Our Community Initiatives, Partnerships and Programs

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., is an international organization comprised of 150,000 college-educated men, and built primarily on the ideology of promoting Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service. Over its one hundred plus years of existence, the Fraternity has focused on improving the global community through dedicated service. This focus has compelled the development of the organization’s four main programs:  Bigger and Better Business, Education, Social Action and Sigma Beta Clubs that embrace these objectives:

  • To support Sigma’s vision of ensuring programs are focused and committed to serving our communities and serving young males through mentoring and scholarships;
  • To ensure symmetry among all organizational and community initiatives;
  • To develop a sense of pride and commitment in the community toward healthy living that will reduce the incidences of health conditions that adversely affect men of color.

Through the lens of these programs, members determine how best they can serve their respective communities. For example, our national mentoring program for males ages 8-18 provides for the development of young men as they prepare for college and the workforce. The organization’s partnerships with the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Boy Scouts of America and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund are examples of its efforts to address societal ills including health disparities and educational and developmental challenges for people of all backgrounds.

Bigger & Better Business

Bigger and Better Business became the first national program of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. It was first introduced to the fraternity at the Tenth Anniversary Conclave held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in December 1924. When Bigger and Better Business was adopted as a national program, special emphasis was placed on work with negro businesses. The main purpose at the time was to encourage negro business to improve their business acumen, efficiency and service to the public in order to favorably compete with other businesses.

The mission of the International Bigger & Better Business Program is to promote and support minority and small businesses and encourage sound financial practices.

The international program of Bigger & Better Business strengthens our membership by:

  • Promoting entrepreneurship and minority owned businesses
  • Increasing financial stability
  • Increasing homeownership.
  • Providing networking opportunities
  • Training members in business development

The international program of Bigger & Better Business transforms our communities by:

  • Increasing awareness of African American entrepreneurship and minority owned business
  • Preparing college graduates for careers in business
  • Promoting entrepreneurship
  • Promoting financial literacy
  • Promoting financial wellness and good financial management

Bigger & Better Initiatives

Project SEED

Promote financial literacy, awareness and home ownership

V.I.T.A

Free tax preparation for low and moderate income filers

Sigma Entrepreneur Development

Promote entrepreneurship and business skill development
among Sigma membership

Education

The basis of the Education program lies in the traditional emphasis that the Fraternity places on education. During the 1945 Conclave in St. Louis, Missouri, the Fraternity underwent a constitution restructuring which led to the birth of education as an international program. The program focuses on programming and services to alumni and collegiate in the Fraternity. Programs such as scholarships, lectures, college fairs, mentoring and tutoring enhance this program on local, regional and national levels.

The mission of the International Education Program is to empower our community and our membership by providing educational resources, advocating for educational equality, and forming strategic partnerships that develop our next generation of leaders.

The international program of education strengthens our membership by:

  • Developing education and career goals
  • Providing financial support/scholarships
  • Forming strategic partnerships with organizations that share our vision
  • Increasing graduation rates and number of Brothers seeking post-secondary degrees.
  • Promoting education as a way of success.

The international program of education transforms our communities by:

  • Providing educational tools, financial support to close the achievement gap between African American males and others
  • Conducting programs to introduce kids to college and mentoring to promote personal aspirations
  • Preparing students for graduation
  • Decreasing incarceration rates among African American males through education
  • Developing leadership and promoting education as a means of achieving success

The Adopt-A-School component is designed to get Sigma men into the schools in your community, working with teachers and principals to assist students in improving their knowledge, skills academically and build student literacy. While in the schools, your chapter will implement one or more of the sub-components of this initiative which include:

  • Adopt-A-School Memorandum of Understanding
  • Spelling Bees
  • Reading Contests
  • Essay Contests
  • Oratorical Debate Competitions
  • Math and Problem Solving Competitions
  • S.T.E.A.M related experiences, field trips and projects

Education Initiatives

My Brother's Keeper

Train and ensure job career readiness, to provide internships
and co-op opportunities for our collegiate brothers; to provide
tools for education stability

Scholarship

Provide financial assistance to achieving students in the community

Advocacy for Education

Advocacy for education advancement

Social Action

Formulated in 1934, the Social Action program was conceived by Bro. Elmo M. Anderson to focus on improving the general well being of minority groups. The mission of the International Social Action Program is to encourage social, political and philanthropic leadership that strengthens our respective communities and our membership.

The international program of Social action strengthens our membership by:

  • Educating Fraternity members on health issues affecting them and their families
  • Increasing visibility and sense of self-worth by/through serving in the community
  • Providing unified efforts that address political and community issues and increasing awarness of the legislative process
  • Involving the membership in fund raising activities that support organizations that share our vision
  • Promoting health awareness in an effort to prevent health challenges amongst our membership

The international program of Social action transforms our communities by:

  • Creating awareness of disparities in health and well-being in our communities
  • Creating political awareness and engagement in the legislative process
  • Increasing community empowerment through the political process
  • Fundraising and financial gifts by the fraternity

Social Action Initiatives

March of Dimes

March for Babies, Building Strong Fathers, prematurity
awareness and fund raising

Living Well Brother to Brother

Health awareness and promotion

Civic and Political Action

Social and political engagement at the local level

Sigma Beta Club

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 Sigma Beta Club was organized in Montgomery, AL. Throughout its existence, Sigma Beta Clubs have 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.

In addition to the national programs of Sigma Beta Club, it also focuses on 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 Clubs all across the country.