Fraternity deems lock-in a success!

School administration at Kammerer Middle School, along with members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – Alpha Lambda chapter are calling last Friday night’s Alpha Academy lock-in a success.


The men of the Alpha Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. hosted its second lock-in with their academy program. More than 40 students were in attendance, ranging from grade levels 6th through 8th. The lock-in was from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. to help keep youth males out of trouble and teach messages on higher education, health and hygiene, and life skills – in addition to one of the fraternity’s national programs, Project Alpha, which is designed to help young males make better and more informed choices about responsible behavior and relationships. 


With so much going on in today’s society, it is important that youth males have an outlet and a positive path set before them. “We want to empower and encourage our youth men in the academy,” said Mark Rorer, Director of Educational Programming, Alpha Lambda chapter. “These are some very talented, intelligent, articulate young men. Our goal is to give them an opportunity for them to express themselves in a safe environment.” 


Throughout the evening students were put in groups and rotated to various sessions with instructors who gave presentations on current events. In the middle of the agenda the men of the Alpha Lambda chapter decided to add a little bit of friendly fitness challenges to keep the young men engaged. There were also awards and prizes offered to the youth for their participation. 


W.E.B. DuBois said it best, “Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life.” Through this lock-in youth males were able to learn, grow, and expand their horizons with the understanding that opportunities for greater are endless.