In order to exemplify our motto, while simultaneously upholding our commitment to brotherhood, scholarship, and service, the men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. stand by our Three-Pronged Agenda for National Programs:

1. Bigger and Better Business
     a program that helps the promotion of small black businesses and entrepreneurship among individuals. It aids them in competing and becoming viable forces in today's business environment.  Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity believes that the improvement of economic conditions of minorities is a major factor in the improvement of the general welfare of society.  It is upon this conviction that the Bigger and Better Business Program rests.

 

EXAMPLES:

  Phi Beta Sigma National Federal Credit Union- Located in Washington, D.C., and owned and operated by Sigma Men. 

  Phi Beta Sigma - "Buying Black and Giving Back"- All brothers and chapters are strongly encouraged to physically assist and financially support minority business both in and surrounding their various neighborhoods. In an effort to significantly enhance this effort all Sigmas are expected to have their businesses listed in the Phi Beta Sigma "Blue Pages" Business Directory. Furthermore, brothers are asked to exert special energies at supporting minority business, and publicize such, on their chapter meeting day.

 

2. Social Action

A program that was implemented to protect the rights and civil liberties of blacks and other minorities from discrimination and other forms of injustices.  This program is designed to improve the general well-being of minority groups.  Phi Beta Sigma's focus in past social issues include being instrumental in establishing National and State Anti-Lynching legislation in the 1930's and 40's, the elimination of racial discrimination and segregation in federal, state, municipal and county employment in the 50's and 60's along with the abolition of Jim Crow Laws. Brother A. Phillip Randolph was a key factor and the mind behind the march on Washington during the sixties civil right's movement, as was Brother Huey P. Newton in awakening the minds of African-Americans to rise up out of the plight of mental slavery. Throughout history, many social ills have plagued the African-American community. Phi Beta Sigma has always been on the battlefield in an attempt to rid our communities of these ills with our outreach programs.

 

EXAMPLES:

  The Sigma Beta Club, Our National Mentoring Program- One of the more notable accomplishments of the Fraternity, has helped to shape and mold young men and boys nationwide.  These clubs provide mentoring, guidance, educational, tutorial assistance and advise to young men between ages 6 to 18.

  Sigmas Waging War against Cancer (S.W.W.A.C)- a fund raising program for the American Cancer Society, and to increase awareness, with strong emphasis on early detection and prevention of prostate and colorectal cancer.

  Project S.A.T.A.P. (Sigmas Against Teenage Pregnancy)- This program is a collaborative venture with the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation to address the alarming rise in teenage pregnancy.  Sigmas Against Teenage Pregnancy are geared towards reducing the incidence of teen-age pregnancies in predominantly African-American communities. The project is an educational outreach program for adolescent males, designed to increase awareness of the consequences of early childbearing and to provide information about healthy lifestyle behaviors, sexuality and parenthood. 

  Project S.A.D.A. (Sigmas Against Domestic Abuse)- The goal of Sigmas Against Domestic Abuse (S.A.D.A) is to reduce the incidence of domestic abuse from a male prospective. At least once a year every chapter is encouraged to conduct a workshop on domestic abuse.  Phi Beta Sigma attempts to be an advocating group against domestic abuse and a conduit for those individuals needing assistance related to domestic abuse.  Through the recruitment of appropriate city/state/government agencies, along with other organizations, Phi Beta Sigma attempts to play a vital role in educating males about their responsibility in appropriately addressing and eliminating the problems of domestic abuse.   

  Project S.E.R (Sigmas Emergency Response)- In a humanitarian way Phi Beta Sigma attempts to participate in activities that require action and to respond to circumstances that necessitate assistance. A major focus of this project is to respond in times where disaster relief is needed as a result of major storms, fires, accidents and disaster. Project S.E.R. attempts to assist with restoring basic living requirements, dignity and self-reliance. Providing food, clothing, and financial contributions is a goal of this project. This project is also intended to see men of Sigma participate in major activities such as Sigmas outstanding involvement in the 1995 Million Man March. 

 

  Phi Beta Sigma - "A Fraternity that Reads"- This is an annual project that all collegiate and alumni chapters are encouraged to participate in. Each year chapters are to communicate with their local public libraries. In cooperation with library, members will read previously approved stories and books to the children. Local day-care centers, elementary schools, churches, Head Start agencies and, of course, Sigma Beta Clubs are considered as places where children may be obtained from. 

This program attempts to convey to children the importance of reading while at the same time create some additional positive black role models for our children. 

 

  Phi Beta Sigma's National Marrow Donor Program- is intended for both members of Sigma along with all African Americans. Each member is encouraged to be listed as volunteer marrow donor on the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Registry so that they can be contacted if ever matched with a patient in need. Additionally, every chapter within Sigma is encouraged to annually participate with the American Red Cross in their drives to increase the number of African-American volunteer marrow donor registrants. 

In January of each year, chapters are asked to call the NMDP at 1-800-MARROW-2 to obtain the telephone number and mailing address for their specific donor center. Sigma attempts to address the need for more African American volunteers by setting a positive example themselves. 

 

  Sigma I.D. Day- April 15th of every year is Sigma I.D. Day. All brothers, officers and chapters are expected to exert special efforts at wearing and displaying Phi beta Sigma paraphernalia. Special programs and projects are encouraged to be facilitated on this day. It is hoped that on this day, every year, inactive brothers may be stimulated to get reactivated and non-Greek lettered men may be energized to ascertain information from brothers being "Proud to Wear & Display the Blue & White." 

 

  Project Vote- is designed to increase the participation of African-Americans in the political arena though the voting process.

  Million Man March- Many Fraternities supported the Million Man March (MMM), but only Phi Beta Sigma can lay claim to not only supporting, but also sponsoring the MMM in it's International Headquarters. Much Love to Bro. Chavis Mohammad (Benjamin Chavis) who was a major contributor in organizing the March.

  African American Sons Day at the Office- Sigma continues to be on the forefront of issues that affect and support the African-American community by being the first to designate "African-American Sons Day at the Office", which is now NPHC-wide supported and endorsed. 

 

3. Education

A program that focuses on the need for higher education in which we try to make available to students through scholarships and endowments. We the men of Phi Beta Sigma recognize the importance of "scholarship" and diligent studying to acquire knowledge, for knowledge is truly power and it is a necessity of our people to empower themselves with whatever means that are available. 

Examples: 

  Project S.E.T. (Sigma Education Time)- Project S.E.T. 's goals are to increase grade point averages and graduation rates of collegiates throughout the nation.  Sigmas serve as role models to the campus community in order to realize that education must come first for success and empowerment in the new millennium; and dispel prejudices and negative stereotypes of African American men by establishing education as our top priority.

  Sigma Scholars: (A Resource Guide to Better Scholarship)- This study was researched and designed at the request of our Sigma Beta Clubs and collegiate members. Sigma Scholars covers a variety of topics encompassing essay examinations, studying for math and science, tutoring sessions and note taking.

  Phi Beta Sigma Book-A-Bration For Our Youth- The objective of this program is to collect 20,000 books nationwide to donate to local schools and churches.

  Phi Beta Sigma Educational Foundation (PBSEF)- This tax-exempt program enables educational achievement via scholarships and grants for our youth and to fund leadership development

 

As Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. brings in the progresses forward, we will make sure to keep the fortitude in our everlasting goal, "To be the leading proactive community service organization." There is a great deal of work needed to restore faith and hope to many ailing communities across the nation. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. "The Fraternity of Firsts" will play a part in the healing process. Sigma men have the talent, energy, and desire to make a difference...