Chapter Programs

The chapter is committed to being change agents in the communities of San Antonio by implementing a number of signature events and programs which include (click for description):

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Delta Rho Lambda Chapter conducts an annual Toy Drive, collecting and distributing toys to established San Antonio East Side organizations. The main catalyst for the Toy Drive is our annual formal event, the Toy Dance, which started in 1967. The Toy Dance was held on Friday after Thanksgiving and started at the La Villita Assembly Hall.

The dance has traditionally been sponsored by the sale of tables to our fraternity members, which goes to cover expense costs. Today it is opened up to sponsors also if they would like to but tables to help cover expenses.

For the last couple of years, instead of bringing toys, our guests provided a minimum monetary donation to our Fraternity, which allowed us to meet the exact needs of the organizations. All donations went entirely too purchasing toys and educational materials from various San Antonio Target stores for children at the East Side Boys & Girls Club, New Kids on the Block Learning Center, East St. Paul United Methodists Church, Jacobs Chapel United Methodists Church, and Resurrection Baptist Church (Meadowlands Youth Home).



The Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America program was implemented during the fraternity's 1990 General Convention. The two organizations signed an agreement to assist each other in reaching their goals of working toward the positive development of African-American youth and empowering their families and communities. The focus of this partnership is to:

  • Increase the number of African-American children exposed to positive African-American adult role models.
  • Increase minority representation on local Big Brothers/Big Sisters' Board of Directors.
  • Increase positive perceptions of both organizations in the African-American community.
  • Expose African-American boys of Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs to positive Alpha role models and the programs of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

In closing, other races have stepped across racial lines to be Bigs to our kids, but you know as Alpha men we should be shouldering that responsibility. Today I challenge every Alpha Man in Delta Rho Lambda to step up and mentor a young man in their community.