Congratulations to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
International Citizen of the Year
Psi Alpha Mentoring
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated Assault on Illiteracy Program (AOIP) had its conceptual roots over 40 years ago when a group of publishers associated with Black Media, Inc. (BMI) was made aware that approximately 44% of black Americans could neither read nor comprehend beyond the 4th grade. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. quickly attacked the illiteracy rate among blacks through reading tutorial programs.
As a natural progression of attacking illiteracy, it became apparent that "The Ques" needed to be more involved in the day-to-day lives of the youth of their community. Because of this awakening- mentoring became the next logical step. The Psi Alpha Chapter provides weekly mentorship to several students who live on the Eastside of San Antonio- one of Bexar County's most impoverished areas. The Psi Alpha Chapter has incorporated the Omega Lamp Lighters Program (OLL). The OLL was founded on the principles of Leadership, Academics, Maturity, and Perseverance. Our mission is to empower secondary-aged youth with academic and social skills, community connections, and progressive opportunities necessary to ensure their roles as active, educated, and responsible citizens. Our aim is to turn good young men into GREAT young men!
Psi Alpha History
The poet James Arthur Baldwin stated: "Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go." In the 1940s' there was a void- a need for African-American male leadership in San Antonio. Eight young men stood ready to fill that need. Already being members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., these young men would charter an organization that would eventually affect the lives of thousands of San Antonians.
All of these young men were proud graduates of some of our nation's top HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Some as young as twenty-four years of age, serving as doctors, dentists, civil servants, and many other professions. The charter members set out to serve their community in ways that still live over 80 years later.
Armed with the strength of their conviction, on November 1, 1940- the Psi Alpha Chapter of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated was born. Click the link below to read more about the founding and growth of Psi Alpha Chapter.