The Alpha Phi Alpha Delta Sigma Lambda Chapter presented “Project Alpha” to the young men of the Ivy Center for Education.

The presentation was made Jan. 22 in collaboration with the Southeast Arkansas Jewel Foundation, according to a news release.

The Delta Sigma Lambda chapter members use an exclusive program called “The Necktie Connection.” The program uses the Kent tie-Knot method to teach the young men how to tie a necktie.

“The program not only teaches the young men how to tie a tie, but gives them jewels and steps to use in their everyday life from making choices, relationships, time management, faith through trials and tribulations and the final step, the complete picture the well dressed man,” according to the release.

The young men received a gold or black tie as a gift for their participation. Ivy Center participants were: Antonio Adams, X’Zaevion Barnett, Jakar Brown, Jonathan Burgess, Brandon Love-Gilbert, Kenneth Howard, Will Howell, Brandal Ingram, Terron Jenkins, Tre Redus, Taylor Treadwell and Lawrence Tyler Williams.

“Once again the Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha would like to thank Mrs. Mattie Collins and the Ivy Center for Education board members and the students for allowing us to present our national program to these outstanding scholars,” according to the release.

Alpha Phi Alpha program presenters were Judge Earnest Brown, William Campbell, Gregory Murray, Dennis Wilson, Mark Suggs and Brandun Flannigan.

“The Ivy Center for Education College Readiness/Youth Mentoring Program appreciates the Men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. for sharing the much needed Necktie Connection Project with our young men who are preparing for success in their future endeavors,” Collins said.

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