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                President Obama urged to create White Council on Men and Bo
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                04.20.2009 – One of the leading organizations of men in America has asked
                President Obama to create a White House Council on Men and Boys.                          Twitter Pitc
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                organization of African-Americans recently wrote the president a letter encouraging
                him to create the council after Mr. Obama formally established the White House            News Facts
                Council on Women and Girls.                                                                 Alpha Phi Al
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                “Mr. President, we are keenly aware of the challenges that face women and girls.            White Counc
                However, we believe a focus must also be placed on men and boys,” wrote the Rev.            President B

                Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr., general president of Alpha. “As a father of a six-year old
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                son and an eight-year old daughter, like you I want to make sure that there are well-
                educated, responsible and community-oriented men for them to look up to as they           Tags
                grow and develop.”                                                                        Alpha Phi Al
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                According to a 2006 report by the Schott Foundation for Public Education, only 35         Mason Jr., A

                percent of black male students graduated from high school in Chicago and only 26
                percent in New York City. Only a few black boys who finish high school actually
                attend college, and of those who enter college, nationally, only 22 percent finish with
                a degree.


                On the education front, Alpha has for years provided scholarships to deserving
                young men. The fraternity expanded that effort in 2008 with the new Alpha Phi Alpha
                Charitable Foundation, thanks in part to a startup grant from former Massachusetts
                Senator, and Alpha member Edward Brooke. And this year, Alpha Phi Alpha is
                implementing a new initiative, From the Highchair to Higher Education. Its primary
                focus is to provide boys, at the youngest age possible, the best opportunity to
                successfully make it through high school and college.


                The fraternity has offered to partner with the White House to make the new council a
                reality. Mason says the following critical needs should be addressed by the council:
                Health promotion and preventive initiatives for men and boys; academic and social
                development initiatives; manhood and fatherhood accountability initiatives.


                To read the letter to the president in its entirety go to www.apa1906.net.




                Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
                Founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alpha Phi
                Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has continued to supply voice and vision to the struggle of
                African Americans and people of color around the world. The Fraternity has long
                stood at the forefront of the African-American community's fight for civil rights,
                through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood
Marshall, Andrew Young, former Senator Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The
fraternity through its college and alumni chapters serves the community through
nearly a thousand chapters in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. For
more information visit www.apa1906.net.




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About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has continued to supply voice and vision to the struggle of
African Americans and people of color around the world. The Fraternity has long
stood at the forefront of the African-American community's fight for civil rights,
through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood
Marshall, Andrew Young, Retired Senator Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The
fraternity through its college and alumni chapters serves the community through
nearly a thousand chapters in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.


Contacting Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
2313 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
410-554-0040
Website: http://www.apa1906.net

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