The Esquires Mentoring and Leadership Program is a youth group sponsored by Epsilon Upsilon Lambda and Theta Tau chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  The group is comprised of high school age African-American males from the Flint/Genesee County area.  The objective of the program is to support the development of strong, positive motivated young African-American men. 


To meet the objective, a curriculum focusing on education, cultural enrichment, community service and life skills has been developed.


Education: To promote high scholastic achievements and the pursuit of education and training beyond high school.  Activities that support this component of the program include:


• Weekly tutorial sessions during the academic school year
• Yearly visits to a Historically Black College/University
• Go To High School Go To College Workshop
• Financial Aid Workshop


Cultural Enrichment: To provide exposure to and involvement in activities and events that will broaden the perspectives of the Esquire members.  Activities that support this component of the program include:


• Participation in the Gandhi peace march
• Monthly church visitation, visiting churches of various denominations
• Attendance at culturally diverse events


Community Service: To develop good citizenship and community awareness through volunteerism.  Each month the Esquire members participate in a community service project.  Past projects have included:


• Northend Soup Kitchen
• Children's Museum of Flint
• Kids Crim Race
• U.S. Postal Carrier Food Drive


Life Skills: To promote personal growth, activities that support this component of the program include:


• Resume and effective letter writing workshop
• Interviewing skills workshop
• Dress for success workshop
• You and the law workshop (Driving while Black)
• STD/AIDS workshop


In 2002 a scholarship award component was added to the program.  In June 2012 the Esquires Mentoring and Leadership Program celebrated 15 years of Academic Excellence.

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