Asbury Park Press (04.10.12) - Friday, April 13, 2012
Boys ages 12 to 16 are invited to a May 12 workshop in Neptune
City on making better and more informed sexual behavior
choices. The "Project Alpha" workshops have been presented
nationwide by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, in partnership
with the March of Dimes, since 1980.
Vernon Anthony - a member of the fraternity's local Zeta
Epsilon Lambda chapter, which is hosting the workshop - said
the outreach tries to help educate young men about pregnancy,
STDs, and fatherhood. "We give them information early in life
so they can make smart decisions with their lives," said
Topics will include abstinence and the consequences of early
sexual debut, peer pressure, HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, STDs,
relationships, responsible fatherhood, and what it means to
"be a man," said organizers.
The workshop aims to counter ignorance and fear with accurate
information, positively affect sexual behavior, boost self-
esteem, and foster a sense of empowerment. It will afford boys
an opportunity to talk with black male role models who are
medical professionals, community health providers, and
The free workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
Summerfield Elementary School, 1 Summerfield Lane. To
register, telephone Program Coordinator Jay Graham, 252-521-
6461, or Richard Hill, 347-219-2986, or visit www.zel1906.com.
Late registration begins at 8:30 a.m.