Go-to-High School, Go-to-College:
Adopted in the 1920s by Alpha Phi Alpha, this historic program aims at traditionally under served and at risk teenage boys. Under this brand the GBK Foundation awards an annual scholarship to local high school students. Local Alpha Men have given a scholarship award for over 50 years. Since that time numerous Capital District students have received the George B. Kelley scholarship and have succeeded academically at such prestigious institutions as Harvard, Brown, Colgate, Syracuse, Morehouse, Spelman, Virginia Intermont, Union, and Oxford (Rhodes Scholarship). More recently, since the GBK Foundation adopted this program in 2006 from the local Alpha chapter, we have awarded scholarships to 9 students.
Voteless People is a Hopeless People:
Created in 1939 by Alpha Phi Alpha, the goals of this Foundation civic action program are to educate members of the community on African American’s historic involvement in the political process, identify and maintain the constitutional laws that provided voting rights equality for all Americans, register voters, conduct voter registration efforts, describe voter participation in at risk communities in recent elections and discuss issues affecting these at risk communities. Our current strategy also incorporates the 2010 U.S. Census Complete Count into our program portfolio.
Project Alpha - Alpha Esquire Mentorship Program:
This new mentorship program is designed to provide education, motivation and skill-building on issues of responsibility, relationships, entrepreneurship and financial literacy for young males ages 12-15 years. The goals of the mentorship program are to share knowledge by combating ignorance and fear with factual information, educational games, and unique off-site experiences aimed at changing attitudes and enhancing skills by creating a sense of empowerment and self-esteem. Under this umbrella the Foundation also participates in special programs such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the All-American Soap Box Derby.