WHAT WE DO FOR YOUR CHILD’S SUCCESS
The Foundation’s initiatives are geared to meet the needs of its members, while providing them with a well-rounded outlook that is needed to cope with today’s society.
Club members increase their awareness of business ownership as well as the importance of saving and investing at an early age.
Club members receive academic assistance and leadership development at the middle and high school levels.
The primary focuses of SATAPP are to develop and implement training institutes, workshops and seminars on abstinence, safe sex, and the consequences of teenage pregnancy.
Scholarships range from $250 to $2,000. The scholarship funds can be applied toward tuition, room and board, or books at any four-year University or Community College in the United States.
The Crescent Foundation, Inc., was created by the Tampa Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., a professional civic and service organization, in March 2005.The Foundation promotes education and social programs targeting young males between 13 – 18 designed to instill positive reinforcement, scholastic standards along with a broad exposure to professional career choices. The Foundation achieves its mission through private donations in addition to corporate and grant funding.
The Foundation received its 501(c) (3) designation on December 26, 2007. The Founding members, Ken Adams, Chris Asberry, Jermaine D. Hankerson, Philip C. Harris, Zannie Mount, Mit Patel, Daryl Richarson, and Joe Robinson, created the Foundation as an organization that serves the families and caregivers of youth in Tampa Bay area currently participating in the one-on-one mentoring program Sigma Beta Club. The young men accepted into the mentoring program have no restrictions based upon their income, race, or religion.
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In the early 1950s, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity became the first Greek organization to develop a youth auxiliary group. Under the direction of Dr. Parlett L. Moore (pictured) the Sigma Beta Club was founded. While as National Director of Education, Brother Moore was concerned about our changing needs in our communities and recognized the important role that Sigma men could play in the lives of our youth.
On April 23, 1954, the first club chapter was organized in Montgomery, AL. Throughout its existence, Sigma Beta Club has been an essential part of the total organizational structure of many of the Alumni chapters of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and offers men of Sigma a unique opportunity to develop wholesome value, leadership skills, and social and cultural awareness of youth at a most critical stage in the youth’s personal development.
The Sigma Beta Clubs’ principles of focus emphasize Culture, Athletics, Social and Educational needs. Sigma Beta Club programs are geared to meet the needs of its members, but at the same time provide them with a well-rounded outlook that is needed to cope with today’s society. Phi Beta Sigma is confident that investing in our youth today will produce effective leaders of tomorrow.
Sigma Beta Clubs also provide services to youths in their communities. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.’s interest in fostering the development of youth into effective leaders has been realized in the establishment of strong and productive Sigma Beta Club all across the country.
There are many benefits associated with membership in the Sigma Beta Club. The Club serves to augment the positive examples of rearing they receive at home and provides a “positive” shield against negative influences once the child is outside the reach of their parents. By providing positive examples that reinforce home teaching, members of the Club are less susceptible to negative peer pressure, which can lead to serious academic and life consequences.
Sigma Beta Club programs are geared to meet the needs of its members, while at the same time provide them with a well-rounded outlook that is needed to cope with today’s society. The enrichment programs are cultural, social, and athletic. They are designed to give members a chance to be innovative, thereby instilling self-confidence and a feeling of accomplishment.
Like any opportunity for involvement there is a financial commitment associated with joining the Club. The annual dues of $35.00 for local club and $25.00 for the national club operating expenses.
The Sigma Beta Club has four advisors and one Director who answer to the Tampa Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. for the clubs day-to-day operations and The Crescent Foundation Board Members for policy and strategic planning of the organization.
Informal recruitment is held during the year at scheduled events for the Club. Your son will be invited to attend some events sponsored by the Club to explore the full range of the organization. Participation in these events are not considered part of a “formal” recruitment and serve as opportunities for new students to informally get to know about the club. The Membership recruitment process to join the Sigma Beta Club happens in August at a social gathering. It is heavily encouraged that you and your son do extensive research into the Sigma Beta Club by visiting their web sites and reading historical documents about the group.
- Encourage your son to attend the meetings and events listed on their calendar. Being involved is the best way to meet other club members and learn about their chapters. Involvement in other student organizations is looked favorably upon during the membership selection process.
- Students need support throughout the school year. Be supportive and learn as much as you can about the club by asking questions of your son about his meetings and events
- Talk to your son beforehand about the financial obligation. Determine who will pay for what and where the limits are.
- Do not become too involved in the recruitment . . . this is your son’s decision.
- Too often, parents do not allow their son’s to “fight their own battles.” It helps the student mature and gains some assertiveness when allowed to call various advisors if they have questions or concerns.
- Keep the Sigma Beta Club Advisors and Director Contact information on hand if you have any questions or concerns