. was recently selected to receive the grant to assist it with its “Go-to-High School, Go-to-College” educational initiative.
The program provides mentoring for young men to show them the value of completing high school and continuing towards secondary education.
“It’s an initiative that our fraternity does,” Chapter President Jefferey Hughes said. “It works with youth as far as the importance of college.”
The chapter was awarded the grant, working closely with Leron Rahynes, the fraternity’s regional coordinator for the area.
Rahynes agreed that there is a great need in the Orangeburg area for mentoring opportunities.
The chapter currently has 57 members who assist in being mentors to students, giving them the tools to be successful in their transitional period into either a technical or four-year institution.
The members also work with the local collegiate chapters at S.C. State and Claflin universities as well.
Hughes said the chapter has participated each year in S.C. State’s Youth Day celebration.