About AEI

Mission Statement

The Alpha Esquires of Indianapolis Youth Mentoring Program cultivates Leadership, Scholarship, and Brotherhood amongst adolescent boys through academic, social, career, and community service programming.

History

With the nationwide implementation of the Project Alpha program in 1980, the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated in Indianapolis have hosted several youth initiatives in the city. These programs, specifically for young men, were in response to the nation’s growing HIV/AIDS epidemic, along with alarming rises in teen pregnancies. In the 1990s and 2000s, the Iota Lambda Chapter hosted earlier versions of today’s program, which included activities around manhood, professionalism, and community activism.

In 2017, the Iota Lambda Chapter began focusing more support toward educational programming and established a more substantial and impactful mentoring presence within the Indianapolis community. Thus, the Alpha Esquires of Indianapolis Youth Mentoring Program was created. The program started as a pilot program, which facilitated workshops for ten young men at Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School.

Today, the program has over 30 participants. Past Esquires have attended schools such as Morgan State University, Ohio State University, Marian University, Hampton University, and North Carolina A&T University. We are proud that one of the program’s first graduates went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Howard University.

Featured Programs

Project Alpha Symposium

The Project Alpha Symposium is open to all young men in grades 7 through 12. This specific event is held to educate the wider Indianapolis Youth community about safe sex practices, HIV/STD/AIDS prevention, teen fatherhood, and manhood development. This event is often co-sponsored by local health departments and other sexual health service providers.

AEI Step Team

Stepping and strolling are some of the more widely known and showcased aspects of Black Greek life. It is important to remember and respect the rich history behind the art. Alpha Esquires will learn various step and stroll routines to perform at events such as the New Esquire Presentation, the Circle City Classic Parade, the annual Youth Stepdown, and more.

The AEI Step Team spends a lot of time together practicing for different performances. These practices often help the step team develop even stronger brotherly bonds. The AEI Step Team focuses on discipline, teamwork, humility, and character development.

Alphas are present in the classroom, but they like to have fun, too. All incoming Esquires will learn a step and stroll routine to perform at their New Esquire Presentation. Afterwards, all Esquires are encouraged to try out for the team, regardless of performance ability or experience. Alphas from our local college chapters will coach the team.

Upcoming Events

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Women’s Appreciation

In honor of Women's History Month, Esquires will prepare gift bags and giveaways for women in the community. ...
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March Madness

Esquires will hold a bracket challenge fundraiser to support their upcoming HBCU Trip. ...
Sat March 30
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Ballroom Dancing

Esquires will learn the basics of ballroom dances in preparation for Prom and the Yellow Rose Ball. ...
Sun April 14
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Yellow Rose Ball

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! You are cordially invited to enjoy an evening of fun as we celebrate a year of excellence. ...
Sun May 19
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Mentor Leadership

Justin Cobbins

College Connections Coordinator
Sigma Phi
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Spring 2023

Roderick Bohannan

Senior Mentorship Advisor
Iota Lambda
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Fall 1987

Calib Overton

Associate Director of Mentoring
Sigma Phi
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Spring 2022

DeVol Tyson II

Associate Director of Programming
Gamma Eta
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Fall 2013

Tolvi Patterson

Director of Educational Activities
Iota Lambda
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Fall 2022

AEI Mentee Leadship

Austin Grays

President
Spring 2023 | Gamma

Kaleel Mumford

Vice President
Fall 2019

Zion Shelton

Treasurer
Spring 2023 | Gamma

Bryce Acuff

Secretary
Spring 2023 | Gamma

Bruce Lismon III

Academic Excellence Chairman
Spring 2023 | Gamma

Siegen Martin

AEI Social Chairman
Fall 2021 | Alpha

Esquire Lineage

Fall 2019

  • Brandon Brooks
  • Caleb Cureton
  • Camren Avant
  • Carter Gilbert
  • Chance Blackwell
  • David Anderson
  • Dexter Harris
  • Donovan Rhodes
  • Ellis Tarver
  • Ethan Adams
  • Isaac Baity
  • Jayden Pipes
  • Jeremiah Robertson
  • Joseph Jideonwo
  • Kaleel Mumford
  • Kristopher Harmon
  • Marquen Grant
  • Michael Fagan, Jr.
  • Miles Garrett
  • Octavian Gill
  • Philip Jones
  • Raylen Harmon
  • Stephen Sharp III
  • Tywan Harris

Fall 2020

  • Ayinde Williams
  • Cameron Eberhardt
  • Carlin Hunt
  • Josh Humphrey
  • Justin Foreste
  • Kaleb Tate
  • King-Axzrandra Cobbs
  • Samauri Bradford

Fall 2021 | Alpha Class

  • Ethan Higgins
  • Rahmon Durham
  • George Bloomingbird III
  • Jameson Myles
  • Philip Randolph
  • Siegen Martin

Fall 2022 | Beta Class

  • Jabari Davis
  • Jaden Davis
  • Kamau Elston
  • James Gillum
  • Terrell Johnson
  • Josiah Majors
  • Javon Morman
  • Jarrion Lindsey, Jr.
  • Kendall Sharp

Spring 2023 | Gamma Class

  • #1: Ian Vo
  • #2: Rodney Freeman
  • #3: Zion Shelton
  • #4: Bryce Acuff
  • #5: Robert Weaver
  • #6 Jonas Wells
  • #7: Austin Grays
  • #8: Bruce Lismon III

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