“Servants of All…”
True to our fraternal motto, Kappa Xi Lambda takes great pride in staying actively involved with various community service projects and initiatives inclusive of volunteering at soup kitchens, coordinating blood drives, and hosting special conversations and panel discussions.
Aside from the ongoing mentorship and monthly sessions scheduled with our Alpha GENTS program, Kappa Xi Lambda is able to fulfill the mission of the fraternity by providing service and advocacy to our communities under the direction of the community service committee.
Below are some of the staple initiatives and annual projects in which this standing committee coordinates and participates:
Prostate Cancer Discriminates
September is Prostate Awareness Month. On September 20, 2021, the Wall Street Alphas hosted a webinar discussion on Black men and prostate cancer. The panel conversation was moderated by Bro. Derrick Butts, Urologist M. Leon Seard and Internist Dominick Bioh, and the topics discussed included screening and diagnosis, prevention, and life after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Panelists also shared the importance of having a primary care physician and building that relationship to help maintain your health. Prostate cancer survivors also shed light on self-advocacy, cultural barriers, and access to quality healthcare.
During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bro. Dr. Eric Floyd, Principal and CEO of Floyd Regulatory Strategic Consulting, shared his subject-matter expertise on COVID-19, the rising variants, upcoming booster shots, and vaccinations for children under 12 during our COVID 2.0 webinar. The program consisted of the latest information related to the COVID-19 virus, vaccine distribution updates, and Q&A for guests to share their concerns regarding the pandemic.
First Time Home Buying Virtual Seminar
According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the national homeownership rate for Black families was 44%, while it was 73.7% for white families. The difference is significant, especially when considering that home ownership is a major form of wealth accumulation in the U.S. in addition to stocks and high wages. To address this wealth gap, the Wall Street Alphas hosted a virtual seminar for first time home buyers to help take the first step towards wealth accumulation for the Black community. Industry leaders such as real estate brokers, lawyers, and bankers shared their expertise among all those in attendance.
5th Annual Founders’ Day Community Outreach
On December 4th, the Wall Street Alphas served the homeless within the vicinity of Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal by providing over 100 care packages ranging from women’s toiletries to non-perishable foods. We collaborated with various businesses and non-profit organizations in the area to provide essential goods for those who are less fortunate. Special thanks to the New York Amsterdam News and WatchTheYard.com for covering our initiative.
Hike for Babies
The Wall Street Alphas led an initiative titled Hike for Babies in support of the March of Dimes, a non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of the health of mothers and babies. Brothers decided to repurpose their spring hike to Bear Mountain not only as an opportunity for fellowship, but also as an event to raise money for the non–profit organization and raised over $11,000 in donations. We look forward to this being a fun event for brothers to come together for wellness, fraternal bonding and to support our national partnership with the March of Dimes.
Suffering in Silence: Mental Health Event for Black Men
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated – Kappa Xi Lambda Chapter also known as the Wall Street Alphas continued to support its brothers and the community with a mental health event during Mental Health Awareness Month. The chapter hosted a virtual event aimed to serve as a platform that allowed Black men to not feel alone while coming together to share their experiences and heal. Through communion, guest speakers, and an important discussion we hope to help end the stigma of Black men and their mental health. The panel included Michael King (therapist), Steve Alexander, Jr. (therapist), Dr. Ulrick Vieux (psychiatrist), Aaron Warrick (co-founder of the REJUApp), Trent Out Loud (author of How Sneakers Saved My Life) and moderated by QG Editor-in-Chief Eric K. Thomas.