Augusta Fraternity Aims to Build Futures in Youth

For six years, the men of Sigma Pi Phi
fraternity have chosen dozens of at-risk boys– grades 6 thru 8– to
restructure their foundations by mentoring and tutoring. They call the
initiative Project BBUILD.

The members of the Alpha
Mu Boule hope to leave that message with these young men about their futures.
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far, the Boule Brothers are  Uplifting, Influencing, Leading, and
Developing youth and BUILDing on their futures.

Dr. Ronald Brown, project director, explains
“those who are from single family homes, those where there is not a male
presence, those where some of the boys may be having problems academically. We
may even identify an A student who may have some problems at home.”

Once selected, the boys
are tutored in math and literature. Two subjects that Noe Lopez says
the project really helped him grasp.

“At project build they teach us better and more
strategies,”
Noe Lopez, a Project
BBuild Student shares.

Strategies that Lopez says
range far beyond the classroom. Since his parents don't speak much English, the
organization has helped him adjust.

Lopez says, “Right
now, I 'I've got a mentor and they follow me through high school and they help me
and talk to me about stuff.”

Stuff like Lopez's dreams
of joining the JROTC in high school. Then, going on to the Air Force and
becoming a pediatrician; the type of future Project BBUILD's organizers dream
for students.

“We
have high expectations of these young boys,”Dr. Brown assures.

Expectations that Lopez
has begun to polish in his 3 year tenure with Project BUILD. And although he's
graduating from the program, he plans to keep the lessons learned with him as
he moves forward.

Lopez advises, “you should put studies in
front of you, then play next.”

Project BBUILD only serves Richmond County
public schools at this time. If you'd like to know more about the project, contact the Program Director, Dr. Ronald Brown Sr. by home. The numbers are 706-513-5429 or 706-733-5429.

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