Welcome to the Alpha Leadership Project
The DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) is a non-profit organization funded by Washington-area companies and foundations that encourages and enables DC public and public charter high school students to enter and graduate from college. DC-CAP works with thousands of students who are disadvantaged and need responsible role models to help them graduate from high school and enroll in college.
The Alpha Leadership Project
The Alpha Leadership Project (ALP) is a program within DC-CAP, designed for young men of color in DC public high school. ALP strives to assist and empower students through the educational process, improve academic achievement, increase the possibility that they graduate from high school, and be socially and academically prepared to enroll and graduate from college. The core components of the program are personal development, positive peer pressure, and parent training.
The Alpha Leadership Academy
The Academy is the 9th grade component of the Alpha Leadership Project. Through a series of monthly, discussion-based workshops and activities, students will learn about time management, leadership, academic and personal development, while being indoctrinated into the “Alpha Way.”
The Alpha Leadership Fraternity
The Alpha Leadership Fraternity (ALF) is designed for upperclassmen. The students must complete the 9th grade Academy in order to be eligible for Fraternity membership. The Fraternity students are expected to serve as role models to the younger students and will participate in academic advisement, leadership exercises, and culturally enriching activities.
The parent workshops are designed to help parents create an environment that prepares their son for the challenges of life. Parents are able to participate in workshop in the classroom and online. Workshop topics include: Promoting Self Discipline, Supporting Academic Achievement, Communicating With Your Son, and Teaching Responsibility.
The Alpha Leadership Project acknowledges that young men need strong role models in their lives to aid in their decision making process. To make the process more convenient, a website has been created to give the mentor a creative way to support this initiative. The mentors participate in regular discussions, supporting academic achievement, and encouraging cultural exchanges.
Every 9th grade student who completes the ALP Student Workshops component (attends at least 8 of the 10 workshops) and whose parent / guardian completes the ALP Parent Training (attends at least 6 of the 8 workshops) will be guaranteed the DC-CAP Last Dollar Award for their freshman and sophomore years in college. If the student completes the program, but the parent / guardian does not, the student will be guaranteed the DC – CAP Last Dollar Award for their freshman year only.