Xi Phi hosts an annual clean-up of Colonel Charles Young Park, where students of Frederick Douglass Academy and Harlem Residents participate and beautify the community in which they live. Colonel Young, an esteemed brother of the fraternity, was the nation’s first black National Parks Superintendent, and environmental preservation was at the forefront of his life’s work.
Born into slavery in Kentucky, Colonel Young became the 3rd African-American to graduate from West Point and in 1903 served as a Captain in the Cavalry in California. That’s when he received orders to take his troops to Sequoia National Park for the summer where he spent his time turning this newly commissioned park with the world’s tallest trees into the national treasure it is today.
Xi Phi and Frederick Douglas Academy:Annual Colonel Charles Young Park Clean Up
Frederick Douglas Academy One Day tour of the University of Albany
I Matter Stop the Violence Basketball Tournament
Walk Now for Autism Fundraising
Xi Phi Support of Harlem-Based Women's Shelter
Xi Phi Sponsored Program to Clean and Restore Veterans Gravesites
Xi Phi’s Emerging Leaders program helped to facilitate $2.1 million in merit scholarship funding or students in 2020-2021. During the period the program worked with 24 seniors and five juniors who received a total of 193 college acceptance letters from various institutions including 12 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Emerging Leaders identifies and recruits black and brown juniors and seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA to participate in a multi-faceted college readiness program. The program has a specific focus on matching students with a particular institution to enhance the possibility of being awarded a financial aid package that results in acceptance and retention. Students also receive college scholarships. In addition, Xi Phi members lead mentoring, leadership and community engagement sessions with the goal of building a pipeline of future leaders.
To learn more about the Social Action Programs and its diverse activities, contact SocialAction@xiphichapter.org