Founded in 1997, Phi Lambda Educational Foundation, Inc., a 501(C)3 tax-exempt organization, was established to provide an environment that actively supports the advancement of education and to facilitate the implementation of many nationally recognized programs.
The mission of the Foundation is to implement academic and life skills programs that promote a holistic approach to the success of socio-economically disadvantaged and underserved youth and families in Southeast Raleigh and Wake County.
The Foundation has worked to create an environment that actively supports personal growth and the advancement of educational opportunities for young men and women. Current programs include:
African-American Leaders of Tomorrow (AALOT)
This is the flagship program of the Foundation. It serves middle and high school students. The program’s underlying theme is the importance of completing secondary and collegiate education as a road to advancement. It is designed to improve the student’s math, science, and language educational performance by providing tutorial services. On a personal level, the curriculum is designed to improve self-esteem, self-awareness, personal confidence and identification. Parental involvement is a significant success factor. The charter members of this group are all professional men in fields such as engineering, accounting, law, teaching, video production, etc.
A collaborative effort with the March of Dimes, Project Alpha provides education, motivation, and skill-building on issues of responsibility, relationships, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases of young people of ages 12-15 years.
Stars of Tomorrow
Sponsored on an annual basis, as a talent showcase of youth from Wake and Johnston counties, this offers high school students opportunities to showcase their talents, win prizes, and be recognized countywide for their efforts. Proceeds from this event support scholarships given to outstanding high school students desiring to pursue a college education. Total scholarships given to date amount to $21,100. Additionally, a trophy is presented to the high school with the highest grade point average (GPA).
A review of the ten-year history of The Foundation finds an organization that has a proven record of success when measured in terms of the programs outcomes.The Foundation impacted the lives of one hundred and fifty (150) students in the AALOT Program through its weekly mentoring and tutoring program. Each semester the Foundation meets with from thirty to forty students -age 12-15, in its Project Alpha Program. At least once per semester the Foundation visits the Wake County School System to read to, mentor or interact with elementary school students and teachers as role models. In addition to the local life skills and tutoring sessions, we continue to sponsor 12 plus high school students, each year, to the Southern Regional Leadership Development Citizenship Education Institute. The LDCEI is held, each year, in one of the seven Southeastern states of the US. We also collaborated with the Head Start Programs in Wake and Johnston Counties to bring together absentee fathers and significant others in caring for their young children.
During this period 95% of the youth who attended the Foundation’s African American Leaders of Tomorrow Program for two or more years entered a four year college or university; 97% did not become involved with the criminal justice system; and 85% enhanced their relationship with their parents.
For additional information, visit www.plefoundation.org