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.