Les Jeunnes Hommes
A desire by some neighborhood boys to do community service led to the creation in Alpha Omega of an innovative program to both satisfy this desire and enable the chapter to influence the development of several future Omega men.
In 1960, the chapter set up a program called “Les Jeunes Hommes”–Young Men–in part as a way to develop an interest group among local prospective college entrants, wrote then-Alpha Omega Basileus Wendell Morgan in a letter May 23, 1961, to Grand Counselor Carl A. Earles. James W. Quander, initiated in Alpha Omega in 1958, and the founder of the program said the program grew out of a desire expressed by his son Rohulamin in 1959 and other boys in his neighborhood about a mile from Howard University to do some community work. “My son Ro was in high school at Carroll and had boys interested in community service work who were good friends of his,” said Brother Quander. “He said they wanted to do community service work. The first meeting was at my house here,” where he still lives. “They were in my scout troop. I asked the fraternity about its interest in doing work with the less fortunate and elderly. [Members of Les Jeunes Hommes] did tutoring and other kinds of things. They came from public and private schools. Some men in the fraternity thought this program had potential for bringing new blood into the frat.”