“Service…is the key note of all living vital agencies which are setup in the interest of mankind, and it is the one thing that makes life in whatever sense we wish to consider it, worthwhile.”
– Founder Oscar James Cooper
The men of Alpha Omega Chapter deliver a combination of nationally mandated and locally tailored ad-hoc programs and service initiatives to the Washington, D.C. community consistent with the Fraternity’s cardinal principles of MANHOOD, SCHOLARSHIP, PERSEVERANCE, and UPLIFT. Our programmatic areas of emphasis, also referred to as our four pillars of service, are Fatherhood; Youth Mentorship; Scholarship; and Individual, Family, and Community Betterment. Out programming is augmented through strategic collaboration with the D.C. Department of Human Services, D.C. Child Support Services Division, MedStar Family Choice, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Covenant House Washington DC, and Howard University Hospital.
Alpha Omega Chapter aims to enhance, educate, and engage particularly African American fathers as well as the general populous in closing the gap of father absenteeism in the lives of their children, and to improve and facilitate enhanced relationships between fathers and their families in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area. In addition, we strive to raise awareness about the law and family relations, violence prevention, educational and social equity, values clarification, effective communication, and spirituality. Finally, we work to create opportunities for father and son engagement. We integrate our Fatherhood initiatives into the following programs: Omega Men for Homeless Men, Omega Academy, and the Alpha Omega Social Action and Scholarship Foundation (www.aosasf.org) Fatherhood Institute.
Through our mentorship initiatives, we provide primarily young African American males with the confidence and social tools needed to negotiate many of the distractions that may affect their ability to develop and achieve worthwhile personal and academic goals. As mentors, we commit to assisting youth with making better informed choices when confronted with life’s challenges. Our mentoring process includes guidance, support, and assistance with issues involving family, peers, environment, school, and life planning. We integrate our youth mentorship initiatives into our Omega Academy, Social Action, Scholarship, and Talent Hunt programs.
An element of our nationally mandated Scholarship Program includes the rewarding of high academic attainment by providing scholarship aid to students on all levels, and to work toward stimulation of scholarly aims among youth in secondary schools. Since 1991, Alpha Omega Chapter, through its charity, the Alpha Omega Social Action and Scholarship Foundation (www.aosasf.org), has awarded over $300,000 in college scholarships to students graduating from Washington, D.C. high schools. Our scholarship initiatives also include literacy programming, writing workshops, and STEM programming. We integrate our scholarship initiatives into our Scholarship Program, Omega Academy, Talent Hunt, and Achievement Week programs.
Individual, Family, and Community Betterment
In the spirit of My Brother’s Keeper, the men of Alpha Omega Chapter proactively seek opportunities to help our fellow man, strengthen families, and uplift communities. Through a combination of one-time, ad-hoc, and perennial events, initiatives, and programs, we carry out our commitment to being an engaged, concerned, and responsible member of the Washington, D.C. Community. We integrate our Individual, Family, and Community Betterment initiatives into our Social Action and Omega Men for Homeless Men Programs. We integrate our scholarship initiatives into our Social Action, Political Action, and Omega Men for Homeless Men programs.