PROJECT ALPHA: A Sexual Responsibility Workshop for Teen Males

Local young men will have the opportunity to talk “man-to-man” about issues of sexuality as they take part in a daylong workshop sponsored by the Epsilon Upsilon Lambda and Theta Tau Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Project Alpha will be held Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Mott Community College Workforce Development Center located at 709 North Saginaw Street in Flint. The workshop will be conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Project Alpha is a national program, designed to help young men make better and more informed choices about their sexual behavior. Since 1980, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the March of Dimes have been working together to help young men make the right decisions about the complex issues surrounding sex. This is a unique mentoring program, which offers African-American men as positive role models for the next generation.

“The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are committed to helping the next generation of young brothers live healthy, productive and smart lives,” said Project Alpha Coordinator Sam Wells. “Project Alpha is just one way that we can continue to change our communities for the better, from the inside out.”

Topics to be covered during the conference sessions include: abstinence and the consequences of early sexual activity; peer pressure; HIV/AIDS; teen pregnancy; STDs; relationships; being a responsible father; and what it means to “be a man.”

Wells said previous workshops have been well-attended by young men 13-to-18-years-old.
Project Alpha seeks to create a safe environment where young men can learn and explore their sexuality, manhood, and relationship issues. The program’s three goals are:

• Sharing Knowledge: Combating ignorance and fear with factual information;
• Changing Attitudes: Providing young men with the motivation they need to make positive changes in their sexual behaviors; and
• Providing Skills: Creating a sense of empowerment and self-esteem.

The workshop is free and open to teen males. A permission slip signed by a parent or guardian is required to participate. For more information call Sam Wells at 810- 610-2053.

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