NC Alpha School Drive
 

 

 

 

 

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character,  that is the goal of true education"

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 
 
 
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Mission

To provide profound impact on local school districts, while promoting academic excellence, and empowering students, families, and educators to achieve despite limited resources. Our goal is to ensure all students regardless of race, national origin, socioeconomic status, or zip code are equipped with the necessary tools to excel in the classroom and beyond.

 

 
 
 

 

 

“The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge. but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover. To create men and women who are capable of doing new things”

Jean Piaget  |  Psychologist 

 
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History

The North Carolina Alpha School Drive is a Non-Profit Organization with a statewide initiative that supports academic success for underserved students and educators. The initiative includes three phases:

  1. Collaborating with community members, partners and organizations to provide students and educators with school supplies. 

  2. Mentoring at risk students.

  3. Identifying and celebrating exemplary educators who foster a positive and impactful learning environment and inspire students and colleagues in the classroom and community.

 

Initiatives

 

The North Carolina Alpha School Drive Cookout

 

The North Carolina Alpha School Drive Cookout unites Alphamen, community members, leaders, and partners to collect and distributes school supplies to help reduce cost for families and educators. The goal is to reduce the amount of  students who do not have the necessary school supplies to succeed, in an effort to foster an optimal learning environment for young scholars.

 


Onward and Upward Mentoring Program

Onward & Upward lecture series provides school drive committee members the opportunity to volunteer and speak at local low-income urban schools about positive decision-making, career opportunities, and college life.


 Adopt - a - Classroom

Adopt-a-classroom identifies an educator who has went above and beyond their duties and rewards them with a monetary donation to utilize for their classroom.

 

Meet Our Team

 
 
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Jacques James

Co-FOUNDEr & Committee chair

Brother Jacques James is the co-founder and Committee Chair of the North Carolina Alpha School Drive, where he is responsible for carrying out the leadership, direction, and overall vision of the committee. Bro. James has served in this capacity since the inaugural school drive in 2016. His leadership and willingness to serve on various sub committees has been integral to the growth of the NC Alpha School Drive. Currently, Brother James works in Higher Education where he assists in the office of Student Affairs at a local university. In his spare time, Bro. James is heavily involved in several organizations within the Charlotte community. Bro. James was initiated into the Beta Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, seated at Shaw University, and is currently a member of the Beta Nu Lambda Alumni Chapter of  Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated located in Charlotte, NC.

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Stirling Nwafor

executive director

Brother Stirling J. Nwafor is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Alpha School Drive, where he is responsible for assisting the Committee Chair in carrying out the overall direction and vision of the committee. He also assumes the duties of the Chair in his absence. Brother Nwafor efforts have played an integral part of the organization's development as he designed and constructed  the NC Alpha School Drive website. Currently, Brother Stirling works for the United States Department of Agriculture as a Loan Officer, where he provides insight on technicalities of farm financing and credit, financial management concepts and practices. When Stirling is not assisting the local farmers at his full time job or doing the work of Alpha, he spends his time volunteering throughout the city of Greensboro, NC. His favorite place to give time is at Hungry Church where he attends regularly. Stirling is a Spring 2014 initiate into the Kappa Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. seated in Greensboro, NC.


LaQuan Stevens

Chief Financial Officer

Brother LaQuan Stevens serves as the Chief Financial Officer which holds him responsible for maintaining all fiscal matters and monetary affairs for the committee. Currently, Bro. Stevens resides in Charlotte, North Carolina,  where he is the Founder & CEO of God Got Us, LLC; an agency that specializes in streetwear, spirituality, and creative events. He also works as a Credit Analyst for Diversey. Brother Stevens is a Spring 2010 initiate of the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, which is seated at North Carolina A&T State University.


Al Bowman

Directory of community outreach

Brother Narciso “Al” Bowman  serves as the director of community outreach initiatives for the North Carolina Alpha School Drive. He has served as an original committee member since 2016. Currently, Brother Bowman lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where he is pursuing a Masters Degree in Communications at  Queens University. Brother Bowman is a proud graduate of Fayetteville State University where he was initiated into the Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated in the spring 2015. Born in New Orleans, LA, he was raised in Fayetteville, N.C. and is the proud father of his daughter Braelynn Bowman. He served three years in the United States Army National Guard as a Unit Supply Specialist. After completion of his Masters program in May of 2019, Brother Bowman has aspirations of becoming a small business owner in the men’s fashion industry and starting his own youth mentoring program.    

