I submit thisletter for your consideration, by expressing my interest, to become a member ofthe Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
I am driven to encourage young men and women toachieve their goals, serve as positive role models, and introduce them to manypossibilities in life. Their motivation to succeed can be attainablethrough hard work, determination, and respect towards others as well asthemselves. I want to be the guidinglight, assisting in setting the groundwork for other young men and women, forthem to can take with them and expression their goals and ambitions around theworld, making a significant impact on other individuals lives.
During my youth,I played soccer in numerous leagues and levels consisting of inter city, countyand travel, in the Richmond Parks and Recreation intercity league. Once when I was named team captain by my teammembers and coaches, I was able to utilize my previous training and experienceslearned from soccer to help the team grow and respect one another and we wereable to win multiple championships. I was fortunate to travel to Europe withthe People to People Ambassador Sports program with the opportunity to playsoccer at the international level. Ihave had the opportunity to share different styles and methods teaching youngerkids discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship and how to have fun without drugs or violence.While attendingVirginia State University, during spring break, I volunteered at various highschools assisting instructors at small band camp workshops. Prior to graduation from Virginia StateUniversity with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, I volunteeredat J.E.B Stuart Elementary School, assisting the music teacher providingmusically incline knowledge to the children as well as serving as a positiverole model.
Being a mentor to those young children was an enlightening experienceand reminded me of my previous mentoring opportunities. It reinforced theimportance of being a role model. Itruly believe my professional and social characteristics will be beneficial toprovide a positive influence in your great fraternity. Working hard to maintainthe reputation and exceed the standards set by your organization and previousmembership is paramount in my mind. Throughleadership qualities and willingness to participate in numerous volunteeractivities would be a valuable asset to the fraternity.
I want to show young adults the importance ingaining an education, even those within the juvenile justice system. Youngadults who have been placed under the supervision of the juvenile justicesystem have predominantly been encountered with many educational challenges. Manyof the challenges has come from, lower education levels, major deficiencies inreading and writing skills. Numerous younger adults, who have frequently been tangledup and involved within the juvenile justice system, have shown significantsigns that they could be qualify for special education services.
After beingrelease from incarceration many young adults, with no education could find itdifficult and challenging to go back to school and further their education. Whileindividuals are being incarcerated within the criminal justice system thiscould lead to the young adult being over age with also a lack of academiccredits needed to be required to complete high school. At times young adults havebeen seen to lack to the ability to look ahead in their future and at theirlong-term achievements, such as a career, house, or a family. Some young adulttend to only focus on the current day and time. I believe that I can empoweryoung adults, those who have been place in the juvenile justice system andthose of are not, that they are in charge of their future. That an education isone of the greatest things at any individual can achieve. With myeducation in the criminal justice field, I am able to educate the community aswell those previously Incarnated about important programssuch as “Rights Restoration”. On April22, 2016, the Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an administrativecommand to automatically restore the voting rights to severe convicted felonshaving completed prison sentence, terms of probation, or parole supervision.
In learning about this process, I have the knowledgeand ability to instruct individuals will be very beneficial in the causetowards the National Program “A Voteless People is A Hopeless People”. Myeducation and experience gives me a unique approach to inform individualsconvicted of a felony that non-violent felons, including drug distributioncharges will have their voting rights automatically restored upon release fromprison, however they must apply online. By waiting at least three years, individualswho have been convicted of violent felonies, crimes against minors, andelectoral offenses would be allowed to applying for a gubernatorial restorationof voting rights.Alpha Phi AlphaFraternity, Incorporated has made a significant impact in education, communityservice, politics, mentorship, and the lives of countless individuals,including myself. Throughout the years their legacy that these men createdcontinues to serve and impact the lives of thousands through programs and bothlocal and national initiatives.
I have personally been able to see men of AlphaPhi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated that hold fast to integrity, responsibility,true brotherhood and honor. Through those actions they have established a highbar for those seeking membership, such as myself.Becoming amember of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated would allow me to join agroup of highly motivated and educated men wanting to give back to others whilesharing a lifelong connection with those taking pride in themselves, their fraternity,and the community as a whole. Even through community service is a great aspectof any organization; one other reason that I find myself drawn more toward thisfraternity than any other is the history within the fraternity. I have a burning desire to learn all there isto know about this great historical organization.
The members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,Incorporated are leaders in society, continuing to established the standardsand morals of what extraordinary, astonishing, and distinguish gentleman shouldbe. These are just a few of many reasons I seek to join your great fraternity.