 

 

Jay Garcia

General secretary 

Brother Jay Garcia serves as the General Secretary for the North Carolina Alpha School Drive. Currently, Brother Garcia lives in Durham, North Carolina where he attends North Carolina Central University School of Law. He is a Juris Doctor Candidate and expecting to graduate in May 2019. Brother Garcia is a proud graduate of East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina. Brother Garcia was initiated in the Spring of 2014 into the Eta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Brother Garcia has aspirations of one day becoming a North Carolina Supreme Court Justice or serving in the North Carolina Senate.    



James Pulliam

social media and marketing director 

Brother James Pulliam serves as the Social Media and Marketing Director in which he directs and coordinates  advertising campaigns that are published on behalf of the North Carolina Alpha School Drive. Brother Pulliam has served on the committee since its inception in the summer of 2016. Brother Pulliams duties include, researching  various avenues to market and advertise to the community, promoting events and programs that increase local community involvement, and managing the School Drives media outlets. He has aspirations to continue his education at the graduate level in Public Relations or Marketing. Brother Pulliam is a Fall 2012 initiate of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated by way of the Gamma Psi Chapter seated at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC.

 

Alonzo Cee

director of event operations

Brother Alonzo Cee serves as the Director of Event Operations. He is responsible for coordinating on-sight logistics and implementing strategies to enhance the overall experience of North Carolina Alpha  School Drive. Brother Cee joined the committee in 2017 and lives in Elon, North Carolina where he is a senior Statistics major and Sports Management minor at Elon University. Brother Cee is a Fall 2015 initiate of the Sigma Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and is planning to continue his studies in  graduate school focusing in Higher Education.

 


Shamar Farley

Director of development 

Brother Shamar Farley serves as the Director of Development, where he creates and executes strategies and methods to raise funds for the North Carolina Alpha School Drive. Currently, Brother Farley is the Director of Student Engagement for PMSC. While working in Higher Education, Brother Farley has developed a passion for being of service to college students through mentorship and networking. He has future entrepreneurial plans to help prepare and place undergraduate and recent graduate students in the workforce either for themselves or as an employer. Brother Shamar Farley was initiated in Spring 2014 through the 227th house of Alpha also known as the Epsilon Rho Lambda Chapter, in Fayetteville, NC. In February 2017, Brother Farley moved to Charlotte, NC and is now providing “Service to all Mankind” through the Beta Nu Lambda Chapter, seated in Charlotte.

Xavier Montgomery-Lee

director of graphic designs

Brother Xavier Montgomery-Lee serves as the director of graphic design. Brother Lee is responsible for creating all marketing, logos, and branding visualizations for the North Carolina Alpha School Drive. Brother Lee was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and received his Bachelor’s degree from Saint Augustine’s University in 2014. He then earned his Master’s of Business Administration along with his Six Sigma Green Belt from the North Carolina A&T State University in 2017. Brother Lee is an initiate of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated by way of the Gamma Psi chapter, and  is currently a Strategic Sourcing Buyer for a tech company based out of Raleigh, North Carolina.

 


Qu'Derrick Covington

 

Brother Q.R. Covington,The 61st Regional Assistant Vice President serves as an committee member which he joined in 2016. Currently, Brother Covington lives in our nation capital where he is a Ph.D. candidate at Howard University. Bro. Covington is an proud graduate of Fayetteville State University (FSU) (NC), and Flordia A&M University (FL). Bro Covington was initiated into the Epsilon Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. during the Spring of 2015, seated at FSU. Bro. Covington has a successful career of public speaking and providing mentorship, while serving on numerous executive boards.  

 

Hisaun Yates

Brother Hisaun Yates serves  on the Academic Outreach team where he seeks and identifies potential schools that can benefit most from the North Carolina Alpha School Drive .  He also serves as the the liaison between the identified schools and the comittte.Brother Yates joined the committee in 2016 and has served well. Currently, Brother Yates is an intern in the office of Governor Roy Cooper and plans to continue his career aspirations with an  entry position in policy making. Brother Yates is a Spring 2016 initiate of the Beta Rho Chapter seated at Shaw University and will graduate with his bachelor's degree in Psychology Fall 2018.

 


Brayndon Stafford

 

Brother Brayndon Stafford, serves on the Social outreach Committee where he is responsible for coordinating various events for the North Carolina Alpha School Drive. Brother Stafford joined the committee  in 2017 and has served on various sub-committees. Brother Stafford is Fall 2014 initiate of the Eta Omicron Chapter seated at North Carolina State University, where he is a senior studying Environmental Science. While at NCSU, Brother Stafford was elected as the schools first African American student body Vice President. Upon the completion of his degree, Brother Stafford intends to pursue a career in Environmental Consulting and Lobbying in the Nation's Capital.